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I have to give credit right away to the Selfish Seamstress for this cowl neck top I created from her design.

All of my upcycled creations on this site are from thrift store finds and this one is no different.  Even though I used Selfish’s pattern, I started it off from this white dress I found for a buck!  The bottom of this dress is a slightly different material than the main portion of it.

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And then I printed out the pattern and worked it onto the dress in just the right place.  Resizing it a bit bigger for me. Yeah, cuz Im a bit selfish too!

For the cowl, I used the bottom portion of the dress which was a softer, looser knit than the rest of the dress.  I needed a bottom band and so I had to sew a few pieces together to get one.  I removed the buttons up the front but left the pocket in its original spot.

This is such a comfy top that I made another in a darker color, again from a dress I purchased for a buck!  Thanks Selfish Seamstress!


I call this one a Ki-Miumiu…..Kimono meets Miumiu.

This bright blue miumiu was gorgeous with its bright pink and white flowers.  I loved it all…but it needed an update….er…upcycle!


I used a white t-shirt with a pretty crocheted trim for the bodice of this dress.  The pink t-shirt I used as the middle can barely be seen in this photo but its underneath the blue belt.  Because this piece turned out very asian inspired, it looked like a kimono, I needed and found a wide obi belt tutorial here and created a beautiful obi belt from the fabric in the Tigers in the Grass post.

I found this frumpy, smarmy green dress for a $1.  With its pockets and bow tie neckline, I felt it had potential.

However, I sure wasn’t going to wear it outside like this!

I liked the neckline with its bow but wanted to update it abit.  I hiked up the hem and cut off the arms.  Added a black knit halter with a built in bra.  Pared it with a leather belt and black velvet pumps and found I had a rather Fab dress to go out in.

The thrift stores around here always have boring denim frocks on their racks.  I love denim and wanted to create something lighter for the summer.

I started with this…………and ended with this!

I love this shade of fuschia and the silky fabric, but the dress screamed early 90’s.

It has some pretty detailing on the left shoulder with these buttons, and a double layer of asymmetrical peplum going on.

I thought this color would be fabulous with jeans and wanted something summery.  I cut it down to be a one shouldered, sleeveless blouse.

This is it!  This GIANT 4x dress started my upcycling obsession.  Can you see why?  I paid a whole buck for this thing at the local thrift store.  It was laying in a heap on the ground and somehow its beauty screamed at me.  It was the perfect item I had been looking for…..Kizmet!


With some doing, I eventually got it to look like this.  I’m in love!  Doesn’t the fabric look familiar??


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