Thrift Store Redo: Adding Straps To a Dress

We were going to a Fourth of July party and I wanted to wear a red daytime dress. I found a cute J Crew dress at the thrift shop for three dollars but it was strapless and a bit too long. It fit perfectly, except I’m not comfortable in strapless dresses. 
Not every thrift shop find has to be an all out reconstruction.
I don’t like the way a-line dresses look when they are below the knee on me so I cut off the bottom tier of ruffle off and turned it into straps. I added some pretty crochet trims from my stash and left the frayed edge on the strap to match the ruffles. and now it is a comfy summer dress!

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-McKenzie

Comments

  1. Shannon says

    Your straps look like they were always meant to be there – now that’s an excellent fix!

  2. Another Sewing Scientist says

    I’ve done this too – I bought a maxi dress that was strapless and a bit too long. Strapless + toddler = wardrobe malfunction, so I just cut off the last layer of ruffles, re-hemmed and turned the excess into straps!

  3. Sew Country Chick says

    @shannon&lulu,thanks!
    @sewing scientist. I didn’t even consider that one, but true!

  4. Mongs says

    very clever and turn out so pretty! You’re amazing!

    love~mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

  5. SewCool21 says

    The dress is cute. the straps look great with the dress.
    Great job!