I was quite happy to stumble upon this dress with a lovely cameo print. :)
I’m running out of “before” poses, you guys.
I was even willing to look past those gigantic shoulder pads!
Okay. I clearly have some work to here. First, I made a few chops.
Not a bad start!
Don’t worry! I know some of you guys hate it when I remove cuffs & collars, but I’m keeping these. They’re just being relocated!
With my cuffs chopped and those pads removed, I was ready to take in this dress a bit. I took it from the back like so:
Stitching down the elastic…
Then stitching each side of the leftover elastic down, so it lays flat!
I took the cuffs and pressed the raw edges down.
Do you see where I’m going?
Then, I stitched each side down.
Just a lil whirr!
Then I took one cuff and pinned it under the largest lapel on my new dress.
Getting a lil creative!
In case you can’t tell, I’ve been on a bit of an asymmetry kick lately, hence my ‘do! This dress was going to be a fun experiment in balance or lack thereof.
I stitched the cuff down…
I think this is going to look just swell. :)
Then I chopped a bit more from one of the sleeves.
Just a lil bit.
I hemmed the raw edge…
Just a lil hem.
…then I attached the remaining cuff!
Too late to go back now!
The other sleeve got a different kind of cuff!
Roll it, pin it, then stitch the top and bottom down! :)
Now I just needed to get rid of some of that length!
Rising to new heights! My foot says “hai!” btw.
I hemmed my new dress, and stitched that bottom part into a sash.
That’s right…this was almost a totally no-waste refashion!
Ah! So close!
I’m really happy with this one, you guys!
Seriously…this is one of my faves!
And here it is from the back!
My cameo dress and I made a cameo (har har) appearance at my pal Phillip’s house for some tasty chili with friends! :)
Such deliciousness! :)
A perfect way to spend an early Fall evening!
Jillian is a deep person who feels things deeply.
This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Sloane of Life and Food and Beer in South Florida! Perhaps it’s because I just got back from a lovely wedding (In Paradise…sigh), but you’re about to see the first Wedding Dress refashion I’ve ever posted here!
Oh…wait. There was this one. ;) You’ll be happy to know Sloane’s story ends a little differently than mine. ;)
It was always my moms dream for my sister or myself to wear her wedding dress. It was straight from the early 80’s and my sister was smart enough to pass.
She shipped the dress to my after I called complaining about not being able to find a dress I liked. It arrived in a USPS, if it fits it ships box. The dress itself was actually wrapped in a trash bag.
Once the box arrived, I stuck it in my closet without trying it on. After a night of drinking, I came home and decided to try it on. I blame it on of alcohol of course, because as I was standing on the toilet lid, I decided I could work with this.
With the help of a professional seamstress, we redid the yellowing, aged, liner, took off the puffy sleeves and made them into straps, but keep the look of the original dress. My mom wore a hopped skirt under the dress, very southern bell, so we slimmed the base of the dress in as well.
On the day of the wedding, I did a dress reveal with my mom, and as soon as she seen it, she started crying saying “you keep it the same”.
Seeing her so happy, made the 3 months of crying and wishing I had just bought a new dress worth it!
Ahmazing! And no, Sloane didn’t choose to execute this one herself, but she still earns Mega Awesome Points for seeing the potential in a dress that was once in a garbage bag, not buying new, AND supporting a small local business (her seamstress)! :) Well done, M’dear. You look beautiful! :)
You can read more about this refashion at Slone’s blog, Life and Food and Beer!
Cheers to the happy couple!
I would apologize for being MIA this past week, except I’m kinda not sorry. ;) You see, I’ve been here:
When my pal Ryan asked if I’d like to join him on a trip to Kailua, Hawaii for a friend’s wedding, I couldn’t say no! I’d never been to Hawaii, and I needed to get away for a bit. :) What am I saying…I always say “I need to get away for a bit.” The truth is, I love to travel more than just about anything else in the world and will make up just about any excuse to do it! :)
Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t drag my pal to the nearest thrift shop right away! ;) I was surprised at how typical it was. You can’t even tell this is in Hawaii:
Looks pretty typical to me…
But look closer!
I found a few things to play with. :) One of these things was this Men’s 3x shirt!
It’s actually quite comfy!
Okay, I failed to take any “during” pics, so I’m just gonna have to explain this one. I made the neck hole the top of my new dress by tucking the collar in and buttoning up the shirt as far as I could under my arms. I added a safety pin inside to make sure it was nice ‘n snug. THEN, I tucked the sleeves in to make funky faux pockets. :)
And here it is!
You can see how I’ve cinched the waist of my new frock with one of my favorite thrifted belts. I even had a cute pineapple necklace I scored the week before at a local theatre’s costume sale!
It’s pretty great, isn’t it? :)
My new dress was comfortable as could be and got tons of compliments from people who had no idea that it was actually a shirt…until I told them of course! I keep no refashion secrets!
Sort of has a 60’s feel to it, doesn’t it?
Ryan and I had an amazing time checking out Oahu!
Hello from Paradise!
We ate some amazing local grub!
Mmmmmn…Guava Pancakes and Mahi Eggs Benedict!
We even made some new friends!
And the view from our house just couldn’t be beat.
New-Sew refashions can be great for traveling. I didn’t even end up keeping this shirt, as I always pack extremely light and didn’t have any room in my luggage. So, I just laundered it and re-donated it. More money for charity, AND I had a cute new dress for the day! What a win/win!