Spa Day Dress

A Totally Tubular Dress
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I’m about to go on a most strange and interesting camping trip (Mystery is exciting!)!  In preparation for traipsing about the woods in sandals, I decided to get a pedicure!

Before I hopped off to the spa, I needed something cute to wear.  I went with this stripey polyester number!

Ties galore!

Ties galore!

It’s hot outside and I’m lazy, so this is going to be another no-sew (don’t worry…I have some actual sewing in store later this week!).  I pulled my arms through the neck hole of the dress.  Then, I tucked the sleeves inside and pinned them together right under my boobal region.

Yes, "boobal" is a proper medical term.

Yes, “boobal” is a proper medical term.

I grabbed the neck tie thingies…



…and tied them around the back of my neck to make a halter!  After tying the original sash around my waist, I was prepared to be pampered!

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

The back turned out alright, too!  I just tucked in the part that wouldn’t zip up.

Not too shabs!

Not too shabs!

I love this color, and this is definitely one of my favorite no-sews to date!



BUT THEN on my way out the door for my pedi, I ended up getting an unexpected mud bath!  :(

Douglas mocks my clumsiness.  :/

Douglas mocks my clumsiness. :/

I washed off the mud (It’s good for the skin, right?), and proceeded to get a more conventional spa treatment!  :)

Painted toenails aren't just for women.  ;)

Painted toenails aren’t just for women, you know! ;)

I even got to catch up on my reading!



All in all, twas a fun day.  :)

Just be mindful of the mud, y'all.

Just be mindful of the mud, y’all!



A Totally Tubular Dress
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31 Comments on Spa Day Dress

  1. SarahK
    July 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE IT! But eeek! it’s see-through (first pic)!!

    • ReFashionista
      July 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm (2 years ago)

      OH MY GOD IT IS!!!!! Eeeek indeed! I’ll try to edit it later. I guess it’s not toooooo terrible, as I’m not showing anything that wouldn’t show in my bathing suit…but eep!

        • Support
          July 17, 2013 at 9:52 am (2 years ago)

          Yup. Glad it wasn’t laundry day….or this would suddenly be a verrrrry different kind of blog!

  2. Cara
    July 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the print on that, really cute. And I never would have thought to reshape it like that and use a safety pin. Resourceful.

    Also, the puppy is ridiculously adorable.

  3. Becky
    July 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I love it. How I wish I were skinny.

  4. KT
    July 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Love so many things about this!

    Firstly, the refash is wonderful.
    Secondly, Douglas is adorable.
    And thirdly, pedicures and camping are both awesome – have fun!

  5. lisao
    July 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this dress…whats would look awesome is cut it from the right knee down in a V shape to the left hem, then cut off the opposite sleeve….. Would look great on you, as everything does…..keep up the amazing work, you always have me checking to see what you do next…

  6. Lily
    July 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm (2 years ago)

    You’re adorable!! Sometimes your head is tilted funny when you smile… LOVED your smile in the “final-product” picture today. Good angle!! Great no-sew too. Excellent job.

  7. Daniela
    July 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it! Defo one of your best no sew re-fashions. Such a brilliant idea too!
    Had too laugh when I saw the picture with Douglas! My dogs do that on a regular basis too me. Happened more than once that I had to change my office clothes just before leaving for work because the dogs made me all muddy when I brought them out into the yard (They spend their days there.)

  8. 2Momma2
    July 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm (2 years ago)

    That is a fantastic no-sew!!! It looks amazing – you’d never guess!


  9. jess hogue
    July 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm (2 years ago)

    i think this one is my favorite no-sew refash to-date. You look soooo adorable. and maybe it is my screen, but i couldn’t see the see-throughness.

  10. Kirstieh
    July 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s too gorgeous, you’re a no sew genius Jillian!!!

  11. diana
    July 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Absolutely adorable, love the no sews. Youre so smart.

  12. Jo H.
    July 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Very creative with the ties and v-neck – how do you see the potential for things like that?! Looks great. And Douglas is still cute. And helpful. :)

  13. mur
    July 17, 2013 at 1:59 am (2 years ago)

    Super cute no sew! I really want to know what Tori Spelling lied about!

  14. Myrna Fanney
    July 17, 2013 at 7:16 am (2 years ago)

    You continue to amaze me! Love it! :)

  15. Carlee
    July 17, 2013 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

    V. cute! As always. :)

  16. Tegan
    July 17, 2013 at 10:21 am (2 years ago)

    One of my fave things is how you always have your hair and make up done in the after pics! It goes to show that clothes don’t make the women and you do need to put a little more effort into looking presentable most of the times. (I say this as I’m wearing jeans, sperry’s, and a headband-ed pony tail at work… :-P )

  17. Shannon
    July 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Boobal region might just be the best new sewing phrase ever!

  18. Teresa Clow
    July 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm (2 years ago)

    This is one of my favorites too!

  19. Anna
    July 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Your clothing origami never ceases to amaze me! I’d just look like I had pinned shit together and my outfit was in danger of falling off. You look adorable! Great job.

  20. Rachel
    July 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm (2 years ago)

    1,000,000 Awesome Points for boobal region! That made my evening!

  21. Gina
    July 18, 2013 at 12:12 am (2 years ago)

    I would have never guessed this dress started out as a hideous polyester 70’s housedress. You made it so cute and current! Super job!

  22. lialou
    July 18, 2013 at 10:32 am (2 years ago)

    Yep, really cute no sew — but I have to agree with Anna though, It’d look like I pinned stuff together if I tried it — the making of a Hot mess for me! But you? You always surprise me with the cutest refashions! I’m so impressed! and Douglas is ADORABLE!

  23. Doris
    July 22, 2013 at 4:25 am (2 years ago)

    Very clever! Very chic!

    I have to ask – how did you stop the zipper from creeping open in the back – another safety pin?

    • ReFashionista
      July 22, 2013 at 8:44 am (2 years ago)

      It actually just stayed right there just fine. No pin needed!

  24. Elizabeth
    July 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

    i love this dress


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