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Springing into Plaid

In honor of spring and this past weekend's event I decided to re-fashion a dress I purchased at a local thrift store. The dress was a winter material yet, I love the red and black plaid dress with a subtle hint of yellow.

Re-fashion is when you take something old and make it differently. Since I loved the material of the dress I didn’t want to stray too far from the original look.


The dress was a size 10 it was way too big for me. This dress included shoulder pads and the back slit was torn apart. There were some great things about the dress it had a nice long zipper in the back. Also, front and back darts. But the sleeve length was crazy long. See below:


Here is my take on re-fashioning garments. I have learned that cutting a garment that I want to make into something different or fashion again, does not work for me. To get the dress to fit my size 4-6 frame I turn the dress inside out and put it on. This allows me to see how it looks in the mirror and to trace out my frame with chalk. I use chalk because I can see it and it washes out easily. Is this hard to do? Sometimes, it can be challenging but it works for me.

After tracing out my frame, I do not cut the fabric. Also, I leave a seam allowance of at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch, depending on how I want the dress to fit me. Then, I take the garment to my sewing machine and start the re-fashion process. I appreciated that this garment had front and back darts as I was able to adjust those to help with fit. In addition, I added bust darts as removing the shoulder pads made it bulgy in the bust area.

Here is my finished look:


As you can see the sleeves are a quarter length. I had one sleeve pulled up on the left side as I had been standing outside in the sun waiting to see Mary Mary. This look was for the Gospel Xplosion concert and I loved it. I wore neon yellow shoes purchased from Go Jane. To bring the look together I accessorized with simple silver bracelets and a neon yellow necklace. The simple black and gold handbag is from Just Fab (I love their hand bag).

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It's okay to bring a little winter into spring!! I believe it is all about the way you rock it. The clothes do not make you, whether new, old, or thrifted. Be confident in who you are, what you wear and remember to always:

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Embrace God, Love You, & Be Fashioned For Hem!


Shishandra Devlin is the writer, poet, fashionista, and creative mind behind this avenue.  She loves to create budget friendly fits through shopping, sewing,  or thrifiting that are thought provokingly cute, yet economically savvy. 

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