Feb 7, 2011

The time I bought a size 16 dress

My University is dangerously close to a street lined with thrift stores.  Dangerous I say well because..I have no self-control when it comes to thrift stores.  I'm a bit of an over-enthustiastic DIYer and think everything and anything can be made over into something glam. 

Not so much, at least not for me anyways. 
 I just don't have that special *touch*.

After class last week I stopped by one of these thrift stores looking for a long pleated skirt to DIY.  No luck.  But I did keep stumbling over denim dresses.  Seriously who wears long denim dresses?

Then it hit me.

Didn't I spot a denim dress in the BCBG section last week?
Yep!  Granted, it wasn't a long denim dress, but I had high hopes for these here dresses at this here thrift store.

So I bought one and figured if all else fails, the only thing I've lost is my pride  a few bucks.

Here is the before:
 (I wish I had taken a picture of me in it before.  It was literally 10 sizes too big!)

All I did was take it in a few inches on each side and hem it just a tad.  Total time from start to finish?  Less than 1 hour.
(Insert creepy proud smile here)

I can't wait for warmer weather so I can prance around in this beauty! 

Sidenote:  The scarf+ sunglasses has always been an obsession of mine.  
Owning a red convertible and driving around with the top down and my scarf + glasses is on my bucket list.


  1. I LOVE it! And you're in Memphis, right? Did I make that up? I got to your blog from another Memphis blog. If so, will you email me and tell me what thrift stores you like here? :)

  2. OMG you should be crazy super proud right now!!!! This looks like a zillion bucks on you! <3 it fits perfect!

    You have me dyyyying to learn how to sew. I'm really really considering asking for a sewing machine for my bday instead of super chic sunglasses.... but omg do I want/need/love those shades! crap!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  3. Too cute! I own a sewing machine that I pretend to know how to use but could have NEVER done that! Hmmmm, maybe I should try?! :)


  4. cute dress! Can't wait for you to be able to wear it more too!

  5. You look adorable!! I can't believe that it fits you SO well now, but was SO big before!! You're stunning!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. Ok firstly, props for the DIY thrift dress! It looks like it fits you like a glove, and I say go for the denim look, it looks amazing on you.

    Secondly, could you be any prettier?! I love these pics of you. And I cannot WAIT for my snail mail! And don't ever feel bad for a delayed response--I want it to be fun, not stressful. I'm just happy to get one. : )

  7. i like the denim dress - i think it's pretty - i would wear it a little shorter because I'm short

  8. That really turned out cute. Bravo for you doing it. When I buy a DIY project I usually never actually get to to it..

  9. Wow! It looks amazing on you-- I wish I could pull stuff like this off!

  10. That is amazing! I wish I could buy clothes in whatever size and alter them within an hour! Wow, that's awesome. And you look GREAT in it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love new visitors! :)

  11. looks fabulous!!! great work :) i'm inspired to hit up my thrift store...

  12. great, you look great and the dress came out in the perfect size! well done!!!
    happy week and thanks for stopping ny at my blog :)

  13. wow - this is amazing! i'm so jealous of your crafty skills! you look beautiful!

  14. Great job! I would not have thought to do this. Bravo!

  15. aww so cute! I would never be able to do that.

    Absolutely love the necklace as well.


  16. I AM SO JEALOUS!!!! I need to learn how to take in dresses sooo badly! it looks fabulous!

  17. what an amazing find! looks perfect on you.

  18. thanks for your comment

    I like your blog, and your hair.
    I follow you

  19. ummmm hi you are a total model. no fair ;) seriously, though. LOVE the necklace and your hair!


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