One Dress, Three Ways II !

One Dress, Three Ways III !
One Dress, Three Ways!

Welcome to the second installment of…


I really enjoyed wearing my no-sew dress, but I had to move on to my second refashion of this strange brown thing!  :)

To get started, I chopped off a good bit from the sleeves.  It’s hot here.  Seriously hot.  Long sleeves just won’t do!

Choppy Chop!

Choppy Chop!

I put the dress on my dress form inside-out and backwards and got to reshaping!

I spy a shape in progress!

I spy a shape in progress!

I only kept one side pinned though.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to get my newly-pinned dress off the form!  I measured the unpinned side against the pinned side with my measuring tape to get those pins even steven on both sides!



Each side went under the needle…



…and the extra fabric got chopped off and stored for later!

Hmmmmm....wonder what I'll do with the leftovers?

Hmmmmm….wonder what I’ll do with the leftovers?

Remember how I said I turned it backwards?  My reason for this was to turn that tacky velcro back closure into an attractive V-neck, like so:

Just stitch each side down and snip off that velcro!

Just stitch each side down and snip off that velcro!

I still wasn’t quite done!  The fit was much improved, and the neckline was waaaaaay better, but my new dress still lacked oomph!

I remedied this with one more chop!

Just.  Like.  That.

Just. Like. That.

I wore my new dress to work, followed by Yappy Hour (and no…that’s not a typo!) at Jake’s!

Sassy, no?

Sassy, no?

For those of you who have been clamoring for more Douglas, the following pics are for you!

We're both sooo happy Jake's is dog-friendly...and not just for Yappy Hour!

We’re both sooo happy Jake’s is dog-friendly…and not just for Yappy Hour!

Douglas was a little shy at first...

Douglas was a little shy at first…

...but everyone was so welcoming and nice!

…but everyone was so welcoming and nice!

Dougie made lots of friends!

Dougie made lots of friends!


Methinks we'll be coming back to Yappy Hour next week!

Methinks we’ll be coming back to Yappy Hour next week!

Alright, folks!  That’s two down, one to go!  Wonder what I’ll do for my final refash of this dress….Stay tuned!





They grow up so fast!

One Dress, Three Ways III !
One Dress, Three Ways!

60 Comments on One Dress, Three Ways II !

  1. dannyscotland
    June 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I think this dress is actually fantastic and gorgeous right now as it is. I hope your next phase won’t change it too much! :-) I really, really like it!

  2. Amanda
    June 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I love it! Don’t change a thing!

    • ReFashionista
      June 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah! But change it must!

  3. Crystal
    June 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the high low hemline on you! Sweet idea!

  4. Ingrid
    June 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks fantastic. And, I do like the old format better, the logo/photo at the top is too good not to include. It’s always fun to see what you are up to.

  5. h
    June 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)


  6. robovixen
    June 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Super cute! I usually don’t like high-low hemlines, but you’re pulling it off!

  7. redbamasamob
    June 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Very nice! Love the versatility.

  8. Samina
    June 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiful & innovative! Looking forward to the third incarnation.

  9. Brianne
    June 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this! It is so cute I am inspired to go to the thrift store myself this weekend.

  10. Josie
    June 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

    This is your best ever refash – simple, flattering to your figure, and you can dress it up or down.

  11. Kira
    June 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I echo the first comment! I hope the last refash won’t completely change the cool dress this turned into! I’ve always been too intimidated to sew clothes for myself, but you have definitely been inspiring me lately!

  12. woodlandwhimsy
    June 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I love today’s version of this dress! I’m enjoying seeing it different ways.

  13. Alison Barrick
    June 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Very cute once again – your body ROCKS in that dress! Thanks for all the cute pix of Douglas – he has grown SO fast but still just as cute!

  14. Kim Taylor
    June 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Super cute!

  15. Bonnie
    June 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Love Douglas!!! Did I also spy a basenji?

  16. 2Momma2
    June 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

    My vote is for a shirt – one chop! That top is too cute on you to change.


  17. sgsy
    June 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Very nice! This color’s great on you. Lovely pics.

  18. rawketstarling
    June 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

    wow! I gotta say–this is my very favorite refash, probably EVER! I normally don’t like mullet dresses, but the sleeve length and vee-neck on this one just really chic it up. Too bad it’s got another date with the sewing machine.

  19. Kate
    June 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it…. Love Douglas too! such a cutie-patoootie….

  20. cljhansen
    June 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the second refashioning of the dress. Super chic. PS Douglas is adorable!

  21. Connie
    June 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE DOUGLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want a doxie, so bad! Love the dress too, by the way! You are amazing with a pair of scissors and a sewing machine! :-)

  22. Hank.
    June 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)


  23. Lauren
    June 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow what a transformation!! I love the high low gem it really suits your figure!!
    I wish I had the energy to refashion as much as you do! My kids zap every ounce I have at the moment! I need to get on with it!! Holiday in 3 weeks and I need a full wardrobe!!

    Check out my recently refashioned blog!!

    There’s a link to my blog from my Facebook page!! Please like and share!

  24. VeronicaS
    June 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm (2 years ago)

    This dress is awesome. It looks so comfortable as well. Great job.

  25. Jennifer
    June 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Okay I have to turn into a dork for a few seconds here……


    All right, I’m done. Back the the refash……

    I am feeling this dress. It looks fab, and it really suits your figure. I would definitely wear that dress. I really like the gladiator sandals with the dress – very sharp! Well done!

    Can’t wait for the third refashion….


    P.S. – I’m writing my next post on my blog on individuals who inspired me to find ways to fabulously save money, and I’m going to mention you and your blog.

  26. Jennifer
    June 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm (2 years ago)

    You make me want to learn to sew and apologize to my mother who through tears tried to teach me so long ago. Thanks for inspiring me!

  27. Sherinda
    June 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I think this is my fav dress yet! It looks amazing on you! Not too shabby for halloweeny costume material!

  28. Sheri
    June 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm (2 years ago)


  29. Nay
    June 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Can’t wait for refash #3!

  30. Jennifer
    June 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE this dress. You have the perfect figure for it, and I really think you hit the nail on the head by not making the “Hi” part too high. It’s just high enough! Sometimes those hi-low dresses are just too high in the front and yours is just perfect! Love that the old theme (pretty much) is back. Gotta keep the classic pic of you on top.

  31. Sarah M.
    June 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    This is too cute!! As much as I love this look, I can’t wait to see what else you do with it.

  32. Kate Van Ness
    June 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

    What fabric is the dress?! I’m picturing felt/ Halloween costume fabric and wondering how you can manipulate it so much and so well!? Looks great!

    • ReFashionista
      June 20, 2013 at 8:38 am (2 years ago)

      It’s a really thin polyester…reallllly easy to work with.

  33. kcboling
    June 20, 2013 at 12:24 am (2 years ago)

    Your reshaping skills are awesome. I love that you can wear this dress three times and it always looks different. Do you ever wear the same thing twice? What do you do with your refashions after you are done wearing them?

  34. lazyfish73
    June 20, 2013 at 2:01 am (2 years ago)

    Your doggie <3 <3 <3

  35. amadarling
    June 20, 2013 at 2:35 am (2 years ago)

    u is amaaaaazin’ – go sew girl! love it!

  36. Karen
    June 20, 2013 at 5:42 am (2 years ago)

    Super cute!!! , I don’t think I would change any part of this one.Do you ever do a refash that doesn’t work. And you have the trash the whole piece? Do you ever where anything twice?

  37. Julie
    June 20, 2013 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

    Love love LOVE this look!

  38. Laura
    June 20, 2013 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

    Love this one… too bad you have to change it but looking forward to where this is going.

  39. Carole in Vermont
    June 20, 2013 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

    Wow! Unbelievably fabulous, starting with a totally weird piece of horrible crap!!! Bravo!!!!

  40. Carlee
    June 20, 2013 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t know about you, but I feel like 99% of the sewing bloggers are cat people and dang it is nice to see a dog person on here. Love the refash, love Douglas! :)

  41. Sue
    June 20, 2013 at 11:44 am (2 years ago)

    I love love LOVE the length on this. A little sad for refash #3 cause I know that is going to go…

  42. Heather
    June 20, 2013 at 11:54 am (2 years ago)

    Hi there. So I am a lover of the color brown and I was really excited about this 3 way dress. When I was looking through the pictures at Yappy hour. I noticed in the first one with your 4 legged son, that there is a great little bit of sunlight hitting your side. This made me think of sewing a ribbon on that one side in a weaving downward direction. The shadow naturally hits your side in this fashion. What do you think?

    Sending the best,

  43. Letitia
    June 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm (2 years ago)

    please make number 3 out of the sleeves and the cut off fabric, you should keep the dress, it looks good on you (or does hemming it with elastic lace or something count as a 3rd version?)

  44. MrsAlwaysForever
    June 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Really love this! Thank you for showing how you did the high-low detail. I would love to know, how you would hem that? Thanks!!

    • ReFashionista
      June 21, 2013 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

      If I HAD to hem it I would try to just serge the end or use notches to keep it from bunching up!

  45. Jo H.
    June 20, 2013 at 11:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Douglas is just as cute as ever … isn’t it nice that he can come with you? Yappy hour, tee hee!

    Also liked the refashion – you really show how this could be different with not too much work.

  46. Zoe
    June 21, 2013 at 6:15 am (2 years ago)

    This is killer! Looks amazing on you (trying to pretend I don’t know it’s fate…). Lots of love, Zoe xxx

  47. Angela
    June 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Yay! Looks Great!

  48. Mistress Arawynn
    June 25, 2013 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

    I absolutely love this version. So much talent. :)


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