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!  :)


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



  1. I didn’t mind the original fabric colors at all. However, I do like your refashion of the garment.

  2. I wouldn’t have thought ANYTHING could have been done to that jumpsuit to make it fit for wearing in public, but it turned out really cute! You have a great imagination!

  3. Wow! You did an amazo job on this one! I love your refashions, even though they put mine to shame….daily. :)

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. This refashion blew my mind! People would pay good money for that dress! The color came out amazing and it looks absolutely adorable on you! Job well done.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. This is my favorite refashion of yours! I was pretty doubtful in the beginning but it turned out so good!!!

  11. Wow. You are really talented and love that you repurpose. That pattern looks so current now.

  12. 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*.

  13. 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.

  14. You are amazing!!!! Thanks for all the great ideas! I’ve always wanted to do my own clothes and not had the confidence-you have inspired me to go for it!!!

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