Sorry guys. No Wannabe Wednesday this week. :/ I’ve been uber-busy and just couldn’t quite make it happen. But don’t fret! I think this refashion will tide you over! :)
Once a year, the state agency I work for throws a fundraising gala that I have to attend/work at (Ain’t no party like a work party, cuz a work party is mandatory). Once a year I scramble at the last minute to throw something appropriate for the event together with my rather smallish salary.
Since I started refashioning, this task has gotten considerably less expensive. :)
The night before the big event, I had absolutely NO IDEA what the eff I was going to wear! I search through my refashionables, and settled on this:
It was the most formal-ish thing I could find, but that lining gave me pause. Allow me to show you why!
Want a closer look?
There was no flippin’ way I was going to wear this dress with the lining as-is, so I made quick work of getting all that grossness outta there!
Of course, these guys had to go as well!
AHHHHHHH! Much better already! :)
But I still wasn’t quite done removing stuff! My arms wanted a breather, so off those sleeves went!
This left some fray-crazy arm holes, so I pinned those down.
Then, I stitched ’em down!
I tried the dress on, but those arm holes were just too gape-y! So, I took in the sides a smidge!
I cut off the excess material with my pinking shears (so it wouldn’t fray), but still wasn’t happy with the length. Soooooooo…
I gave my new dress a new hem.
I’m still not quite done here. My new dress was still too big for me. :/ BUT, I came up with a no-sew fix! I grabbed a safety pin, folded the front fabric of the dress and pinned it like so…
..and now I have a gala-worthy creation that actually makes me look like I’m the kind of gal who could afford the cost of admission! ;)
You can see where I covered the safety-pinned waist with a vintage daisy brooch that belonged to my grandmother. It’s one of my faves! :)
While this event was definitely more work than play, It was fun getting to hang out with some of my awesome coworkers. :)
While assisting with the art sale part of the event, I ran into some cool people from the Columbia art scene!
Check out Clark’s awesome lamps that were a part of the big sale!
I was happy to see my friend (and fabulous fiber artist), Susan Lenz, too!
There was lots of really sweet South Carolina art to see. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces!
As the event winded down, a smartly dressed young lady approached me and said, “You’re the ReFashionista!!!” This totally made my day, so I snapped a pic with her and her nice fella, and promised to post it on the blog (See? I’m as good as my word!). :)