Peplum Power!

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Hey guys!  It’s your long-lost pal, ReFashionista!  :)  Yes…it’s been a while.  I know some of you are wondering what’s been keeping me away from my refashioning.  Be warned — The pics you are about to see are quite graphic and not for the faint of heart!

Weeds. Lots ‘n lots of weeds. :(

I’m so ashamed! :(

Seriously, Jillian! Human beings do NOT live like this!!!! :(

This shots are of my terrifyingly shoddy and weed-ridden back yard.  This is what happens when you spend all of your time sewing and none tending to the flora and fauna around you.  :/

My Gent and I have been slaving away…trying to turn this mess into something nice (He’s awesome like that).  I’ve started my first veggie garden!  I’ll show you some “after” pics as soon as I’m thoroughly pleased (or at least much less ashamed) with the “after”.  ;)

Refashioning isn’t just for clothes, y’all!

…Except for when it is!  :D

Herm.

Peplums (those fluffy/floppy things at the waist) are suuuuper trendy right now.  I’m not a huge fan of this trend, but when I found this frock for $1, I loved the color and the not-too-intrusive peplum.

It reminds me of this dress by Emilio Puuci:

That’ll be $1,695, folks!

Yeah…It’s rare that I’m willing to spend $16.95 on a dress, let alone over a grand!  I’ve owned cars that have cost less than that!

My sweet ride from 2007 to 2011! It’s hard to be sexy in a Taurus with a flat tire, y’all. :/ Price tag: $1,600.

Okay…back to that dress!  My first step was to snip off those sleeves!

Snnnnip!

Next, I added a few triangle-shaped notches around the armholes.

The notches will make the arm holes fold under without bunching up!

I folded the raw edges under twice and stitched ‘em down.

And now we’re sleeveless! :)

Now I just needed to get my new frock fitted!

Pinned!

I ran each side through my machine, and attacked that frumpy length!

Chop!

Whirrrr!

Now, this dress has belt loops, but no belt!  I took the bottom scrap and turned it into…

Can you guess???

…a SASH of course!  ;)

And just like that, my dress is done!  :)

Eat your heart out, Pucci! ;)

I couldn’t decide what to do with the $1,694 I saved by refashing my own Pucci wannabe…so I started with a tasty brew!

Not a bad investment! :)

Some of you guys might remember a few months ago when I costumed Plan 9 From Outer Space.   Well guess what?  Trustus is bringing it back!!!  This means new and updated costumes (yet another reason for my lack of posting).  I’m also designing costumes for an upcoming production of Red, so yes…I’ve been a busy busy gal!  :)

Cheers!  :)

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22 Comments on Peplum Power!

  1. Jenn
    September 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I love what you how you revamped the dress!!! I wish I was that talented!

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  2. Laura M.
    September 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad to see you’re back! Funny, no more than a minute after I was thinking “Gee, I haven’t seen anything from the Refashionista in a awhile…” you posted and it popped up on my Facebook feed! Good to know about the notches in the sleeves. I had an hour long fight with a dress a couple of weeks ago for this very reason! (I’m a bit of a refashion rookie!) Anyways, great job on the dress… loving the colour!

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  3. maureen mcgraw
    September 11, 2012 at 3:41 am (2 years ago)

    What a great transformation. Maureen

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  4. Chica Andaluza
    September 11, 2012 at 5:25 am (2 years ago)

    I´ve been away for a while too and clearly need to catch up…great refashion but now I need to go back and find out about your “Gent”! How exciting, how wonderful :)

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  5. Nana Diana
    September 11, 2012 at 8:21 am (2 years ago)

    How very funny-I thought about you yesterday and wondered where you were…and hoped you hand’t given up on refashioning. xo Diana

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  6. Lawryn_M
    September 11, 2012 at 9:22 am (2 years ago)

    You make me wanna buy a sewing machine! What a gift you have!

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  7. Amy C
    September 11, 2012 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

    Yay! I love that color on you and the refashion is great!

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  8. Angelia
    September 11, 2012 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

    YAY from me too! Very cute refash, the dress looks great! I have been refashioning lately, inspired by you and this great blog. I’ve had a few successes, a few “DOH” moments and ruined thrift items, but you’ve inspired me (and my husband!?!?!) We have both decided that we won’t buy retail clothing for at least the rest of this year (well, except for the undies and such) and maybe into next year. He gets a kick out of finding a $.99 shirt at the thrift store, and now he’s asking me if I want to go shopping,, amazing in itself. Anyhoo, your great and I’m always so glad to see your posts!

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    • Angelia
      September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Er-um, make that “you’re great” ; ) hate when that happens!

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  9. Laura
    September 11, 2012 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    So cute….who knew that could turn into something so cute…You did! Glad to see a post from you and can’t wait to see pics of that garden.

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  10. krugthethinker
    September 11, 2012 at 11:42 am (2 years ago)

    Cute cute cute! And I can’t wait to see your garden!

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  11. Lola
    September 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I got so inspired from reading your blog (I found it on Pinterest a few days ago and have now read every single post you’ve written) that I bought a sewing machine and have started refashioning my old clothes + some vintage finds. And I who swore I’d never touch a sewing machine again after some disasterous attempts in high school years ago…

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  12. alwaystimetoprocraftinate
    September 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Turened out very nice! I can’t wait to get to the refashions in my que.

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  13. Kajab
    September 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it! I also love the fact you have the giant before poster hanging in your sewing room…. :)

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  14. Diane
    September 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back – I’ve missed you!!!!! Love the dress refashion – and the reminder about the sleeve notches – I keep forgetting that. I can’t wait to see your garden (and your new sweetie!)

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  15. Joyce Love
    September 12, 2012 at 12:11 am (2 years ago)

    Yay, Jillian’s back!!! Love the dress!

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  16. Kristin Greer
    September 12, 2012 at 12:59 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad you’re back! a friend introduced me to your blog a little while ago and I am a little bit obsessed with you :)
    thanks for brightening my day and for inspiring me!!! I think you’re amazing!!

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  17. Jamie Kuntz
    September 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I have missed you so very much!!!! I got spoiled getting my daily refash break at work!

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  18. Ann
    September 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm (2 years ago)

    You turn it into something super cute and made the process look so easy! Awesome!

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  19. Robyn McCoy
    November 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I actually love peplums, I have no ass. It looks like you enjoy good beer. You are my new hero! Sent out your Neiman Marcus poopiness out to my peeps, too!

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