Sleepwalk Right Through It Dress

Today’s dress was a fab gift that made me quite happy when I saw it!

I never look a gift dress in the mouth!

Isn’t that print just awesome?  And don’t you love the navy/mint green combo?

And check out the label:

This was an expensive dress, folks!

This dress probably sold for $300-$500 originally.

But even this dress’ previous owner wasn’t completely happy with it:

Sleeves slit by previous owner!

This dress is too big for me to fit as it is intended, but luckily, I had other plans!

Triple Chop! :)

After a few amputations, I cut a sash from the very bottom hem of the dress.


And with this five-minute transformation, I was ready to  meet up with a few fab friends for a movie and drinky drinks!

Happy Theater-Goer! :)

We met up at the new Nickelodeon Theatre to see the subtly moving and funny film, Sleepwalk With Me.

Mike Birbiglia has a dream! Several, in fact!

After the film, we headed off to The Whig.  :)

Buds & Booze!



Oh…and are you as fascinated/horrified by the art work behind me as I am???

I’m buggin’ out over it! Eep!


RED Meets Purple!

*Cough* *Cough* *Hack* *Hack*

I’ve returned to the living from the land of the lung-funk!  :)  Sorry for being so absent from this blog!

As some of you know, I was the costumer for a recent production of RED.

It was awesome, y’all! :)

The play centers around painter Mark Rothko’s two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant, and his fraught relationship with a seemingly naïve young assistant .  Sadly, you can’t see it, as the production only ran one weekend and is now gone.

However, I needed something cute to wear for opening night!  I chose this hot numba!

Sexy, no?

We are in some serious polyester granny dress territory here, folks!  :/  The length is awful, the sleeves are poufy, and what’s up with that v-neck bib thing?

There were several changes to make before I hurried off to the museum for my big opening!

First, I got to cutting!

Chop it!

Uh, no.

I decided to keep the v-neck bib thingy attached, but made it a muuuch deeper v, so it looks more like a collar.  :)

Deepening that V!

And now it is gone!

I pinned all my raw edges down, and ran them through my machine!

Hem time!

Securing that collar!

And just like that, I was ready for my big premiere!  :)

from granny to gorgeous! :)

Hello there! :)

I’m really happy with this one!  I love the stripes, the flowy sleeves, and that fun collar!  :)

Larry the director likes it too! :)

Larry, my fella thinks it’s pretty swell as well! ;)


It’s me! :)

Here are some pics from the show (actually, the last dress rehearsal).  Please forgive me for the shoddy photo quality, as these were taken with my humble tablet cam!  :/  I’m glad I thought of bringing it though, as I haven’t seen any other pics from the show yet!


Ken channeling Picasso and/or James Dean in his stripey shirt


Ken and Rothko start a new painting


Ken finishes stretching a canvas while Rothko berates him


Rothko had a rough night.


Walk on the Wilde Side Dress

I find the most awesome of prints in the most awkward of garments!  :)

This is how I dance/ why I never dance in public. :/

Take this weird fake wrap-around number with all sorts of gorgeous technicolor foliage!

This frock really didn’t need much work to be wearable.  First, I had to deal with these guys, who were not only stitched in, but pinned in as well!

Someone did NOT want these pads going anywhere!

Then, I went after some of the length.  I decided to go for an uneven bottom hem…sort of a sarong-ish look.  My roomie’s cat seemed to approve of this idea.

Mr. Spock tries to help

I couldn’t just leave that raw edge hanging out, so I pinned a new hem.

Using my sewing gauge to keep it even!

I ran my new hem through my machine…


…and now my dress is ready for a whimsically witty night of theatre!  :)

The blue tights make it just right! :)

As most of you know, I’m a theatre critic for Jasper Magazine.  Tonight, my assignment was to watch and review Theatre South Carolina‘s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

A fun & funky 60’s reboot!

“I’ve now realized for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.”

Of course, I didn’t go alone.  :)

Happy Theatregoers! :)

You can read my review of this Wilde (hehe) show right here.  :)



Back to the Orchard Dress

After living in the south for a while, you get used to quirky season changes.  Of course, it’s fall, but with temps in the mid to upper 80’s on random days, you’d never know it.

Enter this extremely summer-y dress:

Why hello there, Strawberry Shortcake! :/

So what can I do?  I want something autumn-y for a day spent at an apple orchard and wineries in NC.

I made a dye bath in my washing machine with a bunch o’ this:

A whole bunch o’ this!

…and just a little of this:

…and just a dab o’ this!

And look what we have now!  :)

A perfect Fall hue!

Now my dress is perfect for a super-warm, but still fall day with wonderful friends!  :)

Pre-Apple Picking Coffee time! :)

Ready to pick some apples! :)



Forget Jack and Jill…It’s Jonny and Jill! :)

Welcome to Sky Top! :)

Mmmmnnn…Wine! :)

Just a perfect day with wonderful friends in a fabulous frock!  Who could ask for more?