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Feeling the Love in my Valentine’s Day Shirt Refashion

A Duster Sweater-Turned-Sweater Dress Refashion
An '80s Power Dress Refashion for a Modern Woman (Me!)

I know, I know. Many people scoff at Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t that long ago that I referred to it as “Singles Awareness Day” myself. It’s a Hallmark Holiday that was designed to make people buy stuff, right?

However, I’ve since decided to be less “anti”. Less Yuck, more Yum. Even a made-up holiday to celebrate love is fine by me. 🙂 While Brian and I usually just exchange cards and candy (which we end up sharing) and make a nice meal at home, I still wanted to be at least a little celebratory this year.

To the thrift store I went, scouring the dollar racks for a perfect refashion!

First, I found this dress:

refashionista valentines day before
Lady in reeeeeeeed!

Then, I CANNOT BELIEVE IT, but I found this T-shirt!

refashionista valentines day tshirt
Why the question?
refashionista valentines day tshirt back before
Hey! I DO have time for that!

Seriously, what are the odds of finding this Valentine’s Day T-shirt someone painstakingly applied heat transfer lettering to? I was planning on just mixing and matching T-shirt letters to make this project, but how could I pass this up?

Did you also just google “Whatever happened to Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That Lady”?

I cut out the parts of the shirt I wanted to use.

valentines day letters
Ah! Much better!

Then, I got to work on the red dress. First, I cut out its lining.

refashionista cutting lining
refashionista cutting lining
This is what a lining looks like on my floor.

As I worked, I noticed this dress was covered in black spots that didn’t come out in the wash.

refashionista spots
They’re subtle, but there.

I decided to carry on. I thought the spots might actually sort of work with the punk-ish(?) vibe I was going for with this refashion.

I cut my dress off at the hips, to make it shirt length.

refashionista dress cut

Then, I gave it a hem!

refashionista hem

Now for the lettering! I carefully chose my placements and pinned the letters down.

refashionista pinned tshirt letters
Pinned & ready to go under the needle!

Then, I carefully stitched them down!

refashionista Almost done!
Almost Done!

And just like that, I had a fun, new, positive top to wear to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my sweet hubby!

refashionista valentines day refashion after
I’m feeling the love!

I think my new top looks really cool!

refashionista valentines day refashion after closer
Come clooooser…
refashionista valentines day refashion after closer
I have plenty of time for that, actually!

I styled my new top with a favorite pair of sunglasses and my biker boots that Benson sneakily chewed up a couple of weeks ago.

refashionista boots
They’re just “fashionably distressed”, right?

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, or avoiding it, I hope it’s a great day for you!

refashionista close up
Hint: The day will be more fun if you wear a refashion!

If Brian and I end up doing anything interesting for Valentine’s Day, I’ll be sure to come back and add pics to this post later (since this is going live before Vday)!


refashionista valentines day before and after
refashionista valentines day pinterest image
A Duster Sweater-Turned-Sweater Dress Refashion
An '80s Power Dress Refashion for a Modern Woman (Me!)