It used to be that the thought of tearing apart a ready-made garment and altering it brought chills to my neck. I would always say if I have to pay good money for something and then alter it, it was not worth the money. But, since I have been buying a large share of my clothing from thrift stores lately my philosophy has changed.
Lets start with this beautiful embroidered skirt. Believe it or not it was a size 2X. I looked at it and really liked it. The elastic that was in it was really worn and needed to be replaced so I figured I could just cut the waist band off, turn the top over and put in a new piece of 2 1/2″ elastic. How easy was that! I paid $6 for this skirt and around $2 for the elastic.
A friend and I were talking a couple of weeks ago about purchasing a jean vest that we could wear with our t-shirts. I looked at the stores and on-line and could find nothing that I really liked for the price. Finding a vest or jacket (that I could cut the sleeves off) at a thrift store would also be hard. Of course with Yehovah all things are possible. I walked into Nana’s House Thrift store the other day and guess what was hanging there!! It was a beautiful jacket by Vera Wang and I only paid $6. When I got it home I was actually hesitant to cut the sleeves off but after looking at it for hours I finally got the nerve to do it and I was very pleased. I did have to take it in under the arms as jackets have more room under the arm area.
The next vest I purchased was also at Nana’s House Thrift Store and it was on sale for $2. I didn’t try it on and when I got home it was way to small to button up. I then decided I was going to take the side seams apart and insert a piece of jean fabric. I looked and looked for a pair of thrift store jeans that would come close to the color and could not anything that I thought would work. Then I remembered the sleeves I cut off the Vera Wang jacket and I figured it was going to be as close as anything I could find. The deconstruction and reconstruction went rather quickly. I used jean thread to top stitch and I think it looks rather nice. I think this will be my favorite for a while.
Where do you find your thrift store finds? Do you have to alter them?