Thursday, February 17, 2011

Turn it Around Thursday

I am starting a new, and hopefully, weekly addition to my blog.

Turn it Around Thursday

I don't know about you but we have a LOT of stuff in our house and instead of buying more things to put in our already overflowing home, I want to re-use, re-purpose, or re-cycle the things we already have.

Every Thursday I am going to try to take what we already have and make it into something we want or need.

This week is the up-cycled Big Band Boogie Ball dress.

My daughter, The Princess P, is going to the Big Band Boogie Ball and needs a dress. Last year I picked up a beautiful but very simple dress at a thrift store for about $10. Oldest sister, Angel, wore it for a college event this fall, but P wanted it to be a little more jazzed up.

Here is what we started with:

 (P really doesn't like having her picture taken.)

Like I said, pretty but plain.

P wanted to add some red to the dress and make the ribbon at the waist "wider and less annoying", meaning that it kept coming untied.

Here is what we came up with:
The ribbon at the waist is sewn to the dress, so it is a permanent feature that cannot come untied.
Added tulle and ribbon trim to the hem.
Red flower accents to the waist and bottom of the dress.
 (Yes, she is going to wear converse to the dance, which pretty much sums up the Princess P. Comfort above everything)
An old dress with a new look!
Boogie the night away.


  1. Love what you did with the dress~ pretty funny that she is standing in the snow wearing a strapless dress...she must have been freezing! She'll be the belle of the ball!

  2. Turn It Around, great idea! Look forward to seeing what else you come up with. Enjoyed the dress enhancements. Hope she had fun!


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