How to make a very Dynasty ’80s dress fabulous?

Perform a shoulderpadectomy.

Look at those things. Why someone ever thought that shoulder pads the size of a human skull were a good idea, I will never know.

Neckline? Recut. Sleeves? Shorten. I also wanted to dye the dress black, so I did all the new stitching with black thread. And then discovered that you cannot dye man-made fabrics easily at home. All the stitching had to be ripped out and redone with red thread. Because I cannot have a DIY project go smoothly. Ever.

And now the ’80s wrap dress is reminiscent of a ’40s wrap dress.

This dress was purchased for $4.00 at a thrift store. Never be afraid to pluck something off a rack and alter it a bit to get what you want – all you need are time and basic sewing skills.