Day 302: Party Animal Dress

Day 303: Babies of the Eighties Top
Day 301: Tangerine Dream Dress

Whoa!  Check out that number, if you will (and I think you will)!  Day THREE flippin’ HUNDRED!!!!!!!!!!!!  You can tell by the superfluous exclamation points that I’m pretty excited about this.  Only 65 days to go!!!!!!!!  :)

I had yet another reason to celebrate!  Today was the annual Riverbanks Zoo Wine Tasting!!!!  I look forward to this event every year, as it’s pretty much the event for Columbia winos.

I thought today’s piece was quite fitting for the occasion!


I really wanted to wear a dress for the event, and was still feeling inspired by Day 285’s skirt-to-dress refashion.  This was going to be a bit different, but still in the same vein.

I got started by putting the skirt on my dress form with the waistband around the neck.  then, I pinned down each side where I wanted my sleeves to be.

Future Sleeves! :)

I stitched down each side…


Then, I sewed a second line about 1/2 ” next to the original line.  These would be my sleeves.  I cut between the two lines, and decided to shorten my new sleeves so they’d be about 3/4 length.

Sorry Mr. Elephant...You're cut off!

My new sleeves got new hems.

Exciting and New!!!

Now…I was allllmost done!  I just had a few little nips/tucks to do here and there to make my new dress fit properly!

This is the finicky bit!

After my last tweaks were complete, I was ready to consume copious amounts of vino!  :)


As we wandered about, I got tons of compliments on my fab new frock!  :)

Happy Winos! :)


25 thoughts on “Day 302: Party Animal Dress

  1. I can’t believe you have been able to crank out 300 refashions! But the question remains, What will we do with out your daily posts? I will have no refashion inspiration to look forward to!

  2. OMG!!!!!! I think this is my favorite so far!!! You aren’t really going to quit after 365 days, are you????

  3. I love it — as usual! Could you show us the back or just describe it. Were you able to just zip it up as normal?

  4. It would be nice if you did a side by side at the end of a before and after. I keep scrolling like a mad woman to refresh what it looked like prior and then back down while trying to keep it all in my head.

  5. I would like to do this to a few old skirts but I don’t know how to do the “finicky bits”. I would greatly appreciate it if you do a tutorial on those types of things.

    1. She mentions in this refashion a skirt to dress she made on another day. If you go to that day, there’s a link to another refashioner she got this from, who gives a better tutorial.

    2. Oh, amd if that sounded negative toward Jillian I didn’t mean it as such, just that is better than what Julian gave here because she links to that site, crediting where it deserves.

  6. I just discovered you! I looked at the whole last year over the weekend. I decided this is my favorate out of all of them. What an amazing blog. Thank you for sharing with the world!

  7. I love this! I’m going to have to hunt for a wool skirt now, to try this idea for winter! Your ideas are so incredibly inspiring.

  8. This is fantastic! Makes me want to head up to the Salvos store now and find a skirt :-). Do you have a sec to explain your sleeve method a bit more? I’m not clear on how you get that appearance of a sleeve seam (or at least that’s what the pic looks like up to the waistband (ie. neckband). I’m dying to try this :-D

    1. …or is it just a magyar sleeve and just a trick of the fabric pattern, making me think there’s a seam there… :-)

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