a couple of days ago i snatched up another great dress from the thrift store. i was instantly attracted to the print, though i am not a big fan of red as a main color in an outfit. but the pattern reminded me in some way of the paintings of jean-michel basquiat. the color mix, the naive brush strokes seemed taken out of his paintings and graffiti works. i know it's not exactly a literal interpretation but you get the idea. going back to the dress, it was too pretty to pass up, but it was a couple of sizes too big for me. that's often a problem you face when thrift shopping. sometimes you get your hands on some pretty awesome pieces but they are not in your size. in order to overcome this issue i decided to take a few centimeters off the hemline, which was originally over the knee - a length i do not necessarily find flattering on me. from the material i cut off i made belt and now it fits a lot better cinched in the waist. i always look for potential in the items i find in thrift shop, not necessarily for a perfect fit. i just wish i had better sowing skills when altering my thrift finds.