Oh, this dress. I’m pretty sure its vintage, if not obvious from the dated style, but from the tags too. It’s a Jessica McClintock dress, whose (similar) dresses currently run anywhere from $45-$185, and I got it at Thriftsmart during one of their 50% off sales, so instead of $7.99, it was only $3.99! WIN!
I’ve had this dress in my “to-be-refashioned” pile for quite some time, not really sure what to do with it. The shoulder pads are HUGE, and the nearly floor length dress is comprised entirely of pink chiffon and white lace. It really can’t get much girlier. And it REALLY can’t be worn as is. First step was to take out the shoulder pads. Now, sometimes I like to leave shoulder pads in, to give a little shape, but these gave me the shape of a football player, so out they came!
After putting it on my dressform, I realized exactly what I wanted to do, and it was so easy, I can’t believe I waited so long to do it! All I did was cut off the bottom part – the fluted skirt – and hemmed the edge. Now I’ve got a tunic top/mini dress and a bunch of fabric that can be made into a ballerina-inspired skirt for the spring!
I can’t wait to show you how I styled it on Monday! Spoiler alert: there will be two different thrifty outfits to see!