Visiting thrift stores is addicting. One day you’ll find a Goodwill with the finest 50s furniture, the next a hole in the wall with scary fashion trends you hoped to never see again. Either way, you will always find something to laugh at or that steal you can’t pass up.
I found this lovely lace top at a second hand clothing boutique in Kennesaw, GA for $6.99 – pricey for a thrift shirt as far as I’m concerned but so pretty. I love lacey or sheer tops I can wear over tanks when it gets hot. At almost $7, it was about the normal sale price at the Charlotte Russe it came from, but I’m willing to overlook that. Still, I knew it would need a good thrift store refashion before I would ever put this thing on.
Full disclosure: this is my first real thrift store refashion. I buy stuff sometimes that I think is cute with the best intentions of working some clothing DIY magic on it, but never quite get around to it. It’s for that exact reason that I stopped buying ‘cute but not quite’ clothes in the first place. You (and I) will be happy to know that this top was in my possession for less than a week before I actually started my overhaul. Let’s all be proud of me.
Does anyone actually like bubble tops? The elastic waist tops and bubble skirts were HUGE but I can’t find a single person who actually likes them that way. I think they’re gross. The elastic rides to my natural waistline, making everything a midriff top that is both uncomfortable and generally too revealing for me. Plus, the elastic at the arms is uncomfortable with a poofy elbow thing that I just can’t get down with.
Snip snip it was. I carefully removed the bottom elastic to reveal about two inches of extra lace. Then I cut straight across the arms to get rid of elastic and excess fabric drape in one go. I used this stitch to sew the new hems because I figured it would hold it together better with less chance of unraveling and I HATE doing double folded hems on something so thin.
What is that stitch even used for really?
Here’s the rub: I can’t wear white. Or beige. Or yellow. Or really anything light because I am pale enough to be mistaken for a vampire on a regular basis and anything light or bright makes me look dead. The shirt is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. Will that dye at all? Probably not. Will the 100% cotton thread I used on the hems dye differently because it was literally the only white thread I had? Probably yes. Let’s find out!
I chose some purple RIT Dye, grabbed a plastic pan, and went to town. I also threw in a piece of experimental knitting because YOLO.
It turned from a beige to a pale pink, and you know what? I’ll take it. Pretty pink pastel is better than “wow, are you okay? you look sick” or “jeez, did you get any sleep?” Seriously, screw all of you. I’m just pale. Though I wish now I’d chosen the green dye instead of the purple. Eh.
Also, do you see this hilariousness? My cotton thread soaked up the dye like a sponge. But you know what that is? Designer stitching. You can’t get that in stores ladies and gents. One of a kind. Totally intentional and looks so incredibly hip in those areas where I my lace caught and I sewed giant wads of thread together. Classy.
And check out the knitting. It’s 100% wool yarn and that baby is looking fly! It’s hard to capture, but I got a slightly mottled deep purple with almost magenta patches. Still have no idea what to do with it, but it’s ready for whenever I get the inspiration.
I’m sorry I said fly.
So here is the final before and after of my (most extensive to date) thrift store refashion.