The Soda Fountain Dress

This button down dress was crying out for some love at the thrift store.

I am drawn to polka dots, and this dress had a fifties vibe to it that I couldn’t resist.

It had a tie at the back of the waist, which was the first thing to go.

My next step was to cut a large portion of the skirt from the bottom of the dress. It was almost touching the ground, and that is never acceptable on my short frame.

I removed the sleeves and shortened them from the top, making them smaller at the same time.

On each side of the dress, I took it in about 1 inch at the top of the side seam, 2 inches at the waist, and gradually worked my way back out to the original seam at the hips.

I used the ties from the sides of the dress to create a bow, which I may use in my hair sometime.

After I reattached the sleeves and hemmed the bottom, my new dress was complete.

I am in love with the fit of the dress.

I wanted to make sure you could see the new sleeves, so I took some quick pictures without the sweater.

I just found that white belt at the thrift store for less than $1. Belts are one of my favorite accessories. You can never have to many cute belts, right?

Happy Tuesday everyone!

  1. ams

    January 25, 2011 at 8:11 am

    wow looks gorgeous! well done!

  2. Sarah Lewis

    January 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Cute dress! If I didn’t know better I’d think you were standing on your Aunt Cinda’s deck. I didn’t see the bow in your hair! LOL

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks! It’s beautiful here. Nope, I wasn’t feelin’ the bow yesterday. 🙂

  3. Lizzy

    January 25, 2011 at 8:54 am

    You did a great job! I also LOVE polka dots!

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you! Great to hear from a fellow polka dot lover.

  4. Kelsey Jo

    January 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Look at your updates go! I’m loving this!

  5. Rachel Laffoon

    January 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

    This dress reminds me of one your mom gave me that I can’t wear anymore. Wonder if I still have it. HUMMMMM!!

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Hmmmm!! Let me know if you find it. 🙂

  6. Jane

    January 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I love polka dots and I love shirt dresses so I was very excited when I saw this. It’s FANTASTIC, I’m really jealous! I want to go sniffing round charity shops now. x

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks! I’m sure there’s a dress just like it waiting to be discovered by you at a nearby charity shop. 😉

  7. Meeka

    January 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

    “You can never have to many cute belts, right?”

    Why no, no one can NEVER EVER EVER EVER have too many cute belts, especially of the thrift store variety.

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Glad someone agrees with me. 🙂

  8. Christine

    January 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Super cute! I love your reconstruction! It gives me hope that I can have a find like that and transform it to something new.

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks! You definitely can transform something and have fun doing it. Please share with me when you do.

  9. Debi

    January 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Great job! I love the new sleeves!

  10. Penny-Rose

    January 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Love your reconstruction! Your work shows that revamping preloved items is very worthwhile and buying brand new is not necessarily “best”. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog.

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you lady! I agree, revamping items is so rewarding and fun. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

  11. Aunt Anne

    January 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I’m a POLKA DOT lover too! Didn’t realize there were so many of us!

  12. Lisa

    January 26, 2011 at 5:06 am

    It looks like a totally different dress now. Cute, cute, cute! And inspiring. I have a long old polka dot dress (from the 1990s) in the back of my closet that I don’t wear anymore, but I could never quite bring myself to part with it (because I loooooved it back in the day). Now maybe I can give it a second life. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes, go give that dress new life! I’m happy to have been a part of your creative process. 🙂

  13. Michelle

    January 26, 2011 at 5:09 am

    What a great job! What an inspiration! I have 2 vintage dresses from thrift shops that I have not had the nerve to try to alter, but I will now! Thanks for sharing.

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad to have inspired you, and I hope you go for it with those dresses! Have fun, and share them with me too, if it’s not to much trouble. I’d really love to see them!

  14. Aurora

    January 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I came on over to your blog from Burdastyle and I love it! I’ve been semi-obsessed with all things vintage lately, so this is great! I also love polka dots, can’t get enough of them!

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      I’m honored that you came to visit my blog. Polka dots rock, as do all things vintage. 😉

  15. fredericaknits

    February 10, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’ve been looking at your reconstructions and they’re always so great! I would love a dress like this. You’ve got such a talented, creative eye for reworking clothes!

    1. verityclothing

      February 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Thank you for your sweet compliment, and I really appreciate your reading my blog. 🙂

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