I wanted a shirt dress, and the only pattern I could find was six months away from reaching the shops here in New Zealand (where it is winter. and cold. and everyone on craftster is showing their fantastic summer clothes).
Red Cross had a dollar bag sale, and I scooped this... (I'm not wearing the matching belt in this pic)
The shop assistant said "what on EARTH do you plan to do with this"
Heaps has been taken off the sides and it has been shorted at the sleeves and the bottom seams,
Wore it to work, got LOTS of compliments, and one rather nasty remark (not that I like THAT girl anyway!) and advice from a couple of style icons who suggested wearing the belt higher, so I did.
I am considering putting darts in the back to make it sit a bit nicer, but I will do that when I have finished all my projects (ie, never)