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Refashioning Thrift Store Finds

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Today’s post is about recycling/refashinoing a Thrift Store T-Shirt.  I found this shirt about 2 weeks ago at one of my local thrift stores. It’s a size XL I think but I fell in LOVE with the pattern and just KNEW i could do something with it!! This shirt only cost me 3.00!!!!!!!  What a steal!! I think the shirt was beautiful before I decided to cut it up, it would have been cute with a belt, Oh well though! lol.  On to the photos…

I used MCCALLS Pattern M6791 ! I was going to freestyle the dress with no pattern, but since it’s sooo cold here in Atlanta, I really wanted sleeves.  As a new sewer, drafting sleeves is not something thats easy for me.  I attempted once and it didn’t come out so well. I understand them a LOT more now, and I think I will tackle them one day down the line with NO pattern!!

Any who, I only used the front piece and the sleeve.  I cut the front piece a little below the waist and I plan to use this as a base for all of my dresses since I can always change up the neckline easily.


Oh, Also by the way, I add interfacing to all of my patterns that I plan to reuse A LOT!!!  This makes them super duper sturdy.  I know you can retrace them onto sturdier paper , but that takes wayyy to much time to me, and this is so much neater and QUICK lol.

To make this dress I simply placed my pattern onto my t-shirt and I added length and added my hip measurements then cut out the dress.  I used scrap leather that I had lying around for the sleeves.

This was my end result 🙂

Please let me know if you would like a video tutorial 🙂 Thanks for reading!



7 thoughts on “Refashioning Thrift Store Finds

  1. Great refashion!! I really do need to do one soon 🙂 looks so fun

  2. This is dope! I love going to the thrift store

    1. Thank you!!! The thrift store is EVERYTHING!

  3. I love this! I never have any luck when thrifting. You’ve got skills, girl.

    1. Thank you so much!! Thrifting i notice – takes time – you just have to keep checking back! I found the cutest pair of Aldo shoes one day – and have been back twice and haven’t seen anything at this particular store that is nice !BUt i’m not going to give up lol.

  4. That is dope, I love the thrift store. I usually hit goodwill every Thursday for $1 dollar day! Great inspo👏🏾

  5. This turned out to be a cute dress. Thrifting is definitely something that has started trending in these recent years and I see why.

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