Happy 2015 from ReFashionista!

One Dress, Three Ways…and a Mysterious Celebration!
Happy Holidays from ReFashionista!

Hi guys!  I’ve been getting quite a few, “Hey…where are ya?” emails lately.  Rest assured, I’m quite thoroughly alive and well!  There’s just a lot going on right now…some of which I can’t share with you yet (but I can’t wait to!).

First off, I’ve been busy house hunting!  My landlord is selling my house, and I’ve decided to buy one.  :)  This will be my first foray into home ownership, and I’m actually pretty excited about it.  I’m really going to miss my current abode though.  I don’t think I realized how much I liked it until I found out it’s being taken away (#metaphor)!  :/

Other than that, I’ve been busy spending time with friends & my new(isn) fella and trying to keep warm in this cold snap that’s hit SC so very hard.  It’s hard to refashion when you just want to hide under warm sweaters and fleece-lined leggings every day!  The time I usually spend sewing has been spent cooking tasty warm things for my favorite people.  :)

But when I flipped through my refash rack the other day, I saw this sad frock and knew I had to do something with it!

 

Hello again!
Hello again!

 

This dress was a challenge.  It’s handmade, but not very well.  :/  The hem was uneven and a lot of it was hastily sewn together.  It was also riddled with holes along the seams.

 

Riddled, I say!
Riddled, I say!

 

Herm. :/
Herm. :/

 

This dress is definitely suffering from a bit of internal damage...
This dress is definitely suffering from a bit of internal damage…

 

I can still work with this, though!  To get started, I did a bit of de-doilying!

 

Enough is enough!
Enough is enough!

 

The lace bits were only loosely hand-sewn, so removing most of them wasn’t very hard or time-consuming.

 

Moderation is key.
Moderation is key.

 

Now that those doily bits were gone, I was ready to do some reshaping!

 

Reshaping in progress!
Reshaping in progress!

 

First Whirrrrrrrrr of the new year! :)
First Whirrrrrrrrr of the new year! :)

 

My frock was looking much better, but I still needed to deal with that too-long/unevem hem.  To do this, I measured from the waist of the dress, rather than the bottom.  I marked along the edge, then snipped away!

 

Better!
Better!

 

I then stitched down that raw edge.

 

New hem!
New hem!

 

After a good press, I think my dress looks quite sweet!

 

It's positively ModClothian! :)
It’s positively ModClothian! :)

 

It’s a bit more cutesy/girly than I usually go, so I spiced it up a little with my fave leopard print boots and minty green tights.

I wore my new dress to The Nickelodeon to check out one of my new favorite horror films, The Babadook!

 

One of the scariest movies I've ever seen!
One of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen!

 

Of course, it’s pretty chilly here, so most folks only got to see my new frock like this:

 

Gotta love a cozy sweater! :)
Gotta love a cozy sweater! :)

 

Now that that fearsome frock has been conquered, the only thing I have to fear is Mr. Babadook!

 

Eep!
Eep!

 

Cheers!

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58 thoughts on “Happy 2015 from ReFashionista!

  1. That is so cute! The only thing I could have used the original for would have been dust rags. You are very talented and creative.

  2. I have family in Monck’s Corner, SC and he is still running around in shorts. I have a feeling he changes into sweats as soon as he sends me another namer-namer picture. ( It’s 8 degrees here today.) I always love reading your posts no matter how cold it is!

  3. Happy New Year Jillian! Like my fellow followers I am delighted to see you back, blogging once again! Good luck on finding a new home, what a fun process. And congrats on the new fella, it tickles me that you don’t go for long without one in your life, reminds me of me! Cute refash but can’t STAND horror movies so you can enjoy that with Erin :) Look forward to seeing some fab stuff in 2015!

  4. Its cute!!! And could be refashed for summer with short sleeves.

    Glad you are back. Feel Free to ask real estate questions to your wide blog following. Ive bought about 8 homes in various states and I have lots to share.

  5. So glad to see you again!!!!! Spent Christmas vacation going through all of your archives. Know what you mean about heavy sweaters and leggings. I’m from northern Indiana and we were below 0 until yesterday. It’s a balmy 5 today. Quick question (ok that’s a lie, I have 2) 1. How tall are you? I’m 5’1″ and am afraid that some refashes will look dorky on me. Like no legs at all!!!!!!!!!! 2. How do you hem stretch knits without them stretching and curling? I have been trying to make some skirts from old sweaters but have failed miserably on the hemming. Thanks and good luck with the house hunting.

    1. So glad to see you again!!!!! Spent Christmas vacation going through all of your archives. Know what you mean about heavy sweaters and leggings. I’m from northern Indiana and we were below 0 until yesterday. It’s a balmy 5 today. Quick question (ok that’s a lie, I have 2) 1. How tall are you? I’m 5’1″ and am afraid that some refashes will look dorky on me. Like no legs at all!!!!!!!!!! 2. How do you hem stretch knits without them stretching and curling? I have been trying to make some skirts from old sweaters but have failed miserably on the hemming. Thanks and good luck with the house hunting.

    2. Good to be back! :) In answer to your questions:

      1. 5’4″
      2. I’ve never had much of an issue with that actually. Have you perhaps tried using a walking foot?

  6. Happy New Year. I am new to your blog and not familiar with the internet, but I love everything you do. I am inspired to try some refash myself!

  7. Glad you are well! Maybe you could buy your rental since the landlord is selling it. Sorry you have to move. I hope you find a house you love even more than the one you’re in. And that new-ish fella better be good to you! :-)

  8. I LOVE a black and white print. You did a good job updating this dress.
    Don’t be too harsh on the original seamstress. Though the hem may have been crooked on you, maybe, it fit the original wearer just right.
    Due to spinal stenosis I have to make a crooked hem so that my hemline will appear level. My right pant leg is always 1″ longer than the left.

  9. i love it.. you hate bows but they are alllll over the pattern in that dress!!! i’m surprised you even gave it a second glance!!!! so cute Jillian, I am glad you are back!

  10. Great job as always! Good luck with the house hunting. It’s tedious, but so worth it! As creative as you are, I know you’ll have a blast decorating it.

  11. Glad you ‘re back!! I was wondering if I’d lost you somehow in my computer fumblings. Your refashions are always so creative. Hope you’ll soon have a house of your own with which to also be creative. But, just a few words of advice from someone who has moved many, many times – live with it awhile before doing anything drastic and any dark paint will take many coats to blot out if you don’t like it.

  12. someone in a FB quilting and sewing group I read posted a video about how to use a seam ripper — I can’t find that particular video, but here’s one similar to it. Not sure from your photo if you are using the seam ripper this “new” way that so many of us were amazed at (because we’d been using it the ‘wrong” way for so many years – but have a look — the ripper goes through the seam “like buttah” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD1lKfC67uA If that’s how you are already doing it, then forget about this note ;-) I just had to share how a couple hundred old time sewists were surprised to see how we’d been doing it wrong all these many years ;-)

  13. Great refashion. You always make me wonder “what the heck is she going to do with that hideous item”. You are quite amazing and I bet you are getting your own TV show. Just saying, I wouldn’t be shocked if you have already been approached. Congratulations!

  14. Now THAT was a challenge! Well done, Little Friend! Glad to see you again, and sending you blessings for your New Year……

  15. The buttons really stand out when they’re not surrounded by lace! And once again, your choice of accessories just make the outfit.

  16. Superb refash as usual, but what I really wanted to comment on was The Babadook! I also loved it. Very stylish and unique horror story indeed. Did you know you can get your own copy of the Mister Babadook book?!?!! ( thebabadook.com ) It’s on the pricey side at $80 but once you read about it, hand made, has extra story pages not seen in movie, limited edition etc….. I’m still trying to decide if I “need” it as much as I “want” it. Ha!

  17. Happy New Year!! I’m new here (and apparently I rhyme!), I spent the better part of the holidays reading you blog, 2010 to present!! I hope that isn’t too stalker-esque! Needless to say I adore your blog, please keep up the awesome fun!!

  18. Hélène From France.

    I think you read a few french so I’m going to write this first : Bonne année et bonne santé pour 2015.
    Lucky for you to find a house to start a new year full of refashions and loooove.

    Bises from France et de nouveau Bonne année 2015 (In France, you can say it all january !)

  19. I was one of those worrying about you; glad you are blogging again and Happy 2015! I love this refashion. I would have had zero refashion inspiration after looking at that rag. You are very talented. Love it.

  20. I know you usually keep the oddments for use in other projects, but that lace looks handmade so I really hope you kept it! Cute dress.

  21. Hi Refashionista!
    I have been looking at your blog for a few months now and never asked you any questions… until now! I am new to sewing, and have done some of my own refashions. I have a rolled hem foot and since I figured out what it did, I use it ALL THE TIME. I notice that you are not using one (Even though you seem to have a fancy machine I assume has that foot). Is there a negative to using this thing? I’m curious to hear your take on that.
    Keep up the great work! I love your blog and look forward to seeing your new projects each week!
    Sarah

    1. Honestly, I need to start using mine. You’re right, they’re awesome and I need to quit being lazy about changing out my feet. :)

      1. Thanks for the reply! I figured the rolled hem do-dad was the lazy way since it requires no ironing or folding or pinning. Glad to know it’s legit.

        Keep on rocking the mint tights, too! ;)

  22. I found your blog via a post on pinterest, I traced back to the start of your 366. i think some of the items you made are brilliant. i just wish i could use a sewing machine – should have paid attention at school instead of messing about and getting kicked out of textiles! keep up the good work.

  23. I’d like to learn how to hem, too. I made a skirt and no matter what I did I couldn’t get the hem even.

    Also, it would be neat to have two garments that are the same and see how you can make them different ways!

  24. i have been missing your inspiring re-creations, but do understand about hibernating to conserve energy. I am working on refashioning a man’s hemp pull over vest into an
    ” open in the front” long vest for a woman.. Cutting into the sweater makes me nervous. Wish you would re-create one on your blog so i can see how best to accomplish this.
    Good Luck with your house/home adventure!

    1. Hi Margie! Mine is the Pfaff Expression 3.2. But before that, I sewed on a Brother machine that totally served my needs just fine. :)

  25. Hmmmm, I challenged you to include pants after the last post….but yet, another belted dress.
    How about some pants!?! How about no mint tights!?!
    Please? :)

  26. I notice that you have something to put your clothes on to make it your size. I dont know what it is called. But my question is how do I get one that is my size. If I put the item try the item on it takes two people to pin it to where it fits. Can you help me. Lol

  27. Quite an amazing transformation… The dress was amazingly weird but you snipped and sewed and used your imagination a bit and Bam! A great tunic kind of dress that you can wear anywhere. Congratulations!

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