Refashions Round Two

So my second trip to the Goodwill Blue Hanger Outlet here in Austin yielded an even larger haul! Here are some of my first refashions from that set:

I LOVED the print on this dress, but it was an Old Navy XXL, and I’m an Old Navy small!


This one took a lot of time because I needed to do some resizing of the cups beyond just chopping of 4 or 5 inches on each side.

Preliminary chops. I took this in a lot more later on.

I really like resizing from larger sizes because it is easier to get adequate boob coverage (at least on the sides) and I can choose the fit through the hips/stomach as well. This one is planned as a beach/pool coverup, or maybe something for a laid back cookout.


I am in love with this next top! I was immediately drawn to the print and neck details.

Neck details
Neck details

It became immediately clear why someone put this top up for adoption though: the arms were elastic and way too tight for a large (has Charlotte Russe ever heard of pushups?)

You can't tell too much, but my arms are in some serious pain!
You can’t tell here, but my arms are losing circulation.

Luckily, removing elastic from its casing isn’t difficult! I also took it in an inch on each side, as the very wide peasant look isn’t flattering on my body type.

Before and after
Pinning inside-out.

I was really unsure what to do with the last top in this batch of refashions. I like the orange chevron print, but the shirt had a lot of issues. To start with, it had hideous pockets on the front.


Second, it had obviously been previously refashioned by someone who was too lazy to snip their seams afterward!

Why couldn’t you snip that seam?

The pockets had to go first. I took in the sides in quite a bit. Then I ripped out the previous refashioner’s shoulder seams, and used a long stitch on my machine to gather the shoulders a lot. Then I used the pocket flaps to gather the shoulders and give the neckline a unique look. All-in-all… I don’t hate it and I’ll probably wear it occasionally. Success!

A bit smaller, a lot more fashionable, and still relaxed.

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