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!

An Over-Oversized Oxford
[title of refashion]

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28 Comments on The Cat’s Meow Dress

  1. Tammy Rice
    December 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  2. Donna lais
    December 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Those shoulder pads make nice polishing cloths!

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    • ReFashionista
      December 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s an awesome idea! :)

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      • ReFashionista
        December 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

        Ooooh…I could also use them as “sponges” for cleaning the bathroom! The gears are a turnin’!

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  3. fan
    December 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm (2 years ago)

    You are fearless!
    Why not use your floor tiles to eyeball cutting a straight hem…..

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  4. Barbara Gadd
    December 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the Kitty High Five too! Great makeover as always.

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  5. Ramona Iverson Lundquist
    December 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm (2 years ago)

    sew all the shoulder pads together to make a kitty quilt or a doggie quilt for their bed

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  6. shellbelle
    December 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that dress pattern! Gorgeous :)

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  7. Tania
    December 18, 2012 at 10:53 am (2 years ago)

    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.

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  8. Laura A
    December 18, 2012 at 11:11 am (2 years ago)

    I love the orange tights and the platforms! So cute!

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    • ReFashionista
      December 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

      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!

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  9. Theresa
    December 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

    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!

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  10. DeColuvj.sms
    December 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm (2 years ago)

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

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    • ReFashionista
      December 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks! Oh dear no! That shirt was so gross I almost didn’t touch it!

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  11. cathynd95
    December 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Just have to know – how much did you pay for the Coach purse? I know I will be terribly jealous…

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    • ReFashionista
      December 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm (2 years ago)

      Prepare yourself…$3.00. Three dollars. Scary, eh?

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      • lialou
        December 20, 2012 at 11:37 am (2 years ago)

        What a flippin great deal! I was going to ask the same question. Really cute cat pocket, I think I may have touched that shirt for the pocket too!

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      • cathynd95
        December 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm (2 years ago)

        Holy COW!! What a fantastic find!

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  12. Tenneh
    December 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh man…I am SO jealous of that Coach bag thrift store find. What an awesome score!!

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  13. Jesskat75
    December 19, 2012 at 1:00 am (2 years ago)

    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!

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  14. Kat Randall (@katrandall)
    December 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Twinsies! I once found that purse too at a yeard sale for $3, didn’t realize coach sold it again

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  15. BeingZhenya
    December 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the dress and yes, vintage Coach bags are among my frequent finds as well! I have recently scored a vintage London Fog leather back pack :) Have fun with your find!
    Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com

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  16. Elizabeth
    January 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  17. Kristina
    January 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Loving your blog! An excellent condition Coach Willis bag is the best thrift purchase I have found to date. I love it!

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  18. Caroline
    April 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm (1 year ago)

    My mother owned that exact bag! :) Great find!

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  19. Madison
    October 13, 2013 at 8:34 am (11 months ago)

    LOVE the pocket, can I stel it from you?LOL

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