The Blind Pepper

The World’s End Top
Lady in Reeeeeed

Hooray for warmth!  South Carolina is finally hitting those magical temperatures that make you understand what Tennessee Williams meant by The Long, Hot Summer.  I love it.  I love not having to wear layers.  I love how the heat makes everyone just a little crazy.  I love going barefoot and feeling like I could drink the air because it’s so humid.

And I love fun summer frocks!

I’ve had this dress in my refashion stash for a long time, and figured I’d better do something with it.




I liked the loose coolness of this dress, but still wanted it to be just a smidge more fitted.





...then stitch!

…then stitch!


I was all done with work for the day, so that length needed to rise to new heights!








Now for that color!  Don’t get me wrong.  That lime hue is fun and all, but I’ve been just itching to dye something lately.

You can probably guess where this is going.  First, I tossed in the remnants of one bottle of dye…

First this...

First this…


…then I tossed it a bit of another color as well (because mixing is fun)!



Poor mangled bottle.  :(


I left my new dress in its dye bath for about 45 minutes or so.  While it was bathing, I remembered this Tshirt someone handed to me at a chili cookoff:


Frankly I don't think that's any of your business!

Frankly I don’t think that’s any of your business!


This shirt is just dumb.  And it invites awkward advances, which I just don’t enjoy.

But I sure liked that mustachioed pepper…so I stitched it down!

Hello Seargant Pepper!

Hello Sergant Pepper!


Poor little pepper. :(  Do you see what’s missing?

I did.


Big tin o' buttons!

Big tin o’ buttons!


I’ll bet you didn’t know I can heal the blind.  ;)


Just a little hand stitchery!

Just a little hand stitchery!


MUCH better!   Whew!

MUCH better! Whew!


Now my comfy new dress is ready for a casual movie night with friends!  :)


Soooo comfy!

Soooo comfy!


The one thing I don’t like about this dress is how easily it wrinkles, but since it’s a casual dress, I suppose that’s okay.  :)


They can't all be perfect.

They can’t all be perfect, can they little buddy?


I noticed that I kept getting a strange compliment while wearing my new dress.


You'll never guess what it was.

You’ll never guess what it was.


At least three people looked at the pepper, and said, “Nice Banana.”



Tony here was one of said people.

Tony here was one of said people.


If they had said, “Nice Banana Pepper,” they would have still been wrong, but at least they would have made a bit of sense.  But that’s not what they said.  :/

Allow me to demonstrate the difference between a mustachioed pepper and a banana.


It's not that hard.

It’s not that hard.


Just saying.  ;)




The World’s End Top
Lady in Reeeeeed

35 Comments on The Blind Pepper

  1. Becky
    May 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm (11 months ago)

    I absolutely detest hot humid weather. I’m glad somebody likes it;) I like the new color of your dress. You do look cool wearing it. A banana?!?!?!

  2. whippedlife
    May 13, 2014 at 4:25 pm (11 months ago)

    This is quite fab! The perfect amount of quirky loveliness!

  3. Amelia
    May 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm (11 months ago)

    I love the color you got! and the pepper!

  4. Alex
    May 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm (11 months ago)

    I really like your idea of creating an applique from part of a t-shirt you like. I think I will be trying that soon! Also your hair is super cute! :)

  5. Cathy
    May 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm (11 months ago)

    Hahaha so awesome and great idea with the pepper banana! I might of been interesting to dye it after putting the pepper on. The white outline is a little bit distracting. My art-ness is showing ;)

  6. Beth
    May 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm (11 months ago)

    You could take the said “banana pepper” off and decorate with buttons around the neckline

  7. helga
    May 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm (11 months ago)

    Great fun reading this and love the dress with mr pepper !

  8. Kathy C
    May 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm (11 months ago)


  9. Bethany B,
    May 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm (11 months ago)

    That’s hilarious, and adorable! I like seeing you do quirky things with your refashions.

  10. Polly Knehr
    May 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm (11 months ago)

    Love it! Something to try, thanks for the idea!

  11. Rhonda Bumbaugh
    May 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm (11 months ago)

    It’s a cute refashion! I love the color and the style! You can probably find some earring to go with the chilli pepper, too. It’s the perfect outfit for relaxing.

  12. smithtabby
    May 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm (11 months ago)

    Love the color! The little pepper is adorable!

  13. Eve
    May 13, 2014 at 9:33 pm (11 months ago)

    Love it! What a fun summer dress!

  14. Gina
    May 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm (11 months ago)

    Yeah for a fun and whimsical summer dress. I gotta make one!!!!

  15. Jacy
    May 14, 2014 at 12:07 am (11 months ago)

    You did a great job!! Hahaha banana…classic talk without thinking moment!

  16. Arawynn Eveningstar
    May 14, 2014 at 1:22 am (11 months ago)

    Love the colour and the pepper and you should always bring a banana to a party. At least that is what Doctor Who says ^.~

  17. raisa
    May 14, 2014 at 1:22 am (11 months ago)

    I totally love your sense of humour, it’s pure pleasure to read you and to see your projects : )

  18. Fuzzi
    May 14, 2014 at 4:35 am (11 months ago)

    Excellent, very refreshing result!

  19. Manon Fournier
    May 14, 2014 at 5:59 am (11 months ago)

    Much better and I love the PEPPER! In fact, I’m quite jealous… :)

  20. Jessie Stracener
    May 14, 2014 at 7:29 am (11 months ago)

    I love the pepper. You are so inspiring!

  21. Flo
    May 14, 2014 at 8:28 am (11 months ago)

    Cute idea! Banana?!?! Seriously?!?!?!?!

  22. Laurie
    May 14, 2014 at 8:30 am (11 months ago)

    Love the dress. The addition of the cute little pepper makes it so adorable. The eyes really brought him to life. I totally agree with you on the sayings on Tshirts.

  23. Kerry Lea Higginbotham
    May 14, 2014 at 9:27 am (11 months ago)

    Love it! The pepper guy is darlin!!!

  24. Sally
    May 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm (11 months ago)

    I love your blog! I just started reading it and was inspired to do my first refash this morning (because that was more appealing than finishing my final papers). I didn’t get before/after pics so couldn’t submit to your blog, but I managed to refashion a large men’s shirt by using buttons to nip in the sides. I added a pocket to cover a spot that wouldn’t come out. It’s so cute! I would have never though to do this without your blog! Now I have a new favorite shirt! Thanks for inspiring! Now my large men’s shirt looks a little like this:

  25. Liz
    May 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm (11 months ago)

    Soooooo happy you got your groove back. :)

  26. Candy
    May 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm (11 months ago)

    I love the color of your new dress! It looks cool and comfortable for a proper southern girl.

  27. Tanja
    May 15, 2014 at 3:15 am (11 months ago)

    I wish we had that dye you use here in South Africa! The stuff we get is so awful!

  28. Beth
    May 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm (11 months ago)

    I love the dress and the color, but feel like the pepper was distracting. I think he would have been more fun at the bottom of the dress.

  29. Jo H.
    May 16, 2014 at 12:34 am (10 months ago)

    I love that you’re back in top form :) Cute little dress with mustachioed pepper!

  30. ladycynthiana
    May 16, 2014 at 10:02 am (10 months ago)

    This post was so amusing. Were the banana people all colorblind, perhaps?

  31. Anonymous
    May 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm (10 months ago)

    Do you have a bin for all the scraps you are going to make into sashes? I hope so, because then you can call it your “Refash Sash Stash.” :)

  32. stylemutant
    May 19, 2014 at 5:28 am (10 months ago)

    How cute! And what a good idea. I have loads of old T shirts with great designs that I could do this with. I have read your whole blog from start to finish several times and you have inspired me to finally get stuck in and blog my own refashions. My blog is up now, but my first post isn’t a refashion at all!
    Keep up the good work, I especially liked your one a day challenge – that gave me a little lift every day!

  33. Geraldine
    May 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm (10 months ago)

    New to your site. Love your refashions! Nice to (finally) find/see a site devoted soley to refashioning.Thanks!!!!!!!!!!


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