One of my favorite things to do is upcycle clothing. I frequent the thrift stores in my area. Sometimes I'll find all kinds of great things and sometimes I won't find anything. I think the key is to not really know what you're looking for.
I try to be open minded when shopping at secondhand stores. I often go to look for interesting fabric. You find garments from the 80's and 90's (Evidenced by the thick shoulder pads). I look in the large women's dresses and long skirts, and when I find a print I love, I take it home to give it a new life.
Sometime you'll find a dress that you love, only to find that it's three sizes too big. Don't let this discourage you. Taking in clothing to fit you is easier than you think. Sometimes all a big tent dress needs is a belt to cinch in the waist. If not, you can always take it to the sewing machine!
I found this skirt at a local thrift store for $3.50! It was originally marked $5 but, it was their sale day and I got it for 30% off.
I loved the print but it was a few sizes too big. It just needed a quick stitch. Here's what I did:
Speaking of thrifting, has anyone seen that new show on planet green "Dresscue Me"? Similar concept. The show follows Shareen Mitchell who upcycles vintage dresses to be sold in her store. I've only seen a couple of episodes and I'm already loving it. It gives you a whole new appreciation for vintage.