The Cat’s Meow Dress

An Over-Oversized Oxford
[title of refashion]

Woo hoo!  Guess what?  Today’s refash has not one, but TWO starter pieces!

Meet Piece #1:

Like my little tree in the background?

Like my little tree in the background?

Aaaaand, Piece #2:

dressbefore2

Me-Ow! :)

You’ll notice I’m not wearing Piece #2.  Let’s look a little closer at it to see why.

Eeeewwwwww!  :(

Eeeewwwwww! :(

That shirt is stained mess of pure grossness!  There was absolutely NO WAY I was slipping into it for a “before” pic.  I hope you understand.

Both of these pieces were $1 apiece.  Even though the shirt was pretty much junk at this point, I just had to have that awesome cat pocket!  :)

Eager to have that nasty thing out of my life, I quickly separated the shirt from the coolest pocket ever.

Pick!

Pick!

I showed it to Spock, who seems to like his new pal!  :)

Mrow?

Mrow?

High Five!  :)

Kitty High Five! :)

Now for that dress.  I quickly snipped out these guys:

Your services are no longer needed.

Your services are no longer needed.

Then, did a little chopping…

Byeeee!

Byeeee!

…and a little more chopping…

Chop!

Chop!

A few of you have asked me how I cut my hems evenly.  Hopefully the above pic is helpful. While cutting, I fold over the cut-off part and use it as a guide.  No extra measuring needed!  :)

I hemmed the bottom raw edge.

The Seam Gauge is your friend!

The Seam Gauge is your friend!

Whirrrr!!!!

Whirrrr!!!!

Then, I sewed those two side-tie thingies together to make a sash.

Easy!

Easy!

I’m not done yet!  This dress is looking much cuter now, but it still needs a little pizzazz!

Pin that pocket!

Pin that pocket!

Don't worry, Mr. Kitty!  This'll only hurt for a sec!

Don’t worry, Mr. Kitty! This’ll only hurt for a sec!

I rocked my cute & catastic new frock for a fun afternoon of wine tasting at Cellar on Greene!

Pinot Noir is my GoGo Juice!  :)

Pinot Noir is my GoGo Juice! :)

Sans Sweater!

Sans Sweater!

I styled my new dress with this fabulous thrift score I stumbled upon a few weeks ago for only $3.00:

The Thrift Store Gods are smiling upon me!  :)

The Thrift Store Gods are smiling upon me! :)

Yep…that’s a sweet vintage Coach Willis Bag, which sells for $298 new!  :)  Can you believe it????  I just hope I didn’t use all my thrifting karma for the year on this one purchase!  :)

I soaked up all that wine with some tasty Bee Bim Bob at Blue Cactus Cafe!  :)  All in all, twas a perfect afternoon!  :)

More like Bee Bim NOM!!!! ;)

More like Bee Bim NOM!!!! ;)

Cheers!

ReFashionista

ReFashionista

28 Comments

  1. I enjoy your post so much!! You are amazing!!! What a creative eye you have!!! Cheers to you!!! Tammy

  2. OMG! I will pay for your kitty pocket. It is fantastic. E-mail me is you are interested in selling. :)
    You are very creative and inspiring.

    • Thanks! I feel a little silly wearing tights with open-toed shoes, but apparently that’s “in” right now. More importantly, it lets me wear some of my spring shoes year-round!

  3. There is a resale shop in our area called “The Cat’s Meow.” Your title was so fitting.
    Beautiful job! Keep it up, I love reding your posts!

  4. Love the dress! So much cuter! Your dinner looks great. :) Gonna do anything with the other shirt??

  5. I just want to say that you really inspire me to do more with my creativity. For years I have been minimally altering my clothes by hand. Last year my boyfriend bought me my first sewing machine and I didnt touch it for a almost a year. I came across your blog by chance on Pinterest and am hooked! Today, I made a skirt/scarf set out of a shirt I would have otherwise never worn. Thank you for posting your adventures in refashioning!

  6. A friend’s pinterest pin led me to your blog. I love it! Keep up the great, fun work!

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