Festival of Trees Gala Dress

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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!

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22 Comments on Festival of Trees Gala Dress

  1. Michelle Swetland
    November 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm (2 years ago)

    You have got me hooked! I look for your email first thing! Wish I knew how to sew, can’t even. So on a button! But love your creativity! Keep them coming!

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  2. erica
    November 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it Jillian, the gold skirt underneath works a treat!

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    • ReFashionista
      November 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Erica! I’ve had that skirt for about 15 years! It’s a thrift store find from middle school! :)

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  3. Shari H
    November 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    You are a stitching genius! I love everything that you have transformed!!

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  4. Stephie G.
    November 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Yea! Three posts this week? I’m so happy!

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  5. Sarah
    November 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I want I hang out with you- even if just for 24 hours to shop thrift stores and take a sewing lesson. I’m just so nervous to even try this….I keep looking for super ugly pieces at thrift stores hoping I might be inspired to turn in into one of your awesome creations. So glad I found your blog a couple of months back!! ;)

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  6. Laura
    November 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Love that you made this a halter top….. it would have been just as nice without the skirt under it but either way it’s a winner.

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  7. Dee
    November 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your stuff, but have to say I would have rather seen this without the gold skirt & with a great pair of tall black boots. You have such a nice little figure, why not flaunt it?!

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  8. Cody @ Solemn Sound
    November 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness. I have several dresses like that in my back closet. Now I know what to do. I also love that you added a shirt. It gave the dress a really dressed up feeling and looks amazing. I can’t wait to start sewing! (hurry up Jan!)

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  9. KnottyNerdsery
    November 18, 2012 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

    Love this! Your blog always gives me so much inspiration!

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  10. judith
    November 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, so that’s probably 10-12 new outfits. Is your closet stuffed? Do you every re-fashion something that you have already re-fashioned? That would make it a re-refashion.

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  11. lialou
    November 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Adding the skirt underneath was a brilliant idea. Very nice refashion and it looked like you girls had alot of fun.

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  12. Ms. Attitude
    November 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm (2 years ago)

    You are inspiring me again! Impressive

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  13. Chica Andaluza
    November 19, 2012 at 5:09 am (2 years ago)

    Ooh la la! And what a fun event too :)

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  14. Susan B
    November 19, 2012 at 11:46 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t have any skills at sewing, but I follow your blog for its entertainment value ;)

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  15. RileysMomma
    November 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    great job on the refashion. i think i would have left the skirt at home and gone with a pair of tall boots or even a great pair of heels instead.

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  16. Dottie B
    November 20, 2012 at 8:08 am (2 years ago)

    I have that skirt too! You have given me a fabulous idea for Thanksgiving day, you Smart Beautiful Girl!! Hugs!

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  17. PJ
    November 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your blog. You are so creative and funny!
    I can barely sew a button on something so I love seeing what you can do.

    Pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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  18. celebribre
    December 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I just want to know if you won that painting, haha.

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    • ReFashionista
      December 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Sadly for me, no. :( Good news for the charity that hosted the event though, as that means they got a higher bid! :)

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  19. tigoo
    December 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm (8 months ago)

    you are so bellyful and so gorges party..please have a look more stylish!!

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