Violet Femme Dress

Hello there!  Sorry for being so long absent.  I’ve been extremely busy coughing up my weight in phlegm for the past month.  :/ I don’t know or understand the cause of my grody lung gunk funk.  But now, it appears that I might actually be getting better!  Huzzah!  :D

Of course, the best thing about feeling better and no longer being stuck in bed is getting back to refashioning!  :)

While digging through my big bin o’ refashionables, I stumbled upon this yellowed white dress that I never managed to get around to revamping over the summer.

I look like one of the sisters in The Virgin Suicides.

As anyone who knows me can attest, I cannot wear white for more than 5 minutes without spilling something on myself.  My day is actually just a long cycle of accidentally sloshing different beverages and sauces upon myself, but luckily my wardrobe consists mostly of dark colors, so ha!  It’s my little secret (which I just foolishly shared with all of you).  This dress isn’t all bad.  I love the pleats, but I don’t like the dropped waist or the length.

I knew I didn’t want to leave this dress white, so I reached for a bottle of blue!

You’ll do!

I set up a dye bath in my machine, and let my dress toss around in it for about 45 minutes.

Hmmmmnnn…looks more purple than navy…

After my dress was dyed & dried, I saw that it actually ended up being more purple than navy.  No big.  All I wanted was to make it not white, and I like the color purple too.

Nononono! As in Purple, The Color. I actually can’t stand this movie. :/

To fix the length, I made a chop!

Spock is giving my choppage the evil eye!

Then, my new dress got a new hem!

Pinning…

 

…annnd hemming!

I’m not done!  To give that dropped waist a little more definition, I needed to make something…

…a SASH! :)

I turned my fabric tube right-side-out and then sewed up the ends.  After a good press, my new dress is no longer in distress (hot rhyming action!)

Pretty in Purple!

I just rolled up the sleeves to take care of their awkward length.  Now I’m all set for a lovely & warm afternoon!

Why, hello there! ;)

From this angle, my head looks huge! :)

Cheers!




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57 Comments on Violet Femme Dress

  1. Loretta
    November 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing

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  2. diane
    November 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Wonderful – this turned out to be a show stopper! Glad you’re feeling better – you were missed!

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  3. Carmen
    November 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm (1 year ago)

    Stinkin adorable!!!! Missed ya!! Funny cause i got on your blog today cause i thought i had missed ya!! Then POW…. Here u are!! :)

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  4. midnightvisitor
    November 14, 2012 at 2:27 am (1 year ago)

    You look beautiful. Don’t like the white dress much. But see what you have done, turned it into a master piece. Well done.

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  5. Mary
    November 14, 2012 at 2:31 am (1 year ago)

    Jillian, this turned out to be one of my favorites! Keep up the good work!

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  6. yourothermotherhere
    November 14, 2012 at 3:26 am (1 year ago)

    Wow, you certainly are talented. What a difference in the dress! And it is very becoming on you too.

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  7. Cle
    November 14, 2012 at 3:45 am (1 year ago)

    this is really cute!

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  8. Joy
    November 14, 2012 at 4:19 am (1 year ago)

    So glad you are back! You look well anyway, lovely haircut. I got onto your blog a fortnight ago and love it; you have inspired me to return to my inventive childhood where I was always making something out of nothing. Thank you!

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  9. Mariska
    November 14, 2012 at 4:57 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks to Pinterest I franticly went trough all your refashions the last few weeks, pinned a lot for inspiration and was soo disappointed to find out I could’n’t get a daily update anymore as your year already passed… You were the final push to buy that sewing machine and give it a try soon!!! So I am glad you’re back and I love this dress. On the pictures it has a slight denim look by the way which I love.

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  10. Amy C
    November 14, 2012 at 5:03 am (1 year ago)

    I adore this! That purple color looks very pretty on you! Great job!

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  11. versatilestylebytracey
    November 14, 2012 at 6:59 am (1 year ago)

    So glad you are feeling better! I love this refashion and may I say that the length on this one looks great… sometimes I feel you go a tad too short…I love seeing all the dyed projects.

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  12. wpbmommy1
    November 14, 2012 at 8:29 am (1 year ago)

    Yay! So glad you’re better. I love what you did to this dress. You are so gifted. That face you’re making in the before photo is priceless.

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  13. Rai
    November 14, 2012 at 8:40 am (1 year ago)

    My secret is the same.

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  14. Stephie G.
    November 14, 2012 at 8:42 am (1 year ago)

    You are so adorable. I just love all your refashions. You are my inspiration…I need to get back to mine.

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  15. Amy
    November 14, 2012 at 9:34 am (1 year ago)

    I think this is my favorite refashion yet! Love the length and the color.

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  16. smalltownbetty
    November 14, 2012 at 9:36 am (1 year ago)

    That is so pretty! It turned out lovely!!

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  17. Sandra
    November 14, 2012 at 9:40 am (1 year ago)

    Love this refashion! The dress turned out great.

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  18. Michelle
    November 14, 2012 at 9:48 am (1 year ago)

    I love the color! Great job on this one =)

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  19. jennbecca
    November 14, 2012 at 9:53 am (1 year ago)

    Love the perfect shade of purple! This is one of my favorite refashions! Missed you this past month! Glad your feeling better!

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  20. ladybugstuff
    November 14, 2012 at 10:29 am (1 year ago)

    This is one of my favourites! You’ve got such an eye for colour choice and style. Glad to hear you’re feeling better! :)

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  21. lialou
    November 14, 2012 at 10:36 am (1 year ago)

    Very cute refashion, I like it alot. So glad you are feeling better and to know you haven’t stopped, just slowed down a bit.

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  22. Darlene
    November 14, 2012 at 10:41 am (1 year ago)

    This dress re-fashion looks much better the length you made it and the dye job is much better too. Love it!

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  23. Tiffany
    November 14, 2012 at 10:59 am (1 year ago)

    Happy to hear you’re feeling better. I love this dress and I just wanted to say thank you for helping me realize that I can make cool clothes out of hideous ones. Since I first came to your site last week I’ve refashioned 5 new outfits out of some of my old clothes :)

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    • ReFashionista
      November 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm (1 year ago)

      That’s awesome! Rock on! :)

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  24. Shelley Lisle
    November 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing! Get all well and keep refashioning for us!

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  25. Liz
    November 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Probably one of my favorite refashions you’ve done and I NEVER comment. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Great job! (And welcome back!)

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  26. krugthethinker
    November 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh, I love it! I especially like how the white stitching shows up against the dye–a great accent!

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  27. theperfectnose
    November 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Oooh nice! It looks great, very contemporary and you look awesome as usual!

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  28. Ali Barrick
    November 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow – talk about a FABULOUS remake! This dress looks AMAHZING on you! Welcome back – I missed you!

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  29. Huli
    November 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm (1 year ago)

    the dress turned out amazing! it really suits you…but how do you manage to look so gorgeous for someone who has been unwell?! glad you’re feeling better doll xo

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    • ReFashionista
      November 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Huli! One word. Makeup. ;P

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  30. Lee
    November 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm (1 year ago)

    good one!

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  31. Grace
    November 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Is there any type of fabric that you cannot dye with Rit Dye? My friend might dye her old ballet costume (It’s white) but it’s a weird fabric and I’m not sure if it would work to dye it. And what is your dying process?
    Thanks so much!

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    • ReFashionista
      November 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm (1 year ago)

      A good rule of thumb is that if it’s natural fiber (like say…cotton), it should take dye just fine. But, if it’s acryllic (like polyester), it won’t take it very well. :)

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  32. Cyndi Sizemore
    November 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm (1 year ago)

    What a pleasant surprise!!! I clicked on my quick button at the top of my browser out of habit, not really expecting to see anything new. So glad you are feeling better & you are still with us!!! We have missed you dearly! Great job on the dress! I love it!

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  33. Kaci
    November 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm (1 year ago)

    I was having such a frustrating day. I feel so much better now that I read your post. You always cheer me up with your humor and amazing refashions. I love the purple dress. I hope you completely recover soon.

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  34. Kristin Greer
    November 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm (1 year ago)

    Yay! you’re back! I’m glad you’re feeling better-keep gettin’ healthy and keep refashioning!! :)

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  35. Sunshine in TN
    November 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm (1 year ago)

    So happy you are back and feeling better. The dress is gorgeous and you look amazing.

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  36. Cody @ Solemn Sound
    November 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm (1 year ago)

    You do such amazing things. I can’t wait to start sewing all on my own. =]

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  37. Halley
    November 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm (1 year ago)

    I think this is my fav and i have looked through all your posts… Ps… Pretty ring on your finger!!

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  38. Carolanne
    November 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm (1 year ago)

    Ha! I freakin’ love it!! It looks amazing on you and the color is fantastic! You’re amazing :)

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  39. Gracie
    November 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Can you dye any type of cloth with Rit Dye? I have something that I would like to dye (it’s white) but the fabric is really different and I have no idea if it will work. Any tips for that?
    Thanks and great refashion today–love it! :)

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    • ReFashionista
      November 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm (1 year ago)

      A good rule of thumb is that if it’s natural fiber (like say…cotton), it should take dye just fine. But, if it’s acryllic (like polyester), it won’t take it very well. :)

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  40. Cherene Weeda
    November 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm (1 year ago)

    LOVE this dress! I am curious as to the brand/label on it? The style is super cute!

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  41. Nicole E
    November 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Omg LOVE this one! This is one of my favorite of all time! I’m being nosy here in asking if you’re newly engaged?! OMG girl you must share the deets!!

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  42. Jenn
    November 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm (1 year ago)

    This is my favorite one yet!!!

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  43. Cathy Sylvester
    November 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I absolutely LOVE this purple dress. The accent color of the thread just sets it off. This is my all time FAVORITE. It is spectacular, and sooo flattering on you! Great job!

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  44. Jess
    November 21, 2012 at 10:50 am (1 year ago)

    Totally adorable!!!! My favorite dress thus far. YAY!

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  45. Sarita
    November 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm (1 year ago)

    The dress looks great. Your shoes however are Fabulous! Totally make the outfit-I found them very distracting :_

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  46. Farren
    December 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm (1 year ago)

    This is one of my favorites so far!!! I absolutely love this dress!!!

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  47. Lena A.
    January 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm (1 year ago)

    UAU! I absolutely LOVE it! I want one too! Great Refashion!
    Kisses from Portugal!

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  48. Laurie
    March 13, 2013 at 1:48 am (1 year ago)

    This is my favorite refashion yet.

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  49. Michelle
    April 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm (1 year ago)

    This is my absolute favorite so far!!! Love it and it looks great on you :) I wish I could have it… haha

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  50. Jade
    April 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh my gosh, SO CUTE! You did a fantastic job!

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  51. Christina Hall
    December 28, 2013 at 3:50 am (4 months ago)

    I just love all that you do with fashion. So inspiring! One little snip and a new dress is born. I am inspired more than ever to go through my closet and change a few things. Thank you!

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