Plaid dress refashion

When I spotted this plaid dress in the thrift store it was floor length and a bit too boxy. It was new with the manufactures price tag of $89, and the thrift store had priced it at $25. Big mistake, as most people who shop at this store are not planning on spending that much, regardless of what the MSRP was.

So it sat and sat, until it reached the final reduction, and I took this Eddie Bauer wool dress home for a dollar!

I went about altering the dress, hemming it to above the knee length and working with the original seams of the dress to take it in and change the silhouette from a shift to a sheath. It didn't even take that much time, and has allowed me to continue to feed my few found plaid addiction on the cheap!


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The Rundown
Plaid Dress Eddie Bauer thrifted & altered similar
Chambray Shirt Tommy Hilfiger via TJMaxx similar
Navy Blazer Gap similar
Studded Booties Guess via TJMaxx similar $$, similar $
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay
Pearl Cluster Necklace Thrifted similar
Bracelet J.Crew similar
Ring Taken for Granite similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color Essie Bordeaux


47 comments

  1. Love this look, really like your dress and your boots....so cute xx

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  2. Wow great job with the dress it fits you perfectly, love it!

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  3. Patience paid off - a dollar! Wow. I love the plaid dress paired with the blazer, so chic! xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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  4. The dress is really nice and your styling is fabulous! Love how you paired it with a statement necklace, navy blazer and the burgundy bag.

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  5. This is so Blair Waldorf! I seriously need to learn some basic sewing skills - you did a great job on this dress.

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  6. It came out SO cute! This outfit is fabulously preppy with the plaid/blazer!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  7. Well done! Your patience and extra work really paid off. This is a cute dress and a cute outfit!

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  8. I was just thinking this morning about how my wardrobe is missing a plaid dress, and here you are wearing one to give me even more inspiration! It sounds like this one was meant to be yours - patience clearly pays off! - and although I never saw it in its original form, it is beautiful the way you've tailored it. The navy blazer was the perfect match, too - there is no better colour combination than red and navy, in my eyes.
    xox,
    Cee

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  9. Your patience paid off and you look Great in this private school look. Good job on the alterations too. .

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  10. Woohoo! What a great find! I do love $1 price tags ;) Such a cute look.
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  11. What a great dress! Can't believe thrift store prices sometimes. 25?! Yeah right. You got a steal!

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  12. You did fabulous things with that dress...$1 amazing!!

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  13. I've been craving a plaid dress and you look so chic in yours!

    Have a nice weekend!
    xo Adri
    www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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  14. This is beautiful! Love the school girl inspired look.

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  15. Love that you scored this dress for a dollar (what?!) and that you refashioned it- it turned out so cute!

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  16. I love the way you have styled it with the chambray shirt.

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  17. Great refashion! My sewing machine is on the fritz, but I love bringing home thrifted items and refashioning them too.

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  18. Oooh I love the dress! I always think it's crazy when thrift stores mark clothes for that price... you could find it on sale for that much! Anyway, I love that you got it for a buck and I love that you altered it yourself. It looks great under that blazer!

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  19. That is so awesome that you got this dress for $1 and altered it. What a great idea!! You look adorable. Love the plaid with the blazer. Have a great weekend!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  20. such a lovely dress and necklace!
    should we follow each other? let me know and I'll follow you back
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  21. you look amazing hun! Loving the dress hope you well xxx

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  22. Best dollar ever spent! The dress is so cute, great job with the alterations, it fits you beautifully! Adore this classic preppy look!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

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  23. Ah I wish I was good enough with a sewing machine to turn what you said was boxy gown into something so cute. Also love your nail color. :)

    Sincerely, Christine from Invisible Blush

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  24. Love the entire look the dress is fab!

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  25. Always LOVE a great catch! Fabulous dress. And I ADORE the shoes too <3

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  26. what an amazing price you paid Lydia! i LOVE it! the tartan is so cute and i love the blazer you're wearing with it. great statement necklace too. love this look.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  27. What a great find! I can't believe you got it for a dollar! I need to get a sewing machine so I can alter stuff. I used to have my mom do it when I was living at home. But now I always pass by stuff the needs to be altered because I don't feel like taking it to a shop.
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  28. I seriously love this plaid dress!
    You look so darling!

    xoxo, KP
    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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  29. Such a beautiful dress - and a great bargain at only $1! :)


    Away From Blue

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  30. Awesome blog! Super liked it
    I'm following you on blogloving

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/11069387

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  31. Great dress, I love all the accessories!! beautiful styling!

    www.plogstyle.com

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  32. Great look! Love the jewelry you picked to go with your plaid dress.

    www.seewhatkatiewears.com

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  33. Ooh that dress is gorgeous, and what a fab bargain!

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  34. Omgosh you look so cute in that
    plaid dress! It's so schoolgirl-ish c: Xx

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  35. Omgosh you look so cute in that
    plaid dress! It's so schoolgirl-ish c: Xx

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  36. I love a good red plaid, and what an awesome tailoring project! I keep telling myself I am going to learn to sew... one day...

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  37. Duuuuuuuude!

    How did you manage to be that patient?! I'm amazed it didn't get snatched up at a dollar before you got to it. You are seriously skilled. I want the Lyddie thrift skills. Sigh, I'm learning. One day. :)

    Such a grand dress, though. I love the colors and especially love that you paired it with that blazer!

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  38. Wow, it looks so different. Nice work!

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  39. Gorgeous.
    Happy Monday
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  40. That dress looks amazing as a knee length sheath! The plaid is a perfect print. And for $1 it's totally worth putting in a little extra effort to make it perfect!

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  41. Oh i love this - i always associate plaid with school.
    I have not bought anything plaid this season.... yet.
    But i am pretty darn sure that if i look in the closet I probably already have something plaid from other seasons.... i might just do that.

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  42. I love the school girl plaid with the blazer, but updated with chambray and a statement necklace
    Brett

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  43. Your patience really paid off, you look great!

    www.soworkweekchic.blogspot.com

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