We were going to a Fourth of July party and I wanted to wear a red daytime dress. I found a cute J Crew dress at the thrift shop for three dollars but it was strapless and a bit too long. It fit perfectly, except I'm not comfortable in strapless dresses.
Not every thrift shop find has to be an all out reconstruction.
I don't like the way a-line dresses look when they are below the knee on me so I cut off the bottom tier of ruffle off and turned it into straps. I added some pretty crochet trims from my stash and left the frayed edge on the strap to match the ruffles. and now it is a comfy summer dress!