Rockwell Dress

A Winesome Winsome Saturday Dress
The Sewing Party!!!!

Hello and Happy Monday!  First off, thanks so much to everybody who showed up for The Sewing Party!  I had a blast chatting with you/ sharing my love of refashioning.  :)  For those of you who were unable to attend, don’t fret!  There are more (free) videos in the works!  I’m hoping to have one up by the end of this month.  :)

I frequently talk about how much I like living in Columbia, SC.  I sometimes hear my fellow Columbians say there’s nothing to do here, and I just don’t understand these folks!  There ALWAYS seems to be more events going on than even a very social gal like myself can possibly attend!  One of my favorite events that I ALWAYS manage to attend is Arts & Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art!  Drinking.  In the museum.  Huzzah.

A&D was last Friday, and I was stuck with nothing to wear to catch the new Norman Rockwell exhibit!

Except this:




As you can see, I’m not super-enthused about this one…yet!  This dress is just too much black, too shapeless, too shoulderpadded, and I hate those side-tie thingies!

Luckily, this was a pretty easy one to deal with.  :)

While there’s plenty to dislike about this frock, there’s also a lot of good stuff going on.  You just have to look a little closer.  :)  The top of this dress is lovely with it’s pretty mandarin embroidered neckline.  The fabric is warm and cozy.  :)  It has the potential to be the perfect dress for a cool Fall evening.

To get started, I snipped out those pads.




A bit more snipping followed!




I gave my dress a new hem with some fun rainbow thread…


Do you like the rainbow thread?
Do you like the rainbow thread?


Then decided to get a little fancy…


Yep.  My machine does this.
Yep. My machine does this.


Check it out now!


Pretty, eh?
Pretty, eh?


I took the side tie thingies, wrapped them around the back and back to the front, where I tied them off.  MUCH better that just tying it around the back (My bootay doesn’t really need any further attention, you know? ;) )

Now I have a pretty dress that keeps me quite warm while not being too stuffy!


Protip:  Wear bright tights to give your outfit a bit of pizzazz!
Protip: Wear bright tights to give your outfit a bit of pizzazz!


My smartly-dressed art pal Richard thought my dress was quite fetching!


Isn't he dapper?
Isn’t he dapper?


Mark seemed to think it was alright as well…


He's certainly a tall drink of water isn't he?
He’s certainly a tall drink of water isn’t he?


I swear, I’m wearing heels you guys.


Heel Proof: Exhibit B.
Heel Proof: Exhibit B.


Norman Rockwell:  Behind the Camera will run through January 18, and I hope you’ll get a chance to check it out.  It was really interesting getting to see his artistic process, and I was deeply moved by how passionate he was about Civil Rights (which was reflected in his later, less-popular work).






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42 thoughts on “Rockwell Dress

  1. You brave soul! Not only hemming without basting, but using colored thread! If I did that, the hemstitch would meander and scream “sloppy amatuer.” This dress works well when you just push up the sleeves and change the way you wear the ties. You didn’t even have to take it in. Looks great on you! I’m inspired to pull out a matronly black dress I’ve never worn and see what can be done with it.

  2. Well, checking your fab site from cold Calgary, Alberta, Canada (7F right now), the dress looks and ‘feels’ nice n’ warm, espec. with the tights. Good Canadian fashion! And o yes… we have a fresh 6″ of snow on the ground today.

  3. I love the rainbow thread!
    This is kind of neat/odd, but I see a familiar face in your photos. I didn’t know Richard liked art! -I know him from swing dancing! I moved away from Columbia about a month ago and am missing it. It’s so nice to see what’s happening in Cola from your posts. You always go to such neat events.

  4. Really an amazing transformation and super stylish. For the first time I wish I had a sewing machine that did crazy stitches, although even with out that detail the refashion rocks!

  5. While I love this simnple refash, what puts this dress over the top is your styling! The mustard tights, those boots, that necklace… Yo got it goin’ on! Excellent work, as always.

  6. You accessorize so well, and you wear your clothing boldly and with flair – all of this is key to how your garments look. Excellent!

  7. I know this dress was way too big for you… you didn’t show any of the alterations from
    the side… I would rather see those than the shoulder pads…. I forward to my daughters who need to see beginning things…

  8. I just love your stuff, by the way in your pictures there is a light blue dress with white lace on it hanging on the rack behind you could you do a refashion on it because i’ve seen one just like it here in Pasco,Florida where I live and i love the color and lace but am a little wary of getting it and trying anything with it, so if i could see what you do with it and how it turns out then i might go for it. Thanks :)

  9. I’m a newcomer to your site and I lovelovelove it! I’ve noticed one thing, and that is that you are SOOOOO tiny that you can belt just about any old bag of a dress and it instantly becomes cuteness. Maybe you’d consider grabbing a differently-shaped model (taller, curvier), hit the thrift stores, and work your magic for the rest of us? Even if you never, I’ll keep checking. Your creativity is inspiring!!

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