Day 130: Jumpsuit Dress

When Fella saw this wacky floral jumpsuit, he said, “You look like a rejected clown!”.

It is rather clown-like!

I’m inclined to agree with him!  This looks absolutely ridiculous as-is!

There’s no time for clowning around…gotta get to work!

I knew I didn’t want to leave this in its jumpsuited state, so I used my seam ripper to unpick the crotch, as well as down each inside leg.  :)

...because legs don't need sleeves!

And of course, these Then, I chopped off the legs a bit.

Your kind isn't needed here!

I put my future dress on my dress form.  It’s way too big, and I need to close up where the legs used to be.  Out came the pins!

Closing it all up! :)

Taking it in!

I ran the front and the back through my machine.

Whirrrrrrrrrrrr!

I’m almost done!  All that’s left is to hem that bottom raw edge.

Hemmitty Hem!

Now I have a cute dress…perfect for a lunch date with one of my best buds!  :)

Such a gorgeous day!

Cheers!

The World’s End Top

When I found this $1 jumper at the thrift shop, I thought it might be fine as-is.  But when I tried it on, I noticed something.

If I moved my hands, you'd notice it too.  :/

If I moved my hands, you’d notice it too. :/

 

Do you remember how I said this jumpsuit gave me a case of camel toe that rivaled the Prancercise Lady’s?  Well…we have a NEW winner!  :/  There’s no way in hades I’m going out in public while wearing this thing…not as-is anywho!

I grabbed my scissors and started cutting!  First, I snipped off those tiny ruffly things from the front of the jumper.

Snippity snip!

Snippity snip!

 

Then, I cut the seams from the crotchal region of the jumpsuit, like so:

Snnnnnip!

Snnnnnip!

 

Almost done!  :)  I pinned the cut-up crotch part to make a straight line with what would end up being my new top.

 

See?

See?

 

I stitched each side down…

 

Whirrrrrrrr!

Whirrrrrrrr!

 

…then chopped off the excess material with my pinking shears.  since the original hem of the former shorts lined up perfectly, I didn’t have to stitch a new one.  :)

I tossed on my new top, and headed off to a movie night with friends!

 

Did I mention it has pockets?!?

Did I mention it has pockets?!?

 

Our film du jour was this bit of Simon Peg/Nick Frost awesomeness!

 

 

You’re probably wondering why I’m holding the head of one of our former presidents on my hand.  For some delightful reason, our host had a few laying out for our enjoyment (and confusion).

 

The mind reels!

The mind reels!

 

Of course, masks are always fun!

 

Two of my least fave prezzies!

Two of my least fave prezzies!

 

Hmmmmn.

Hmmmmn.

 

GAAAAAAAH!!!!!

GAAAAAAAH!!!!!

 

Behold!

Behold!

 

As some of you who know, I’m going off the sauce for a couple of weeks.  This was Day 1.

 

Don't worry!  It's just (non-alcoholic) Ginger Beer!  :)

Don’t worry! It’s just (non-alcoholic) Ginger Beer! :)

 

I have good & healthy reasons for giving my beloved booze a break.  But as you can see, I’m still fully capable of being interesting & weird without it.  ;)

 

Caption this.

Caption this.

 

Cheers!

ba52014

Send in the Clowns Vol. 2

Hi!  I’m back!  :)

I was woefully absent last week for a few reasons, including being busy, being a little under the weather, and completely botching 2 intended refashions (Yep…it happens to me too).  :/  I hate hate hate when I mess up a refash, especially when it’s from being rushed and/or careless.  I get frustrated, and it makes me not want to try again.

I’m going to salvage my Wannabe Wednesday flop this week (I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!!!), but in the meantime, here’s something fun for you.  :)

BAM!

BAM!

Wait…did you miss that?  Here it is again.

Well hello there, stranger! ;)

Well hello there, stranger! ;)

You are looking at a very strange handmade jumpsuit.  That’s right.  Someone went to the fabric store, chose the most terrifying thing they could find, then made something truly frightening from it.

I mean…seriously.

Hi kids!  Allow me to haunt your dreams!

Hi kids! Allow me to haunt your dreams!

There is something truly evil lurking in this fabric.

There is something truly evil lurking in this fabric.

Why?  Just...why?

Why? Just…why?

Long-time readers of my blog know I’ve dealt with a clown suit refashion in the past, but could I handle this one?  Yikes…even I wasn’t sure, especially with two recent failures under my belt.  :/

But I had to try!

First off, I needed to hide those awful clowns as much as I possibly could.  I tossed the jumpsuit into a bath of dark navy dye.

In ya go!

In ya go!

I left it in its bath for about 40 minutes or so.

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

The dye job was a HUGE help in de-creepifying this one.  :)

Unfortunately, it was still a jumpsuit, and a jumpsuit that gave me a worse case of camel toe than the Prancercise Lady‘s.  :/  Not to worry!  I unpicked the inner leg seams, right up through the crotchal region.

It's a finicky business.

It’s a finicky business.

I put my soon-to-be dress on my dress form, and pinned those legs together to make a skirt.

See?

See?

Then, I stitched my new front and back seams down.

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

I cut off that extra fabric, then turned my dress right-side out.  I cut off some of that length (which thankfully removed a couple of those scary clowns).

Chop!

Sorry guys. :/

I gave the bottom of my new dress a new hem, and was all done!

The final step!

The final step!

I think this garment is much less scary now, don’t you?

One of my faves!

One of my faves!

It was a tad chilly out, so I added on a simple black cardigan.

Just warm enough!

Just warm enough!

I rocked my new frock at the World Beer Festival with friends!

Ready to taste 200 beers!  :)

Ready to taste 200 beers! :)

Bluetooth Disco!

Bluetooth Disco!

 

Love these guys.  :)

Love these guys. :)

After tasting many many beers, I had to head off to a super-secret X-Marks the Spot dinner event!  The location and theme were completely unknown until I showed up at the designated meet-up point to get my map.

Imagine how surprised I was to be dining in Hades!

Hmmmn...Hades doesn't seem all that bad actually.

Hmmmn…Hades doesn’t seem all that bad actually.

I initially felt pretty awful for poor Persephone…:/

Don't eat it!

Don’t eat it!

…but was eventually distracted from my concerns.  ;)

Stay Gold.

Stay Gold.

Look!  The underworld even has tasty cocktails!  :)

Look! The underworld even has tasty cocktails! :)

Such a perfect day!  :)

:)

:)

Cheers!

Ribbet collage

Lena Dunham-Inspired Romper

I have good news and bad news.  

The good news is, I’ve been doing a lot of work on the back end of this blog/preparing it for a redesign (yay!).  The bad news is, if you’ve been following my blog by email, you probably aren’t anymore as all of my email followers (5,000+) were lost in migration (boo!).  This means you’ll need to resubscribe (see the sidebar on your right).  :(  I’m really sorry for this inconvenience, and I hope you’ll still follow me.  I don’t know how you’re going to actually get this message, since it’s no longer showing up in your inbox, but hey…A girl’s gotta try!

To ease my pain from losing so many of you (temporarily, I hope!), I did a refashion!  :D

I have been a tireless hater of the jumpsuit.  I have turned every single one I’ve encountered into a dress.  Without exception.  You don’t believe me?  Check it out for yourself.

But then I stumbled upon this $1 cutie:

Comfy!

Comfy!

I’ve always hated jumpers and rompers.  But then I saw Lena Dunham looking super cute and comfy in an episode of Girls.  

I'm part of the 2% of Americans who don't hate her.  :)

I’m part of the 2% of Americans who don’t hate her. :)

I decided to keep the legs!  :)  Buuuut…they’d need to be snipped a good bit to make it through a hot & muggy South Carolina day!

Choppage!

Choppage!

I used my pinking shears to cut off the legs, as I wouldn’t be able to fold the raw edge under twice like I usually do.  If I did, my sewing machine needle wouldn’t be able to make it through the parts that had super-thick piping.

If this was folded over twice, my needle would break!

If this was folded over twice, my needle wouldn’t make it through!

I ran each leg through my machine, and gave the whole thing a quick press.  Now I have a romper I absolutely LOVE romping around in!

Ready to romp!

Ready to romp!

This romper is really much too short to be worn to work, buuuuut…I kind of wore it anyway.  I work for an arts agency with low dress code standards, so this wasn’t a big deal.  :)

Meet my lovely coworker, Laurel!  :)   Glad she got the "Wear Black and White" memo!

Meet my lovely coworker, Laurel! :) Glad she got the “Wear Black and White” memo!

So, Lena…just let me know if you’d like me to hook you up with a few of these, okay?  I kind of dream of working in the costume department of your show.  :)

Cheers!

ba61013

 

Reunited Dress

About a decade ago (OH MY GOD I FEEL SO OLD!!!), I was something close to a Junior at the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!).  I was not the most studious student, folks.  :/  While my dedication to my major (Theatre) was strong, I couldn’t quite make myself give any flips at all about other subjects like…say…Statistics.  Don’t worry!  I did eventually graduate and somehow even managed to convince someone to hire me!  :)

While I could just accept personal responsibility for my inability to choose studying over partying, I prefer to blame the company I kept at the time….specifically two of my best buds, Mike and Travis.  :)

We hadn’t gotten together to hang out in a couple of years, and decided it was time to relive our gloriously misspent college days!

And I knew JUST what I wanted to wear!

Who decided this ever needed to be a thing????

Who decided this ever needed to be a thing????

Seriously?  What is this about?  I think it’s supposed to be some sort of sleepwear/loungewear thing, but I honestly haven’t a clue.  I just hope someone was fired for this garment’s conception.

It’s hard to know where to start with something like this.  Luckily, I was already dying some of my faded black Tshirts to get them looking nice & new again.  I tossed this into the dye bath as well!  :)

Going back to black!

Going back to black!

Hop on in!

Hop on in!

After the dye bath, I began the process of turning this jumpsuit into a proper dress.  First, I removed just a bit of length from the legs.  This will make the whole thing easier to work with.

Spock helped!  :)

Spock helped! :)

Then, I trimmed the seams from the crotch allll the way down each leg.  I did the same for the back as well.

Trimmy trim trim!

Trimmy trim trim!

Progress!

I put my future dress on my form and got to pinning!

First, I pinned the open front and back seams to make a skirt.

See?

See?

The sides got taken in a smidge as well!

Getting it nice and fitted!

Getting it nice and fitted!

I stitched all of this down on my machine, trimmed off the excess fabric with my pinking shears, and was almost done!  :)

I put my dress on and pinned where I wanted to make my final chop!

Just a litttle more!

Just a litttle more!

Then, I hemmed that bottom raw edge!

Whirrrrr!

Whirrrrr!

Now that dress is ready for a happy reunion with my college chums!  :)

I must say, I'm rather pleased!  :)

I must say, I’m rather pleased! :)

I styled my $1 dress with a $1 thrifted belt and a pair of TOMs (which cost a good bit more than $1).

It was great getting to hang out with my old roommates/pals!

Love these guys!

Love these guys!

Hey, Mike!

Hey, Mike!

 

Hi there, Travis!  :)

Hi there, Travis! :)

Many beers were consumed…

...but mostly tiny beers!

…but mostly tiny beers!

 

Seriously.

Seriously.

Take THAT, liver!  ;)

Take THAT, liver! ;)

Much fatty food was consumed!

Nomburger!

Nomburger!

And much happy reminiscing and catching up occurred!  :)

Toniiiiiight....We're not young...;)

Toniiiiiight….We’re not young…;)

Cheers to old friends!  :)

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