Hey guys and welcome to a new thrift flip episode basically in this series I turn ugly thrifted clothing into slightly less ugly thrifted clothing through the magical power of my mediocre sewing skills I get so many questions about how I find cool stuff at thrift stores and While some of it is just me getting lucky and finding like the perfectly fitting Beautiful vintage dress or whatever. A lot of the times it comes down to me making small Alterations to clothes so that they fit me well and they look a little bit more modern and less like grandma and more grandma chic you know so without further ado I think I have some exciting stuff to transform for you guys today So let’s just hop right in to the video So our first fashion victim is this fabulous Oktoberfest Meets Woodstock dress I got this from a local thrift store for $15 and it reminds me of like if me and Safiya Nygaard fashion styles had a baby
it has this crazy Bat sleeve that I know Safiya loves but it also has a little bit of gingham for my picnic-bitch heart I honestly already think this dress is so cool, but it is a little bit costumey for my everyday life So I’m gonna make a couple small alterations today to turn this into a little bit more of like a reformation inspired Modern-day picnic bitch dress. The first thing I’m gonna tackle are these crazy sleeves Now, I think on another type of dress that was more subdued these sleeves would actually be a really cool statement But I feel like with all the patchwork on the dress that already exists having the patchwork sleeves as well Makes it a little bit too loud for my taste farewell beautiful sleeves. I shall see you in another life * Sad violin music plays 🙁 * After trimming off the bat sleeves I hemmed my new shorter sleeves by folding the fabric up about a quarter-inch Pinning it down like so and then stitching all the way around to secure my hem All right. So here is how the sleeves came out. Sleeves are like my greatest sewing fear That and zippers They’re just so confusing to me. So, you know, at least they came out an even-ish length, you know, they’re like eyebrows They’re not twins. They’re loosely related sisters to cover up my ever mediocre sewing I decided to add a puff sleeve detail with this thin piece of elastic I stretched the elastic around my arm to a tightness I was comfortable with then cut two equal pieces of that length Next I pinned the elastic to the sleeve Making sure that the halfway point on the elastic matched up with the halfway point on the sleeve So it would be gathered evenly all the way around with the dress inside out I’m sewing a straight line across each elastic The key is to stretch out the elastic as you sew make a couple stitches Stretch out the elastic more so that once the elastic contracts back to its non stretched state the sleeve fabric will look nice and gathered like so to put the finishing touches on this dress I am next going to address this bodice boob panel situation I think this crossover design is a really cool concept But I’m not a huge fan of this brown floral ribbon that they used. It feels a little bit arts and craftsy to me So I’m snipping off the old ribbon and replacing it with this white frilly ribbon I got from Joanne’s I like that the plain white was simple enough to not seem overwhelming, especially with the gingham as the background But the ruffles still gave it some dimension and texture To attach the new ribbon I sewed a simple straight stitch over each piece Originally, I planned on keeping the gold buttons, but at this point I felt like the design was still too busy So I removed them and saved them in my button stash for another project And here’s the finished dress its transformation from 20th century Oktoberfest to 19th century milkmaid is at last complete, jokes aside As you might be able to tell by my excessive amount of twirling I’m really happy with how it came out and it makes me feel like a Disney character By the way, Disney, I am still available for the role of Mushu If you guys change your mind just just putting that out there into the universe My next thrift flip is inspired by these cardigans that I’ve been seeing all over Instagram I think they sell versions of them in urban outfitters for like $69. Mm-hmm. You’re 21 Ashley get a hold of yourself I’ve also seen them at fancy boutiques for like $200 and I just thought this checks all the boxes for me It is vintage inspired. It’s cropped. It has detail. It has pearls it has buttons Mmm so I headed to my local goodwill and I picked up this red knitted Anne Taylor cardigan for $7 I’ve honestly seen so many cardigans in this style at thrift stores So if this is a thrift flip that you guys want to recreate I think it’ll be pretty easy so the first step in transforming this cardigan from your mom’s wardrobe into Your hipster ass wardrobe is to crop it. In order to crop something I always start by trying on the piece and folding up the bottom to kind of envision what the new crop silhouette will look like Then once I have it in the perfect spot I grab a safety pin and mark right where I want the new hem to end from there It’s a simple 10 step process first fold over the old hem up to the safety pin then pin it in place Then sew all the way around Then trim off the excess then fold down the new hem Then realize it looks really awkward then freak out and cut all of it off then realize it looks even more awkward with a raw hem Then realize you never should have tried to crop it to begin with and finally do not forget this step Accept defeat, and Realize that this is what your sweater looks like now and we’re just gonna move on with the tutorial and not talk about it anyways Now it is time to swap out these plain buttons for something more fancy while I was filming my last video I broke this beautiful pearl necklace that I thrifted and Like all of the beads are just falling off of it now luckily after taking its drivers exam this necklace It did sign up to be an organ donor So we are legally allowed to harvest its parts to revitalize another piece of clothing You are a true hero my son.
On our cropped cardigan I’m gonna be using some of no no no I’m gonna be replacing the kind of basic plastic-y buttons with these little pearls that fell off my beautiful necklace Replacing the buttons was as easy as me, freshman year of college I simply snip off the old ones and use some white thread to attach the pearls in their place to add even more detail I added some extra buttonholes in between each of the existing ones and reinforced the edges with this loopy stitch Loopy stitch is definitely the official name for this technique. But basically we’re securing the edge so it doesn’t unravel And my final step of course was to attach the corresponding pearls on the opposite side of the cardigan And here is the finished product the raw hem is admittedly a bit of an L But if you just focus on the boobs up I did a pretty okay job, which is coincidentally Also what God said when he made me just kidding He honestly could have done a better job on the boobs upward, too, like, giving me more mental stability and less acne But I’m working with what I got “You’re doing great, honey, keep it up” Thank you Last up I have this light blue dress that I picked up from the thrift store for $7 The reason I picked up this dress is I love this color Right now I’m going through a big pastel phase. Pastel blue, pastel pink, pastel … I’m just naming pastel col… you guys know what pastel colors are I also thought the ruffles on the sleeves and the neckline were gorgeous and they added a nice kind of vintage Girly touch to the dress. When I was thinking of how to transform this the first thing I wanted to tackle Is this very strange fit it has this nearly footlong ruched waistline, especially because the dress is a bit big on me It just isn’t flattering at all so Like the nifty little lazy motherfucker that I am Instead of trying to take in the sides of this dress and minimize the waistline and take up the hem instead I’m just gonna shimmy this dress upwards. So the waistline becomes an empire an empire boob line The waistline is now on my boobs if that makes sense It’s like an empire waistline ariana grande type silhouette At least that’s what I’m telling myself in my head that I look like ariana grande and not an oversized toddler. Really it’s a fine line these days. Of course in order to keep the dress held up around my boobs I’m gonna have to tear out the top part of this dress and readjust it to accommodate my new neckline Now, I want to make this dress feel more modern by making an open neckline rather than I really close it up conservative one and also I just find it to be really flattering on my small boobs. So I’m thinking for the neckline I’m gonna Shimmy, this fabric into my armpits and create essentially this square trapezoidal neckline, I think it’s quite flattering because it leaves a lot of skin open but it also maintains the original position of the sleeve and the shoulder seam Which is always really important when I thrift flipping because I have no idea how the hell to sew sleeves back into their sleeve holes So whatever alterations I make I always make sure that the sleeves stay in their original position So now I’m just gonna pin this neckline into place with some safety pins. I’m using safety pin and not regular pins because they don’t stab you when you take off your dress Hence the name safety pin actually because they are safer than regular pins. Oh subscribe for more incredibly useless facts Hello and welcome to this sexy sexy close-up of my armpit Basically, what I’m doing here is tucking and folding away any excess fabric And securing it in place with a safety pin Sorry, my voiceover is really vague for this part. But I’m kind of just eyeballing it and improvising as I go next I took off the dress and got to sewing I opted for hand sewing rather than a machine because there were so many layers to keep track of I figured I could use the extra control I essentially just stitch what I had already pinned in place and then flipped the dress inside out and trimmed off this clusterfuck of extra fabric Miraculously after that very improvised sewing process this dress came out super cute if I may say so myself I always do feel like you’re doing these voiceovers because it’s essentially just be jerking off myself and telling myself like – Good job, Ashley
– Thanks, Ashley, that’s very kind of you But, anyways, I’m really proud of this one. I look ready to release some chart-topping singles and spend thousands of dollars on pony tail extensions Alright, and that is everything that I have for you guys today I hope this inspires you even if you have bad thrift stores around you to give it a shot like you can pick up a A honestly really ugly piece of clothing and with a few simple alterations turn it into something really cool Also, just one of the coolest feelings is wearing something that you’ve actually designed and sewed. It feels really special So, I hope you guys give it a shot. If not, I just hope you enjoyed watching me fool around with the sewing machine No, nope. That would be a really painful fetish actually. Let’s not think any more about that Thank you guys so much for watching and I’ll see you guys next week Bye!