Thrift Store Refashion- house dress to blouse


1950s house dress refashion plus size vintage

1950s plaid house dress refashion plus size vintage

Today I wanted to do a little thrift store refashion. As you remember from my date night post, I bought some super cute little cotton dresses from the thrift store on Thursday night. I bought them knowing that they were way too small and that I would do something wonderful with them. I couldn't sleep that night because I was thinking about the possibilities.

I woke up the next morning, put on my new Andrews Sisters CD, pulled out my scissors and hacked this dress apart.
First, I used my seam ripper to rip the seams at both sides, skirt is still attached:

Next, I cut off the bottom, below the zipper and pockets, making sure that it was the appropriate length for a shirt.

next, I measures across the bust to see how many more inches it needed. I also measured the length to see how long the strip should be. I used the skirt to cut the strips that I needed:

I sewed the strip to the blouse at both seams, hemmed up the bottom and trimmed any loose threads. (note: the strip length goes from the bottom of the blouse, all the way up to the bottom of the sleeve, so it covers the armpit area, making the sleeve bigger) While I sewed, Olivia was put to sleep by the lullaby of the Andrews Sisters

1950s plaid house dress refashion plus size vintage
Today we had to take Olivia in for a check-up and do a little shopping so this is what I wore-

Shirt-St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store
Skirt- St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store
Socks- Target
Shoes- payless
Kitty- Esteban, the 6-toed kitty


  1. impressive!!! I'm good at the hacking apart steps, but not the putting back together bit ;)

  2. I am tres jealous of your vision and talent! I can't even hem straight, great job! Love the socks (and cats).
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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  3. can your socks be any cuter???? loving them.

  4. socks are on sale at Target. I have them in cream too! -super cute-!

  5. That is SKILL :)

    Your little one is so precious!

    ♥ Aya


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