Wannabe Wednesday: Ressica Edition

A No-Sew Sweater for Douglas!
Send in the Clowns Vol. 2

Hello!  As you can see there are some big changes happening here at ReFashionista!  I have a few more tweaks to make to the new site, so just bear with me for a few more days, okay?  :)

But in the meantime, Let’s get to Wannabe Wednesday, shall we?

I was inspired by the Ressica Tunic from Anthropologie.

That'll be $78.
That’ll be $78.


Little Miss Blonde & Limbsome’s top is all sorts of Boho awesomeness, but could I make a similar top from this $1 thrifted dress?

Seems unlikely, eh?
Seems unlikely, eh?


To get started, I removed some paddage!

Check out those massive pads!
Check out those massive pads!

Then, I chopped of the sleeves a bit.

Chop! And Chop!


I threw this pleated nightmare on my dress form and started pinning.

Do you see what I'm doing wrong here?
Do you see what I’m doing wrong here?


I stitched it down…

A mistaken whirr!
A mistaken whirr!


I became exhausted dealing with all the pleats of the skirt, so I went ahead and chopped it off.



What I failed to think of was how that lining/pleats combo needed to be separated in order to be made not super-duper bulky and weird.  :/

I cut off the excess material and discovered my top was looking fairly awful.

Sooooo…I cut out the lining and re-took the whole thing in again.

A restorative whirrrrr!
A restorative whirrrrr!


I hemmed the raw edges, like so:

A better whirrrrrr!
A better whirrrrrr!


And now my new top isn’t quite identical to the original, but after the frustrations of slippery fabric, nightmarish pleats, and an annoying lining, it’ll do.  :)

Look!  You get to see my lil guest bedroom!  :)
Look! You get to see my lil guest bedroom! :)


Look!  You get to see my most vapid model face!  :)
Look! You get to see my most vapid model face! :)




Original Price:  $78

Copycat Price:  $1

Savings:  $77!


44 thoughts on “Wannabe Wednesday: Ressica Edition

  1. I love it. It’s so exciting to see you take risk with fabric. I need to move beyond being afraid of ruining it and just do it. I can tell your a risk taker. Haha

  2. The blog redesign is great! I think the top is awesome, and I am so glad that you didn’t do the high-lo hem on it…I am so over that look (just me personally). Kinda wondering…will that bottom scrap make a nice cover-up sarong come Summer?

  3. I love your blog’s new look! I might have done a few things differently (regarding buttons), but your top turned out great. Can’t wait to see what you do with the skirt scrap! It’s a fun print.

  4. The new look of the blog is great! Much easier to navigate and I like that you have more than one post on the homepage now! Can’t wait to witness the final look! Great job on working with slippery fabric– I’ve done that myself, and it is a major pain! Bravo.

  5. I’m visiting SC later this spring. I have no plan and I’m just going to tour around for a few days. Since I’m an aspiring Refashionista, which thrift shops should I check out?

  6. I love your top! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and really am amazed at your talent, your creativity, and your eye for seeing what can be created. You are an inspiration. Love the look of the blog and looking forward to seeing what you do this year.

  7. Love the new look of the site. Kudos, because alot of sites revamp and get just too different from what the reader (me) is used to and thus, loose my interest. Yours just got better!!

  8. I absolutely LOVE your blog! I’ve been following it for awhile now and it’s is so inspirational how you turn these clothes around into something fun fashionable and straight up awesome! :) you’re re fashions have inspired me to start up some of my own, and as a plus size gal it’s opened up a lot more clothing and wardrobe options for me. You go girl! Keep up the AWESOME blog!

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