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!
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!
Tasty Hunter Gatherer brews were enjoyed!
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.
Ryan thought it was pretty swell too!
Blogs are weird. I remember a conversation I had with a slightly tipsy acquaintance last year. She told me, “I don’t read your blog anymore. I’m going through a really sh*tty time right now and I just can’t deal with seeing you being all happy all the frikkin’ time.” I thought this comment was kind of rude, but I actually got it. Blogs are weird. You’re only seeing what I care to show you, and yes, I’m pretty happy for pretty much most of the time. If you’re feeling lousy, you might not want to see that. But then, every now and again I’ll have a completely sh*tty day that leaves me feeling quite melancholic.
I hope that acquaintance is reading this right now, as she’ll finally get the schadenfreude fix she was craving.
Even on a day that I pretty much know in advance isn’t going to go well, I can somehow still manage to eek out a refashion.
I started with this dress right here…
Don’t look so happy there, m’dear. This day doesn’t end well.
…and this holey & well-loved Tshirt right here:
Julia Child is kind of my hero.
Swallowing my slow simmering feelings of dread, I pinned the sides to take it in, 1″ at the bust, 1.5″ at the waist, and .5″ at the hips. I got these measurements by just pulling the fabric of the dress taught against my body while I was wearing it to see how I wanted it to fit.
Bust, Waist, and Hips
Then, I filled in the gaps between those pins with more pins.
ALL THE PINS!
I stitched those sides down…
Don’t fret! I serged it when I was done! :)
I gave my new frock a new hem…
Just pin it, then stitch it!
…then pinned something pretty awesome onto the bottom of the skirt.
My apologies for the pins in your face, Julia!
I stitched these two pieces down.
Carefully whirring around the outline of one of my favorite people!
And that’s it!
A funky frock for a lousy day!
WTF, Universe? I thought we were buds.
What would you have done, Julia?
She’s not very helpful, I fear.
So, there ya go. A refashion. Woooooo. Currently feeling rather bummed, disappointed, and uninspired, but I promise to be back to my old obnoxiously happy self soon. In the meantime, I’m just happy to have lovely friends with lovely kitchens that are always there to answer a text that simply says, “Mind if I come over for a minute?”
I’m also thankful for Bota Box.
After a long, long, loooooong week, all I wanted to do was check out some art on Main Street at First Thursdays on Main! But what would I wear for this hot & humid evening?
This. I shall wear this.
The fit is lousy, and I hate those stupid side-tie thingies! Time to take this dress from dowdy to darling!
First, I lopped off those stupid side ties!
Then, I stitched the two ends together.
I snipped off that extra little bit of fabric and put my new tie-thingy aside.
Usually I don’t chop off any length until I’ve taken my piece in, but in this case, I just didn’t feel like stitching down the side slits on this dress. Sooooo…I just cut off that part.
See ya, slits!
Now for the dress! I decided to take it in exactly 1″ on each side. First I pinned…
…and THEN I whipped out THIS AWESOME THING!!!!!
You’re looking at The Dreamstitcher, and my first serger! As it’s tagline proudly proclaims, “IT’S A DREAM! IT’S A STITCHER! IT’S THE DREAMSTITCHER!”
Life is but a dream!
So what does this crazy thing do, you ask? Let me show ya!
This amazing machine actually cuts the fabric while locking that raw edge so it won’t fray! No more pinking shears for me!
I look forward to giving you a full review of this machine after I use it a good bit more.
The last thing I needed to do to complete this refashion was give it a new hem! Back to my regular machine I went!
After a quick press, my new dress was done! I tied my sewn-together ties around my waist, had hopped down to Main Street!
It matches my shoes perfectly!
There was much cool art to see!
The featured exhibit at Tapp’s Art Center!
And this one will haunt my dreams!