December 2012 archive

An Over-Oversized Oxford

-I love checking out street fashion blogs to get new ideas.  One of my faves is The Sartorialist.  A trend I started seeing in the summer was the oversized oxford.  I fell in love.

Granted, it’s way to chilly to go bare-legged right now.  Although…if I had legs like blondie here, I’d probably go for it anyways!  :)  I like this look because it’s easy to achieve and it doesn’t have to be pricey.  I mean, anyone can find an oversized oxford at a thrift store right?

Except…I got a little carried away when I was at the $1 a pound Goodwill and went too far. :/

No, Jillian.  You're doing it wrong.  :(

No, Jillian. You’re doing it wrong. :(

Oversized is cool.  But waaaay too big and boxy is not cool.  On anyone!

I wasn’t giving up!  All this top needed was a quick take-in.

Pin it!

Pin it!

Stitch it!

Stitch it!

I actually ended up having to take this shirt in a second time.  No biggie.  It’s always good to err on the side of caution when taking something in as it’s muuuch easier to stitch a new seam than it is to unpick one with your seam ripper.

My new shirt was still pretty wrinkly from the dryer, so I gave it a quick press…

Meet the press!

Meet the press!

…and then I was done!  :)

Voila!

Voila!

I cinched the waist of my new top with a fab obi belt from a dress I have yet to refashion.  This was an uber-budget refash, too!  Not only did I get it from the $1 a pound Goodwill Clearance Center, I got it on their half-off day (huzzah!).  So, I’d guesstimate that this top ended up costing me about a quarter…if that!  :)

Happy with my new top, I headed over to The Whig to attempt outlining some ideas for ReFashionista.net, as well as my other (much-neglected) blog.

The ideas are flowin' like gravy!  :)

The ideas are flowin’ like gravy! :)

I had completely forgotten that Wednesday was Trivi-Yeah!  night.  A couple of nice fellas managed to recruit me to their team.  They chose the (wildly inaccurate and possibly cursed) team name, “The Winning Team”.  We were not winners that night, my friends.  :/

We we next to last place when I bailed like a rat from a sinking ship.  :/

We were next to last place when I bailed like a rat from a sinking ship. :/

The good news is, I managed to jot lots of sweet new ideas down.  I can’t wait for 2013, when I get to unroll all the fabulousness out for ya!

Until then…

Writing Writing...just keep writing....:)

Writing Writing…just keep writing….:)

Cheers!  :)

The Cat’s Meow Dress

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:

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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!

[title of refashion]

Nope…that title isn’t a misprint!  :)  So, you guys haven’t heard from me since my awesome  Thanksgiving.  I wish I could say wild and fabulous things have been happening, but I’ve just been lazy…letting my gears turn and churn on ideas for cool things I want to bring to you, my dear reader, for 2013.  Rest assured, some changes are coming, and I hope you’ll dig ‘em!  :)

This doesn’t mean I can just stop refashioning though!  Since I gave up everything I made for my 366 day challenge, I realllllly need to beef up my miniscule wardrobe with fab frocks & warm, wonderful things for this winter!  :)

I needed something nice to wear to review a show at Trustus Theatre, and decided to go with this:

Spock isn't sure what to make of this one...

Spock isn’t sure what to make of this one…

Spock isn’t the only one who has doubts about this refash!  The color is fabulous, but this not-quite-shirt/not-quite-jacket wasn’t working for me.  I loooove that color though, so this $1 purchase came home with me.

To get started, I stitched up that gapey bottom.

Pinning for Modesty

Pinning for Modesty

Stitching up that front so no one sees my naughty bits!

Stitching up that front so no one sees my naughty bits!

Once that was all stitched up, I gleefully hacked away at the bottom!

Chop!

Chop!

Then, I put it on my dress form inside-out to get it more fitted.  I didn’t want to go too fitted with this.  I wanted a dolman sleeve look, with a more fitted waist.

Fitting!

Fitting!

I stitched up those sides, then chopped of the extra material, as well as a bit of the sleeve length.

Snnnip!

Snnnip!

Since this piece is made of a tight-knit polyester, nothing was going to fray.  Since I was running late, I left the edges raw.  :)

I’m not done yet!  I took the leftover scraps from the bottom of this piece and stitched them end-to-end.

Stitchin' a simple sash!

Stitchin’ a simple sash!

I made a bit of a mistake by chopping off the length before taking it in.  :/  I had wanted it to be a dress, but quickly realized it was going to have to be a tunic instead.

Meh…I think I actually like it better as a top anyways!  I paired it with tights and a sweater tube top that I wore as a skirt!

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Madame Critic!

The show I was sent to review was titled [title of show] (once again…not a misprint).

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It’s about two nobodies in New York who have only three weeks to write a musical to enter in the inaugural New York Musical Theatre Festival.  Unable to come up with an original work (not a show based on a book or a movie), they decided to write their musical about their experience writing their musical!

They'd rather be 9 people's favorite thing than 100 people's 9th favorite thing.  :)

They’d rather be 9 people’s favorite thing than 100 people’s 9th favorite thing. :)

You can read what I thought about it in my review for Jasper.

After the show, I met some friends for a drink.

Glug!

Glug!

As I leisurely sipped my beer, I thought about the show I just saw.  It really spoke to me.  Putting something new out into the world is scary.  What if it isn’t good enough?  What if I’m not good enough?  What if I’m not talented, clever, pretty, or intelligent enough?  One of the lines from [title of show] that struck a real chord with me is said by Susan, a fiesty & funny would-be actress with lots of talent, but even more self-doubt:

 Why is it that if a stranger came up to me on a subway platform and said these things, I’d think he was a mentally ill asshole… but when the vampire in my head says it, it’s the voice of reason?

Seriously…why?  And that’s another reason why I haven’t been refashioning as much lately.  I’m afraid it just won’t be good enough.  Something that started out as a way for me to be able to afford to wear cute things and help out where I could took on a life of its own– with fans and critics actually bothering to watch what I was doing.   The success of this blog has been at times overwhelming.

I couldn’t have seen this show at a better time in my life.  It’s time to tell that voice in my head, “Die Vampire!  Die”!  and keep moving forward.  :)

A closer look!

A closer look!

…and that’s what I’m going to do!  :)  No more making you guys wonder if I’ve fallen off a cliff, been kidnapped, and/or left for dead in the artic tundra!  :)

Oh yes…I have some pretty sweet plans for this little blog for 2013.  I can’t wait to share ‘em with you!  :)

Cheers!

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