November 2012 archive

Happy Thanksgiving Jacket

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  :)  I hope everyone got to spend this special day with the people they love!  In years past, I’ve always joined either my fam or someone else’s fam for  Turkey Day.  It really is the way to go- all you have to do is bring one side dish, nom on tasty food, and leave.  No stress or cleanup required!  :)

But this year, I decided to try my hand at cooking my first Thanksgiving Dinner!  :)  Before I got to work, I needed something cute & casual to wear for the day.  I went with this faux jacketed dress.

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I hate dresses with sewn-on attachments.  It’s as if they think women can’t be trusted to do their own layering!  Sheesh!

I figured this dress wasn’t THAT bad, so I got to cooking, thinking I would just wear it as-is.

It should be fine, right?

JUST KIDDING!  :D  There was NO way I was going to let my guests see me looking like this!  I loved the jacket part of this dress though- with its funky print and fully functional brass frogs.  :)

To get started, I ripped out those shoulder pads.

Byeeee!

Then, I cut the top part of the dress that had the jacket sewn on away from the bottom part.

Snnnnip!

Don’t worry! I’m saving the bottom scrap! :)

The front of the jacket was sewn down the middle, so I couldn’t actually use it as a jacket yet.  I grabbed my seam ripper and got rid of the stitching.

pick…pick…pick!

This didn’t leave any raw edges, as the seams for the front of the faux jacket were still intact.  :)

I made a little snip at the neckline to get the whole thing opened up.

C’mon! Open up to me! :)

This did leave raw edges, so I sewed them down.  :)

Just a little whirrrrrrr!

Almost done!  When I cut the bottom of the dress from the top of the dress, I had to cut right through the zipper.  I didn’t want to risk this coming open (as there would be no way for me to zip it back up again, so I stitched it down at the bottom.

Stitching over a plastic zipper is no big dealio! :)

And that’s it!  With just those few little changes, my new jacket was ready to help me in the kitchen!  :)

Say Cheese! :)

I’ve gotta admit, making such a big dinner was no joke!  Thankfully, I had a couple of swell helpers!  :)

Either my fella’s son is growing, or I’m shrinking. :P

I multi-tasked like a boss…

Hmmmn…looks good! :)

…and made sure to take plenty of wine breaks!

Gotta pace yourself! ;)

I’m really happy with how my dinner turned out!  I bought pretty much everything from Aldi, so even though I made quite a feast, I still didn’t end up paying that much.  :)  I even bought a couple of bunches of flowers for about $4, and made awesome fall flower arrangements with old vases and stuff from my yard!  :)  Instead of making a big ol’  turkey, I decided to make some tasty cornish hens!

Cluck Cluck! :)

It really was quite a spread!  :)

Hmmmnn…wonder what it looks like under there…

 

BAM!

 

Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it? :)

But wait…there’s more! :)

 

Even more tasty nommage! :)

Martha Stewart, eat your heart out! :)

I managed to get everything ready just in time for my guests!  :)

So thankful to have such awesome pals! :)

Cheers!  :)

Festival of Trees Gala Dress

When a coworker sent an all staff email saying he had a couple of tickets to the Palmetto Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees Gala that were up for grabs, I was very thankful that most of my other coworkers were at a meeting (meaning:  I was the first person to say “Heck Yeah!”).  Tickets for this fancy schmancy black tie affair sell for $75 a pop, and I’m really quite poor.

There was just one little problem– I really didn’t have anything to wear for a formal event, and it was that night.   Eep!  Luckily, I had this shimmery number in my “to be refashioned” bin!  Revente’s Last Call gave it to me for free, as it was too dated to sell, and they knew I could do something to save it!  :)

Wait…whaaaaa?

I know…I know!  I obviously can’t wear this dress as-is to hobnob with the upper crust.   But…I only had an hour to make this work!  Yikes!

I immediately got to chopping!

First…those pads!!!!

Next…those sleeves have gotta go!!!

Finally, the top part of the back and that icky bulky lining!!!

That’s a lot of chopping!  Now it’s time to take this from frumpy to form-fitting and close up all those raw edges!

I pinned my new neckline under…

I’m not entirely certain of what I’m doing here, folks!

…and then stitched it up!  I used a small zigzag stitch.

I realllly hope this works out!

Then, I took the whole thing in 3″ on each side.

Whirrrrrr!!!

I cut off the excess fabric, then got to work on the back of my dress.

Pin it!

Use a zigzag stitch since the fabric is stretchy! :)

I fixed up those arm holes too.

Allllmost done! :)

For my last trick, I pulled out a spool of grosgrain ribbon!

It’s a good thing to keep on hand…you never know when you’ll need it! :)

I stitched two lengths of ribbon to the front of my dress to make it a halter.

Ready to tie!

I took a leftover fabric scrap from one of the side seams that I took in and tied it around my bust, adding my favorite brooch beside the knot.

My dress looked nice, buuuuut, I really wanted something longer for this event.  I didn’t have time to add on to the dress, so instead I just put a pretty gold iridescent skirt under it– problem solved!  :)

Fitted and Fab! :)

The back!

This was such a fun event!  I brought my pal Amy along and we had a blast nibbling tasty treats, drinking delicious cocktails, and checking out some gorgeous trees!  :)

Feelin’ Fancy! :)

Our kind bartender! :)

Seriously…these trees are pretty amazeballs.

…a closer look!

This is probably my favorite! :)

Love the funky color scheme! :)

Totally in the holiday mood! :)

Owl be home for Chirstmas…;)

I placed a bid on a painting I found particularly awesome.  I’ll know if I won it on Sunday (fingers crossed!).

I think these fish will be happy swimming in my living room. :)

I love dressy events, because it’s always fun to check out what everyone else is wearing!  :)

Fancy Party People!

Amy’s dress is pretty fab, too (and it has POCKETS!!!)!

Isn’t she pretty in pink? :)

Happy hobnobbers! :)

Look…Amy found a new friend! ;)

…and so did I! :)

I always think it’s funny when people wonder where I find the time to refashion.  I think I might actually be saving myself time by not having to run to stores every time I need something for an event and having to try on an endless series of frocks.  Instead, I can just grab things that I think have potential from thrift stores without taking much time at all, refashion them, and have something totally original and new to wear that doesn’t cost my wallet or the planet!  It’s a win/win!  :)

Cheers!

Vista Lights Dress

Hello there!  Notice anything different?  I’ve been making a few tweaks around the ol’ blog lately.  How does it look so far?  I figured it was time for a few changes to make it look less clunky and (hopefully) easier to navigate.  :)

My blog isn’t the only thing that needs tweaking, though!

Why yes, I AM wearing sweatpants! :)

This fuchsia top is awesome in color and comfy in fabric, but not exactly what I had in mind for an evening hanging out with my friends in style!  

I decided to turn it into a dress!  First, I had to remove those pads!

Then, I pinned the sides to get it nicely narrowed!

Remember…taking it in also effects the length! If it’s almost too short already, be careful!

I stitched up both sides…

Whirrrr!

…but I still had a little problem.  Because this was intended to be a top, not a dress, the space below the bottom button was happy to flap in the breeze.  As I didn’t want to risk showing more than needed to be seen, I stitched this down, too!

Wardrobe Malfunction-Proof! :D

I threw my new dress on, rolled up those sleeves a bit more, tossed on a belt, and was ready for a fun night with friends!

Wait…aren’t you freezing???

Not anymore! :)

I look forward to Columbia’s Vista Lights celebration every year!  My friends and I have been going to this terrific kickoff to the holiday season for as long as I can remember.  Our favorite part of the event is the premiere of that year’s Beaujolais Nouveau!

Word.

We had a blast sipping wine and wandering about the Vista– checking out the many stores, art galleries, restaurants and bars.  

Gotta love that hat!

I never received the glasses memo.  :/

Cheers!

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