When you are out and about thrift shopping remember that kid’s clothes don’t have to be off limits for you. Here, Angel Cutsforth shows us how to transform a little girl’s dress into a cool, adult-sized top in a few simple steps.

I recently bought this dress, which is meant for a little girl. It fit me fine, except the arm cuffs were a bit too tight and I felt it was too long to be a top. So I decided to get out the scissors and unpack the sewing machine.

top-2Step 1: Cut off or unpick the seam of the arm.

Step 2: Sew arm holes to size. I was lucky and had a non-fraying material and didn’t need to double fold it.

Step 3: Choose desired length and shorten.





top-3The finished result is a cool top (this one is in a Sixties style) that would look great with a skirt or trousers and will add that little vintage touch to any outfit.

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  1. Mrs Bear

    I run a series of Clothes swapping events in East London. See for more info. We’re at Field Day Festival (Victoria Park, Hackney) this year running a Make do and Mend tent featuring live demos, customisation workshops. “knitty gritty” knitting group and more… We’re also trying to get a regular spot at the Flea-pit for our Make-do-and-mend nights. Please bookmark our website if you’re interested coming to one of our events –