One Tacky Christmas Sweater Dress to Rule Them All!!!!!!!!!

When a staffer at our local newspaper, The State contacted me and asked if I’d like to do an Ugly Christmas Sweater refashion for them to feature in their Life & Style section, I of course said yes.

What followed was some 40 or so emails where they wanted me to either make a tacky sweater normal or make a normal sweater tacky (How uninspired!) and me refusing to do that and instead insisting on making a ballgown out of a BUNCH of Christmas sweaters.

I’m very stubborn.  :)

I don’t have a full tutorial of this refashion, but here are some behind-the scenes pics:

 

Using an old-worn out dress as a pattern for the bodice!

Using an old-worn out dress as a pattern for the bodice!

 

Bodice done!  But what about the rest?

Bodice done! But what about the rest?

 

I drafted a pattern for the bottom based a gown I really like.

I drafted a pattern for the bottom based a gown I really like.

 

And here’s a video from The State where I explain my process (and yes, I know my voice is weird, okay?).  :)

 

Everything got all nice & stitched together, and now….

BEHOLD!!!!!!!!!

 

BAM!

BAM!

 

 

Le back!

Le back!

 

Come cloooooooser!

Come cloooooooser!

 

Of course, I don’t just make dresses to not be seen!  My fahhhhhbulous new frock enjoyed an Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl with some of my favorite people!

 

Love these guys!

Love these guys!

 

Oh MY!

Oh MY!

 

Such handsome fellas!

Such handsome fellas!

 

These ladies are pretty swell too!  :)

These ladies are pretty swell too! :)

 

And look what I saw first thing this morning!  :)

 

OooooOOOOOoooo!

OooooOOOOOoooo!

 

You can read the full article right here!  :)

Big Mondo Major thanks to The State for letting me play.  :)  This is my absolute favorite project to date.  I’m really proud of it, and I hope you guys like it too.  :)

Cheers!

 

:)

:)

 

Don’t be Drastic! Add Some Elastic!

A few months ago, I showed you how to add a fantastic elastic waist to just about any dress!

A lot of you asked why I cut the thing in two and restitched it before adding the elastic.  I thought it gave it a cleaner line, but heck!  Let’s try it another way!

I started off with this coral-y bathing suit coverup-looking thing…

 

Having a blissful summer flashback!

Having a blissful summer flashback!

 

I thought the hue of this frock was just a wee bit to light for fall/winter/whatever this cold thing is that we’re in, so….I reached for these!

 

Mixology!

Mixology!

 

After the dye bath, I still needed to deal with how shapeless this dress was.  While I usually just add a belt or a sash (because it’s easy and I like ‘em), I want to make sure I show you guys other tips and tricks too.

Here we go! I turned my dress inside-out, then I used my tailor’s chalk to draw a line all the way around my dress where I wanted my new waistline.

 

Measure for measure!

Measure for measure!

 

TA DA!

TA DA!

 

I also made a mark at the center front and center back of my dress.

 

Front and center!

Front and center!

 

Next, I wrapped a section of elastic around my waist and pulled it to where it was snug, but not too snug.  Then I cut it off.

 

You shall do nicely!

You shall do nicely!

 

I stitched the two ends together.

 

See?

See?

 

Then I folded the elastic in half and used a fabric marking pencil to mark the ends of the folded bits.  This meant I had a mark for every fourth of the elastic waistband.  Don’t worry.  It’ll make sense in a sec.  :)

 

Mark it!

Mark it!

 

I then pinned each of the marked bits to the center front, center back, and each side seam.  This makes it easier to evenly distribute the rest of the elastic.

 

Even Steven!

Even Steven!

 

Time to stitch it down!  Just use a straight stitch, but make sure you pull the elastic a bit as you go to keep the fabric from getting bunchy.  It’s finicky, but it’s not that hard!

 

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

 

And just like that, you have a dress with an elastic waist!  I rolled the sleeves up a little, pressed them down, and was good to go!

 

If you look closely, you can see where I accidentally dribbled toothpaste on the front!  :/

If you look closely, you can see where I accidentally dribbled toothpaste on the front! :/

 

However, me being me, I couldn’t resist putting a belt on it!  :D

 

Sticking with what I know!

Sticking with what I know!

 

*Happy Belt Dance Break*

*Happy Belt Dance Break*

 

Sadly, the building I work in is in a constant state of frrrrreeeeezing, so all my coworkers got to see was this:

 

:(

:(

 

C’est la vie!

Cheers!

OH WAIT!  I almost forgot to mention this, but TOMORROW NIGHT I’ll be presenting at my first Pecha Kucha here in Columbia, SC!  If you can make it, please come out!  I’ll be talking about how I find the frocksome in the frumpy, and you’ll get to listen to some other really creative folks as well!  I hope you can check it out!  It all happens tomorrow, December 12 at 6pm!

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Green Poppy Dress

I find so many 70’s housecoats when I go thrifting!  I really liked this one with it’s lovely green flowers!

 

Mrrrrrrrrphmrrrrrrphmrrrrrr!

Mrrrrrrrrphmrrrrrrphmrrrrrr!

 

Yikes!  That turtleneck!

There was also a good bit of damage on the sleeves.

 

Holey Moley!

Holey Moley!

 

I can only assume the previous owner of this frock was mauled by an animal of some sort...

I can only assume the previous owner of this frock was mauled by an animal of some sort…

 

I’ve been working on a really exciting holiday project (It’s gonna blow your mind dear friend) that I can’t wait to share with you guys.  It involves a LOT of really tedious sewing, so I felt like taking a lil no-sew break today!  :)

Chops happened!

 

Bye damaged sleeves!

Bye damaged sleeves!

 

I turned this dress so the back was the new front.  I unzipped it a bit so that turtleneck became a funky collar.  That very bottom scrap turned into a sash for my waist.

Not too shabs, I must say!

 

Are you green with envy over how easy this rehash was?

Are you green with envy over how easy this rehash was?

 

My new dress enjoyed a laid-back day that consisted mainly of hanging out with friends and a tasty dinner.  :)

 

Yay!  Layers!

Yay! Layers!

 

Hi (again), Erin!

Hi (again), Erin!

 

Cheers!

 

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