Day 336: Into the Garden Top

Holy Housedress, Batman!  :/


You’re looking at a rather massive muumuu I scored for $1.  It’s label read “Smart Time” (?).  The smartest thing I could think of to do with frumptastic piece (with a fun summer print…I must admit) was to turn it into a fun top.  :)

First, I took it in 4″.  My sewing machine has been a bit wonky lately.  I keep having to adjust the upper and lower thread tension every time I use it.  Anybody know what that’s about?


Then, I lopped off that bottom tier!  :)


And that’s it!  Now I have a fun summer top that pairs well with my GINORMOUS red shades!  :)

I look like a fly in my big shades, but I love them all the same! :)


Day 335: Turtleneck Skirt

I hate turtlenecks and they hate me.

I have no neck, you see.

I love tacky prints, and this one definitely fits the bill, but it just isn’t working for me as a top…and certainly not as a turtleneck top!  :/

Of course, I have a plan!

First, I pinned straight along the side seams, all the way down through the sleeves.

Closing up those sleeves!

Then, I stitched those side seams down!


I cut off the extra side fabric, and trimmed straight across that atrosh neckline.

Making the Cut(s)! :)

Now I have a sexy new miniskirt!  :)

This pose is from the “I’m trying to look sexy, but instead look like I have to pee” collection.

And here’s how the top works:

Just roll it down to make it whatever length you want! :)

Cheers!  :)

Day 334: Room for Improvement Dress

Today’s dress is from the “Little Old Church Lady” collection.  :)

Those are some craaaazy shoulderpads, lemme tell ya!

Note those massive shoulder pads (the higher the shoulders, the closer to God?), that unraveling doily of a collar, and that uber-unflattering dropped angular waist!

I really have my work cut out for me with this one, folks!

Speaking of cutting…

Now those Funky-Shaped Shoulder Pads are a thing of the past!!

Time for those stifling sleeves to go buh-bye as well!

Same for that length!

Goodbye Doily!

I used the bottom scrap as a sort of obi belt, and put the dress on backwards (to give me a less stifling neckline).

Now I have a cute work-worthy dress in a lovely hue!  :)

Ah! Much improved! :)

It’s very simple-looking, but I think that’s just fine, considering how this dress began its life!


Day 333: Wave of Mutilation Dress

Don’t be scared by the title of today’s post!  Tis merely the title of one of my fave Pixies songs that is oddly fitting for today’s dress (you can listen to this fun song of destruction right here)!  :)

Hmmmnnn…not too bad.

It doesn’t look all that bad, does it?  I’m a bit bummed about that, as when I bought this dress, it was flippin’ huge.  But since I’m too poor to I don’t usually dry clean anything (no matter what the label says), a wash and dry did my shrinkery for me!  :)  This doesn’t make for a very dramatic transformation though, now does it?

Don’t worry.  I’m about to do something nifty.  :)

I took a cue from The Pixies and worked like a Wave of Mutilation on this dress.  :) First, I cut off the bottom hem.


Then, I lopped off one of the shoulders.

More snippage!

Then I lopped of the other one, just a good bit higher.

The lady has gone mad!

Okay…so what was that all about?  I’ll tell ya!  :)

I pinned the shoulders back together, with the raw edge facing the outside.

See where this is going yet?

Then, I stitched ’em down, leaving about 1/2″ of fabric for all to see!  :)


I think it looks pretty flippin’ cool!  :)

Have I mentioned that I’m a sucker for Teal yet? :)

It’s a little difficult to see that shoulder detail in the above pic, so here’s a closer look:

It’s subtle…but nifty!

I rocked my new dress at a lovely Memorial Day Brunch hosted by this delightful lass:

Her Quiche is da bomb, btw!!! :)

Amy cooked up a completely amazeballs meal for her lucky pals!

Noms! :)

We heart Amy! :)

Ready for more noms! :)

I’m such a lucky girl to have such awesome friends! :)

Such a fun afternoon! :)

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend as well!





Day 332: Tunactiy Dress

I couldn’t help but note that there was something decidedly fishy about today’s piece.

My wit is clearly floundering today, folks!  ;)

I must admit, I love the print and the pale lavender hue of this dress!  Perhaps it’s the Pisces in me.   Hmmmnnn…

Anywho…this dress was going to need a bit of work before it was ready for an evening hanging out with friends!

I began by chopping off that bottom hem.  This will end up being (you guessed it) my sash.  :)

Filet o Fish!

Then I got to pinning!

Nice & Fitted!

A good bit of sewing followed.


I cut off the extra fabric and chopped my new dress t0 make it short and sweet!

Chopping the Fishies!

I hemmed the bottom edge, pressed the whole shebang, and now I have a fun dress for supping with friends!  :)

Supping with the Fishes! ;)

Chillin’ with Phillip! :)

Phillip looooves Max! :)

The charming hosts!

Igor isn’t as licky as his brother! :)

Cheers!  :)