The Perfect Little Black Dress

This is an epic day, my friends!  I’ve done it!  I have created the perfect refashion!  What follows is my by far my personal favorite refashion to date!  :)

It started off pretty ominously with this wool/acrylic blend turtleneck dress that wasn’t doing me any favors.  :/

Pretty terrible, eh?

Pretty terrible, eh?

I wasn’t even sure what I could do to save this one…so, I started cutting!

When in doubt, just start chopping things!

When in doubt, just start chopping things!

I closed up that raw edge at the top of the dress…



…then I threw this barren husk of a dress on my dress form inside-out and started taking it in!

It's not very exciting yet, is it?

It’s not very exciting yet, is it?

I ran each side through my machine, and was left with an okay-looking tube dress.

But that just wasn’t good enough!

I cut off the sleeves from the original dress…

Chop!  And Chop!

Chop! And Chop!

And pinned them to the top of my new dress.

Le Front!

Le Front!

Le Back!

Le Back!

This is about the time I started getting really excited!!!

I stitched my new sleeves down…

Two rows of stitchery!

Two rows of stitchery!

…and now I have a perfect little black dress!  :)

Here’s how I wore it at work:

Office Chic!

Office Chic!

…and here’s how I wore it at play!  :)



If you look in the mirror behind me, you can see the back!

If you look in the mirror behind me, you can see the back!

So, why am I so ecstatic about this really basic dress?

  • It’s super-comfy!
  • It’s extremely versatile!  I can dress it up or down and wear it to just about anything!
  • It’s black!
  • It’s a really simple & straightforward refash…even for you newbies out there!
  • This type of refashion would be flattering on all sorts of body types!

I kept rocking my frock into the wee hours of the morning!

I even stole a hat!

I even stole a hat!

My favorite beverage of the moment!

My favorite beverage of the moment!

This was a special evening, in which I attended a midnight showing of the most brilliant movie ever in the entire universe, known as The Room!

Oh hai Tommy!

Oh hai Tommy!

Oh hai movie theater!

Oh hai movie theater!

So now I have created the perfect little black dress, and I’ve shown you how to do the same.  I think I can quit this blog now and die happy!  :)



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69 Comments on The Perfect Little Black Dress

  1. Lea@RunningforDummies
    March 16, 2013 at 10:57 am (1 year ago)

    soo cute! I am always amazed what you can do! I can’t sew on a button! Well, I can, but it usually falls off.

  2. Nana Diana
    March 16, 2013 at 10:59 am (1 year ago)

    Wow!!!! That turned out great-I bow down to your great seamstress abilities- xo Diana

  3. Barbara
    March 16, 2013 at 11:15 am (1 year ago)

    Love it!!

  4. W Jenkins
    March 16, 2013 at 11:20 am (1 year ago)

    This is fabulous! I alway think I won’t be amazed at your next creation because I think you can’t top what I’ve just seen . . . Bravo, you always surpass your last masterpiece!

  5. ruth
    March 16, 2013 at 11:20 am (1 year ago)

    What a creative girl…..good job!!

  6. Betty
    March 16, 2013 at 11:21 am (1 year ago)

    Absolute genious! You inspire me…

  7. StaceyB
    March 16, 2013 at 11:23 am (1 year ago)

    Outstanding job! And “The Room” is no less than brilliant.

  8. Gina
    March 16, 2013 at 11:28 am (1 year ago)

    Wow…..such a great job!

  9. SandyM
    March 16, 2013 at 11:39 am (1 year ago)

    Loved it when I saw it on you last night, love it even more now–genius!

  10. jenn
    March 16, 2013 at 11:51 am (1 year ago)

    Excellent work!

  11. Nikell
    March 16, 2013 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

    You’ve created the perfect LBD. That dress is so versatile. Fabulous refashion (^_^)

  12. Elizabeth
    March 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm (1 year ago)

    This dress is super flattering on you. I love your “at play” shoes, too!

  13. Tamara Kent
    March 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm (1 year ago)

    Love this one! I have been following for a while and find you inspiring and exciting. I recently started my own blog to track my transformation to a healthier version of myself. As my body changes my clothes need to do the same. I can’t afford to and don’t want to buy new clothes at each stage. So with the tips and ideas I have gotten from you, I am beginning my adventure into refashioning! I mentioned you and linked to your site recently from

    Thank you for your unknowing contribution to my journey. This idea of refashioning clothes will be the gift that keeps on giving.

  14. charityshopchic
    March 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Love it! Well done you. Fit is perfect and you will be able to wear this anywhere! Really like your purple and green shoes too.

    • charityshopchic
      March 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm (1 year ago)

      PS I know you can die happy now but please don’t quit the blog ;-)

      • ReFashionista
        March 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm (1 year ago)

        I won’t quit mine if you don’t quit yours! :) Seriously…I’m a huge freakin fan. You make me want to be a better person…at math. ;)

        • Kinder Teacher
          March 17, 2013 at 10:33 am (1 year ago)

          I love both of your blogs!!!! Both of your blogs are always awesome!!!! Not only is this dress adorable….it can be worn on different body types and any age can wear it! I am waiting for both of you to go on Project Runway!!!!!

  15. Chica Andaluza
    March 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Very, very elegant…you have such a great figure too!

  16. Gail
    March 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow! I have a long sleeved t-shirt that might benefit from the same treatment on a shorter scale. I just have to get brave enough to start chopping! Thanks so much for sharing your genius!

  17. Darlene
    March 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing, this dress is so cute!

  18. Joyce Love
    March 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm (1 year ago)

    I love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Gail
    March 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm (1 year ago)

    I have a dream of making my own clothes but am terrified of the process. HOWEVER, I am not terrified of this remake. It’s perfect and even I know I could do that – and that my friends, is saying something.

  20. April
    March 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm (1 year ago)


  21. Darlene Nudy
    March 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm (1 year ago)

    You amaze me more and more with each new post!! Awesome dress!! You look great in everything…that’s not fair!! :)

    ~ Darlene

  22. doyouknowlondon
    March 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm (1 year ago)

    My Gosh this is also my firm favorite refashion- the sleeves used as the top bit was truly inspirational! Looks amaze- love it X

  23. Diane
    March 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing!!!!! I’m gonna try that – once I find the perfect “before” dress – might practice on a t-shirt, too!

  24. Stephanie
    March 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm (1 year ago)

    I think this is the best by far. Really Awesome Dress!!!! Can’t wait to see the next one you do.

  25. Trisha
    March 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm (1 year ago)

    You could even wear a white or pink collared shirt underneath and belt it. No one would know it’s the same dress.

  26. Clav(inna)
    March 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Love that you not only made an awesome LBD, but also drank Irish cider and watched ‘The Room’!

  27. Pennie
    March 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Wonderful refashion :) You are such an inspiration!
    This is one i think i’m going to have to try… :)

  28. laurenmaria84
    March 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm (1 year ago)

    This is brilliant! I don’t know how you come up with such simple but great ideas!


  29. Millie
    March 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm (1 year ago)

    This is so cute! Genius!

  30. Michelle
    March 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm (1 year ago)

    NO! You can’t quit! I discovered you yesterday, and I think I read every post you have written. You are inspiring, even though I am way heavier and way older than you! ;)

  31. vjstracener
    March 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm (1 year ago)

    That looks really comfy.

  32. Mairi
    March 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm (1 year ago)

    Looking totally hot ma’am!!! Very classy! And classic!

  33. Barb Chappell
    March 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm (1 year ago)

    You are so talented and amazing! I think this is my fav too! Love black and the versatility! I went to Goodwill today and bought my refash frocks! Been studying up on sewing and I think with the practice I’ve had I am ready to snip, whirr, and wow! Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. Wendy Kinard
    March 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm (1 year ago)

    I just love this refashion, you are a creative wonder. It is terribly inspiring to watch you create and have such fun with it, thank you for what you do and for sharing it with the rest of us. You are going have to think long and hard to top this one! Blessings!

  35. jenny_o
    March 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm (1 year ago)

    This is really inspired thinking! It looks wonderful.

    As a couple of commenters mentioned, the same thing could be done to a long-sleeved T-shirt (maybe even as a practice garment). I think you could add to your list “bra straps never show!” because that’s a common problem with sleeveless anything. I also think you’ve done a good job of showing how the right accessories change the same garment – something I’m just starting to understand (I’m mid-fifties and a slow learner :))

  36. Maureen R.
    March 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm (1 year ago)

    I agree! This was the perfect refashion. I love it.

  37. Alisha
    March 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Where dis you get the bag. I LOVE it!!!!!! What’s the brand I NEED to find one!

    • ReFashionista
      March 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm (1 year ago)

      I can’t remember the brand name. I found it at a thrift store. :) I DO remember that it was made in Spain! :)

      • Alisha
        March 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm (1 year ago)

        Thank-you I will have to keep my eye out for one or something. Similar.

  38. Jessie
    March 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm (1 year ago)

    I marvel at how you can deconstruct and reconstruct. Your ability reminds me of my best friend who does the same with old necklaces, belts, beaded treasures (she sells her hobby on etsy: My hat’s off to your creativity!

  39. kimberly gumm
    March 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm (1 year ago)

    I don’t know how you do it but its perfect!!@

  40. bodhismum
    March 17, 2013 at 12:25 am (1 year ago)

    Best ever! I’m inspired beyond words now. Going to a thrift shop tomorrow x

  41. Tan
    March 17, 2013 at 1:22 am (1 year ago)

    that is gorgeous. I love the back detail too.

  42. lizard100
    March 17, 2013 at 5:13 am (1 year ago)

    Simple and smart!

  43. Flo
    March 17, 2013 at 8:16 am (1 year ago)

    That turned out great, I can see why you were thrilled!

  44. Mercedes
    March 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh, so elegant !!! Great and very useful refashion !!

  45. Carlee
    March 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Looks great!

  46. Helena A.
    March 18, 2013 at 8:01 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Girl! Love what you did! But I would like to see one photo of the back… It doesn’t shows it well… I might do that to a dress I got! Congratulations! kisses from Portugal!
    P.S.: I’m stanting my own Blog about refashion and sewing! Inspired on your Blog, on Marissa (New dress a day) and Charity Shop Chic! :D

  47. Carolanne
    March 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Whoa! Love, love, love this!

  48. Michelle
    March 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Recently started following you on Pinterest and I love your ideas. I’ve even reformed and started shopping at Good Will myself. Have found some great dollar finds and would love to send you pics if that’s ok. Keep up the great work and I look forward to more posts!

  49. Chalese
    March 20, 2013 at 12:12 am (1 year ago)

    I love this refashion! You did such a great job and now it’s so sweet and versatile! Thanks for sharing! You have some great ideas!

  50. Briana
    March 23, 2013 at 11:05 am (1 year ago)

    This is my absolute favorite

  51. Ana
    March 25, 2013 at 5:15 am (1 year ago)

    I love your blog, its so much fun to read! I spent a lot of time going back to the beginning of the blog and really enjoyed the progression and changes you’ve made. You are incredibly talented, funny, and passionate, which I believe has been you’re key to success. Congrats on your hard work!
    I am an avid sewer of about 10+ years and love the serenity it provides me. I have three girls and have sewn/altered many items but have really never considered “refashioning” clothes… (weird, I know) until now. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!
    Ana V.

  52. Typingmonkey
    March 25, 2013 at 10:20 pm (1 year ago)

    You’ve done some amazing things, but I really love this one too. Wow. Also, you have the most amazing social life! When do you sleep?

  53. Pixeltrash
    April 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm (12 months ago)

    You crack me up. Love your refashions! I do this same thing and never thought to blog about it. I am going to post mine on my blog as I do them from now on. You can sign up for my email on my blog if you’d like to see what I do. :-) One of the things I often do is turn skirts into tops. So easy and fun!

  54. Honey Bear
    May 2, 2013 at 3:25 am (12 months ago)

    OH NO! The Room! Just awful. My friend and I both had pretty uncomfortable dreams with that man in them.

      • Honey Bear
        May 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm (12 months ago)

        Just discovered your blog last week. It’s just fantastic. I’ve gotten some great ideas from you!

  55. Annabelle
    May 14, 2013 at 9:28 am (11 months ago)

    I am new to your blog but have rapidly become a fan! So much so that I did this re-fashion. Took me about an hour and it looks fabulous. Thank you!

  56. Tiffany
    May 28, 2013 at 1:01 am (11 months ago)

    Super cute!!! And you’re shoes are AWESOME!!!!

  57. Leena
    February 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm (2 months ago)

    You have a wonderful ability to do things, but why there is so many pictures about food and drinks in your blog? Usually the pictures are brown or yellow and not so good quality.


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