I normally do not shop at thrift stores because I have this thing about wearing other people's clothes or sitting on someone else's couch. But for costumes, I definitely check them out first.
My girl friend and I hosted a costume party with a 50's theme, and we went hunting at thrift stores and eventually found a few dresses that I could turn them into something 50's.
Unfortunately I did not take before pictures of the dresses..... :( so I will do my best to describe them in words.
This was kind of a before picture lol it was a size 18 short sleeves dress in green with black dots
Down sized it to a 14 and made it into a halter dress instead
Added black fabric at the bottom of the dress
Added a belt to the dress, and this is the finished dress
Second dress was made from two different dresses, one silver dress with buttons in the front, and a blue chiffon'ish dress.
i made the silver dress tighter and switched the front and back. So the buttons are on the back and sewed the blue sleeves and belt onto the silver dress
This was the easiest dress to alter, just had to tighten it a tiny bit and add a belt
And my dress was a size 24 short sleeve dress that i had to downsize to size 6 and made a square neckline
Here is me and my friend in her silver and blue dress (and fake pearls!!!)
Second left was the dress with the red belt (unfortunately she covered it up with a jacket), then my friend in silver and blue dress, my friend in the green halter dress, and Me!