Midnight at the Mountain Oasis: A Dress to Top ReFashion!

A Trace & Stitch Dress!
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Don’t you just love when you make plans months ahead for something really exciting?  There’s always something to look forward to on the distant horizon!  Well, Dan bought tickets for the Mountain Oasis music festival in Asheville the first day they went on sale.  I loooove Asheville and I’m fond of electronic music, so I’d been eagerly awaiting the trip!

The first day of the festival finally arrived, but I didn’t have anything to wear for the chilly temps of the mountains!  This is where all of you “Why don’t you make something with sleeves???” people can say, “Toldja so!”.  :)

Luckily, I did have this long-sleeved number:

Wait...Did Douglas get bigger?
Wait…Did Douglas get bigger?

Wait a second!  Is that Douglas down there?  Nope!  I’m fostering a sweet little Dachshund named Bandit!  He’s a rescue from a high-kill shelter here in SC.  You can read more about my adventures in first-time fostering in my MidlandsLife column.  :)  He’s happy and safe with me and Douglas now, and will hopefully have wonderful forever home soon!  :)

Back to that dress!  The color is awesome, but it’s super-dated.  :/

Oh…and there were these:

Teeny Tiny Pads!
Teeny Tiny Pads!

This dress is also lined, which I usually don’t like, but in this case that extra layer was going to help keep me warm.

I wasn’t in the mood for a dress, so I chopped off the bottom to make myself a new top!

OooooOOOOoooh...the haunted dress is cutting itself!  OoooooOOOOoooh!
OooooOOOOoooh…the haunted dress is cutting itself! OoooooOOOOoooh!

This left me with two raw edges to deal with – the outer layer and the lining.  I needed to hem them separately.  I started with the lining.  When adding this hem, I made sure to make the rolled edge face the outside, so only the smooth part would be against my skin.  I also hemmed it about 1″ more than I planned on hemming the outer layer so it wouldn’t stick out.

Big ol' hem!
Big ol’ hem!

After this was stitched down, I added a smaller hem to the outer layer, keeping that rolled edge out of view!

You take the high road, and I'll take the low road!
You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road!

After pressing down my new hems, my top was ready to take in some awesome sounds!

Comfy & Warm at our AirBnB abode!
Comfy & Warm at our AirBnB abode!
Look, Ma!  SLEEVES!  :)
Look, Ma! SLEEVES! :)

Sadly, temps dropped into the lower 30s…making bundling up highly necessary.

These guys seem nice enough...
These guys seem nice enough…
Gotta keep warm in the light defraction tunnel!
Gotta keep warm in the light refraction tunnel!
I dunno...these ladies seem warm enough...
I dunno…these ladies seem warm enough…

Luckily, I was able to de-layer a bit when we got inside!  :)

Checking out the sweet sounds and amazing sights of Purity Ring!
Checking out the sweet sounds and amazing sights of Purity Ring!



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20 thoughts on “Midnight at the Mountain Oasis: A Dress to Top ReFashion!

  1. I LOVE that you had the heart to take on a foster dog, poor Bandit. That says a lot to me about the type of person you are and learning about your charitable ways causes me to respect and like you that much more. So few people are willing to give their time. KUDOS to Jillian! YOU ROCK! Oh yea, the re-fashion was cute as well!

  2. Jillian, I am SO HAPPY you are fostering!! I have been fostering dogs for the last 4 years and I will always leave room in my home for a foster to stay with us. It is the most amazing feeling when they find a good home and they have you to thank! All the fosters I have had have been so grateful to be in my home it seems like. I swear they know you are rescuing them! I have been trying to convince more of my friends to do the fostering but many of them have crazy lives and don’t feel they can take on the responsibility. I am so happpy you decided to take this on! ECSTATIC! yay!!

  3. Your journey into sleeves is a success! I love love love the outcome…and how a simple cut made all the difference. Inspirational………….time to follow your lead!

  4. I have a dress just like that and it was my very first dress to wear to a cousin’s wedding as an adult, so i kept it for years not knowing what to do with it,, now i know!!

  5. Long sleeves, oh yes… now that time has begun again… And a very good (and simple!) job you did with this dress!
    And I have to tell you: That little shelf is fascinating. First that creature on top, and then a closer look to the writing on the actual shelf! Such little details make things special, in my opinion.
    Have a nice November!

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