RED Meets Purple!

Sleepwalk Right Through It Dress
Walk on the Wilde Side Dress

*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.


Sleepwalk Right Through It Dress
Walk on the Wilde Side Dress

29 Comments on RED Meets Purple!

  1. versatilestylebytracey
    October 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Love what you did with the collar, now it just feels like fun!

  2. Sunshine in TN
    October 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

    That was amazing. I really didn’t think you could do anything with that dress. I’m in awe!

  3. Angelia
    October 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Love how the collar turned out, very cute and flirty. You and the fella look all cute and flirty too…

    • Angelia
      October 18, 2012 at 10:28 am (3 years ago)

      Whoa, just a minute, I looked again at the picture that shows your LEFT hand pointing to the production team credits and there is a ring, on the ring finger….. Is that..??.. or just a pretty ring that fits that particular finger…

      • ReFashionista
        October 18, 2012 at 11:49 am (3 years ago)

        Haha! No…it’s just a pretty ring, and a gift from my fella…but NOT an egagement ring! :)

        • Angelia
          October 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

          Oh well, was getting excited for ya. But hey, a man that gives jewelry for gifts gets an “A” in my book!

  4. Rebecca
    October 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m impressed…the before of that dress was awful! I wish I could see the potential in things like you can! What a talent!

  5. Amy C
    October 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I love it! Is it just my iPad or are random pics in this post? I see pics from other redos. I’ve been dreadfully sick aaallll day, so maybe it’s me. Le sigh.

    • ReFashionista
      October 18, 2012 at 11:50 am (3 years ago)

      Whoah! I don’t know what’s going on there. Is it still being all wonky?

      • Amy C
        October 26, 2012 at 3:34 am (3 years ago)

        I was just sitting here thinking about this post..haha, I’m a weirdo :0 it’s all fixed now. I thought my iPad may be acting up. My 2 year old had got a hold of it.

  6. Chica Andaluza
    October 18, 2012 at 4:10 am (3 years ago)

    You look so happy – I´m so pleased for you!

  7. Anita
    October 18, 2012 at 6:28 am (3 years ago)

    Wow! This one is really impressive. I didn’t think that bib could be saved.

  8. sgs
    October 18, 2012 at 7:24 am (3 years ago)

    is that an engagement ring, i spy, on the left hand finger ?


    • ReFashionista
      October 18, 2012 at 11:51 am (3 years ago)

      Tee hee! Nooo…it’s just a lovely ring! :)

  9. Carlee McTavish
    October 18, 2012 at 9:24 am (3 years ago)

    I think this one is my most favourite one you’ve done yet! Awesome!

  10. krugthethinker
    October 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Girl, you are the cuuuutest! I love that dress, and I love your smile, and I am always so happy to see you with the fella! So very happy for you, my talented friend! ;)

  11. celebribre
    October 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Your hair looks so fanshazmic and beautimous!

    • ReFashionista
      October 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Aw thanks! :) I get it cut at the Paul Mitchell School here in Columbia, SC. It’s only 15 bucks! :D

  12. Teresa
    October 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm (3 years ago)

    I think this is one of my favorites!

  13. Awesome
    October 19, 2012 at 12:01 am (3 years ago)

    The before pictures looks like the Church Lady’s dress!

  14. Diane
    October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

    This is wonderful!!!! And I love it paired with the tights and ankle boots. Cute fella, too!

  15. Marilyn Bohannan
    October 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Your before pics are hilarious! Love your site – very, very creative!

  16. R
    October 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Super cute refash!!! Where’d you get those tights? Those are super cute!

  17. Marianne
    November 10, 2012 at 8:31 am (3 years ago)

    Very nice! I love what you did to it. VERY creative! :) Looks like you have a lot of fun as I look through your blog. Wish we could get out more but , sigh, our lives belong to the kitties as we have a rescue and seems its taken over my life lol. Keep up the good work! Love your blog.

  18. wpbmommy1
    November 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I have a question about the collar. Did you add that purple piece of lace to the inside or was that originally somewhere on the dress? It looks fab by the way.

    • ReFashionista
      November 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Actually, no. That’s just a purple cami I had on hand. :) Thanks!

  19. furpurr
    February 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my…I am nearly embarrassed to admit this, but…That could be an old dress of MINE. {I wonder if it is/was?? How cool would that be?!?!} I had one like that in the VERY early 80s, & actually, i was quite enamored of it, as i really liked the colours in it…however…after wearing it to TOO MANY family members’ funerals in a too short period of time, i could no longer stand the sight of it, & donated it.
    Wouldn’t it be weird if it was my old dress?!?? Nice refash! ;-)


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