A few months ago, I picked up a dress at Goodwill. It was the most beautiful emerald color, made of a wonderfully soft and thick jersey fabric, and even had pockets! No holes, no stains, no funky smell. The only problem was the era. See, this was an eighties dress. Huge plastic belt buckle, long baggy sleeves with elastic wrists, turtle neck, shoulder pads, ankle length: The works!
I knew I was going to alter it, but put it off. I was busy that week, and the dress got buried. I didn’t even take a before picture. But one night I was getting ready for a swing dance and just wasn’t feeling any of my existing dresses. So I dug this thrift dress out and set to work hewing an emerald out of the rough!
I hacked off the sleeves, ripped out the shoulder pads, slashed the hem, and carved a new neckline. And even with raw edges and slightly jagged cutting, I loved it! I wore it to the dance and it was fun and spun wonderfully!
So the next day I made the necessary finishing touches, evening out the sleeves, attaching a band around the neckline (cut from the removed sleeves!), shorting the hem a touch more and actually, ya’know, hemming it!