Monday, August 15, 2011

Make it by Monday Challenge: Dress for Under $10

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Welcome back to another Make it by Monday Challenge! If you’re new around here and aren’t sure what the Make it by Monday Challenge is, go HERE and HERE.

This week’s challenge is DRESS FOR UNDER $10. I’m excited to see how you interpreted the theme. I saw two options—make a dress for under $10 or dress myself in an entire outfit for under $10. As much as I really wanted to spend the time digging through thrift stores, making a dress turned out to be much easier. You’ve already seen it in this post, but now I’m going to tell you more about it.

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The dress is made from fabric that my MIL found at a thrift store. The entire bolt of lace was less than $7, and there were several yards on it. And the pink underlay fabric was even cheaper. So I’m guessing the total cost for the fabric of this dress was under $5.

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The ribbon for the belt is from the Dollar Tree, and I used maybe a third of the entire spool? And the yo-yo’s were made from scraps from the underlay of the dress. So, about $0.33 spent on the belt?

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(Excuse the funky neckline on the back. I need to go back and adjust my seams a bit).

The zipper came from a thrift store for $0.19. I did discover after installing the zipper why it was at a thrift store—it’s broken and won’t unzip! Thankfully, I’m really straight figured and the dress fits me just slightly loosely so I’m able to pull it on and off without using the zipper. So lesson learned: always check your zipper first!

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I love the way the dress turned out, and for just $5.52. The shoes I’m wearing are a great find too—just not under the $10 mark. I found these beautiful gray paten leather Steve Madden sling back peep toes for $20 for Ross. They’d regularly be about $90. They were too cute to pass up!

Now how about you? How did you dress for under $10? Go ahead and link up. All I ask is that you help get the word out about this challenge and either link back using a text link, or the button (in my right side bar) somewhere on your blog, as well as be a Made it on Monday follower!

Thanks for joining in on the fun! 
(Wanting to think ahead to next week’s challenge? Our theme is SUMMER TREATS.) 


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