Thrifted Dress to “Garden Party Chic” Dress


We love how Sally nailed the “Garden Party Chic” trend (hello, Gatsby) with this refashion! She took a very large dress from her local thrift shop and turned it into this breezy summer dress. She shows you just how she did it, and how you can, too! (She also won a competition with this great project — see below.)

Refashion Runway: Summer Dress at Charity Shop Chic


(Check out all the winners of this cool competition.)

Thrifted Top & Scrubs to Summery Dress!



We love the light and airy, stylish look of this dress. You won’t believe what it started out like before Jen worked it over (you have to see the post to believe it), but the thrifted top and scrub pants cost only 49 cents each! She walks you through how she did her makeover — check it out!

Refashion Runway Competition: Week Four – Summer Dress! at Diary of a Mad Mama

Women’s Skirt to Girls’ Dress

Mini Maxi B&A 2


We love this easy skirt-to-dress refashion, and it’s perfect for a warm summer’s day! Got a lightweight skirt in your closet you don’t wear? Refashion it for the little one! Amanda shows you the simple steps.

The Mini Maxi {a refashion} at The Little Giggler


Men’s Shirt to Peplum Dress!

shirt to peplum dress


Laura found this great pattern in a polyester shirt found thrifting. And she made this amazing peplum dress from it. She gives you inspiration to try something spectacular from your thrifted finds. (And “peplum” refers to the ruffly part on the fitted dress … my husband made me add that since he had no idea what it meant!)

Men’s Shirt Refashion: Peplum Dress at Trash to Couture

Turn a Tank Top into a Striped Dress!

Lindsay made a cute striped skirt … but didn’t like how it looked when she tucked her shirt in. So, she sewed a tank with fabric strips to make a fabulous and fitted dress. You can make your own version, too — follow her easy directions at the site!

Striped Dress Tutorial at Southern Lovely

Create a Girls’ Color Block Dress!

Emily took a thrift-store-find tank top and some fabric scraps and made an adorable, light color block dress for her daughter! Check out how you can make one, too — and admire her cute model — with just a few simple steps.

The Color Block Dress at Home Made Lovely

Make a Girls’ Twirly T-Shirt Dress!!

What little girl doesn’t love a comfy, twirly dress? Melanie made this adorable dress for her little girl — and gives you a detailed tutorial for sewing your own — check it out!

Twirly T-Shirt Dress Tutorial at The Crafty Cupboard

Neon Tee to Summer Dress — Fast!

Ready to be on-trend and try some neon? It’s easy to do with an inexpensive XL tee .. and a bit of sewing. Laura shows you how — with easy, step-by-step instructions. And look how cute her summer dress turned out! You could use it as a swim coverup too!

Neon T-Shirt Reconstruction at Can Can Dancer

How to Downsize a Striped Dress

refashioned striped dress

I’ve seen these sort of baggy dresses at the thrift store but never thought that they could so easily be altered! I thought you’d need to do something special, but you really just mark, trim, cut and sew. You won’t believe how easy it really is (and you can do it with a regular sewing machine!). Check out another Cotton & Curls watch refashion that we featured here.

Downsizing a Striped Knit Dress at Cotton & Curls

Turn a Onesie into a Bubble Dress!

Do you know Ashley from Make It And Love It? She is amazingly creative and a fabulous seamstress. I love this refashion idea she created. She took one of her daughter’s onesies and added some knit fabric to create an adorable bubble dress. She even embellished it with a coordinating flower!

Be sure to check out the full Bubble Dress Tutorial on Make It And Love It!