Katy Perr-ody

Alright! I’m officially back in commission!  My new foot pedal/power cord is now happily plugged into my machine, and my camera is fixed!  :)

I originally planned this refashion for Wannabe Wednesday, but with my technical difficulties, that just didn’t happen…til now!

I spotted this sweet frock on the interwebs worn by Katy Perry:



Here it is again, styled with a sweet leather jacket.  I really love the feminine/slightly punk look of this outfit!

Although I doubt I could rock purple hair.

Although I doubt I could rock purple hair.

Of course I don’t have anything like this dress in my closet.  But I did have this dress on my to-be-refashioned rack!

Close enough, right?  Right?  No?  :(

Close enough, right? Right? No? :(

All this dress needed was a few tweaks to look like Katy’s!

First, I chopped out those shoulder pads.  They’ll make an awesome sunglasses case, methinks!

Pads are practical...just not on your shoulders!

Pads are practical…just not on your shoulders!

Then, I raised the hem a bit.  A guilty-looking Douglas watched.

"Sorry Mom!"

“Sorry Mom!”

While waiting on my new foot pedal to come in, I decided to just go ahead and buy a cheapo backup machine so this never happened again.

Unfortunately, it was broken right out of the box (do I have a gypsy curse on me or what?).  When I tried to hem that bottom raw edge, this happened.



After a close inspection, I discovered that part of the bobbin case was missing (Where’d it go?), so back to the store it went.

FINALLY, my pedal came in the mail!  I eagerly got back to finishing this rehash!

Hello, Old Friend!  :)

Hello, Old Friend! :)

The back of this dress had two sashes that were meant to be tied together.  Uh…no.  I went ahead and snipped those off.



Almost done!  I like the back of Katy’s dress, but I don’t want to go full-backless.  I think the backless look is cool in theory, but as I prefer to not go braless, I opted for a peekaboo back instead.  I used one of the side tie thingies to make it happen.



I stitched my V and the strap down.

Lookin' good!

Lookin’ good!

I gave my frock a good press, and was ready to head off to Wine Down on Main for mimosas with friends before hitting up the Soda City Market for some tasty organic fare!

Similar, no?

Similar, no?

Much thanks to Jonel for lending me your skinny belt to complete my outfit!

Much thanks to Jonel for lending me your skinny belt to complete my outfit!

Le back!

Le back!



'Ello Gents!

‘Ello Gents!

Main Street has come a looooong way!  :)

Main Street has come a looooong way! :)

Later that evening, I headed over to a pal’s place for an egg-themed (Happy Easter!) potluck!

A beautiful day to sit outside!  :)

A beautiful day to sit outside! :)



It's an EGG-stravaganza!

It’s an EGG-stravaganza!

These cookies were EGG-cellent!

These cookies were EGG-cellent!

Mmmmnnn!  Egg salad sammiches!

Mmmmnnn! Egg salad sammiches!

I made a couple of Quiches...and no...I'm not YOLKing!  :P

I made a couple of Quiches…and no…I’m not YOLKing! :P

A bit of plastic egg truth-or-dare followed!

My challenge.

My challenge.

The wine stain on his leg really classes this pic up!  ;)

The wine stain on his leg really classes this pic up! ;)

Don't ask!

Don’t ask!

I seriously have the most fun friends in the world!  :)

I seriously have the most fun friends in the world! :)

We EGG-cell at having a great time!  ;)

We EGG-cell at having a great time! ;)


I must say I'm rather pleased!  :)

I must say I’m rather pleased! :)

Then the Unthinkable Happened

Look at the puppy!

Hi!  I'm Douglas, but you can call me Dougie!

Hi! I’m Douglas, but you can call me Dougie!

Now, look at this.

What the what!?!

What the what!?!

Now look at the puppy again.



You just can’t quite see him in the same way you did before, now can you?

Earlier this week I came home from work to see Douglas happily laying in his bed…blissfully gnawing on a power cord plug.

“Let it be the toaster!”, I said.

“Let it be the television!”, I also said

“Let it be the George Foreman Grill!” I reluctantly added (Those grilled cheese sandwiches don’t just make themselves, you know).

It was not any of those three things.  Douglas destroyed the foot pedal/power cord for my sewing machine.  :( Don’t worry!  It was unplugged!  But I had forgotten to sit it on top of my sewing table and just left it dangling tantalizingly on the floor.

As it was chewed up in about five places (Douglas was a busy boy that day!), I had to find a replacement.  I finally found one on ebay (my machine’s cord is a funky size).

It arrives today.  :)

I just wanted to let you guys know what’s up and why I’ve been so quiet on here this week.    If you follow me on facebook *cough* hint *cough* or twitter *cough* hintyhint *cough*, you get to be in the know of when I might not be posting for a bit/interesting stuff that happens in my life/photos like this:

A Cat using a sewing machine!?!

A Cat using a sewing machine!?!

I plan on locking myself into my sewing room all weekend, so expect a flurry of fashions oh so soon!  :)

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Douglas and I are finally on speaking terms again.  ;)


Q&A Monday: Good Form!

Q:  You do a lot of your custom fitting with a dress form!  What kind do you use?  How can I get one if I’m strapped for cash?

A:  That’s right!  If you look through my earlier stuff, you’ll see how I took things in without a form, but I MUCH prefer refashioning with one.  It’s just way easier to do when you have a silent clone of yourself (actually, it sounds a bit creepy when I put it that way)!

I went ahead and spent a little over $100 on this one by Singer.

Ooooooh!  Adjustable!

Ooooooh! Adjustable!

I went with an adjustable model because I knew I wanted to start costuming a few shows around town, and being able to set it to any cast member’s specific measurements was a huuuuge help!

But you can go a cheaper/more DIY route, too!!!!

You could make a dress form out of polyurethane foam like this one I found on BurdaStyle:

Not adjustable, but not too shabby!

Not adjustable, but not too shabby!

I also like this tutorial on how to make one out of duct tape from Offbeat Bride!

The "during"

The “during”

The "after"!  :)

The “after”! :)

Johanna at Making it Well can show you how to make one using  a papier mache method, as well!

I actually the the punk look of her "during" photo!  :)

I actually like the punk look of her “during” photo! :)

Nicely Done!  :)

Nicely Done! :)

Having a dress form can really take your refashions to the next level!  Sooooo…go get you (or make you) one!  :)


Wannabe Wednesday: One Swell Copycat

This week’s Wannabe Wednesday (as in, I wore my refashion on Wednesday evening.  Hey!  It still counts!)’s inspiration piece comes from Modcloth!  While perusing their site, I stumbled upon their “One Swell Swoop” dress.

That'll be $49.

That’ll be $49.

Isn’t it just adorable?  I LOVE that neckline and those polka dots!  And check out the back!

This is where the "swoop" part comes in!

This is where the “swoop” part comes in!

Sadly, the closest thing I have in my bin o’ refashionables is this:

Oh dear.  :/

Oh dear. :/

Yeah…there’s some work to be done here!

First, these guys had to go buh-bye!

This is just my pathetic excuse for showing you a pic of Douglas.

This is just my pathetic excuse to show you a pic of Douglas.

Then, I chopped off the sleeves:

Poor little amputee!

Poor little amputee!

I added notches to my arm holes to make it easier to fold and pin them under when it’s time to hem them!



I put the dress on my dress form inside-out and got it all fitted!



I stitched the sides down, then trimmed off the extra fabric with my pinking shears.



I tried my partially-completed dress on, and pinned the bottom where I wanted the hem to be.  Choppage quickly followed!



Now I just had to hem my raw edges!

No fraying here!

No fraying here!

Okay, so my dress had the same shape as the original, but it still didn’t have that gorgeous neck/back thing going for it.  :/

Until now!  :)

I decided I didn’t want the back of my dress to be quite as swoopy as the original.  I’m fond of wearing proper undergarments, and I’d just end up having to layer a tank top under it if I went full-swoop.  I liked the button-down back of my dress, and decided to only plunge it a wee little bit.

This will do nicely!

This will do nicely!

I stitched this down, but still…I wanted that amazing neck line!

I grabbed the bottom scrap from my dress and marked 4″ from the bottom…marking this with tailor’s chalk.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Then, I cut this part away from the rest, leaving me with a long strip.

Strip tease!

Strip tease!

I grabbed my iron, and pressed a fold, like so:

A most "pressing" issue!

A most “pressing” issue!

I tossed my frock back on my dress form (right-side-out this time), and pinned my new collar-ish thing all the way around the neck to the back.

This is gonna be awesome!  :)

I didn’t even notice what I was doing with my hand until I uploaded this pic. How metal!

I probably should have basted this down before putting it through my machine, but I was already running late to meet a friend for drinks!  I decided to just try my best to pin and sew my new collar as close to the neckline as I could and hope for the best!

Fingers crossed!

Fingers crossed!

After it was stitched down, I used my pinking shears to trim that raw edge.  I knew it would be hidden by the collar, but I didn’t want it to fray!  Also, I stitched down the ends of the scrap at the same time as I was attaching it.

I pressed my new dress, and ended up quite happy with the end result!

Perhaps my best lookalike yet?  :)

Perhaps my best lookalike yet? :)

I really should have made the collar wider, but as I was just sort of winging it, I’m pretty happy with the end result.

And the back is just amazeballs!

A baby swoop!  :)

A baby swoop! :)

It’s kind of hard to see much detail in these shots as they were taken in a darkly lit bar, but here’s a closer look!

Just look at the collar...not my creepy expression, k?

Just look at the collar…not my creepy expression, k?

My new dress fit in just fine at New Brookland Tavern, where I checked out the sweet sounds of Sea Wolf Mutiny and Kings of Prussia!

One of the Kings allowing a photo op with a loyal subject.  :)

One of the Kings allowing a photo op with a loyal subject. :)

It's gotten chilly again.  :(

It’s gotten chilly again, so I have to wear a jacket. :(

Remember her apron from Day 337?  :)

Remember her apron from Day 337? :)

Still Life with PBR.

Still Life with PBR.


My view from the sidelines

These guys (Kings of Prussia) are pretty flippin' awesome, FYI.

These guys (Kings of Prussia) are pretty flippin’ awesome, FYI.

Awesome Double-Fisted Piano Playin!

Awesome Double-Fisted Piano Playin!

The boys of Sea Wolf Mutiny put on one helluva show!  :)

The boys of Sea Wolf Mutiny put on one helluva show! :)

Not bad, eh?

Not bad, eh?

Original Cost:  $49

Copycat Cost:  $1

Savings:  $48!


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Happy St. Pat’s Vol. 2!

I hate ruffly tshirts.  There!  I said it!  So, when I found this top for $1, I had no intention of leaving it as-is!



I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, but technically it fell on a Sunday.  I couldn’t very well not celebrate on the correct day as well, now could I?  I liked the color of this top, but those ruffles had to go!



I used the fabric from the ruffles to make the halter straps for my previous refashion.  :)

I took my new top in about 1″ on each side…



…but thought it could still use a little something.  I reached for a shoulder pad from the day before.

Hmmmnnn...what can I do with you?

Hmmmnnn…what can I do with you?

I cut it open and ripped out the foam.



I stitched down the raw edge at the top, pinned it to my new tank, and stitched it down.

Do you see where I'm going here?

Do you see where I’m going here?

It's a POCKET!!! :D

It’s a POCKET!!! :D

And just like that, my new top was ready for a day of excessive merriment in Charleston, SC!

Just Chillin' at the Battery!

Just Chillin’ at the Battery!

Hi Dan!

Hi Dan!


That’s a clear Bloody Mary, Folks!



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Accessories are very important!




Mmmmmm! Duck Pot Pie! :)

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