Day 230: Send in the Clowns Dress

Day 231: Boldly Going Nowhere Top
Day 229: V-day in NYC!!! :)

Today’s piece was so awful that I couldn’t just stop at one “before” pic!  :)

Send in the Clowns.
There should be clowns.
They're already here!

Okay…enough clowning around (wow that pun was awful, even for me!)!  :)  I wasn’t feeling that weird yellow and white giraffe print, so I dropped it into a bath of black and teal dye.   :)

Bath Time!

After the bath was done, I unpicked the crotch of the jumpsuit and cut off the legs.  Then, I got to resizing!

Pinned on each side!

I also pinned the front and the back of my future dress where I unpicked the legs.

Just pin a straight line!

I sewed up all my pinned areas, and chopped off the extra fabric.


My dress was looking realllllly cute already!  I gave it  a new hem…

Hem time!

…but still wasn’t entirely pleased.  I grabbed the legs I removed earlier, and turned them into a wide sash.  :)

Step 1
Stitch that sash!

Now my new dress was definitely ready for my second and last day in NYC!

Sitting Pretty!
Leaving...on a jet plane...

Before flying back to SC, I stopped off for a bit of jitter-fighting vino!  :)

No fear of flying here, folks! :)
Time to call it a day!

I hadn’t been to New York in a few years, so this was a really nifty little visit that reminded me of why I really should try to visit more often.  :)  With a little luck, maybe I can.

Cheers!  :)


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46 thoughts on “Day 230: Send in the Clowns Dress

  1. It’s hard to believe that is even the same garment! Holy cow – that is amazing! Turned out really cute – love it with the gray tights too – NICE job Jillian!

  2. Congratulations! You have graduated from a playful hobby with cutting off, hemming up, taking in leaving raw edges. . . to a taylor/seamstress that takes the fabrick from one object and cuts/pieces & sews, neatly finishing all edges and makes it into a completed piece of apparal that looks like it was professionally created, that you would purchase at a store. Well done!

  3. I have been reading your blog for a while now and find your refashions fearless and inspirational. What a transformation! I never would have thought such a lovely dress could be made from such a hideous getup. Brilliant!

  4. I am head-over-heels in crazy love with this dress! Thanks so much for inspiring me in your refashioning adventures.
    You have such a creative mind, I love it!
    <3, Ern

  5. Good God! This is my favorite so far! I couldn’t imagine what you could do with this that didn’t involve a big, red afro wig and and a fake flower that squirts water. Well done!

  6. I discovered your blog a few days ago and have been slowing reading back through all of your posts. I’m completely addicted :) I think that this is definitely my fave!! You rock and might have finally given me the inspiration I need to learn to use the sewing machine I’ve had for *cough* 8 years *cough*.

  7. Wow great job on the transformation! With the grey-ish color it looks professional and like something my sister could wear to the office. :) It’s totally different than the original and 1000x better.

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