THe FLIP: Turning a dress into a two piece costume
How much it cost: I already had the dress and I know I didn't pay much so this costume cost me roughly $35-40.
The lowdown: This is my latest re-vamped costume. It has had several incarnations. This (80's) vintage dress was shin length with long sleeves, a collar and 4 buttons down the front. For the first incarnation I cut the dress in half and added elastic to the waist of the skirt. I then cut the sleeves off and made a vest like top with a clasp above my chest. I then went on to add fringe to the bottom of the top and changed the skirt by creating a slit up one side that has a clasp for easy removal. I sewed the skirt in a point in the front and back and added fringe to it. I took the fabric of the sleeves to create the bow which is a foam sheet folded and hot glued and then covered in fabric and attached to a headband. The waist of the skirt (which you can barely see in this photo) and the center of the bow were created with sparkly stretch fabric that I used from a top that I got at a thrift store. Now it is a complete outfit made from almost one item of clothing. The cheapest flip!