Kaylinn’s Reader ReFash!

When I saw this pic of Kaylinn, I must confess I had my doubts that there was much to be done with her chosen starter piece.  :/

 

Ugh...velour!

Ugh…velour!

 

She’s a braver woman than I.  I HATE velour and velvet.  Yes, they look nice (although this shirt is looking a bit scary as-is), but I HATE the texture of them.  I CAN’T STAND to touch them (or cotton balls for that matter).  Does this make me weird?

Anywho, thankfully Kaylinn had no such qualms.  And that’s why she was able to turn that top into an adorable fall frock!

 

Love it!  Also:  Holla to my fellow asymmetrical hairdo pal!  :)

Love it! Also: Holla to my fellow asymmetrical hairdo pal! :)

 

And just loooooook at how she did the back!

 

Front shall be back and back shall be front!

Front shall be back and back shall be front!

 

Awesome job, Kaylinn!

 

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Cheers!

Take Advantage of the Details Tunic

Here’s a super-comfy shapeless/dated dress!

 

Ugh.

Ugh.

 

Not much to dig here. The length is lousy.  As I said, it has no shape.  It’s just not terribly exciting, now is it?

Luckily, all it really needs is a few chops!

 

Douglas investigates!

Douglas investigates!

 

That very bottom bit was chopped off to remove an ink stain that didn’t come out in the wash.  The next-up bit was going to come in pretty handy.  See those buttons on the side?  They’re totally functional!!!

I used the button-up part to make a belt by wrapping it around my waist twice.

I’m pretty happy with this no-sew tunic, I must say!

 

No need to hem, as Jersey doesn't fray!

No need to hem, as Jersey doesn’t fray!

 

 

I think my sweet vintage brooch looks swell with my new top!

I think my sweet vintage brooch looks swell with my new top!

 

My new top had a fun mellow evening with friends.

 

…like Ryan here!

…like Ryan here!

 

We even crafted a tasty fall cocktail with ginger beer, whiskey, and…other things????

 

Yum!

Yum!

 

 

Cool pose.  Bad lighting.

Cool pose. Bad lighting.

 

Cheers!

 

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A Winesome Winsome Saturday Dress

Brrrrrrrr!   I cannot cope with this cold snap, folks!  For those of you who get sick to death of seeing me traipsing around in nothing but strappy (or strapless) sundresses as summer and want to see a bit more modest stuff, you are in luck!

Take this heavily bedazzled sweater dress:

 

I'm serious.  Just take it.

I’m serious. Just take it.

 

There are only two things I like about this tacky monstrosity.  1.  It’s black.  2.  It’s a sweater dress.

Even the back of this crazy number didn’t escape the bedazzler’s wrath!

 

Gah!

Gah!

 

Apparently the branding department has an ironic sense of humor…

 

I beg to differ.

I beg to differ.

 

I knew I couldn’t deal with all those sequins and beads.  I had something much more basic in mind.

So, I picked.

 

Pickity Pick Pick…

Pickity Pick Pick…

 

And I picked some more…

 

Pick…Pick…Pick...

Pick…Pick…Pick…

 

I picked for about THREE HOURS, my friends!

 

GOOD GOD WILL IT EVER END????!!!!!!11111!!!!!!

GOOD GOD WILL IT EVER END????!!!!!!11111!!!!!!

 

Finally, I was done!  Ah!  Sweet relief!

 

Leftovers!

Leftovers!

 

I took my new dress in about 1 1/2 inches on each side…

 

First some pinning...

First some pinning…

 

Then some stitching…

Then some stitching…

 

Then some serving!

Then some serging!

 

My lovely lil Dreamstitcher came in super-handy for this one.  Sweaters have always been a challenge for me, as they tend to fray like crazy!  If you don’t happen to have a serging machine, just use a zigzag stitch and cut off the excess fabric.  It’ll do.  :)

With my side seams done, I had a few chops to make!  I really wanted bracelet-length sleeves, and the bottom needed to be raised just a smidge.

 

Just a bit!

Just a bit!

 

The sleeves got stitched down and then got a zigzag stitch on the interior raw edge.  Here’s what they look like on the outside now.

 

It's a little wavy, but it looks alright!

It’s a little wavy, but it looks alright!

 

Now for the bottom!  I served the bottom raw edge…

 

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

 

…then gave it a new hem!

 

Just pin & stitch!

Just pin & stitch!

 

I could have just folded the bottom hem under twice to get rid of the raw edge, but I worried about it looking too bulky.  :)

And here’s my dress now!  I made the front the back so that V would be behind me.  Sorry I failed to get pics, but I’m sure you can picture it just fine.  :)

 

Kind of Mod, isn't it?  :)

Kind of Mod, isn’t it? :)

 

I stayed happy & warm in this one.  :)

 

The boots didn't hurt either.  :)

The boots didn’t hurt either. :)

 

And again.

And again.

 

My new dress had a lovely day with some wonderful friends…first at a wine tasting, then at a dinner cooked by the amazing Scott Hall!  :)

 

Happy Wine Lovahs!

Happy Wine Lovahs!

 

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I certainly know some handsome fellas!  :)

 

Can I really eat all of this?  :)

Fancy Fewd!

 

The decor wasn't too shabs either.

The decor wasn’t too shabs either.

 

Hmmmmmnnnn…

Hmmmmmnnnn…

 

Rest assured, much fun was had, and much wine was consumed!

 

Eeep!

Eeep!

 

Sometimes I’ve gotta admit…I Iove being me.  :)

Cheers!

 

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