July 10th 2013 archive

Wannabe Wednesday: Fractured Floral Edition

When I saw this dress by Juicy Couture, I was in love!

That'll be $139 of love.

That’ll be $139 of love.

As you can probably guess, this story doesn’t end with me clicking on “add to cart” and waiting for it to arrive in the mail.  Oh no, friend.  I haven’t spent $139 on a dress in years, and I’m not about to start now!

Luckily, I had this dress I found for $1 with some ganked-up interfacing coming out everywhere!  :)

I'm a lucky gal.  I promise.

I’m a lucky gal. I promise.

It’s patterned and blue!  And it’s about to have much more in common with that inspiration dress!  :)

To get started, I hacked off the collar and shortened the sleeves.

Hackity Hack.

Hackity Hack.

Now.  I knew I would need to take this dress in, but I also needed to get the shape of the top of the dress looking something like the end result before I did so (make sense?).  Soooo…I made a couple of cuts!

Deconstruction in progress!

Deconstruction in progress!

I pinned it on my dress form and used safety pins to make a v-neck and pinned the shoulders together.

Okay...now we're getting the basic idear.

Okay…now we’re getting the basic idear.

NOW I’m ready to start reshaping!  I put the dress on my form inside-out and took the sides in, trying not to make the top too fitted.  I wanted it to be a little free like the Juicy version.  :)

Coming right along!

Coming right along!

Each side went under the needle…

Whirrrr!

Whirrrr!

I snipped off the excess fabric and put my dress back on the form.  It was time to get the neckline/sleeves pinned and prepped for sewing!

See?

See?

I stitched all these raw edges down for the front and the back!

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Beautimous!

I’m so close to being done here, folks!  I stitched the bottom parts of the sleeve slits together…

So close to being done!

So close to being done!

…then I made a couple of straps from the leftover scraps!

Step 1: Snip!

Snip & Pin!

Stitch it down!

Stitch it down!

Add a pin!

Add a pin!

Use the pin to turn the tube inside-out!  :)

Use the pin to turn the tube inside-out! :)

I pinned my new straps to the shoulders of my dress and stitched them down.

Check it out!

Check it out!

With my straps in place, I could finally tell just how much of that bottom hem to hack off!

Douglas is my muse.

Douglas is my muse.

And now I have my own Jilly Couture Fractured & Not Quite Floral Dress!  :)  I used the hemmed bottom scrap to cinch the waist a bit (although it really wasn’t necessary).  :)

The world loves wannabes!

The world loves wannabes!

 

A couture copycat!

A couture copycat! 

I like palmetto trees.  So sue me.

I like palmetto trees. So sue me.

My new dress enjoyed drinks with friends, followed by Much Ado About Nothing!

Watch this film.  You'll be glad you did!  :)

Watch this film. You’ll be glad you did! :)

Don’t you want to watch the trailer of this fantastic adaptation?  :)

Much Ado About Drinking!

Much Ado About Drinking!

Much Ado about Dan's cat shirt!

Much Ado about Dan’s cat shirt!

Much Ado about Daniel's hurt hand!  :(

Much Ado about Daniel’s hurt hand! :(

Original Cost:  $136

Copycat Cost: $1

Savings: $135

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Cheers!