While I’m a transplant to the South, there are some things I absolutely adore about living here. Grits, warm weather, and friendly people all make the top of this list. Some of you might be surprised to learn that I also have a thing for southern fashion. I know…it’s a little odd, as it’s not really my look per se, and when I wear these more southern-y things, I’m pretty sure I look like a Barbie whose head has been ripped off and replaced with another doll’s entirely. :)
Seersucker is one of these southern fashion staples that remains timeless and stylish all at once. When I found this seersucker house dress, I was quite excited!
I’m excited. I swear.
I had to give away the last seersucker piece I remade a couple of years ago, and I’ve been looking for a good replacement ever since. :)
To get started, I grabbed my seam ripper and got rid of those sleeves! Temps have reached triple digits here, and I’m not about to be any more clothed than I need to be!
Then, I closed up those armholes!
Next, I chopped off a bit of length from the bottom. Usually, I save this step for last, but I knew I wanted a cute little match-matchy sash for my new frock, and I ran the risk of not having a long enough sash if I did this choppage after taking my new dress in.
I put my dress on my form and started the whole taking-in/reshaping process.
Sad to see those pockets go. :’(
I chopped off that extra fabric with my pinking shears, then got to work on my new hem.
When I tried my dress on, I noticed some rather frightening gappage on the lower part of the front placket, soooooo…I stitched it down!
For my last lil trick, I folded that bottom scrap under twice, pressed it, and pinned it.
Prepping a new sash!
Did I say, “my last lil trick”? Because I have one more to share with you!
Some of my more observant readers might have noticed that I’m sewing on a new machine! I’ll share more about that at a later time, but in the meantime…looooook at what it can do!
My new seersucker number kept me fresh and cool all day!
Ain’t it cute?
My new dress enjoyed an afternoon wine tasting, followed by a little more wine!
Gotta try ‘em all!
Mysterious Jillian is full of mystery!
This was a swell week to be a thrifty fashionista! :)
LOOK at these lovelies I scored!
Aren’t those vintage leather pumps ($3) just to die for?!?! And they were made in Spain…SPAIN (this seems ridiculously cool and exotic to me for some reason)!!!!
That black leather belt ($1) is pretty sweet too. Such a unique piece.
And that big brooch was a steal at fifty cents! :)
I couldn’t resist pairing my new pumps and belt with my favorite new $1 frock! :)
…and it has POCKETS!!!
So happy these were my size! :)
Not bad for a $5 outfit, eh?
So…I showed you how I refashed that LBD for Good Morning America yesterday, but what about that purple dress on the right?
How’d I do it?
I mean, how do you go from this…
This was a tricky one, folks! First, I dyed the original top to get rid of that blah faded brown and white…
A fun color combo!
It’s all in the mix!
…then I noticed all these little holes on the sides. :/
This is where all my photographic evidence falls off, you guys.
I can explain! It was about 2am when I was working on this, and I had to try to get a couple of hours of sleep before going in to work the next day then dashing off to catch my flight!
Still…I’m sorry. :/
The best way I know how to explain what I did was:
1. I removed that fake underlayer
2. I took the whole thing in from the sides.
3. I took it in again from the back to raise the neck line a smidge
4. I added the fabric from the sides to the bottom of the dress, patching some holes and re stitching around others (cutting off the parts with holes and stitching the good bits back together, then stitching THAT to the bottom).
5. I gave this craziness a new hem.
6. Then I took the sleeves up a lil.
And that’s what brought us to this!
My new purple frock had a blast for my last day in NYC! Erin and I checked out the MoMA, had a fantastic lunch at Grammercy Tavern (an entire page of their menu is dedicated to ciders!), and had a lovely time exploring the city before we caught our flight back home.
Lookie! We found a tasty frozen sangria stand!
Times Square Selfie!
What a fun trip! :)