Into the Awkward!

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Today I woke up feeling really really off and awkward.  It was a weird day.  Then it became a sad day when I was reminded that this would be my friend Jonny’s birthday if he were still here.  And writing an article entitled “Hey Ladies.  This is Why You’re Still Single.” (I’m working on it, Alan.  I’m working on it.  You’ll get it today, I swear.) was a little tough to stomach when I’m so very clearly not an expert here.  :/

It was time to take on the type of awkwardness I’m actually good at dealing with.  The kind of awkward I can totally handle.  The awkward I can fix.  The awkward I kind of love.

I'm an awkward moment that somehow gained sentience.

I’m an awkward moment that somehow gained sentience.



You’re looking at a handmade polyester dress that looks red to me, but is apparently actually orange?  You tell me.

Anywho…It’s awkward.  It doesn’t fit, and then there was this awkward bib thing that I didn’t quite understand:

Modesty bib?  What?

Modesty bib? What?

The bib snapped out, so that was an easy fix, but I still needed to take on the fit (or rather lack thereof) of the dress.

First I pinned…



…then I stitched!



I decided I wasn’t in the mood for a dress at the last minute, so I chopped off the bottom part.


Check out my feet awkwardly hanging out…

I added a new hem to my new and rapidly-fraying raw edge…

Just a lil hem.

Just a lil hem.

After a quick press, my new top was ready to hang out with some lovely friends!

My new top also loves wings!

My new top also loves wings!




<3 The Fosters!


Lovely Ladies! :)


Lovely Raspberry Beer!

Lovely friends!

Lovely friends!

Lovely Kitteh!

Lovely Kitteh!

A lovely gathering!

A lovely gathering!

Awkward Cat Moment.

Awkward Cat Moment.

It's okay Wolfie.  We can be awkward together!  :)

It’s okay Wolfie. We can be awkward together! :)





  1. another great job! Looks good! you have inspired me to check out the Goodwill for my girls. One needed 2 “professional” outfits for school projects (8th grade). I knew the clothes would not be worn more than that, so off to the Goodwill for a couple of blazers and skirts. Found some that went together, re-sized the skirts and cut off the length and daughter looked like a million bucks! Thanks for your inspiration.

  2. I love that you seem to have so much fun making and wearing your creations! Makes me smile :)

  3. Very cool top and LOVE those boots. Lol! I read back through many of your older blog posts and am inspired not only by your creations but how much you share/give of yourself to the blog. I think many of us can relate to the ups and downs of life and it helps to see that you can get through them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! And yep…although I don’t do it very frequently. :) I’ll add a link or two here later. :)

    • Thank you! :) I actually HAVE thought about writing a book, and a good friend of mine once told me, “If you feel like you have a book in you, you owe it to yourself to get it out.”. I’ve thought about doing a how-to book , but I’d like to do a memoir as well.

  4. Hahahaha “Less awkward” I think it would strangely look cute as a skirt and top set, like one of those high waisted pencil skirts with a crop top that has suddenly become trendy? But I like it as is too. :)

      • Must be hard. I tip my hat to you for being adult about the situation and attempting to keep the friend-base as unawkward as possible.

      • Now THAT’S awkward…and uncomfortable….and stressful. Glad you looked hot in your new ORANGE top for the occasion!Bless you for taking on that personal challenge…..

        • Gah! Why can’t I tell these colors apart? WHY?!?!

          It’s not nearly as bad as it could be. Dan and I were friends for years before we ever started dating. I think that makes it easier.

      • UGH. Best of luck navigating that terrain. Probably one of the hardest parts of a break up is finding a way to be around each other in a mutual friend group so that they don’t start inviting only one of you to things bc of incivility. It’s been over 6 years (and I’m 5 years into a relationship that is now a 3 year marriage) and I still hate having to deal w/ my last ex in those situations. Hopefully you guys are better off than my ex and I were.

  5. Love the refashion. I also love getting your posts, definitely get your book “out” and glad to see you and Dan are friends.

  6. First time poster, long time lover of your site! Thanks for making refashioning so fun… and thanks for the South Park “kitteh” reference. Made me laugh out loud. :)

  7. I was thinking maybe you could use the bottom half and make a cute crop top dress sort of thing – very “in” and would be so cute on you!

  8. One additional comment….I just now went and watched your Mob Dance for Jonny, watched it to the end, and yes I did see your friend. He must have been a beautiful person and friend. I hope you had a piece of cake for him today. If not, it’s not too late!!! Blessings….

  9. OK…..One MORE additional comment! I’m sitting here by myself, laughing at some of your “before” pictures (you’re just too cute), and thinking……Sometime you ought to show up at one of your friend gatherings in a “before” and just announce that it’s been a hectic day. Maybe even wear a sign that says BEFORE. Well, I thought it was funny….

  10. Totally a lurker. You’ve inspired me to resurrect my sewing/costume skills from days gone by. Made a dress from a skirt, etc. thank you!
    Also, love this top with those boots!

  11. My mom and I made a very similar dress, that had an off-center button-up back, in a very -trendy -for -1984 aqua poly-cotton. Yeah I’m old-and you make me want to get out my machine!!

  12. If you turn the skirt into a pencil and wear it with the crop top showing a bit of tummy it would be oh so sexy. Especially with a light blue strappy heel (if the color is reddish orange).

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