Georgia Winery Dress

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I absolutely adore my friends (In case you can’t tell by the rather prolific amount of pics of them  I post here).  Needless to say, I was super excited to take a weekend trip to Georgia Wine Country with a few of them.  :)

All I needed was something cool and comfortable to wear!  I chose this:


I am not impressed.
This pic was taken at 6am btw…


There’s a lot to loathe about this dress.  Those shoulder pads, puffy sleeves, and blousy top just aren’t working for me.  But that print is lovely, and the fabric is lightweight and cool…perfect for a day sipping vino on a winery’s veranda!

This one wasn’t hard at all!  First I made a big chop:


Just like this!
Just like this!


Then, I created a casing from that top edge, like so:






I left a tiny gap just large enough to thread some elastic through.


This elastic right here!
This elastic right here!


I wrapped a piece of elastic right under my arms and pulled it to where it was snug without being uncomfortable.  Then I snipped it and threaded it through my new casing, using this awesome doodad!

You know you want one!
You know you want one!


I stitched the ends of the elastic together, then stitched the small gap I left for the threading of said elastic.




That’s it!

Now I have a cool & comfy strapless frock!


I blame my dazed expression on the wine!
I blame my dazed expression on the wine!


Much wine was tasted!


Barrels and barrels!
Barrels and barrels!


*Glug Glug!*
*Glug Glug!*


Much fun was had!


Well hello there, David!
Well hello there, David!


Much beauty was seen!


Serenity Now!
Serenity Now, at Frogtown Winery!


I even made a new friend!


Didja know I used to raise miniature horses?
I shall name him “Peanut”!


You should just go ahead and plan a Georgia Wine Country visit of your very own!  :)


So.  Much.   Wine.
So. Much. Wine.









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43 thoughts on “Georgia Winery Dress

  1. I love this one! I do love little strapless dresses and have one at home right now I just may have to do this with. Really getting into the “refashioning” since I found your blog. I love it!!!! Keep up the great work!

  2. Love when an email pops into my inbox letting me know there is a new post. I recently found your site and I am so impressed with your refashions. I may not be super creative and crafty but your blog has inspired me to hit up charity shop here in Dublin and check out the racks and see what I can do(so far not much but hey it’s early days!)Keep up the great work and look forward to more inspiring ideas.

  3. Very cute!! I would go a little shorter on the length too. Only because i’m short and long lengths tend to make me frumpy. I love wine tasting!!

  4. You not only have a great figure for a strapless dress but you have great arms. Now those two things are very important for a strapless dress! Amazingly wonderful.

  5. Hi, I love your creations! I’m sure you have answered this question many times before but here it is again. What is the name of the tool you use to pull elastic through a casing? Thank you again for sharing your talent.

      1. Did you know…..a bodkin was also known as a device to test “marks of the devil.” On an accused witch, marks (freckles, warts, scars) would not bleed if pricked. Just a wee bit of historic info….

  6. I love seeing your refashions. However, it seems so many of them end up strapless. Why can’t you refashion things with sleeves more frequently? I think you would broaden your audience. Hmmm, maybe I should challenge you to do more refashions with sleeves???

  7. I really like this one. Very cute!
    It does seem to me that in the before and after picture the dress(es) are the same length. :)

  8. The technical name for your “awesome doodad” is a bodkin.
    I got mine years ago. I worked at a fabric store. Employees were given tools from time to time so that we could know from experience how awesome they are and therefore push promote their sale. Were it not for that promotion I would still be using a safety pin (because of my frugal ways) and never have known what I was missing. It truly is an awesome doodad!

  9. I have to tell you. I look forward to every one of your posts and went back through all your old ones when I first discovered your blog. It really is not easy to do what you do. I was a clothing designer for years and it is much easier sometimes to make something from scratch then it is to refashion something. Not always, but often. I have many things that I think I’m going to redo but just don’t work out when I try. But mostly I just love your whole fun attitude and approach. thanks for the entertainment. And good ideas. Have to get myself a bodkin!

  10. Very pretty late summer dress. The color and print very flattering on you. Unfortunately the length was not flattering. You have nice legs and you’re still young enough to wear just above your knees.

  11. I hope this isn’t a terribly stupid question, but the last few times I’ve tried to sew elastic, it’s broken my needle. Am i doing something wrong?

    It’s super frustrating as a almost beginner to get a project to that point and then run into a snafu like a broken needle. :P

  12. I love your blog and you are so funny and full of life. Oh, and I like the before pictures a lot. I anxiously expect your post and refashions :)

  13. I think what you do is FANTASTIC! I am always looking for the “right” thing to transform, but I have yet to find it. Maybe soon….I have a question. What do you do with fabric you cut off and don’t use? Do you recycle it? Donate? Toss? Thanks!

  14. I’m always amazed at how often our lives cross over. You were in my town, and my hubs is often in your town playing music. It’s like that movie Sliding Doors, lol. I do encourage everyone to do a wine tour! So much fun!

  15. I’m not one to wear a strapless, but it looks great on you! By the way, I’m taking your photo to my hairstylist because I like your haircut!!

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