(sing to the little mermaid song)
I’ve got dresses and skirts a plenty.
I’ve got black shirts with stripes galore.
You want sweatpants? I’ve got twenty.
But who cares, no big deal, I want moooooooore.

But seriously, I can’t stop. Maybe it’s genetically programed into me or it’s because of all those summers I spent shopping with my fashionista aunt, either way I love to shop. Even more than shopping, I love buying drop-dead-hit-my-head-give-me-stitches gorgeous items without breaking the bank.

And that’s why I love shopping at thrift stores. If I add another striped shirt to my closet, I know I’m at least getting a good deal. My mom taught us the art of thrift store shopping at a young age. She’s the queen of finding good deals and good brands! And if we’re being honest here, I’ll tell you that over 80% of the clothes in my closet come from a thrift store. So when I heard about Tag’s Thrift Store opening up right down the street, I about jumped for joy! Except that I was driving, so I couldn’t really jump. ;)  Brian was the one who told me about it, and I’ve been stalking the store ever since, waiting for grand opening day. Am I crazy? Maybe a little. But you already knew that ;)

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Anyway, I was beyond shocked to receive an invite to take a tour of Tag’s before it opened and compete in a little contest. Dream come true! (P.S. If you’re in Utah, definitely check out the grand opening today and tomorrow in American Fork. This is not your typical thrift store, they have a bakery! With the best caramel brownies I have ever tasted. Ever. Sounds tempting, right? That’s only the beginning, my friends! :)

For the contest, I found a navy, patterned dress and an off-white skirt to style. I was giddy over the bird pattern on the dress. And the lacey details on the hem of the skirt? Gorgeous! Unfortunately, both items were too large, and the dress was just a tad too short. Nothing a sewing machine can’t fix, right? I love how flirty and feminine the dress feels now – makes me want to twirl! (tutorial below)

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DIY Thrift Store Dress Transformationlevel: beginner

Supplies needed:
Lacey trim or fabric for hem
Extra fabric for ruching
Matching Thread
Sewing machine and needle

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STEP ONE: Cut the lace off the bottom of the skirt. As you can see in the photo above, the skirt I found did not have a straight hem line. This made it a little tricky, but I tried to just leave an inch above the lace part all the way around.

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STEP TWO: Pin lace to the slip on the inside of your dress and sew all the way around.

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STEP THREE: (not pictured) take in the dress on the sides and top. I flipped the dress inside-out and while wearing it, used pins to mark where I wanted it sewn. I also pinned the top part of the sleeves. The dress was very loose on the top, taking it in on the top of the sleeves fixed that problem

STEP FOUR: After taking in the dress, I decided to add a little more detail to the dress. I simply added one rectangular strip to the front of the dress in the middle. Then, I took some of the tulle that was leftover from the original skirt, and using my sewing machine, ruched the material. (I don’t have a tutorial for the ruching method, but they’re all over pinterest and google!) Pin the ruched tulle to the rectangular piece and sew. (You could hand sew this part, but I was too lazy and just ran it through my machine.) Lastly, I chose four, mismatched gold buttons, and hand sewed them onto the ruched material.

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And that’s it! I love that this dress is such a great transitional piece from summer to fall. The dress is lightweight and bouncy for summer, but paired with boots and a sweater, it’s perfect for fall! And I loved how well these earrings complimented the dress. 

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Mismatched buttons? Be still my heart. I almost didn’t add the front ruffle to the dress, but I’m so glad I did. It wouldn’t be the same without it.

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Are you a thrift store shopper or a bargain hunter? Do you have a favorite place you love to shop? I would LOVE to hear about your favorite find or latest DIY project. Now that I have this project done, I’m ready for more. Feel free to leave me link, I’ll check it out! HAPPY FRIDAY!

P.S. I mentioned above that I entered this dress into a contest. Every time someone leaves a comment on the post, or likes, pins, shares, etc with hashtag #tagsthrift, it counts as a vote. So…if you feel inclined to do any of the above, I will hug you! Virtual hug you, but know that I appreciate it, and appreciate YOU! This blogging community is AWESOME. Love you all. XO