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!


About Becca

I am a self-taught seamstress, and I love to create unique women’s clothing. This blog is a record of the hodgepodge of sewing projects that occupy my time. Reconstruction projects are my favorite, but I also create clothing from my own designs using both recycled and new materials.
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30 Responses to The Soda Fountain Dress

  1. ams says:

    wow looks gorgeous! well done!

  2. Sarah Lewis says:

    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

  3. Lizzy says:

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

  4. Kelsey Jo says:

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

  5. Rachel Laffoon says:

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

  6. Jane says:

    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

  7. Meeka says:

    “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.

  8. Christine says:

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

  9. Debi says:

    Great job! I love the new sleeves!

  10. Penny-Rose says:

    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.

  11. Aunt Anne says:

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

  12. Lisa says:

    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.

  13. Michelle says:

    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.

    • 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 says:

    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!

  15. 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!

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