An Off-the-Cuff Off-the-Shoulder No-Sew ReFash!

The Dress that Almost Wasn't
What Would Julia Do? Dress

Could I possibly fit one more hyphen in that title?  Who am I kidding?  Of course I could.  Just be happy I spared you!

Thanks for your sweet comments yesterday, you guys.  You’re all pretty terrific.  :)  I need to take you all out for dinner sometime.  Rest assured, I’m much happier today!

Ahem.  As I said, I’d love to take you all out for dinner, but on this night I had plans with my dear pal, Ryan.  But what did I feel like wearing for a casual dinner-and-drinks evening?

How ’bout this?




Okay.  I didn’t have the time or the inclination to expend much effort on this one (hence the no-sew).  Luckily I didn’t have to.  I just removed everything from this dress that wasn’t a cute dress.  Easy!


There we go!
There we go!


I used that bottom cut-off hem to cinch the waist, and pulled that new expanded neckline off my shoulder, a la Flashdance.  That’s all it took!


Well hello there, mysterious orb!
Well hello there, mysterious orb!


Tasty Hunter Gatherer brews were enjoyed!


Wheat is neat!
Wheat is neat!


…and here it is in the daylight!


…as my neighbors look on in confusion at the camera and tripod in my front yard.
…as my neighbors look on in confusion at the camera and tripod in my front yard.


Ryan thought it was pretty swell too!







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49 thoughts on “An Off-the-Cuff Off-the-Shoulder No-Sew ReFash!

  1. This refashion is amazing and you’re too damn cute too. I think a lot has to be credited to the fact that you really can pull off wearing anything, but you have the creative eye and talent to turn drab into fab. Great job.

  2. I love your dress and your talent but I worry you drink daily. Was married to a drinker and now he is 44 and in bad health. I mean no bad intent but I just think you are amazing and would like you to stay healthy.

    1. I appreciate the concern, and I can see where it might look that way as I’m out and about in most of my posts. :) Just keep in mind that while I definitely have a glass or two at an event, I don’t actually drink every day. You just don’t see me on my homebody days. :)

  3. Totally awesome. I think it’s great that you can turn a totally blah piece of clothing into something stylish and cute. Keep up the good work and shrug off those haters! If they don’t like you being perky all the time, well, they don’t have to read your blog!

    I like your style and your personality!

  4. How is it that the seriously most simple refashions are the best ones? You knocked it out of the park on this one and it was so easy. Also – red is your color. Totally. Thanks for the constant inspiration!

  5. You are amazing. Truly amazing. Come to Prague, CZ and visit us and we can resale shop! We will even take you out to dinner. I realize you don’t know us, but it’s a free place to stay in Prague. How bad could we really be? We’re from Irmo for pete’s sake!
    Come any time,
    Kevin, Beth, Jack and Quinn Ineson

  6. This is so great! Most of the time I look at your refashions and think, “I wish I could sew so I could do that.” This time I thought, “Hell, even I can do that!” Awesome. I’m pinning this and sharing on Facebook.

  7. I have loved looking through your archived achievements and was wondering if you ever thought to expand your refashioning to include prom/wedding/formal gowns? As I head back to college at 50+yrs (and love shiny embellishments), I was wondering how to wow my fellow classmates.

  8. I found your blog a recently and have become addicted! I’ve always refashioned clothing that I find and it’s nice to see that other people in this world do it too. Needless to say I have binge read your whole blog and I now really want to start my own. Thank you for the inspiration and I’ll be sure to let you know if I start that blog!

  9. Got it ! what a simple redesign work. Nowadays, I think most of us have no ideas with sewing. As I am running a campaign called Refashion_ Become Unique( I found most of my fans like some simple and creative ideas about upcycling an old cloth. They may have not design skills, but they would like to creating a sustainable future. Please give more this kind of redesign tutorials (no sewing).

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