Purple Procrastination Top

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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!

ba7213

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72 Comments on Purple Procrastination Top

  1. Vivien
    July 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m not so crazy about the placement of the top two flowers (hibiscus?) They look like targets for breast! Otherwise I like the top!

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    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm (1 year ago)

      I thought the exact same thing! But it looks better as a top!

      Reply
  2. Penny Noel
    July 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm (1 year ago)

    totally cute!!!! good job.

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    • ReFashionista
      July 3, 2013 at 10:57 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks! I’m pretty happy with it, even though the sleeve removal took an eternity! :)

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    • Lauren
      July 6, 2013 at 9:41 am (1 year ago)

      It is really cute isn’t it!?
      I have some really gorgeous fabric that I have been working with some really cute fabric too!
      Take a look at my blog I have some new surprises coming up!
      Jillian I am writing a piece about my inspirations, you are one of them! Please have a look jillian! I have also finally made a dress form from duct tape!

      http://www.angelfairydust.blogspot.com

      There will be links to your website on mine and to a few other girls sites like Sheri from awesomesauceasshattery and Jen from diaryofamadmama :)
      Please take the time to have a look and let me know what you think!
      Xx

      Reply
    • ReFashionista
      July 3, 2013 at 10:58 am (1 year ago)

      Usually I hate those neck tie things…but I ended up liking this one. AND I don’t know how I’d get into the thing without it (maybe a button closure?)! :)

      Reply
  3. Nana Diana
    July 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing- as always!

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  4. barb
    July 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm (1 year ago)

    The top was the best idea for that pattern , looks very nice . Do you wear things you re fashion more than once ?

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    • ReFashionista
      July 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you! Yep! I do! Then, when I’m done with them, I donate them back out into the world….new & improved! :)

      Reply
  5. Bonnie
    July 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm (1 year ago)

    Love it!

    Reply
  6. Nonnie Simon
    July 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm (1 year ago)

    Sew sew cute!!! You are a magician or wizard or something! :)

    Reply
  7. Jessica Speedy
    July 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Oooh yay! I like! Def too much pattern and purple for a dress… love it and everything you do! You rock!

    Reply
  8. Tracey
    July 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Very cute. You are so clever. It would look great with shorts or a skirt too.

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  9. bonniemarie
    July 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm (1 year ago)

    I love how the neck turned out – super cute!! It’s great seeing these drab pieces getting new life!
    - Bonnie
    salvagedstyles.com

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  10. Amy Hoeh
    July 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Love it. Totally wish that I had your eye for upcycling. I’m trying to learn to sew. You’re a huge inspiration. Havta ask….are your feet purple in the last “after” pic? Or just strange lighting? :)

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    • ReFashionista
      July 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks! Tee her! Nope…just purple sandals!

      Reply
  11. Kay Soden
    July 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm (1 year ago)

    Can we vote? Cuz I really want to see that black and orange thingy. Love the top!

    Reply
  12. alicia
    July 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow! What an improvement!! :0)

    Reply
  13. Sara
    July 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Oooh yeah — totally works better as a top. First time commenting but I really look forward to your posts. And I am also located in SC – woot!

    Reply
  14. Michelle Z
    July 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm (1 year ago)

    I was also a little unsure of the print as a dress, but the top is freaking awesome, I love it!

    Reply
  15. Lydia
    July 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm (1 year ago)

    I love your work! And I agree, I want to see that orange/black piece! Or the blue one with the puffy sleeves right beside it! Your so creative!

    Reply
  16. dannyscotland
    July 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm (1 year ago)

    This turned out amazing! I love it! I have a question though, and maybe it’s one of those well duh questions, but anyway, after you pin stuff on your dressform, how do you get the items off without having to take out all the pins again? I have yet to figure this out on mine. Thanks!

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    • ReFashionista
      July 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm (1 year ago)

      I usually just unpin one side, then repin it using the measurements from the pinned side as a guide. It really doesn’t take that long. :)

      Reply
    • ReFashionista
      July 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm (1 year ago)

      Why not? ;)

      Reply
  17. Diane
    July 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Love this top – I agree it is much better than the dress! And yes, that DOES happen to me when refashioning – it’s fun to get “chop happy!”

    Reply
  18. aem2
    July 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Cute top, but what I really wanted to say is how much I love Real Genius. Completely underrated movie.

    Reply
  19. Erin
    July 2, 2013 at 11:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Is that a real, pet raccoon?!

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    • ReFashionista
      July 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm (1 year ago)

      Nononono! My friend has a few strange taxidermy pieces in his house.

      Reply
  20. Karen
    July 2, 2013 at 11:54 pm (1 year ago)

    It looks great, love it. I too wish I had your eye for redesigning clothes

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  21. Karlee
    July 3, 2013 at 12:38 am (1 year ago)

    That is so cute!

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  22. Boriana
    July 3, 2013 at 1:42 am (1 year ago)

    LOVE IT!!!! Great job again!!! On a side note: you have amazing shoe collection!!!

    Reply
  23. Jill
    July 3, 2013 at 2:14 am (1 year ago)

    I have to also ask…do you vision ahead or create as you go?????

    Reply
    • ReFashionista
      July 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm (1 year ago)

      A little of column A and a little of column B! :)

      Reply
  24. terri tucker
    July 3, 2013 at 7:51 am (1 year ago)

    Great job. I love this as a top,was definitely too busy for a dress.

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  25. Gina
    July 3, 2013 at 9:23 am (1 year ago)

    You are always the best dressed.

    Reply
  26. Donna Owens
    July 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Love the top. Especially the neck. The bottom of the dress might make some cute sleep pants?

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  27. kathrynthemezzo
    July 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I love it! Quick question for you: When you have an article of clothing you don’t know what you want to do with, do you wait for inspiration to come first or do you cut off what you know you don’t like and ballpark it from there?

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    • ReFashionista
      July 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you! I do sort of a combination of the two. For instance, I held onto this dress for months because I had no idea where I wanted to go with it. Then, one day the inspiration hit me. :)

      Reply
  28. Sarah W
    July 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm (1 year ago)

    Where did you guys get a raccoon? LOL that’s awesome if he’s a pet. how does one domesticate a raccoon? Also you are an inspiration!

    Reply
  29. heathert
    July 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm (1 year ago)

    Excellent refash. And Real Genius is one of my favorites too!

    Reply
  30. LauraLee
    July 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Very cute! And I must say, Real Genius is one of my all-time favorites, too. So many quotable lines! (Do you run? Only when chased. . .) :)

    Reply
  31. hcarton
    July 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve definitely learned from following your blog that even the most horrendously overwhelming pattern can look really fun when it’s slimmed down to a cute top!

    Reply
  32. Amanda
    July 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm (1 year ago)

    Ha!! Whenever I lay fabric out to cut, my dog thinks its her new bed and lays down right on top of it!
    I’ve been thinking some of my too-short dresses would be better as shirts, I’ll have to actually give this a try now :)

    Reply
  33. Jennifer
    July 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow-wee! I really like it as a top. The dress was blech, but I really like how it came out as a top – very sharp! Well done!

    Oh, BTW – DOUGLAS!!!!! AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

    Jennifer
    http://highlife.mymwalimu.org

    Reply
  34. Cody Doll (@catchingcodyk)
    July 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm (1 year ago)

    I think that works soooo much better. I really really like that dress as a top, even it’s neckline.

    Reply
  35. tippernicole92
    July 4, 2013 at 10:08 am (1 year ago)

    Hey ReFashionista! I love following your blog and seeing all of your creations! I HAD to mention you in a blog post… Great job on this project!

    Love, Tipper! (www.lovetipper.wordpress.com)

    Reply
    • ReFashionista
      July 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much! :)

      Reply
  36. Katy
    July 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm (1 year ago)

    why yes, a rogue dachshund does often make a home in the middle of my projects. <3

    Reply
  37. Jo H.
    July 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm (1 year ago)

    That looks very cute; will have to remember this about patterned materials (less is more).

    Reply
  38. Kelli
    July 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve followed your blog for.. I don’t know how long! I also live in South Carolina and I love sewing and refashioning! I’d LOVE to talk to you about a few things. If you have the time, could you e-mail me sometime?
    rebelrednecklove@gmail.com

    Reply
  39. Sunny
    July 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Love it….and if we’re voting…I’m still waiting to see what you do with the shiny electric blue on behind you!! :-)

    Reply
  40. Maria
    July 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I love your creative ideas. I noticed though that you do a lot of short sleeve or sleeveless tops and dresses. Do you ever do anything more for cold winters? Can you maybe show us ideas for sweaters or long sleeve dresses?

    Reply
    • ReFashionista
      July 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm (1 year ago)

      It doesn’t get very cold where I live, so I don’t get much of a chance to do cold weather stuff. But as it gets cooler, I’ll just do it anyways! :)

      Reply
  41. Jessica
    July 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm (1 year ago)

    Love it! Yes my dog is ALWAYS all over whatever project I’m doing. Love your dachshund! We have a beagle. Something about those little guys just makes your heart break open with love! Keep up the amazing work on your blog! It’s a go to for inspiration for me every week!

    Reply
  42. reazaroff
    July 9, 2013 at 1:59 am (1 year ago)

    So cute! But more importantly : impeccable taste in movies.

    Reply
  43. Amanda
    July 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm (1 year ago)

    I love your refashions so much! You inspired me to start chopping things in my closet to make my Bellydance costumes instead of spending a fortune on them.
    One question though…how, oh how do you get a straight seam when you are shortening a dress? I cut, and then cut some more and by the time I get it straight it’s a shirt! Help! Lol

    Reply
    • ReFashionista
      July 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm (1 year ago)

      All you’ve gotta do is fold the cut off part over AS you cut and use that part as a guide. Voila! :)

      Reply
      • Amanda
        July 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm (1 year ago)

        Sweet! Thanks!

        Reply

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