May 2013 archive

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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