Today I want to share a thrifted dress project with you. My daughter bought me this dress on her last thrifting adventure. {Isn’t she sweet?} It’s from Land’s End and in great shape. When I tried on the dress, I didn’t like the length of the hem. It’s probably just me, but I think that dresses that hit right at my knee look horrible on my body type, that type being tree trunks for legs. I feel more comfortable in dresses that hit just above the knee or way below the knee. It required a change of only about two inches, but one that made the difference between a dress I will wear and one I wouldn’t wear.

before and after hem

Luckily, I had a sewing machine and ten minutes of time. I just cut a little strip off the bottom of the dress and hemmed it.

hem thrifted dress

Now the dress feels more like me. Here’s how I wore it a few days ago.

thrifted dress

thrifted dress

I think there are a thousand more ways to style this versatile dress, so there’s a chance I will be wearing this every other day. One of the things I love about thrifting is that if the fit isn’t perfect, it’s okay to make alterations because even if you mess it up, you didn’t spend a ton of money in the first place. Giving yourself permission to mess up means giving it a try, and every time you give it a try, you learn something new that will help on your next project. Win-win.

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16 Responses to Thrifted Dress

  1. Ah! Love this with the belt and sneakers! Go you!

  2. Heidi Maria says:

    You wear it so well Betsy! Adorable!

  3. Alicia Jay says:

    I commented on FB because my internet was refusing to load the blog, but now I’m happy to be here…it’s so cool that you and your daughter share a love of thrifting and upcycling clothes. What a nice way to bond while learning/teaching each other. This dress is really cute, and I agree- just above the knee or much longer is usually a more flattering length for me too!

    • Alicia Jay says:

      BTW, I’m wearing a shirt right now that I made from a vintage drop waist dress. The front has a beautiful machine-embroidered panel with cutouts and lace, and it has very lightly quilted cap sleeves. Unfortunately the skirt was very large and not especially flattering, so I cut it off, hemmed the top, and now have a unique piece!

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Alicia! I am very blessed to share a love of thrifting and upcycling with my daughter.

  4. This is so cute. You did a great job.
    Debi and Charly

  5. emily says:

    so cute! I love how you just changed it a bit and the HUGE difference it made! I came over from whipperberry. Happy Friday!

  6. Alexandra says:

    Very cute, coming over from TT&J

  7. Lol, you’ve got great legs, but I know the feeling. I have inherited the family “cankles” (ankles that are just really calves that extend to my feet 😉 and skirt length is very important (I usually just prefer full-length skirts for that reason!).

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Danielle! It’s nice to get to a practical mindset where we accept the body we have and do what we can to present it in the most flattering light. It’s not complaining about the thick legs, but it not’s trying to pretend they’re tiny, either. Cheers to cankles!

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