Is this supposed to be a nightgown?
While I certainly do look quite angelic in this human doily, I can’t get over the ruffles or the whiteness of it. I hate wearing white. I’m far too clumsy for it, and I feel like it makes me look even paler than I already am!
You can probably guess what I did next!
Here’s what my dress looked like as it soaked up a bit of dye in its bath:
Looks like sherbet, doesn’t it?
Once my dress way dyed and dried, I chopped off that bottom ruffle.
That overlapping layer means I don’t even have to stitch a new hem! Huzzah!
Then, I lopped off some of the bottom hem, starting at the serged part above the lace.
This will be my future sash!
So the color and the length are looking much better, but It was still to floufy for me.
Time to de-flouf!
It kind of looks like a fin, doesn’t it?
Stitch the fin!
I cut off that extra material with my pinking shears, gave my new dress a good press, and was ready to meet some fab friends for some Moscow Mules (my favorite summer beverage!).
This dress isn’t my typical style, but I really do like it! I love the new color, and I like how the lace stayed white, giving the whole piece a little more interest. :)
My friends liked it too!
Okay. That’s just silly. from now on, all of my pics will be dark and mysterious, okay?
“Look mysterious!” I told Erin.
“We have to look mysterious!” I told Mark.
Apparently my idea of “mysterious” is looking off to the side.
I blame the mules!
We don’t look mysterious at all. :/
I’ve had this black dress on my refashion rack for a couple of months. I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it.
Seeking the heavens for guidance & inspiration!
SPOILER ALERT: My original plan doesn’t work out!
I finally decided to turn this dress into an entirely different dress! I snipped off the seam to one of the shoulders.
Then, I grabbed a spool of grosgrain ribbon…
This stuff is just way too flippin’ handy!
…and pinned it to both sides of the recently cut shoulder.
I stitched each one down.
Do you see where I’m going with this? My plan was to make the two shoulder pieces the new front of the dress, and use the other arm hole as a cool keyhole back!
Something like this!
I still had some fitting to do! I took the whole thing in from the front (so as not to lose the back).
It seems like such a great idea, right?
Taking it in!
I trimmed off the extra fabric, threw my new dress on, and was immediately disappointed. :/
It just looked weird, folks. First off, it wasn’t the casual dress I was going for. It looked way too formal for anything I have coming up in the near future. AND I didn’t take into account that the front and back of the dress weren’t identical. This made the dress hang askew on me.
I thought all was lost, until I remembered this post by Sally over at Charity Shop Chic!
She refashioned this! :)
I NEVER think of going bare-midriffed. I’m over 30. It just seems weird and inappropriate, right? But Sally looks so very cute in her top! Surely I can look cute in what was about to be mine as well!
I made a big chop!
Don’t worry! That bottom scrap will make a lovely skirt!
To play a bit more with the asymmetry of my new top, I decided to stitch down only one of the shoulders into a V, and left the other one as-is!
It’ll all make sense in just a moment, I swear!
I think it’s quite fetching!
Showing a lil skin!
And just look at the back with its built-in air conditioning!
My new top was perfect for a birthday brunch with friends!
Happy Birthday Ken!
I hope he doesn’t get mad at me for posting this…
Hmmmn. Who is this?
I decorated his bag myself! :)
Happy birthday revelers!
Ryan seems quite smitten with my new Nana bag! :)
See? Just because a refashion isn’t turning out quite how you wanted it to, that doesn’t mean you have to give up! Just keep playing and see what happens!
Today I’m going to dispel two myths about this blog. :)
The first myth is that I never try to look cute in my “before” pics. Okay…fair enough. I’ll try to look as gorgeous/glamorous as possible in this boring shift dress:
Oooo lah lah!
Okay…that’s just weird. Let’s go back to the normal, shall we?
Now for the second myth! I keep getting told that I’m belt-obsessed and that that’s the only way I know how to cinch a waistline. Now, I definitely am belt-obsessed, but there are other ways to bring in a waist of a frumpy frock! I personally prefer belts and sashes as they’re A. Easier and B. more flattering for my short waist.
But enough of the belts! Begone, sashes! Today I’m going to show you how to add an elastic waist to a dress to make it look more like the kinds of dresses you see in stores…even when it’s just on the hanger. :)
To do this, take a dress that already fits you properly (like the one I’m wearing above) and mark where you want your waist to be.
This is my impression of the Pillsbury Doughboy.
I put the safety pin a little lower than my natural waist, as I want the top of my frock to be just a little blousy.
Next, make a big cut!
Take the skirt part and turn it inside out, then put the top part inside of it, with the right sides facing each other and with all the seams in line.
I use my ironing board to help with this.
Hello, future waist!
Stitch those two sides together…
I’m so Pfaffsy…
…then press them both down towards the bottom hem of the dress.
This will all make sense in just a moment!
Now for the much-awaited elastic part!
Grab some thin elastic…
Big wad o’ elastic!
Wrap the elastic around your waist and pull it to where it’s just tight enough to cinch the waist, but not uncomfortable. Cut it off and sew the two ends together. Make sure your elastic doesn’t have any kinks in it!
Fold your elastic ring in two, and mark each side.
Now, fold it in two again, and mark those two sides as well!
Pin each marked part to the front, back, and each side right over your newly-stitched waist.
right along the seams!
Now for the finicky bit. Pin the elastic all around your new waist. Stretch it as you pin, and try to avoid having any bunched-up bits. If you see part of it bunching up more than the rest, just start over. Don’t worry. It’s a pain, but it’ll be worth getting right!
Looking pretty Even Steven!
Now you’re ready to stitch your elastic down! Run it through your sewing machine using a straight stitch. Pull the elastic as you go. Don’t worry! It’ll bounce right back and gather the waist!
Keep it stretched!
And that’s it for the waist! :)
But I couldn’t stop there! I didn’t like the neckline or the length of this dress, so I still had a bit more work to do!
I decided to make the zippered back the front and turn it into a V-neck. I pinned my new neckline down…
Gimme a V!
…then I stitched it in place!
There was one problem with this though. Since the original front of the dress had bust darts, when I put it on, I looked like I had back boobs! :/ That would not do! Not to worry! I pinned those darts into straight lines and stitched them down.
No more back boobs!
I was almost done! I chopped of the length, with the help of my dedicated companion!
He’s too cute to be annoying!
I gave my new dress a new hem, pressed it, and was all done!
The final step!
Here’s what it looks like now!
Elastic is fantastic!
And here’s what it looks like outside!
Same dress. Different lighting.
Do you like my sweet thrifted $3 platforms? I sure do!
Only fell in ‘em once! :)
Ugh…selfies are just soooo cheesy! ;)
A few of you have been asking about the mystery guy who appeared a couple of times on this blog but you haven’t seen in a while. Wellllll…if you haven’t seen him in my multitude of out-and-about pics, that’s prrrrrobably because I’m not out-and-about with him, eh? Don’t worry. I get plenty of male affection!
Oh hai Ryan!
These guys are all the men I need! ;) My new dress enjoyed an unseasonably cool evening with friends playing “Truth or Dare Jenga”. Seriously. You need to make a set of your own!
You’ll never play Jenga any other way ever again!
Goofy faces…not just for “before” pics anymore!
Soooo…now you know another way to make your waists nice and cinched! Even if you hate belts (What’s wrong with you?!?!)!