I looooove a good reader refash, don’t you? :) This one is from Ash!
She began with these two dresses:
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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)! :)
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.
Not only was one of the seams badly ripped, the dress was also 3 sizes too big.
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.
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.
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!
Then, I ran it through my machine.
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. :/
Then, I turned my dress inside-out and took it in a couple of inches on each side.
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! :)
So…did it work?
It did! My side seams look pretty flippin’ flawless, I must say! And here’s what that dress looks like now!
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!
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. :/
Jamie says it’s orange. :/
All of these people think agree that my dress is actually orange. :/
But who can I trust?
Certainly not these guys!
So please…you tell me. Is my dress red or orange? I must know!!!!
I’m waiting for your answer.
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????
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!
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! :)
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!
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.
The sides got taken in a smidge as well!
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!
Then, I hemmed that bottom raw edge!
Now that dress is ready for a happy reunion with my college chums! :)
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!
Hi there, Travis! :)
Many beers were consumed…
…but mostly tiny beers!
Take THAT, liver! ;)
Much fatty food was consumed!
And much happy reminiscing and catching up occurred! :)
Toniiiiiight….We’re not young…;)
Cheers to old friends! :)