Hoppy to See You Top

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Hey!  Do you remember that time I refashioned this muumuu…

Remember me?

Remember me?

…into this no-sew dress?

You DO at least remember my lurker friend in the background, right?

You DO at least remember my lurker friend in the background, right?

If you don’t remember, it’s okay.  You can revisit it right here.  Although it was just last week, so you really should have a slightly better memory.  ;)

So…now what?  I told you I planned on a re-refashion of this one, and now you get to see it!

To get started, I picked off those sleeves with my seam ripper.

Pick...Pick...Pick...etc.

Pick…Pick…Pick…etc.

I couldn’t very well leave those raw edges as-is, so I pinned them under, then stitched ‘em up!

Pinned!

Pinned!

Stitchin'!

Stitchin’!

I knew I needed to resize this one, so on my dress form it went!

Heh...Seems alright.

Heh…Seems alright.

And THIS is when I did something stupid.  I pinned one side and guesstimated that the same amount would come off the other side by just gathering and holding the fabric, rather than pinning the opposite side as well.  My reason for this was that I didn’t want to have to take the time to unpin the opposite side to get the dress off my form and then repin it again.  Lazy. Lazy. Lazy!

I pinned both sides, assuming my dumb guesstimation was correct.

Hey buddy...doncha think you're taking in a bit much there?

Hey buddy…doncha think you’re taking in a bit much there?

Then, I stitched up both sides like a total moron. :/

Gee, Jillian.  Does that really look right to you?

Gee, Jillian. Does that really look right to you?

After cutting off the excess material, I tried my dress on.  And it wouldn’t even fit over my hips!  And all because I didn’t measure properly.  :(  Lesson learned!

Undaunted, I decided to just make this dress a top instead!

LOL...What was I thinking?

LOL…What was I thinking?

I added a hem to that bottom edge…

The final Whirrrrr!

The final Whirrrrr!

After a quick press, I was all done!  :)

It's not a dress, but tops are okay too!

It’s not a dress, but tops are okay too!

My mistake ended up working in my favor, as I ended up spending my day at a friend’s hop farm in the middle of nowhere!

Just follow the dirt road...

Just follow the dirt road…

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Partners in crime!

Partners in crime!

Oh deer.

Oh deer.

Before this trip, I had no idea how hops actually grew…BEHOLD!  :)

HOPS!

HOPS!

Lots 'n lots of hops!

Lots ‘n lots of hops!

Up close & personal!

Up close & personal!

I even helped out by picking a few!

It's dangerous work, folks!

It’s dangerous work, folks!

My lovely lady hops...Check 'em out!

My lovely lady hops…Check ‘em out!

Of course, I wasn’t alone in my hop harvesting adventure!  :)

Happy Hop Harvesters!

Happy Hop Harvesters!

A lovely day for a picnic!

A lovely day for a picnic!  :)

So…what did we DO with all of those hops?

Why…we made beer!  :D

This is a beer making thing!

This is a beer making thing!

Brew, baby, brew!

Brew, baby, brew!

The hops are in that white pipe thingy!

The hops are in that white pipe thingy!

As the sky darkened, it was time to head home…

Ah!  Just another evening on the farm!

Ah! Just another evening on the farm!

Such a lovely farm!

Such a lovely farm!

So far I’ve managed to get two refashions out of this $1 muumuu!  I wonder what I can make with that bottom scrap?  :)

Cheers!

ba8613

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Don't you want me baby?  Don't you want me Oh-oh-oh-oh!

Don’t you want me baby?  Don’t you want me Oh-oh-oh-oh!  ;)

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45 Comments on Hoppy to See You Top

  1. Nana Diana
    August 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm (12 months ago)

    Great top and a fun day. I hate guesstimates- I have had way too many errors doing that- I always think I am smaller than I am….duh. Hope the beer was good! xo Diana

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    • ReFashionista
      August 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks! I don’t know WHY it didn’t look as obviously too-small as it was while I was working on it! Ugh!

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  2. Ann-Marie
    August 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm (12 months ago)

    Lovely Lady Hops! You crack me up. Great Refash!

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  3. sagegrayson
    August 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm (12 months ago)

    This is exactly why I want to start my refashioning adventure with thrift store finds instead of items I paid full price for. Then I can mess up as much as I want without worry! Your top still looks lovely. :)

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  4. Erin
    August 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm (12 months ago)

    Insane! We are about to embark on a hops harvesting adventure tomorrow! Your post made me even MORE excited!

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    • ReFashionista
      August 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm (12 months ago)

      It’s so much fun! I hope the hop farm you’re visiting is just as lovely as the one I was lucky enough to spend time on! :)

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  5. Sarah P.
    August 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm (12 months ago)

    I like the tank top, I would make it longer, but you have a perfectly small frame for a shirt like that! I can’t wait to see if I might win the sewing machine! I am following you and sharing the giveaway, so I really hope I can get it!! Again love the top!

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    • ReFashionista
      August 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm (12 months ago)

      Hehe. If I could have made it longer, I would have. My hips just weren’t as narrow as I apparently thought! :)

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  6. Lori
    August 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm (12 months ago)

    That is precisely what I had in mind when you asked us for our thoughts after the no sew part of the refash! I love it!

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  7. Pauline
    August 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm (12 months ago)

    Your hairdo is gorgeous, just as the top!
    greetings from Paris

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    • ReFashionista
      August 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm (12 months ago)

      Thank you! It’s much cooler for summer! Ah! So jealous of your location right now! :)

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  8. bridwella
    August 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm (12 months ago)

    Love it!!!

    Your refashions are an inspiration!

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    • ReFashionista
      August 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm (12 months ago)

      Thank you! I clicked on your link, and your blog doesn’t have anything on it yet. C’mon. Share something! :)

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  9. Christine Miller
    August 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm (12 months ago)

    Great rework of an oops work! Looks like you had a great day out in the hops field …that could have been because of the beer …or the company … or both ;c)

    Just a quick thought … you might want to take out the side seams of the too tight skirt and add panels from the material left over from the cutdown sides to make a cute little flippy A-line skirt. You could even add triangles from the salvaged sleeve material to make the hem even more flippy and full. Pair it with the matching top and …well, maybe a leather belt to keep it being totally girly-girl …or go with ribbon, and be totally girly-girl. (Hey, why not ;c) If you tossed a super light shrug on top of it … you could even wear it to work.

    With such light material, it would be nice and cool and perfect for dancin’ …of course that would mean that your friendly corset lacer and photo lurker would have to take you out and twirl you around the dance floor.

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  10. Jennifer Willard
    August 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm (12 months ago)

    2 shirts. 1 Muumuu.

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  11. Chica Andaluza
    August 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm (12 months ago)

    Both gorgeous – and it looks like a wonderful day you had too :)

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    • ReFashionista
      August 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks! Any Hop recipes you’d recommend? :)

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      • Chica Andaluza
        August 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm (12 months ago)

        Ooh – will have a think and let you know. Love a challenge!

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  12. Judy
    August 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm (12 months ago)

    I guess it just wanted to be a top. Cute haircut btw….I never did see the results of the haircut post!

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  13. Elisse
    August 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm (12 months ago)

    I get lazy sometimes too, so I can understand :) Now you know that next time you should always take the time to measure & pin :p Oh and: I think the top turned out really nice!

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  14. cathynd95
    August 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm (12 months ago)

    Good job with the improvision in making the top!

    And now, take the bottom of the dress, add a zipper, use those sleeves you took off to make a waistband (or maybe use them to make a lining for the waistline) and there you have it – a new skirt!!

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  15. amy catherine
    August 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm (12 months ago)

    I love that neckline!
    Can’t tell you how many times I’ve “trusted” my guesstimations and have been so off that I just scrapped the whole project.
    I just finished a refashion this morning also and I love looking at others for inspiration.

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  16. MrsAlwaysForever
    August 6, 2013 at 7:41 pm (12 months ago)

    Seems like a happy accident! Cute top.

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  17. annikins
    August 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm (12 months ago)

    love your new hair do.

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  18. Juliana
    August 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm (12 months ago)

    I love this one! And I love your hair too!

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  19. Jo H.
    August 7, 2013 at 12:38 am (12 months ago)

    It’s strangely encouraging to see that not everything you refashion turns out perfect. It will make me more forgiving of myself the next time I have a problem.

    I really like how that neckline turned out.

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  20. Alicia Wallace
    August 7, 2013 at 1:58 am (12 months ago)

    you should make an infinity scarf with the bottom part if it’s wide enough!

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  21. johanna@projects by me
    August 7, 2013 at 2:38 am (12 months ago)

    The top looks really cute and your hair is gorgeous! The bangs really suit you.

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  22. Lisa
    August 7, 2013 at 6:19 am (12 months ago)

    Threadbanger made a tube top from a tshirt a little bit ago that I think could work for your scrap, you should check it out, then you’ll have 2 tops!!! =)

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  23. Flo
    August 7, 2013 at 7:52 am (12 months ago)

    A nice mistake, I think it makes a great tank. As for the extra piece–how about a coordinating bag???

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  24. Hil
    August 7, 2013 at 8:55 am (12 months ago)

    Where was this amazing hop farm?

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  25. Kat
    August 7, 2013 at 8:58 am (12 months ago)

    “oh deer” haha made my day.

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  26. sewcookgardenrepeat
    August 7, 2013 at 9:17 am (12 months ago)

    In Germany those hops farms are all over the countryside. It really is quite a sight to see. Cute top. Perhaps some sort of infinity scarf might be in the works using the leftovers?

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  27. Nina
    August 7, 2013 at 10:16 am (12 months ago)

    I love seeing what you do… so inspirational! And I’m in LOVE with these sandals!

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  28. Doris
    August 7, 2013 at 11:28 am (12 months ago)

    I love the top, and love, love, love your blog!
    I would also love to see what you do with the bottom piece. As someone who is, ahem, closer in size to the national average, my problem usually is not that a piece is too large, but too small. I’d love some ideas for taking a smaller piece and refashioning it to fit a larger body. Thanks!

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  29. Jane of all trades
    August 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm (12 months ago)

    Hey I love your blog! You have rekindled the romance between me and my sewing machine. I wanted to give you a tip I recently figured out. if you want to sew from scratch look through the bed sheets at the thrift shops, top or flat sheets are usually in great condition and are a steal at $1-$4 depending on size and if its a half off day. I found a blue and white gingham twin sheet for $1 this week. I plan on making a Dorothy costume with it.

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  30. Mariann McMahon
    August 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm (12 months ago)

    I love your talent….what inspiration……onto the thrift store

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  31. Jamie
    August 9, 2013 at 8:54 am (12 months ago)

    You are so inspiring! I am only just now re-learning how to sew, and your step by step photos are very helpful! Thanks!

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  32. diaryofamadmama
    August 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm (12 months ago)

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who makes that mistake! (I’ve made that mistake quite a lot too! You’d think I’d learn from my mistakes! I like to think I’m thinner than I am apparently!)
    It worked out in your favor because it’s a very flattering top on you and you still have enough material leftover for a future refashion, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
    ~Jen
    http://diaryofamadmama.wordpress.com

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  33. ruthsgleanings
    August 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm (12 months ago)

    So glad to see that muumuu revisited! Here’s my vote for your bottom scrap: turn it into a slouchy summer/fall purse!

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