One $ Wonder(ful)

My mother gave me this dress some time ago. She bought it for $1.00 at a thrift store and thought the dress might look cute if I hemmed it. O k a y y y y y  …

I thought it had potential, but a little hem seemed like just the beginning, or perhaps the grand finale. The fit was acceptable in bust but was too big elsewhere.

After releasing a few stitches of the bust lining, I was able to adjust the bodice.

Following the stitching lines I removed two inches from the upper bodice through the hips. I then tapered the lower portion removing nearly 8 inches from the skirt sweep which changed the A-line  into a straight skirt. Luckily this alteration took up the slack in the back, and all I had left to do was to hem the dress. Mother wasn’t too far off track.


It’s all in the fit, isn’t it?

A cute dress can look ho-hum when it doesn’t fit, and a ho-hum dress can look cute when it does fit. 

T H A N K S ,  M O M  ! !

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58 Responses to One $ Wonder(ful)

  1. LaKaribane says:

    That looks remarkably like the now infamous dress Michelle Obama wore on tv for a talk show, that sold out within days and that Simplicity provided a knock-off for (sorry, forgot the exact number but it might be a wardrober.)

    Migth be the best dress $1 could buy, LOL! Looks great on you, very flattering.

  2. Pauline Droy says:

    wonderful transformation

  3. reecie says:

    You are too smart.

  4. Lisa P says:

    Fantastic I love these refashions people seem to perfect with no problem at all. Your Mom obviously has a good eye !

  5. Myra says:

    I agree with Lisa, your Mom does have a great eye and you have a great talent!! Good job!

  6. Heather says:

    And I agree with both Lisa and Myra… Your alterations have made the dress a winner, and I love this shade of green on you!

  7. Becky says:

    Even when you have money to spend, It feels great to find a bargain that is of good quality and that you will actually wear. This is too cute, and you look lovely in it. You are right, it is all in the fit. Hopefully someday I will be able to make garments fit as well as you do. Good job!

    • Many thanks for your nice comment, Becky! You’re right – there’s nothing better than a good AND useful bargain. I’m convinced the secret to fitting is to measure, baste and take your time !

  8. Cissie Wellons says:

    How fabulous! Your mother must have access to a better thrift store than I do. Your changes make all the difference — and now you have yet another great summer dress! And for $1 no less.

    • Thank you, Cissie! Mother volunteers at a thrift store in the Pinehurst area that receives many high end donations – especially in men’s golf clothes :) :)

      • Cissie Wellons says:

        I don’t live far from Pinehurst. Maybe I can get down there and beat your mother to the real treasures!!

  9. That was a very dramatic improvement!!

  10. gingermakes says:

    Really cute! Good eye, mom! This cut is adorable on you!

  11. Irene says:

    It very definitely is all in the fit. Great save!

  12. Art Attack says:

    Adorable! Think what you can do with the other $199 semolians!

  13. katy says:

    Your mother has a good eye and you did a fabulous job turning it into something that looks great on you.

  14. CherryPix says:


  15. Lori says:

    Fabulous transformation, your mom did a great job with the purchase.

  16. jlundy6116 says:

    Oh wow! Just wonderful! That looks so great now.

  17. Gail says:

    Good save. It looks fantastic

  18. Velosewer says:

    It really is all about the fit. Your Mum has a good eye for your style.

  19. Carolyn says:

    You did a fabulous job on making this dress fit you!

  20. Jan says:

    I love what you did with the dress! I’ll bet your Mom is proud!

  21. Coco says:

    Really cute dress. This sheath style really suits you…

  22. Kerri says:

    Quite a transformation… well worth the effort!

  23. Kathie Bennett says:

    Looks like $300…sign me up today!!!

  24. Karen says:

    You are a whiz at making over kind of dowdy dresses into very stylish ones! This one turned out so well!

  25. Carolyn says:

    Nice save! You did a terrific job fixing up this dress; it looks super cute :)

  26. Rosie says:

    Your Mom has very nice taste! You did a fantastic job on altering / fitting the dress.

  27. dara says:

    I always enjoy reading your blog. Your sewing is as beautiful as you are!

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