Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mixed Up Maxi Dress: REHASHED

When I found this 1970s maxi dress in a thrift store, I instantly loved that yoke! So adorable! I hated the sleeves though, I don’t know what the original creator of this dress was thinking!


Also it was made of a thick polyester, which even in Winter is not ok in my book! I thought this would be so much cuter as a mini, with boots! So…I got to work! First thing I did was to take off those sleeves. Easy peasy. Then I took off a huge amount of the length and that is all!



This one had attached waist ties at the side that reach around and tie in the back, so there was no need to take it in. Also taking things in makes them harder to let go so I’m trying not to do that! I took this with me to the Fall Vintage Market at Unhinged the next day and it sold quickly. I actually don’t really like to use the word “refashion”, but that is the word that most people recognize which is really the only reason I use it at all. I like to use the word “rehashed” because it more accurately describes what I am doing, here is the definition given by Rehash- To bring forth again in another form without significant alteration. I’m not really trying to “modernize” anything, or to make it unrecognizable. I am only making a few simple changes that make a garment more wearable. My rehashed pieces will still always look very vintage. Here are some new rehashed pieces that I am currently working on…


Stay tuned to see what becomes of these vintage could-be’s! And you just TRY to smile pretty or keep a straight face while wearing something like this!

Back to the machine…


Frumpy Plaid Dress: REHASHED

I think I went about 2 weeks without refashioning anything, the stuff I was finding was just too good!! That was until I spotted this little number in a thrift store last week…


When I saw it I knew it would be perfect for a refashion. In fact, it was begging me. The first thing I did was to take it in at the sides. I wanted it to be big enough to fit a wide variety of sizes, but not so big that it wouldn’t have any shape on a smaller gal. Then I removed the sleeves and finished them off with a bias tape. Next, I took off about 8 inches from the bottom and gave it a new hemline. Lastly, I made a sash from the bottom scrap for waist cinching. Then I gave it a good press and there you go!



I love how this one turned out! I know I can’t keep them all though, and it seems like I sell out of my refashioned stuff first so it’s hard to keep enough stock. I actually got to wear this once before I sold it though, I wore it to the Fall Vintage Market at Unhinged in Provo this past weekend. Unhinged is actually the boutique that I used to have my little mini shop in. This was such a fun market! Here are some pictures of my space…





This sweet gal is a repeat customer, I was so happy to see her walk in! She has been coming to the outdoor markets, I haven’t been bringing my coats yet because it has still been so hot outside. This coat fit her like a glove, like it was meant to be hers. It made her so happy too, that is my favorite part about the markets, getting to see my customers find that one piece that makes them smile!

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I must say I am getting a little burned out on outdoor markets for this season though, it has just been so hot!! Then last Sunday it rained the whole day, boo! It gave me a chance to get out of my booth though and chat it up with some of the other vendors which is something I don’t often get a chance to do. I have some great indoor Fall markets coming up, I’ll be at 3 Dotters Vintage Market in Pleasant Grove on October 11, and hopefully I’ll also be at Fleattitude at the SLC Fairgrounds on November 15 (still waiting to hear back). There is something so amazing about the markets and being surrounded by people who are passionate about the same things I am and who love what they do! It is so inspiring. I’m planning on refashioning this week so stay tuned…

Back to the machine…