Friday, June 15, 2012

Preview: Thrifting Chronicles, $4 Kids Tweed Dress Set

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Happy Friday, readers! I'm currently on vacation and hope to resume posting next week. I know I owe many of you emails from months past, so thank you again for your patience. Just wanted to do a quick preview of one of my favorite thrift store finds to date - a little girls Easter twinset which I've converted into a flirty tweed sheath dress, all for $4! I look forward to sharing more about this (and the simple alterations performed) soon.

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  1. Lol! at the before picture!

    That is a great color on you. I also love the bold necklace with the tweed!

    Enjoy your vacation!

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  2. this is SO fun! you are inspiring me to get a few pieces altered so they are actually wearable! i love it!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  3. Oh wow! Cant wait for the post! have a fun time.

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  4. How cool! Can't wait to read about your alterations :))

    x
    Sabrina
    a pixie's view on fashion

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  5. I'm seriously both impressed and inspired! I already know that I can get away with certain things from the children's department, but I'm totally awed by how you made this kiddie dress into a genuinely stylish and classic piece! Way to go, Jean!

    xoxo,
    Sabrina
    http://www.thepetitestyle.com

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  6. Wow, definitely inspirational! Love how you have an eye for finding potential in thrift clothes. Can't wait for the full post. Have a great time on your vacation!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  7. OMG this is GORGEOUS Jean!!! I love the after look so much!!!! Take me thrifting with you!!!!! You have an amazing eye for things, I really wish I had that same eye so I could stop buying random things thinking they could work when in reality I just have no idea what the potential could be since I'm too busy with the current state of clothing items. Adore this look on you!

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  8. That's amazing.

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  9. really cool! love the pigtails, haha.

    xo
    Angie
    sundaybelle.com

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  10. omgg what an amazing result! do you alter your clothes by yourself?

    Laura x

    demure-porcelain.blogspot.com

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  11. wow it's quite a big difference! The "new" dress is gorgeous and elegant

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  12. That's a great find! The necklace is amazing as well :-)

    Maria
    www.daintyanddecadent.com

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  13. Wow! This looks great -- probably took it in at the sides to contour your body, right? Are you also going to have the jacket altered as well?

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    1. Yes it was pretty easy to do...the jacket on the other hand is quite the challenge : )

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  15. Whoa, where do you get it tailored? Or do you tailor it yourself?

    js-go.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm trying to save on tailoring costs by doing simple things myself. For more complex items will probably have to go back to Hemmingway Tailors

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  16. Oh my word... it's like a total transformation. The dress is SO pretty and chic on you, I just love it.

    xo, Yi-chia

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  17. what an awesome idea ::running to the thrift store::

    lawmoda.blogspot.com

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  18. Ohhh!! This is awesome, Jean!

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  19. That looks great! Excited to see how you achieved this.

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  20. Oh my gosh! You made that look amazing! And I LOVE that necklace!!

    www.highheelstosneakers.com

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  21. LOL Jean hilarious! You and Nick must have had some fun dressing you up for the before pic :P Have a great vacation!

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  22. WOW! What an awesome find! I can't fit kids anymore... width wise :(

    kat
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

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  23. LOVE!! That dress looks gorgeous on you. If you ever decide to sell it, please let us know!

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  24. interesting...I love how you can think of such great ideas to transition an ugly piece into something wearable and pretty.

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  25. OMG,Jean! The after look is fabulous!!! You are amazing!!

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  26. that's pretty awesome! you're so resourceful o.o
    you look like you were trying to control your laughter in the "before" picture. XD

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  27. Your before pix is too funny. I look forward to your full post soon. BTW enjoy your vacation.

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  28. Great DIY as always. Love that statement necklace too! Have fun on vacay!

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  29. wow!! i might stop by a nearby thrift store this weekend... you inspire me!

    http://www.StyleAt30.com
    -Jo

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  31. Enjoy your well deserved vacation..though I'm dying to know how you transformed this! I seriously need to get a sewing machine and start working on this. If you can, please give us some hints on the key elements that showed potential for the before piece and how you thought up the tailoring in your mind. There is a savers near me, and another fabulous thrift who but I always just buy my size. I need to develop the eye you have. Can't wait!

    Your before picture is missing a giant Easter basket filled with goodies! Lol.

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    1. Janki, thank you for the great suggestions. I will definitely try to do that when I write up the post! Lol at the easter basket!

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  32. Very inspired by your amazing alterations, the dress after is gorgeous.

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  33. Very inspired by your amazing alterations, the dress after is gorgeous.

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  34. You're really good at making a piece of cloth better! I love it!

    http://blowarainbow.blogspot.com/

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  35. I love the dress!
    lucky you found it!
    I´ve been looking for one and still can´t find THE ONE!
    Have a great weekend!
    Xox
    BORKA
    http://chicfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  36. Pigtails!

    The before looks like a bathrobe but I can see the potential (the minty color and texture is soo cute). Love the after because it looks so chich and luxe! Have fun with Khatu (saw her post on Instagram)!

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  37. gorgeous look! i love it!! :)

    http://www.kellydillon.com

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  39. i love this outfit...it looks very pretty on you!...can u please do a you tube video on necklaces especially pearls. I absolutely love your taste! very similar to my personal choice..

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    1. Hi Malika...I don't have enough to say on pearls to do a video, but I love shopping for them on eBay and also the multi-layered ones at Nordstrom rack.

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  40. Oh my, the sheath dress is gorgeous, even more after seeing how the old version looks :) I wished I had your talent...

    Lydia
    www.theyoungertwingirl.blogspot.com

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  42. petitegourmandeSunday, June 17, 2012

    I enjoy the diverse topics of your blog, esp. on food ventures. I'm a foodie myself.

    An aside... many of your followers are courteous and kind in their posts and you've maintained amicableness in your interaction with them. Nonetheless, I would like to share an article on blogging fundamentals http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/9550/blog-etiquette-top-10-dos--donts/ I hope it circulates among your readers, followers, posters, or fellow bloggers. Keep up the good work.

    And, no, it's not your grandma :-)

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    1. Thanks for sharing! That was an interesting read...written many years ago but the concepts still hold true.

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  43. I wish I could alter as well as you do. I don't even know how to do a simple hem job.
    But I think I shall try...very soon!
    Have a great vacation!

    http://ohtheendlesspossibilities.blogspot.com/

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  44. I wish I was talented as you and could take a dress that looks like that and turn it into a custom made tweed dress! Amazing!

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  45. Wow, what a transformation!

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  46. This looks great! I just found your blog and absolutely love it. Such great fashion tips.

    Stay in the Lines

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  47. You're hilarious Jean! Amazing 'new' dress and I can't wait to see the matching coat.

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  48. haha! that's awesome! Did you alter it yourself?

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  49. You are so talented! Love the how you've transformed the dress. Gorgeous as always!

    Xoxo,
    Carolina

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  50. Damn.

    You are SERIOUSLY making me regret not paying attention to the sewing lessons my mom shepherded me off to in elementary school. I wish I had even just half of your sewing talent!

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  51. Lol to the before pic. Well done.

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