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!!! :)

42 Comments on Day 230: Send in the Clowns Dress

  1. learningnewtricks
    February 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm (4 years ago)

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

  2. Debbie McDaniel
    February 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Unbelievable transformation on that hideous piece!

  3. Patti Rosenfeld
    February 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow!I really like this one!What a great remake!!!

  4. Melissa Ligon
    February 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

    That turned out really COOL, Jillian!

  5. debbielynne
    February 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Definitely your color – love it, beautiful neck line too.

  6. Barbara Gibb Butler
    February 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm (4 years ago)

    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!

  7. laura @ urbanmayberry
    February 17, 2012 at 1:29 am (4 years ago)

    Wow!!! This among my top favorites!!! Talk about a transformation!! From trash to treasure for sure!!!! You are remarkable!!!! :)

  8. NorthernStar
    February 17, 2012 at 3:36 am (4 years ago)

    I can’t believe that’s the same garment! Super cute!

  9. undressed2012
    February 17, 2012 at 5:26 am (4 years ago)

    Just gorgeous – I love the yellow on grey. NYC…book deal? NY fashion week? Look forward to further revelation!

  10. Kasey
    February 17, 2012 at 5:40 am (4 years ago)

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

  11. Chica Andaluza
    February 17, 2012 at 7:09 am (4 years ago)

    What – you mean you didn´t want to walk around NYC in the clown outfit…just can´t understand it?!!

    • ReFashionista
      February 18, 2012 at 10:11 am (4 years ago)

      Haha! That would have been entertaining!

  12. Kim
    February 17, 2012 at 8:28 am (4 years ago)

    My favourite refashion yet! :)

  13. Ali
    February 17, 2012 at 10:39 am (4 years ago)

    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!

  14. Renee
    February 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Nicely, nicely done!

    Renee :)

  15. Suzan
    February 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm (4 years ago)

    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!

  16. hillerysawyer
    February 18, 2012 at 12:29 am (4 years ago)

    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.

  17. Pamela Grills Stein
    February 18, 2012 at 3:48 am (4 years ago)

    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!

  18. Angela Williams
    February 18, 2012 at 10:57 am (4 years ago)

    Super cute! Does the dye ever wash out or bleed onto other clothes?

  19. Eleven 3 Jewelry
    February 19, 2012 at 2:16 am (4 years ago)

    Fantastic! I would soooooo wear that dress, it’s super cute!

  20. Eleven 3 Jewelry
    February 19, 2012 at 2:26 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve always wanted to dye fabric in my washer, but am scared. Can you tell us how you do it?

  21. Bouqui
    February 19, 2012 at 6:42 am (4 years ago)

    This is one of your best yet!

  22. Brenda C.
    February 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this refashion, my favorite so far. You have such talent and imagination!!

  23. isis
    February 26, 2012 at 2:43 am (4 years ago)

    wow that turned out amazingly well!! one of your best so far

  24. Ern
    April 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm (3 years ago)

    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

  25. Emme
    April 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm (3 years ago)

    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!

  26. Kelly
    June 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm (3 years ago)

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

  27. sojeles
    July 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm (3 years ago)

    love that one!!

  28. Brin
    July 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm (3 years ago)

    This is one of my favorites for sure!

  29. Danielle
    July 19, 2012 at 1:27 am (3 years ago)

    I think this is my favorite and the tights compliment it perfectly. You amaze me!

  30. Tracy
    August 22, 2012 at 4:28 am (3 years ago)

    INCREDIBLE! It looked great on tv!!

  31. Joan
    January 7, 2013 at 12:04 am (3 years ago)

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

  32. Amanda
    February 17, 2013 at 6:54 am (3 years ago)

    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*.

  33. Traci Howell
    May 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous refashion!

  34. Jessica
    June 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite refashion yet!

  35. Hilary Darmousseh
    June 29, 2013 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

    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.

  36. Roxanne
    October 21, 2013 at 5:33 am (2 years ago)

    Lovely transformation!

  37. Shannon Coffey
    February 7, 2014 at 7:30 am (2 years ago)

    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!!!

  38. blacklambphotography
    February 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I didn’t mind the before dye look, but the dyed look really looks fab. I would never have thought to try to dye it with teal. Nice job.


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