One of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn how to sew, so shortly after the New Year I went out and bought a sewing machine so that I would have no excuse but to tackle this ever-so-daunting task. I wasn’t planning on making clothing from scratch, but rather transforming existing pieces and turning them into new treasures.
A DIY-er’s dream is to refashion and upcycle goodies; mine is no other. So last week, I took a trip to Value Village – the thrift superstore – in hopes of finding some super cheap and super chic pre-loved items!
I spent about an hour in the store – there was so much to look at and so much to see! I’m not a usual suspect when it comes to thrift shopping, so I was very overwhelmed by the wide variety of items at the store, but at the same time, full of excitement.
I had my mind set on finding an old blazer and transforming it into a chic blazer vest by removing its sleeves. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, but definitely close!
Here are the treasures I scooped up under $40! 1. Silk Wrap Top in Scarf Print $6.99 2. Double Breasted, Super Shoulder Padded Blazer Dress $12.99 3. Full A-Line Lined Skirt $5.99 4. Leopard Fur Skirt $8.99
From these 4 items, I came up with endless possibilities for transforming them into new (and once again loved) pieces. I was able to test out my sewing skills on some of these pieces. Remember to wash all your items before you start working on them. I converted two looks from these thrifted items at Value Village. What do you think?!
Look One – Sleeveless Gold Buttoned Dress with Scarf Print Blouse and Belt
Before & After:
Blazer Dress: I removed the shoulder pads, sleeves, and buttons, and updated the look by switching to gold buttons and shortening the hemline. (I will reveal a step-by-step tutorial later this week!)
Silk Wrap Top: I removed the wrap straps from the top and sewed the ends of the strap to create a belt for the dress. The top has also now been transformed to a kimono top!
Look Two – Blue Top and Jewel Belted Purple Skirt
Before and After:
All I did was belt this skirt and pair it with a top that matched the skirts’s lining. I love this look and think it’s so cute for a wedding!
I haven’t done anything to the leopard skirt yet, but my idea is to shorten the skirt because it is incredibly big on me and to use the excess fabric to create a leopard fur fold-over clutch. I will be sure to share the step-by-step with you soon!
I am so glad I stepped into Value Village to find these amazing picks. There are so many Value Village locations across Canada, the U.S., and Australia, each carrying a different assortment of clothing and items. I will have to make a trip to several different ones to find my favourite stores!
If you are a regular thrift shopper, please share some of your tips and tricks with me! I’d love to hear from you and I’m sure fellow readers would, too.
Introducing Value Village – the thrift superstore! Find thousands of quality used clothing items, housewares, books and more…at amazing low prices! You’ve got to see it to believe it!