Ash’s Reader ReFash

I looooove a good reader refash, don’t you? :)  This one is from Ash!

She began with these two dresses:

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And with a few simple straight stitches and a LOT of creativity, look what she ended up with!

I have a huge crush on this awesome top!

I have a huge crush on this awesome top!

Oooh la la!!!

Oooh la la!!!

My 5-year-old got to be my photographer today. ha! I wear the blue and red striped one a lot but more as a shirt. The hubs and I don’t get out enough for the rockin’ dresses but they are both so comfortable. 

I LOVE IT!

So…would you like to share your refashion on this here blog?  Here’s a few guidelines to help make it happen!  :)

1.  I need a before AND an after shot!  Everyone wants to see your awesome transformation!

1.  No cell phone selfies/mirror shots!  Get a friend, coworker, or even a total stranger to snap a pic of you!

2.  I want to see your wonderful face!  Anytime I see a pic with someone cut off at the neck, I assume they’re a beheaded corpse and I call the authorities.

3.  Bonus points for pics of you wearing your awesome creation out and about in public!  Your refashion deserves a life outside of your bedroom.  :)

Soooo…send those Reader ReFashes to me at refashblog@gmail.com, and you just might end up on the blog!  :)  I’ve been really slack with this lately, but I’m planning to share one reader submission per week (just so you’re not stuck looking at my goofy mug all the time)!  :)

Cheers!

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Memorial Day Dress

Happy Memorial Day!  Let’s all take a moment to let our gratitude for the men, women, and service animals who bravely serve our country (if you’re in the US, that is) sink in.  :)

When I first saw this dress, I looooved it!  But it had one major issue.

Holey Moley!

Holey Moley!

Not only was one of the seams badly ripped, the dress was also 3 sizes too big.

Saggy back.  :(

Saggy back. :(

But…it was a freebie, so I shan’t complain!  With a little work, I knew it would be perfect for a Memorial Day cookout with friends!

I had my red and white with this dress, but what about blue?  I dug through my scrap stash and found the leftovers from this refashion.

Riiiight here!

Riiiight here!

I decided the best way to add a pop of blue was to make a simple patch pocket!  I cut out my pocket, then ironed the edges down.

About to rock it with a pocket!

Press the pocket!

Now that pocket was ready to be placed on my dress!  I carefully pinned it to the outer gauzy layer.

VERY securely pinned!

VERY securely pinned!

Then, I ran it through my machine.

Whirrrr!

Whirrrr!

Now I’m ready for the repair/resizing part!

Since this dress has an outer layer and a lining, I figured I had two ways I could go about this.  I could either take the lining and outer layer apart from each other, take each part in, then reattach them to each other, or I could take both the lining and the outer layer in at the same time.

I had yet to do this the second way with much success.  :/  Usually the feed dogs on my machine end up stretching one of the pieces more than the other, so I end up with a sloppy/bunchy result.  :(

BUT THEN I HAD A BRILLIANT IDEA.  It was mind-bogglingly simple, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before!

I hung my dress on the pull-up bar in my bathroom (I mean, It should be used for something, right?).  Then, I pinned the lining to the outer layer riiiight along the seam with safety pins.

I haven't been able to do a pull-up in over 10 years.  :/

I haven’t been able to do a pull-up in over 10 years. :/

Then, I turned my dress inside-out and took it in a couple of inches on each side.

Pinning!

Pinning!

All taken in!

All taken in!

But wait!  What about those safety pins???

Don’t worry!  They shall be free!  I cut off the excess fabric with my pinking shears to reveal a prize inside!  :)

See?

See?

So…did it work?

YEP!  :)

YEP! :)

It did!  My side seams look pretty flippin’ flawless, I must say!  And here’s what that dress looks like now!

Oh so patriotic!  :)

Oh so patriotic! :)

I styled my new frock with a $1 thrifted belt, some sweet sun specs.  My bracelet is actually a necklace that used to belong to my grandmother, and the flops are just plain old flops!  :)

Here’s the back!

Saggy no more!

Saggy no more!

Now, while I thought I was being patriotic in my Red, White, and Blue, all my friends told me my dress was actually Orange!  Please tell me…who is right?  Am I really just colorblind???

Phillip says it's orange.  :/

Phillip says it’s orange. :/

Jamie says it's orange.  :/

Jamie says it’s orange. :/

All of these people think agree that my dress is actually orange.  :/

All of these people think agree that my dress is actually orange. :/

But who can I trust?

But who can I trust?

Certainly not these guys!

Certainly not these guys!

So please…you tell me.  Is my dress red or orange?  I must know!!!!

I'm waiting for your answer.

I’m waiting for your answer.

Cheers!

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Reunited Dress

About a decade ago (OH MY GOD I FEEL SO OLD!!!), I was something close to a Junior at the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!).  I was not the most studious student, folks.  :/  While my dedication to my major (Theatre) was strong, I couldn’t quite make myself give any flips at all about other subjects like…say…Statistics.  Don’t worry!  I did eventually graduate and somehow even managed to convince someone to hire me!  :)

While I could just accept personal responsibility for my inability to choose studying over partying, I prefer to blame the company I kept at the time….specifically two of my best buds, Mike and Travis.  :)

We hadn’t gotten together to hang out in a couple of years, and decided it was time to relive our gloriously misspent college days!

And I knew JUST what I wanted to wear!

Who decided this ever needed to be a thing????

Who decided this ever needed to be a thing????

Seriously?  What is this about?  I think it’s supposed to be some sort of sleepwear/loungewear thing, but I honestly haven’t a clue.  I just hope someone was fired for this garment’s conception.

It’s hard to know where to start with something like this.  Luckily, I was already dying some of my faded black Tshirts to get them looking nice & new again.  I tossed this into the dye bath as well!  :)

Going back to black!

Going back to black!

Hop on in!

Hop on in!

After the dye bath, I began the process of turning this jumpsuit into a proper dress.  First, I removed just a bit of length from the legs.  This will make the whole thing easier to work with.

Spock helped!  :)

Spock helped! :)

Then, I trimmed the seams from the crotch allll the way down each leg.  I did the same for the back as well.

Trimmy trim trim!

Trimmy trim trim!

Progress!

I put my future dress on my form and got to pinning!

First, I pinned the open front and back seams to make a skirt.

See?

See?

The sides got taken in a smidge as well!

Getting it nice and fitted!

Getting it nice and fitted!

I stitched all of this down on my machine, trimmed off the excess fabric with my pinking shears, and was almost done!  :)

I put my dress on and pinned where I wanted to make my final chop!

Just a litttle more!

Just a litttle more!

Then, I hemmed that bottom raw edge!

Whirrrrr!

Whirrrrr!

Now that dress is ready for a happy reunion with my college chums!  :)

I must say, I'm rather pleased!  :)

I must say, I’m rather pleased! :)

I styled my $1 dress with a $1 thrifted belt and a pair of TOMs (which cost a good bit more than $1).

It was great getting to hang out with my old roommates/pals!

Love these guys!

Love these guys!

Hey, Mike!

Hey, Mike!

 

Hi there, Travis!  :)

Hi there, Travis! :)

Many beers were consumed…

...but mostly tiny beers!

…but mostly tiny beers!

 

Seriously.

Seriously.

Take THAT, liver!  ;)

Take THAT, liver! ;)

Much fatty food was consumed!

Nomburger!

Nomburger!

And much happy reminiscing and catching up occurred!  :)

Toniiiiiight....We're not young...;)

Toniiiiiight….We’re not young…;)

Cheers to old friends!  :)

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A Sleeve Reprieve Dress

Welcome to my long hot summer!  Yes…I’m aware that technically it isn’t quite summer yet, but with temps in the humid mid 80s, I feel like I’m already there.  I was cleaning out my pajama drawer and came up with this jersey-knit shirt that I scored for $1, but never refashioned, as it quickly became my favorite winter pj top.

The winter of our discontent is over!  Time to move on!

The winter of our discontent is over! Time to move on!

This top just won’t do for a getaway to Georgia Wine Country!  First off, I needed to get rid of those sleeves.  Since this is a jersey knit, I simply cut them off right at the seams, as I knew they wouldn’t fray.

Snippity Snip!

Snippity Snip!

Then, I took it in a couple of inches.  Baggy is great for sleepwear, but I wanted something a bit more fitted!

Whirrr!

Whirrr!

Don’t get me wrong…shirts are swell.  But I was in the mood to wear a comfy dress for my trip.  I took the sleeves and cut them open, like so:

See?

See?

Then I stitched them together to make one long strip and pinned it to the bottom of the shirt.

Almost done here!

Almost done here!

As I pinned, I realized that (doh!) I didn’t have quite enough fabric to reach all the way around.  Not a big deal for me, as my keister was fully covered, and I don’t mind a little side slit.  I COULD have added on a different similarly-colored fabric to the sleeve strip, but…I was in a bit of a hurry.  :)

I stitched the discarded cut-off sides together to make a matching sash.  I mean, how could I resist the urge to make a totally no-waste refashion

This is it!

This is it!

But I styled my new dress with a thick belt for this trip instead.  Don’t worry!  I can always use that sash later!  :)

I feel like a forest fairy!

I feel like a forest fairy! I hope that’s a good thing.

Here’s a look at that side that the sleeves didn’t quite get to:

What do you think?

What do you think?

I think it looks kind of neat…but to each her own!  :)

My new dress was uber-comfy for a lovely wine-laden Georgia day!

Check out that view!

Check out that view!

Or just check out this one instead.

Or just check out this one instead.

Seriously...I've got views to spare.

Seriously…I’ve got views to spare.

Our favorite wineries were Three Sisters , Wolf Mountain, and Monteluce.  If you can’t get to Napa or Sonoma (heck…even if you can!), check this area out!  It’s definitely worth your while.  :)

We went to Wolf Creek Vineyards twice!  :)

We went to Wolf Creek Vineyards twice! :)

Is it heaven?  No!  It's just Monteluce!  :)

Is it heaven? No! It’s just Monteluce! :)

Grape Babies!

Grape Babies!

Great travel buddies!  :)

Great travel buddies! :)

All that wining really makes you hungry!  One of my readers responded to my facebook post about what I should check out while in Dahlonega with Shenanigans Irish Pub (Thanks, Kellie!), so that’s where we went!  :)

Time for a cider break!

Time for a cider break!

Ahhhh!  What a perfect day!

Wish you were here!

Wish you were here!

Cheers!

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Wannabe Wednesday: “Noten” Wrong With a No-Sew Maxi Skirt

A lot of you have been asking me to diversify my refashions by

A. Not just refashing dresses all the time and

B.  Doing a few longer/more modest refashes that would work for any body type (Personally, I think that if you like something you should just wear it as you probably look more awesome in it than you’re giving yourself credit for, but I digress).

Well, it’s your lucky day!

I needed something casual to wear for a cookout/movie night with some fabulously fun people.  I chose this!

Perfect, right?

Perfect, right?

See?  I’m fully-covered and ready to go!  :)

Just kidding, folks!  ;)

I was inspired by this skirt by Dries Van Noten:

She looks mad.  :/

She looks mad. :/

I unbuttoned my dress just enough to make it fit around my hips, then tied the sleeves around my waist, tucking the collar in as I did so.

Here’s my version!

She chose a yellow blouse.  I chose yellow shoes.  It's all one.  ;)

She chose a yellow blouse. I chose yellow shoes. It’s all one. ;)

Here’s the designer version again:

Pelvic Thrust!

Pelvic Thrust!

And here’s mine:

Hip Cocked!

Hip Cocked!

Try as I might, I couldn’t find a price for the original skirt, so I can’t calculate my savings on this one.  :(  BUT…I’m pretty sure it cost more than the $1 I spent on my version!

The weather was perfect, and I was happy for my full-coverage skirt as the mosquitoes are baaaaaa-aaaaack!  :/

Liz, the lovely hostess!  :)

Liz, the lovely hostess! :)

Pretty!

Pretty!

Hmmm...you've been seeing a lot of pics with this guy in them lately, haven't you?  I wonder...

Hmmm…you’ve been seeing a lot of pics with this guy in them lately, haven’t you? I wonder…

The food was delish!

NOM!

NOM!

The wine was even better!

Slurp!

Slurp!

Such a lovely night to dine al fresco!

Such a lovely night to dine al fresco!

This is one gentleman’s (not sure if he’d want me announcing his name AND the the fact that he’s going to be out of town on here) last supper here in Columbia for a few months, so we decided to commemorate the occasion appropriately!  :)

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Cheers!

Original Cost:  No idea.  :/

Copycat Cost:  $1

Savings:  Not a clue, but probably a good bit!

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