*I was not paid to write about Tag's, and had no obligation to write about the store. I truly love their mission and want to share it with you.
www.TagsThrift.com, a new thrift store with a twist, is opening this weekend and I was invited to get a sneak peek of the store. Over sandwiches & delicious dessert, the owners talked about the purpose and mission of the store and I was very impressed. Tag's wants to provide a fresh thrift experience where you can sell or donate clothes by the pound where you have a choice of keeping a little cash for yourself or donating to a non-profit organization they're in partnership with, where 100% of the proceeds will go to that cause. I was particularly interested in one organization which was Feed the World, a charity that helps small farmers be self reliant and self sufficient by growing their own crops that they could feed for themselves and their family. Small farmers usually grow one crop such as corn, but they cannot compete with the low prices of big corporate farms, resulting in low income and not being able to buy food to feed their family. Many of them literally starve! The owner of Feed the World started to cry as he was explaining to us and I was so touched by his compassion and passion of what he's doing, I got teary eyed too!
They'll have a bakery inside the store, free wi-fi, lounge area, free classes on altering/DIY, how cool is that?
Each blogger got to pick out any two items from the store and these are the two items I picked out:
Does this dress look familiar? It's the dress I designed and won for the Shabby Apple dress design contest! I didn't have the Shabby Apple version of my design and I was so happy to find it at Tag's. You can see my original design here.
And this is the second item I picked out. I know you're so envious right now.
What I look for when I'm shopping at thrift stores with the intent to refashion, is the color of the fabric, the fabric itself, and features that I really like, such as pleats on the skirt part of this dress. I really like this teal green color and don't have any dresses this color, and the fabric seemed sturdy and easy to work with, and the pleats & lace I loved the details of. Shoulder pads, giant collars, and the old buttons were not on the list. ;)
I took out the collar, the lace, the buttons.
Separated the front and the back piece to get rid of the waste part of the dress.
cut the sleeves off and made it into short sleeves.
cut off the tear drop part of the lace.
sewed the lace onto the hem of the sleeves. It was the perfect length!
necklace: ChloeDavidLA c/o
What you'll need:
- outdated dress
- matching thread
- needle or sewing machine
1. Take off the lace, the collars, and the buttons.
2. Separate the front and back piece of the dress.
3. Cut off the waist part and sew the top & bottom back on.
4. Sew the front and the back piece back together.
5. Take off 3" from both sides of the dress.
6. Cut the bottom of the dress to make it knee length. Hem the bottom.
7. Cut the sleeves off, cut it into short sleeves, pleat the shoulder part of the sleeves, and sew the sleeves on.
8. Sew on the lace onto the bottom part of the sleeves.
9. Sew the v-neck line higher.
Estimated time: 2 hrs.
Budget: very low(mine was $9).
Skill level: A confident beginner to intermediate .
Tag's(#tagsthrift) is having a competition for the bloggers that attended their event and the winner will get an advertising deal and $2o0. Every share, like, comment will get counted so please leave some love! Thank you so much!