Monday, January 27, 2014

Stripes and Puff Sleeves

Photography by Becca

Thrift stores can have some of the neatest things in them, when you look closely. Now, this probably isn't news to you, but it's something that comes to mind nearly everytime I go in one.

Our family has a few favorite places in nearby towns and some of them even have a separate section for vintage/costume clothes. Becca and I could get lost in there for hours.  :)

   This dress was a find from one of those places, but it needed a bit of altering.

 The cuffs on the sleeves were too tight to wear comfortably,

 so with my handy-dandy seam ripper (love that thing!), I removed the cuff,

and then gave it a wide hem that I could fit a piece of elastic in.

I also altered the collar, but unfortunately forgot to take a before picture of it.

I love the grey stripes, and the shape of the skirt. I borrowed a petticoat slip from Becca to give it a little more fullness.

The brand is You Babes II by Fritzi (yes, a rather strange name), and the tag doesn't look very old, possibly from the 80's, but I really like the old-fashioned look of the dress.

And now for possibly the best thrift store find ever!
All thanks to Becca too.

Yes, these shoes!

We were looking around the shoe section of a thrift store, when Becca spotted them. We both loved the vintage look of them, but they were my size.

They were in wonderful condition,  practically brand new, and only $2.50!

The brand name, Naot, was unfamiliar, so just for kicks and giggles, I decided to look them up online.

Ok, are you ready for this? 

These shoes, brand new, cost $180!
 If you want to see for yourself, click here (same brand and style, but different color. I couldn't find mine for some reason)

What a deal, right?

I love these shoes! Besides being adorable, they are super comfy, and the grey color goes with nearly anything.

   Thank you Becca!


  1. Wow, those are quite the find! Thrift store shopping is the best--so many wonderful potential surprises!

    1. Yes, You never know what you could find!

  2. Love the first picture! It looks oldfashioned.

    1. Thanks! Becca had fun adding flourishes to it, and it turned out nice!

  3. What a great dress! I love the belt. And those shoes! WOW. What a find! They're wonderful!

    1. The belt is one of my favorite parts too.

  4. That dress is gorgeous!!!! You did a fantastic job with the alterations...I love the finished result. Thrift stores are seriously the best! :D

  5. That dress is so pretty Bethany! It reminds me of a 1930's dress. And those shoes are a steal! What neat finds!

    the Middle Sister and Singer


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