Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Thrift Store Runway
This dress is kind of a big deal for me. I bought it over a month ago at my favorite thrift store for $4. I was practically giddy because it was originally from BCBG Max Azria and I was sure it was silk. I was wrong about the silk part, it's polyester (I really need to read the labels more!) I wore it to dinner with the family a while ago, but I didn't love it. So, after reading Overdressed and taking the author's urging to refashion clothes to heart, I decided to cut off the kimono-esque, bat-wing-like sleeves and make it into a simple shift. I did my best to ignore the tiny Heidi Klum in my brain wrinkling her nose and saying, "It looks homesewn." This is what it looked like originally, with a close up of a ripping seam:
I found and dusted off my sewing kit, actually measured, marked on it with a kiddie marker I found, cut off the unwanted parts, closed it up from the waist, fixed the ripped seams, and hemmed the arm-holes. It. Took. Forever. Ok, I'm exaggerating. It took several nights of Olympics watching. But I'm pretty happy with the results! I think I'm going to go back tonight and make the arm holes a bit smaller, but I'm fairly pleased at the results and at myself! I'm also pondering buying a sewing machine...
Ok, but the title of this post comes from a website I learned about on Steph's blog Thinkings of a Thirty Year Old because last week she posted that she was going to enter her outfit on Thrift Store Runway. I was curious so I followed the link and found out that if your thrifted outfit costs less than $50 you can enter your photo and possibly win one of five $100 prizes! But wait! It gets better! (And this is why I'm telling you, otherwise I might have kept it to myself because I understand how probability works.) If there are 50 or more people entered in August's contest, each of the 5 winners will receive $500! That's like a million dollars at a thrift store! So... what are you waiting for? Go and enter one of your awesome thrift store outfits! And consider buying me fancy salted chocolate caramels if you win?
- weather: cloudy but pleasant
- dress, thrifted at Frenzi, altered by me, cost $4 divided by 2 uses = approximate current cost per wear (accpw) $2
- gladiator sandals, super old, accpw $1
- pebbled bag, ebay, accpw $9
- arm candy: watch, old Target bracelet, Gap band
- ethical ensemble evaluation: A-