The Blind Pepper

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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.  ;)




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  1. 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. 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! :)

  3. 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 ;)

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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:

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

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.” :)

  15. 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!

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

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