ReFashed in Philly Dress

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Jilly in Philly Dress

I am the worst packer in the world, friends!   In preparing for my trip to visit my friends in Philly, I completely failed to pack properly.  In my carry-on, I packed one sweater and a few sundresses.

Oh…and one other thing…

Say hello to my little friend!
Say hello to my little friend!

That’s right!  I’ve invested in a mini sewing machine to take with me in my travels so I can refashion on the go!  :)

The day was sunny and bright, but a bit chilly.  I needed some sleevage…STAT!

Heather knew exactly where I needed to go!

Philly AIDS Thrift!
This place is awesome!

This is the Philly AIDS Thrift…probably the BEST thrift store I’ve ever been to!  They have a great (and surprisingly inexpensive) selection, a super-friendly staff, and the money raised goes to a great cause!

I also like the funny messages the staff puts on each of the price tags:

Oooh la la!
Oooh la la!

Of course, I prefer to refashion items that cost $1 or less.  A lot of you guys have been asking where I find such items.  I like to think I have a sixth sense…a bit of a psychic power if you will…

Signs help, too!  ;)
Signs help, too! ;)

I chose this $1 dress to refashion:

Hooray for warmth!
Hooray for warmth!

I love the black, the warmth, and the pockets.  But that neck was awful and the dress isn’t quite working for me…yet!

I got to cutting!  First those shoulder pads had to go!


More snipping followed!

I can't believe they let me fly with these scissors!
I can’t believe they let me fly with these scissors!

That neck had to go, too!

Snippy Snip!
Snippy Snip!

Since I cut off part of the zipper at the neck, I needed to stitch each of those edges down, so the zipper pull doesn’t just slide off.


I used part of my cut off hem as a sash to cinch the waist of my sweet new dress!

Philadelphia Chic!
Philadelphia Chic!

My new dress was perfect for a lovely sunny day with Heather, Evan, and Mudcat!

At the Magic Gardens!
Isn't is amazing?
Isaiah Zagar’s work is alllll over the Philadelphia!
In Philly, beautiful murals abound!
In Philly, beautiful murals abound!
This made me giggle!
This made me giggle!
Outdoor art is everywhere here!
Outdoor art is everywhere here!
I just liked the angle of this shot.  ;)
I just like the angle of this shot. ;)
Taking a champagne and lunch break!  :)
Taking a champagne and lunch break! :)
Such a lovely day!
Such a lovely day!

My friends live near South Street, where a fun street party was a happening.  :)

Hey Evan and Mudcat!  :)
Hey Evan and Mudcat! :)

While wandering about, we ran into this guy/gal from Philly AIDS Thrift!  :)

Tmobile's new ad campaign is a bit odd...;)
Tmobile’s new ad campaign is a bit odd…;)

My first (and certainly not last) visit to Philly was a blast!  I hope you get a chance to visit this fun city oh so soon!



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40 thoughts on “ReFashed in Philly Dress

  1. LOVE what you did with this simple black dress, Jilly! And you’re in my hometown, gf! Rock it out!

  2. I LOVE it! I especially love it paired with that necklace – which happens to be about the same as your thrift store friend’s necklace. :)

  3. You are so amazing and such an inspiration. Have you thought about teaching a summer camp to foster care kids? I bet it would be a HUGE hit and can’t you just imagine all the young girls you would inspire…

    1. That’s a great idea! I’m currently talking with my county library to try and get a program set up that would be open to the community. Not sure if it will be a youth program or not, but maaaaaybe it will be! :)

  4. So cute! I can’t believe they let you fly with those scissors. They freaked out when my 4 year old brother tried to fly with safety scissors. That was nine years ago, but still!

  5. Very nice project! Like the gutsy attitude that exudes from your face. Makes me want to take scissors and cut away…no fear!

    doh…sorry, caps lock was on but Honestly, I’m too lazy to redo it. (Plus I’m at work and looking at your blog on the sly. Couldn’t wait to see it!)

  7. WOW! I love, love, love the remake! From a dumpy dress to a chic and versatile LBD. What a stunner – and the styling is even sweeter.

    I’m with the crowd about your mini sewing machine – I’m also interested in hearing more about your mini sewing machine – the brand, the features, etc. I bought a mini sewing machine, and I’m not a big fan of it because it just does one stitch and it doesn’t automatically “feed” the fabric forward.

  8. Looks good . We’re coming to Philly in Sept . Your photos are nice and we’re so much looking forward to it .

  9. Cute LBD. Great pictures. You have a fun site to visit. Maybe sell something to fund European vacations with great refashioned.

  10. I was at the South Street festival too! I love the refash. I also find it funny that while you were a bit chilly, we were quite warm!

  11. GREAT REFASHION!!! Looks great on you too. Does TSA really check what we are carrying on the plane? I love the sewing machine. You are too cute. Philly looks great.

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