{Before + After} Buck Fifty Blouse | Thriftanista in the City


{Before + After} Buck Fifty Blouse

I scored a silk blouse with the most gorgeous embroidered sleeves for a buck fifty. The sleeves looked horrible so I had to remove them along with the high, tight neckline.

thrift store refashion

Two things I don't really mess with at the thrift store -- black and silk. I fear the all black closet so I don't normally seek out black clothes. I also don't pick a lot of silk because of the dry cleaning. I couldn't pass up the organza and embroidery detail so I snagged it.  Black goes with everything so I know I'll get plenty of wear out of it. It perfect for all the holiday parties and gatherings that will be coming up soon.

remove sleeves from blouse

While fondling it in the thrift store, I noticed how easy it would be to remove the sleeves and really make the fancy details stand out. I just had to cut around the embroidery and very close to the seams. As you know, I quickly loose interest if the project is too long so no sewing for now. Minimal effort and I think it looks way better.

how to remove sleeves from top

First thought for a pairing was something bright and vibrant like pink or green but instead I went with sequins (a brand new $7 Salvation Army find by the way) and silver (free courtesy of JustFab). I like it. It's a complete look for under $10. 

I feel elegant and pretty AND kinda like I need a drink in my hand. Where is the party?

diy remove sleeves

What have you refashioned lately?

black and silver outfit
THRIFT Belle Femme by Sandra Trout silk blouse - Calvin Klein sequin skirt - bracelet GIFT JustFab silver pumps

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Curlybyrdie said...

I love the after you are right it looks much better such a fabulous look! I would have never thought of it!


Unknown said...

Gorgeous! I absolutely love what you did :)
As for washing silk. I have never once dry cleaned my silk. I sew with silk a lot...and I've bought quite a few silk pieces in my life....so the trick is..cold water wash, gentle cycle and hang to dry. The only say dry clean only on their tags to "cover their behinds"

Whitney 'Nic' James said...

You look lovely. Great way to re-fashion! Love the silver heels too.


Why Not Kristin said...

I LOVE the look, perfect for a party/evening event!!!

My Rose Colored Shades said...

Hold up. You got that top for a buck fifty?!?! How is that possible? What a great find! Love the transformation. That gorgeous lace top along with that sequin skirt make you look like a million bucks. ~Cynthia | www.myrosecoloredshades.com

Edwige said...

OMG this is fabulous! You look all ready for New Years Eve party! I love your creative idea of recreating this blouse! Well done my friend :-)
Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

Dana Hall said...

What a gorgeous outfit! You have a great eye to see the beautiful blouse hidden in Victoriana! I have a beautiful Ralph Lauren silk polka dot blouse that I never wore because the added ruffle on the sleeve made them too long and annoying. I recently threw it in my goodwill bag. I hate to sew, and too realize it won't get done if I have a project. A few days later I realized I could cut off the ruffle and it would be just right. So happy to save a beautiful blouse that I will now wear. Cheers to scissors! ;-)

Ashleigh said...

Yes! I think cutting off the excess really helped the details standout.

Kreyola said...

I would have never thought to do something like that! You are so creative, and the top became perfect with the removal of the sleeve. Nice outfit all around.

Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

Unknown said...

Oooh fancy girl! I love the alterations. It definitely takes a thrifting expert to know that you can definitely do some renovations at home to make a thrifted piece a master piece. And, that skirt---- I need that one in my life. LOVEEEEE.

Thrifting Diva

14th Street Vintage said...

Love it! The ugly duckling thrift blouse became a beautiful swan!

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