DIY: The Faulty, Two-sizes-too-big River Island Dress I Bought for £5.. ♥

A few months ago I spotted a stunning dress on the River Island sale rack. It was one I recognised from a few seasons ago, because I remembered how much I loved it then! It was this 50’s style cherry print summer dress, but, it wasn’t reduced just because it was old. The price of the dress was only £5, reduced from £30. This was because the dress had only three buttons up the front, so it was faulty. It was also two sizes too big for me, but I loved it and for only £5, I bought it anyway.

Wearing the dress on holiday

 How the dress started off; lacking buttons!

First of all, I needed to buy some new buttons. The three remaining buttons were large round ones, but I couldn’t find any similar ones, so I picked some new big heart shaped ones to add to the girly 50’s theme! I bought 10 of these buttons for £2 from eBay.

When the buttons arrived, I got sewing them on straight away, using my needle and white thread.

I love the finished look, the heart shaped buttons are so cute!

The finished dress.

Button detail.

This is the original back of the dress, however I needed to change the size of the dress to make it smaller to fit. To do this I simply cut the straps at the bottom of the back, and then sewed them on shorter. I then cut the back panel and brought it in a few inches so it was tighter. I also changed the style of the back, instead of keeping it with that ‘twisted’ fabric, I untwisted it so it’s just a thick panel along the back (to cover my bra strap!). Unfortunately I couldn’t bring it in at the waist, as there’s a thick elastic band going around the waist, however it pretty much fits me now.

What do you think of my dress? How are your sewing skills?

DIY: The Faulty, Two-sizes-too-big River Island Dress I Bought for £5.. ♥


  1. June 26, 2012 / 3:13 pm

    This is a great idea lovely, thank you so much for sharing. The dress looks even more cute now! xx

  2. June 26, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    the buttons add a lovely touch! xo

  3. June 26, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Pretty dress but I can't see all the photos! xx

  4. June 26, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    So clever! The end result is gorgeous, love the buttons x

  5. June 26, 2012 / 9:13 pm

    Love what you did with the dress. I am hopeless at sewing but would love to be able to do something like this 🙂 Gem x

  6. June 26, 2012 / 10:06 pm

    WOW! That's amazing! I buy things too big sometimes! Sometimes it looks better 🙂

    CAT XO

  7. June 27, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! The print is also so gorgeous. I sew quite a bit and buttons can get so pricey and i'd never thought of buying them of eBay before!

  8. June 27, 2012 / 10:14 pm

    this dress looks stunning and so do you, you would never of been able to tell you popped them buttons on, I think they look better 🙂

  9. June 28, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    Great idea, it looks lovely on you 🙂 x

  10. June 29, 2012 / 2:39 am

    This is amazing, you look so gorgeous in it. I'd be buying clothes that were broken and didn't fit all the time if I had sewing skills like yours! xxxx

    Island Girl Insights ♥

  11. June 29, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    aww thank you very much 🙂 I loved the dress so I couldn't not buy it! Sewing on buttons is easy peasy 🙂 xx

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