Thrift store finds

Jared and I recently attended a baseball game with a ’70s theme so we went to Goodwill to find suitable clothing. We ended up with some really groovy vintage outfits and were reminded that itchy, heavy, vintage polyester does not mix well with heat and humidity. Regardless, we had a fun time (or as much fun as a non-sports fan like myself can have at a sporting event). More importantly, though, while at Goodwill I found two fantastic vintage dresses.

This one is really…special. It was half off and set me back $2.69. It is a stretchy polyester knit with an allover yellowish-brown basket-weave pattern. The bodice, shown in part above, has flowers in green and two shades of orange, while the skirt has just the basket-weave design. The dress is ankle-length and comes with a matching, long-sleeved jacket. It is seriously ugly and a couple of sizes too big, but there is something charming about the pattern that reminds me of a 1970s kitchen or something. I may shorten this and take in the sides a bit to make it wearable.

This is part of a fabulous Hawaiian print dress in a thin polyester (or some similar material–I am bad at fabrics). It, too, is ankle-length and has a halter top. The skirt fits but the halter top is way too small–a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. I think there might be enough fabric here to make a short sundress if I find a suitable pattern. I am a little wary of cutting up such a fabulous dress, though, so there is a chance that it might just sit in my closet for years. This one cost a little over $5.00, I think.

Before I think about these, though, I am hoping to make a wrap dress to wear to an upcoming wedding. This will be my first project with my serger. More details to come, I hope.

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