Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sewing Party!!

My friends and I have been completely inspired by the blog New Dress A Day, and decided to get together, take a trip to the thrift store, alter whatever we found, and wear it out! I think the results were really great!
My dress ended up needing the least TLC of anyone's, but I also tailored my friend Stephanie's dress down from a size 18 to a 6, so I definitely did my part today. I've made a few mosaics to show our before and after pictures. Overall, I will say that altering a dress is way easier than sewing a dress from a pattern, and I will be scouring thrift stores for more alterable finds in the future because this was entirely too much fun!!

My dress didn't need much work- but the bell sleeves had to go!
I did all the sewing for Steph's dress- we took it from an 18 to a 6!
Sarah T. chose a blue skirt that fit perfectly and paired it with an Eli Tahari shirt that needed some help. She removed the sleeves and gave it a new collar!Sarah L. found a very long striped taffeta skirt- it was adorable once she made it a mini!

We all also found several additional items at the thrift store that we loved and brought home. Have you ever found something amazing at a thrift store?


  1. I have never laughed so hard in my life with Stephanie in that "HUGE" dress.... but WOW after ya'll were through. I'm impressed!

  2. It was pretty funny in person too! I had to take 4 inches off of each side of that dress and it was still a little roomy! And she realized that the sash was so long that she could wrap it around her waist twice and tie it in a bow in the front- which actually made the dress really cute!

  3. Oooh I LOVE THIS! I am a thrift store junkie but up until now my altering has been limited to sewing on a button or two. But I just got my first sewing machine this weekend! (Free, from my grandma but hey it works!) I have visions of vintage dresses dancing in my head:) Thanks for the great inspiration! Your dresses all turned out so gorgeous!!

  4. Thanks! It was a lot of fun and it definitely helps to have friends to pin for each other. Altering is slight more tricky when you do it alone, although it can definitely be done.
    Also, I have totally been bitten by the thrift store bug! I went back on Saturday and my friend Sarah (of the green top and blue skirt above) was leaving as I was walking in!