June 1, 2010

Thrift Store Dress Transformation

I am linking up with DebbieDoos Garage Salen Partay


Honesty begins right here, what do you think?

I saw this dress at the thrift store for $4.00 and I thought it had good bones!  


It had a cute back, with a tie at the top, it is a little hard to see.



I didn't want a dress I wanted a shirt and that was super simple to do!




I just cut it short and added a sheer lace Polka Dot Ruffle....There's the polka dots again!

I decided it was a little plain so I went through my bling boxes.  I just love looking through all of these goodies!




I found the perfect vintage black pin







I thought it was so cute and then when my son saw it He said it looked like an old lady shirt!
Well I Am an old lady, but I don't want to look like one! 

 So, what do you think?  Now you have to be honest!  Usually everyone is so sweet on all of their blog comments and they say everything is wonderful and beautiful......We know everything isn't so, lets have honesty start right here!!!  What do you really think?  It was only a $4.00 investment, and I will still visit all of your blogs and leave nice comments and I will still call all of you my friends!  This should be fun!

Carol

44 comments:

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I don't think it looks like an old lady shirt. Cute shirt!
-Danielle

annieg said...

Ok........I'll go first! I LOVE IT!

nannykim said...

I think it is sweet!

http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com/

Connie said...

Do NOT listen to th' child, sugar; that dress is darling and definitely not an old lady dress!
xoxo,
Connie

The Lone Dollier said...

I do not think it looks like an old lady shirt at all. It looks wonderful and young and cool!

Smiles~
Marilyn

Olivia~ said...

I loooovvvveeee it. I think it is oh so beautiful and classy and if you do not believe all of us...send it my way.
hugs,
Olivia
ps boys don't know

Lisa Macomber said...

I think the white ruffle you added is darling...and honestly I like it better without the brooch. Much better as a shirt than a dress...

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I think it is adorable, and quite honestly I can tell you my 30 yr. old daughter with a figure to die for would love it, too!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Lucy - By the Hill said...

I love it too! It looks young and stylish to me! OK Carol, I see your bling and you still have more than me but what a haul I made, huh? I still can't believe it! I probably won't see another rhinestone at a garage salefor at least 5 years!
Thanks for stopping by!

Katie said...

wow you are talented. Really impressed!

Karen said...

I am not sure how old this boy is but if he is under 20 then anyone over 30 is old!!!! You have done a smashing job with this...it looks very classy....just ignore him XXX

sissie said...

I think your shirt is cute and I love the dotted ruffle and the blingy pin. So cute.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. I'm glad that I found out about you and I'll be back often.

hugs
Sissie

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

The fact you could make these beautiful alterations, transforming the dress into a blouse with a whole new look to the neckline has me in awww.
Something I could never master with my glue gun,lol.
As far as the comment...I am curious to what constitutes making a blouse look young or old.


It was such a pleasure to have you stroll by for a visit and especially for leaving me with such a sweet comment. I always enjoy getting to know new friends. Feel free to drop by anytime, the kettle is always on.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

nancarts said...

This is such a great idea! I might look at dresses on my next thrift store jaunt!
It is cute! and am sure you will look cute wearing it! Not an old lady's top. Wear it and be proud....

Smiles and Blessings,
Nancy

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Carol, I really liked what you said about everybody thinking everything is so wonderful and beautiful. I like honestly even if it HUrts.

I absolutely love what you did by adding the polka dot ruffle..... It looks fantastic and has that romantic look that I enjoy wearing so much. It's perfect Carol and I really like the material you used. but If you were doing this for me, I would of had you add the same material on the bottom to create length to the ankles. I like wearing long dresses and I especially like wearing long slips underneath just having enough showing a little bit. I wouldn't mind hiring you for my seamstress.

Enjoy your Day-

quilting chick said...

Definitely not an old lady shirt!! I love it-
Marietta

Marydon Ford said...

Honestly BLUNT I am!!! It is adorable! What a vision & creation ... now if I only had the BODY to go with it, I'd ask to borrow it ... chuckle!

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Cottage Rose said...

I must agree with the girls,,, I too like it. And what do boys know any way.... my Son would have said the same thing.... now I did not like it as a dress,,, but as a shirt and how you added some pretties to it,,, I love it..... I never would have thought of that,, so ware it and be proud....

Hugs;
Alaura

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Ah well darlin' I do HATE to tell you this but it DOES look like an old lady shirt. Soooo box it up and send it on to THIS old lady ... who will wear it and look like a very YOUNG chicky.
LOL
(())
Francie

Roselle said...

Classy, elegant and sassy. I say go for it. No old lady I know wears anything close to this! LOL
Roselle

Kathy said...

Your son sounds like my children. They are not shy in sharing their opinions. With that said, I think the blouse is very feminine - perhaps the broach is the key. I think the blouse would look great with a lovely strand of pearls!
Kathy

Debbie said...

Hi Carol....your son has no fashion clue! No old lady shirt here...so cute...and ruffles are the in thing. This is great to link up to my party...:) Have a great weekend.

Red Door Home said...

I think it is cute and is full of personality! Love your boxes of bling too!

The Thrifty Designer said...

NOT old lady! Besides, any old lady that could get away with that sleeveless top should wear it proudly. Very pretty.
Visiting from Debbie Doos.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Happy to see that you were #600...thanks so much...I sure did need something happy today! What age does your son consider OLD? I think it looks great and I think you have talent to be able to re-design it:) Hope you have an awesome weekend!

Blessings,
Linda

a little bit of everything said...

Followed you back from my blog. The remake came out great. I believe I have that very same vintage dress form!

Holly said...

I think it is way cute...I would totally wear it with jean...I wear everything with jeans. I am lovin' your boxes of bling!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

WHAT! NO! It is super classy! I so would wear it and you have great taste...So talented!
Thank you for following my blog, following you back :)
LOVE your bling, buttons... HAAAA
XOXO
Frenchy
Happy week-end!

Sailing Simply said...

Thanks for your visit to my blog and your kind compliments! I love the ruffles and bling. I think it's sweet and sassy! Love it! I've never thought of cutting a dress to make a top. I love that idea too! By the way when my new drapes came in, my son said they look like old people curtains. Whatever!

Farah said...

Its smart one, regardless of young and old age look, I think its great, very decent look... I like its back very much....
Thanks for stopping and your lovely remarks on my blog... I soon post the tutorial...

http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I think it turned out absolutely adorable!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hello Carol, Thanks for stopping by today. I also put ourselves as followers too. Have your self a great weekend. And you also did a great job on redoing the dress............Julian

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Carol you son doesn't know what he's talking about! I do not think it's old lady at all! I think you did a fabulous job with it and it looks chic! BTW, my children tell me what they think looks old lady too! Mostly I listen but sometimes I think they are wrong!

Hugs,
Jacalyn

Barbara Jean said...

Carol,
That bling is perfect for it!!
And the ruffle you added? Great idea!!

There is not one thing that says 'old lady blouse' to me.
It is young and chic!! I'd love to wear it!
(i'm 61, but 35 inside) =)

blessings

barbara jean

kim said...

I honestly think it is very cute. I love how you made a shirt out of a dress and only $4.

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

I love what you did with the dress, it really came out so cute!
Hugz,
Kim

Erin said...

Wow! I think this is terrific! What old lady would wear this? This says young and elegant, sophisticated but fun. Personality.(AND if an old lady did wear it, she'd have to be smoking hot, right?)

The Happy Homemaker said...

Well, considering that "old" to my own teenagers starts at about age 26, then I believe to yours,it may look "old"...
Now,Carol, I know I am a doddering old fool,at 36...but I think it's just lovely ;)

Linda said...

Hi Carol! I just love what you did with this!! Really creative! I really need to start thinking outside the box like this! Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog! I've really enjoyed my visit to yours, too, and am looking forward to reading more! I am now a follower, too- so nice to make a new blogging friend!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Cute cute post and cute cute blouse dress! I wore these floral cloth shoes to that anniversary party last weekend and the young men (my nephews) all said something about them). The shoes are vintage. I have had them for 20 years now and I think have only worn them a few times since they are so distinct. After they made fun of them I was thinking better about wearing them again and then darned if I didn't see a pair almost like them in this very hip catalog yesterday....kind of like Anthropologie. hmph!

Mary Ellen said...

What a great idea to repurpose a dress! I have several in the closet I might have to work on! I think it is cute. Would love to see a picture of you wearing it!

red.neck chic said...

Honestly? I'm thinking I need to be wearing that!!! Carol - SEW cute - LOVE LOVE LOVE the polka dot ruffle!!! So - I'll send you my address right now... LOL

GORGEOUS!!!!
:-D robelyn

Anonymous said...

The ruffle knocks the "old lady" right outta the park. LOVE IT! Katie in Texas.
Rock the shirt!

Diane said...

Old ladies are coming back. Love it, very ingenuious of you and for $4.00