A Totally Tubular Dress

A ReFashionista Transformed?
Spa Day Dress

Ah!  Whatever was I to wear for just another typical weeknight of music with friends?

Why this, of course:

It’s hot here, folks!  There’s no way I can wear this sweater dress as-is…even if I wanted to!

Let the choppage begin!

Chop without mercy!

Chop without mercy!

I look forward to working with that top part this fall, but for now, I’m going to concentrate on the bottom!

I put that bottom part on my dress form, like ya do, and measured how much I would need to take this dress in on one side.

Measure for Measure!

Measure for Measure!


PIn, then sew!

PIn, then sew!

Once my new dress was all taken in, I still needed to deal with that raw edge on the top!  And deal with it I did!





I left a small section unsewn so I could work some elastic through my new casing.  To do this, I used a safety pin!  All you have to do is thread it through!

Just a lil ol' pin!

Just a lil ol’ pin!

After a bit of accessorizing, I was all set!

Like the new 'do?  :)

Like the new ‘do? :)

My new dress really enjoyed some tasty noms by Joe Turkaly!

His Mac 'n Cheese is epic!  :)

His Mac ‘n Cheese is epic! :)

The music was pretty amazeballs too!

Which one wins?  Dan's shirt or my hair?

Which one wins? Dan’s shirt or my hair?

From my days with Andy Warhol's Factory!  ;)

From my days with Andy Warhol’s Factory! ;)



A ReFashionista Transformed?
Spa Day Dress

60 Comments on A Totally Tubular Dress

  1. sagegrayson
    July 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it! You look like a stylish Rainbow Dash cosplay. :)

  2. ali
    July 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I had look twice to even see that it was YOU! Wow – the hair is crazy but I LOVE it too – a wig I presume? You look fabulous though – such a hot chick and a nice job on the dress too!

  3. Bri
    July 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm (2 years ago)

    you look amazing! nice job.

  4. Pati
    July 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE this refashion!!! I’m working on losing my excess weight so I can wear something like this again!!! Thanks for your inspirations!!!

  5. TaraLee
    July 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the dress, but the very cool hair steals the show!

  6. Willow
    July 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Oddly enough, that hair looked amazing on you lol

  7. Holli
    July 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Great dress and so cute on you. The wig rocks!

  8. buttonsandbirdcages
    July 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Amazing as always! I’ve never used elastic in any of my projects but that safety pin trick will probably really com in handy if I ever do!

  9. sgsy
    July 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the new ‘do’ – it matches everything!

  10. Bethany B,
    July 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Cute! (I can’t help but imagine that if Rainbow Dash was a Refashionista, she would look something like this.)

  11. Rita Karns
    July 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow this is great! and the hair is amazing! i wish i could wear something like this! keep up the great work!

  12. Lauren angelfairydust Duffy
    July 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Haha amazeballs I love that word!!
    The dress looks fab on you! I think you look ace with that wig on too! Maybe you should put some real streaks in your hair? You’d look really cool and I think it would really suit you? Like a blue or something in with the black.

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    Amazeballs haha you make me chuckle :)

  13. Joy in London UK
    July 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Fab hun! Love it!!

  14. amy
    July 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    oh em geeeeeee!!!! I have gone through your entire 2 years and I just realized this is the last day (today)!!! :(

    • ReFashionista
      July 22, 2013 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

      Don’t Panic! There will be more! :)

  15. Wendy
    July 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the wig!! Super cute!

  16. Angela
    July 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this and love the hair! You could really pull off that red! Thank you for your inspiration, love your blog and check it religiously every day :)

  17. mari
    July 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm (2 years ago)


  18. Ana
    July 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the tube dress & especially the hair. That style bob really frames your face nicely. Another great refashion

  19. Yasmin Allen
    July 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the dress, love the hair!

  20. Jenn
    July 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Your hair totally wins!

  21. Jo H.
    July 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    The black dress you linked to, under the first picture, was my all-time favourite of your refashions … this one is cute, too, especially with the hair :)

  22. Tiffany Wilson
    July 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the dress and your hair! You’re so talented, inspiring, and amazing at what you do. Keep it up!

  23. smithtabby
    July 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Cute! Cute! Cute!

  24. Alli
    July 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm (2 years ago)

    L.O.V.E. the hair!

  25. Carlee
    July 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm (2 years ago)

    PLEASE tell me that is NOT a wig!!! I love the colour and it looks SO GOOD with that dress! Straight out of the sixties! Jillian, you’re frickin awesome.

    • ReFashionista
      July 22, 2013 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

      I’m so so so so so sorry to break it to you that yes, it is indeed a wig. :( Sadness.

  26. Gina
    July 19, 2013 at 12:01 am (2 years ago)

    Wow I can actually do that. Thanks…..

  27. Jo
    July 19, 2013 at 4:15 am (2 years ago)

    You rock that wig!

  28. Eileen Santana
    July 19, 2013 at 4:40 am (2 years ago)

    Totally digging the hair! Wish I was that brave!

  29. mur
    July 19, 2013 at 5:14 am (2 years ago)

    Could you be any cuter? That wig is fab!

  30. Ab'yz
    July 19, 2013 at 8:22 am (2 years ago)

    Love it! and love your final look as well…by far your hair beats Dan’s shirt…so sorry Dan!! :)

  31. geminisinger
    July 19, 2013 at 9:37 am (2 years ago)

    LOVE your refashion designs….I always look forward to reading about your projects.

  32. charityshopchic
    July 19, 2013 at 10:01 am (2 years ago)

    Lovely! Much more suitable for hot weather. It’s baking here at the moment so I’m starting to appreciate what you are usually dealing with :) love the wig too ;-)

  33. Juliana
    July 19, 2013 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

    You look absolutely amazing!! Love what you did to this dress :)

  34. Kathleen S.
    July 19, 2013 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    Just recently started following your posts. Your refashions are beyond impressive, wish I had your talent. This dress is super cute, and love love love the hair. Oh and I have a brown/tan Doxie, I’m so in love with them.

  35. sarahhhhhhh
    July 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it!!! And the wig looks adorable with it :3

  36. Bobby
    July 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I totally love your creations and sense of humor, you seem such a fun and smart gal!

  37. Lotte
    July 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm (2 years ago)

    The wig is awesome! And your dress is very pretty. You infected me with the refashion-fever by the way.

    • ReFashionista
      July 22, 2013 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

      …and I don’t believe in refashion vaccinations! ;)

  38. Danielle
    July 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm (2 years ago)

    woah! crazy hair!! I love it! and the dress as well. Its so easy to dress up or dress down and I love the shade of purple.

  39. Monica
    July 20, 2013 at 12:21 am (2 years ago)

    I love your refashions, but almost all of them are sleeveless or strapless and I don’t wear sleeveless or strapless clothes. I would love to see some refashions that you leave the sleeves on.

    • ReFashionista
      July 22, 2013 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

      I usually do go sleeveless or strapless in summer, because it gets sooooo very hot here (and my car doesn’t have A/C…yipes!). If you look through the archives and go to fall/winter months, you see more refashions with sleeves. :)

  40. galfromaway
    July 20, 2013 at 8:04 am (2 years ago)

    Where did you get that fantastic hair??!! :)

  41. Gina
    July 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    You make me want to run out and buy a few of those dated sweater dresses.

  42. chong123
    July 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m reminded of rainbow brite :P Nice!

  43. Rachael
    July 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the dress and the wig! Where did you find the wig?

    • ReFashionista
      July 22, 2013 at 8:56 am (2 years ago)

      I ordered the wig from Amazon. I love it! :)

  44. Hanna
    July 21, 2013 at 4:53 am (2 years ago)

    You seem to have such great friends and end up in the most fun parties! =D

    • ReFashionista
      July 22, 2013 at 8:56 am (2 years ago)

      I must agree with you on that one! ;)

  45. Melissa
    July 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm (2 years ago)

    A simple but glorious transformation! Love the accessories you chose.

  46. Starry A
    July 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm (2 years ago)

    A lovely refashion! I would have been tempted to make a little blue/purple dress to match the little black dress from the earlier post, but this is much more fun.

    You inspired me to make a blog of my own clothes alterations! It is http://andhavingwritmoveson.blogspot.fr/

  47. Kristen
    July 23, 2013 at 2:23 am (2 years ago)

    I LOVE that wig! Who the heck is Rainbow Dash? I saw it and thought, Rainbow Brite! Beautiful refash, as always…I’ve been lurking for a few months, and I’m getting the hanker to submit a reader refash…Stay tuned! :) Also, thanks for the AWESOME blog.

    • ElleG
      July 24, 2013 at 7:39 am (2 years ago)

      I think Rainbow Dash is a My Little Pony character….the only reason I know is b/c of my 4 y.o. daughter…or so I tell people!

  48. ElleG
    July 24, 2013 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

    Totally HOT!…and I’m not talking about the weather ;)


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