July 2nd 2013 archive

Purple Procrastination Top

I’ve been holding on to this dress for a while.  There it’s been…in the background of oh so many before pics!  “When is she going to get to refashioning that one?!?  WHEN!?!!!!!!!”, you’ve screamed to the heavens.

Today, those heartbreaking cries will be answered!

That's a LOT of pattern going on!

That’s a LOT of pattern going on!

This is yet another $1 thrifted dress I scored because I thought the print was…uh…interesting?  I’m actually not so sure now that I’m looking at it again!  ;)

To get started, I KNEW I needed to get rid of those sleeves!  It’s just way too hot for any sort of arm covering.  I grabbed my seam ripper and got to picking!  This took a while.

Pick.  Pick.  Pick.

Pick. Pick. Pick.

Don’t worry!  I was entertained while I worked!

This was my favorite movie as a child.  :)

Real Genius was my favorite movie as a child. :)

Finally, my new dress was liberated from those stifling sleeves!

I'm so sorry...but we're going to have to let you go.  Pack up your desk.

I’m so sorry…but we’re going to have to let you go. Pack up your desk.

Now that the button-up part of the neck was gone, I went ahead and snipped off those buttonholes.

Snip!

Snip!

The bottom hem of this dress was cut off as well and put aside for later!

Snippy snip!

Snippy snip!

All this ripping left my new dress with all sorts of gaping raw edges that needed to be stitched down.  First, I pinned:

Pins!

Pins!

Then, I stitched!

Ahhh!  Much better already!

Ahhh! Much better already!

Once the armholes and neckline were sewn down,  I put my dress inside-out on my dress form to get it fitted.

Getting it nice & snug (but still able to slip out of)!

Getting it nice & snug (but still able to slip out of)!

Each side went under the needle!

Whirrrrrrr!

Mimosas are critical in the creative process! ;)

I cut off the extra fabric, but still wasn’t quite happy with this as a dress.  I was tired and ready to head out the door for a casual movie night with friends.  I wanted to wear a top instead!

Does this ever happen to you?

Does this ever happen to you?

I gave my top a new hem…

Whirrrrrrr!

Whirrrrrrr!

…and here it is!

I like it MUCH better as a top!  :)

I like it MUCH better as a top! :)

I’ve gotta admit, I think this works waaaaay better as a top than a dress.  That pattern is just so overwhelming!  But, as a top with jeans, it’s just fun.  :)  I even like that neck tie thingy!  And that bottom scrap defines my waist quite nicely.  :)

A closer look!

A closer look!

Mr. Raccoon agrees!  :)

Good Kitty!

Nice Kitty!

We all settled in to watch Eight Diagram Pole Fighter in honor of the recently departed Lau Kar-leung.  There’s a lot of really interesting fight choreography to check out in this film!

Lots of weird wooden wolves in this film!

Lots of weird wooden wolves in this film, too!

Happy Movie Pals!  :)

Happy Movie Pals! :)

Cheers!

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