Rompin’ Around | Thrift Style Thursday

October 2, 2014

Hello, friends, I hope you have had a lovely week so far!  This week actually started out pretty rough for me on Monday morning, but then one simple thought changed the rest of my day, and the rest of my week.  It was this: I alone have the power to make the very best of this day.  I can wallow in self-pity, feeling tired and grumpy and unmotivated, or I can make this day awesome by looking at all of the opportunities available to be productive, live in the moment and be happy.  Which do you think I chose?

That day, I chose to be healthy, productive and happy, and I was. I chose to go for a jog in the park in the morning, I made myself raspberry infused water with my new infuser water bottle (love it!), and I started working on the refashion I am featuring in this post (among other, less exciting productive work & chores).  It turned out to be a great day, and all week long I have been fueled by creative/productive energy, motivated to accomplish every task I set before myself – including this refashion!

Sometimes, one positive decision is all you need to change your whole outlook.  Let’s get to the outfit!


As you can see, I started with a very 80’s jumpsuit complete with shoulder pads, wide leg trousers and a whole lot of unflattering fabric.  I didn’t even pick this beauty out at the thrift store myself, I saw it in a pile on the dressing room bench.  I tried it on, decided that I just had to do something with the amazing pant fabric, and then immediately decided on a romper!

I plan on posting the whole refashion saga soon, but, basically, I cut off the top “blouse” portion of the jumpsuit and most of the pant legs.  Then I opened up the pant legs and used three panels of fabric to create the back of the romper top and two front pieces which I overlapped.  To finish, I simply hemmed the shorts, created two straps and added a small snap closure to the front V opening of the new top.  Whaddya think??



The details: romper refashion (thrifted & handmade) // gladiator wedges (?? (old)) // silver drop earrings (gift) // Lucky Brand bee necklace (T.J. Maxx) // evil eye bracelet (gift) // peace sign bracelet (handmade)


I have to admit that I am pretty darn pleased with how this refashion turned out; I felt so professional using my serger and dress form, hee hee!   That being said, it was actually very simple to make, especially since I designed the top with the overlapping pieces of fabric – it made for a very forgiving construction and it’s really easy to just pull the romper on.  Anyway, as I said, I’ll be sharing more of this refashion later!

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our new and improved Thrift Style Thursday Facebook Group where all our thrifty bloggers will be posting their looks for today’s “Touch of Vintage” theme!  Oh, also, is it just me or is it totally weird that anything from the 80’s (like this jumpsuit I refashioned) is technically vintage??  Yeesh, I feel old sometimes!  ;)

As always, thanks for reading!  Love & rompers, Kristi :)



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  • Boho Kate

    Wow you have done an amazing job, it looks fab!! :)

    October 2, 2014 at 8:06 am Reply
  • emilygeraghty

    i’m sorry WHAT I CANT BELIEVE YOU MADE THIS OUT OF THAT. I’m amazed. Wut

    October 2, 2014 at 8:36 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Hahahaha um thank you? ;)

      October 2, 2014 at 10:06 am Reply
      • emilygeraghty

        I just lost control of my words because I was amazed.

        October 2, 2014 at 10:40 am Reply
        • alligatortoe

          Hahaha thanks, I was getting a general sense of excitement ;)

          October 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • isabella

    What a good idea! :)

    October 2, 2014 at 8:41 am Reply
  • sistasfromcali

    You did an awesome job! We love the neck details u put on your refashion jumpsuit. :)

    October 2, 2014 at 8:45 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, girls!! I am pretty stoked about the neckline, too! :)

      October 2, 2014 at 10:07 am Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    I am SO impressed! You’re totally inspiring me, now I wanna go out and make a romper, you totally rock it. Great job!!

    October 2, 2014 at 8:54 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Miche!! You totally should, I know you would make something fanatic! :)

      October 2, 2014 at 10:08 am Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    WHAT!? Suppppper cool! Nice work~!

    October 2, 2014 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Jackie and Marilyn

    I LOVE this! You are so talented! – Brianna

    October 2, 2014 at 10:34 am Reply
  • felicia k

    Nice fabric. I think I know the person who used to own that outfit! (or something like it :)). Age precludes me from wearing rompers, but it’s cute. Definitely an improvement!

    October 2, 2014 at 10:38 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! I love the fabric and amazingly the jumpsuit still had the original tag on it! :)

      October 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • pinsplace

    Wowowow loooovvvvveeeeeeee this, a lot!

    October 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, I had a feeling this would be your style!! :)

      October 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SAY!!!!! I am literally in awe that you MADE a romper. What is life!?!?!?!?! You are amazing. This looks absolutely adorable on you, too. I love it paired with the wedges. The beginning of this post resonated with me, too.That’s exactly how my Monday was too, but unfortunately it took me a few days to realize what you realized so soon :) Also, what brand is the infuser water bottle?? I also can’t believe how sunny and warm it looks there!! Ok, end of my essay!

    October 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Hahaha you are hilarious!! The romper was really fun to make and surprisingly easy, too! And it looks so warm and sunny here because it is HOT (like temps in the upper 90s this weekend, ugh!)! Also, I LOVE my new infuser water bottle, I got it at Marshall’s for only $8.99, it’s by Rove and it’s awesome! I’m glad your week got better :) Essay over. ;) Oh and THANK YOU!!!!!

      October 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • newkeybeauty

    That’s so awesome!

    October 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • ontheupcyclemom

    wow this looks great! I so wish I was good at sewing!!!

    October 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm Reply
  • Kate

    The romper is beautiful. It looks flawless, really. :)

    October 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks so much, you are so sweet! :)

      October 2, 2014 at 10:11 pm Reply
  • PreethiMagesh

    looks pretty !!

    October 3, 2014 at 7:25 am Reply
  • marcyjb

    WOW, you are so stinkin talented, and cute! I am so jealous, that romper is so adorable! xo

    October 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm Reply
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