Alter Thrift Store Dresses For New Clothes

I've been looking for tops for my white skirt and ivory skirt and looking for print skirts.

One day I hadn't found anything and went to the dresses, although I didn't want a dress. I found a dress with a print I liked and thought, "I wish this were a skirt." That's when I realized I could cut it in half and make a skirt. Maybe next time the top half of a dress will become a top. Another time, a long skirt was cut to make a short, cute skirt. And then I realized I could take pants and make shorts when I can't find shorts! I'm not a pro sewer, but hems are easy enough.

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This may not be news to some, but I was so excited to see something in a new way and can now look in additional sections of the store when I need something. And that long skirt that became a short one only cost $2 because the color tag was half off! :O

I had to laugh the other day when I realized thrifting now makes Walmart look expensive!

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June 24, 20140 found this helpful

This is a great money-saving tip! And as well as saving money, it can be helpful when you need to find a certain style or color or you just don't like the top half of the dress. We've recently been doing this for my 8 year old daughter. For the vast majority of my daughter's clothing, I shop a large, cheap consignment sale which is held twice a year.

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Unfortunately, many of the styles of clothing for girls her age are not very modest, with halter top dresses and many skirts which are way too short. This last sale, I had the idea to go ahead and buy those halter top dresses and make those into longer, lovely skirts by cutting off the top and adding elastic to the waist. This also works well for those dresses which are too tight or too large up top but which have the perfect length for a skirt, or those which have a character or wording on the top half. Who puts phrases like "boy crazy" or "I'm flirty" on dresses for 8 year olds anyway?!? This idea has worked very well for us!

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