How to Alter a Thrift Store Dress (NO SEWING MACHINE! 👀)

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How to Alter a Thrift Store Dress (NO SEWING MACHINE! 👀)
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These are the basic supplies needed.

These are the basic supplies needed.

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So this is a vintage, hand made dress I found at the thrift store. I paid around $2 for it. I don't like the sleeves & wanted to update it a little....

So this is a vintage, hand made dress I found at the thrift store. I paid around $2 for it. I don't like the sleeves & wanted to update it a little....

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First I measured how short I wanted to cut the sleeves.

First I measured how short I wanted to cut the sleeves.

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Using straight pins, pin sleeve  folded to where you want to make the cut. I pinned at the top & bottom of the sleeve to hold it in place better.

Using straight pins, pin sleeve folded to where you want to make the cut. I pinned at the top & bottom of the sleeve to hold it in place better.

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Then be brave & CUT!! 🙈🙉🙊

Then be brave & CUT!! 🙈🙉🙊

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Now, turn the dress inside out & head over to your ironing board.

Now, turn the dress inside out & head over to your ironing board.

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Measure & cut the amount of adhesive hem you will need.

Measure & cut the amount of adhesive hem you will need.

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Make a cuff in the sleeve. I didn't measure because I knew I wanted it folded close to the existing underarm seam. Tuck the pre-cut adhesive hem tape into the cuff.

Make a cuff in the sleeve. I didn't measure because I knew I wanted it folded close to the existing underarm seam. Tuck the pre-cut adhesive hem tape into the cuff.

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Iron down the cuff & adhesive hem tape.

Iron down the cuff & adhesive hem tape.

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Yikes!!! Look at that ugly glue line in the sleeve!! What on earth shall I do now??? *be careful using adhesive hem on certain fabrics. This is a silky polyester type fabric & really thin*

Yikes!!! Look at that ugly glue line in the sleeve!! What on earth shall I do now??? *be careful using adhesive hem on certain fabrics. This is a silky polyester type fabric & really thin*

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Well I folded the sleeve in once more & mistakenly got the "cap sleeve" effect I really wanted!!! Yay!! 👏   To secure the fold, I hand stitched a few places around the sleeve.

Well I folded the sleeve in once more & mistakenly got the "cap sleeve" effect I really wanted!!! Yay!! 👏 To secure the fold, I hand stitched a few places around the sleeve.

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And here's the finished dress with a few accessories!!

And here's the finished dress with a few accessories!!

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Way cuter, dontcha think? 👗

Way cuter, dontcha think? 👗

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Thanks for watching!!! 😊

Thanks for watching!!! 😊

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