While shopping do you ever find yourself thinking, “that skirt would be cute if it were shorter” or “I wish the strap on this top was thinner; if it was I would totally buy it.”
On a recent thrifting adventure with a co-worker I found myself thinking similar thoughts.
While doing my usual “combing of the racks,” at Second Chance Thrift Store, I found a bright colored floral blouse. I was in love with the print, and the price (it was ½ off $2.99), but for some reason wasn’t wowed by the cut of the shirt.
After trying it on I was convinced that it would be “much nicer if it were off the shoulder.” Not willing to pass up the deal, I decided to buy the blouse and figure out “how” I would wear it later.
The following day I had some time on my hands and thought, “If I want the blouse to be off the shoulder, then why don’t I make it off the shoulder.” And thus, my DIY thrifting project began.
To achieve the look I wanted I first cut the collar off of the blouse. After doing so I used a few safety pins to get an idea where the hemline of the collar would fall.
Now, in all honesty, I’m an ok sewer. But, I was no confident enough in my skills to hand sew the entire collar. So, I pulled out my trusty glue gun and gently glued the fabric to create a uniformed hem. Heming tape, sold at local craft or fabric stores, could have also done the trick.
I was more than happy to make my floral blouse a do-it-yourself project. After all, I only invested $1.50 into the piece. But, if you have invested more into your item(s) I suggest heading to an alterations shop or tailor to tweak your finds.