My daughter has recently remembered that her mother sews. She's been picking up dresses at thrift stores and even one at The Gap for $5 --- she's bringing them to me saying "Mom, I really liked the material on this dress, but it's a little old fashioned, could you redo it pretty please?!"
All I did with this dress was remove the sheer sleeves (they were elastic at the wrist!) and resew the raw edges. Then I removed the sheer ruffle sewn on the neckline and then resewed the faux wrap neckline and added a black belt.
Luckily it's summer time and it's relatively easy to modernize dresses for summer. I've had a hard time remembering to take pics of the dresses, and completely forgot to take pics of the details -- like the skirt on this has a really neat zigzag ironed-in pleating effect on it.
I have to admit, I've really loved taking something outdated and making it modern!