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An “It’ll do for work.” Dress

Spoiler Alert:  This is not a terribly exciting refashion.  But it IS a cautionary tale about what happens when you make boring non-daring choices in a refashion!  So…let’s begin!

It all started with this dress I found on the 50 cent rack at a nearby Goodwill:

 

I assume the previous owner died after being mauled by a tiger.

I assume the previous owner died after being mauled by a tiger.

 

I can see why nobody wanted this one, as it has a pretty major hole in the shoulder.  No worries!  I can fix that, and fix it I did!

 

No big deal.

No big deal.

 

With that shoulder fixed, I got to removing a couple of things I wasn’t too fond of…

 

Shoulder padding!

Shoulder padding!

 

Oh joy.  A row of buttons right above my ass.  How flattering!

Oh joy. A row of buttons right above my ass. How flattering!

 

Whew!  Much better!

Whew! Much better!

 

I decided to just take this one in a couple of inches on each side.

 

Just a couple 'o inches!

Just a couple ‘o inches!

 

I stitched each side down, then serged those rapidly-fraying raw edges!

 

Serrrrrrrrrrge!

Serrrrrrrrrrge!

 

Here’s what it looked like when I was done:

 

Nice!

Nice!

 

I chopped off a ridiculously conservative amount off the bottom…

 

Meh.

Meh.

 

Then I gave it a new hem.

 

Blah.

Blah.

 

And here it is:  My totally boring dress that I don’t really care for!

 

Seriously.  :/

Seriously. :/

 

And here it is being boring and still-dated-looking from the side!

 

Not much better, eh?  :/

Not much better, eh? :/

 

Not even my cool new wig could save it!  :/

 

I feel pretty!

I feel pretty!

 

The print is fun, but this frock is still oh-so-frump!  :/  I think I’ll re-refashion it!

I feel like I should have taken it in MUCH more and should have gone a good bit shorter as well.  I made a couple of boring conservative choices and ended up with a lackluster result. :/

I looked at it and thought, “Eh.  It’ll do for work.”, which is exactly the mediocrity I strive to avoid, both in my sewing AND in my personal appearance.

So yeah.  I don’t really like this one very much, but hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and not suss out the way I did.

Fortune favors the bold!

Cheers!

 

ba103014

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A Cowl Back Conversion

When I found this frock on the 50 cent sale rack at the Goodwill near my house, I thought, “Wow!  A dress I don’t even have to refashion!”

Not too shabs!

Not too shabs!

 

But then I looked a little closer…

 

See it?

See it?

 

Here.  Let me help you out a bit.

 

WHAT.

WHAT.

 

Do you see the bizarre patched-up crotch hole?  HOW DID THAT GET THERE?  WHYYYYYYY?  And WHY am I so terrified of the implications of said crotch hole? :/

*Shudder*

Step 1:

Ahhhhhh!  Much better already!

Ahhhhhh! Much better already!

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel much better now!

So, I could have reattached that bottom bit to the newly crotch-hole-less bit, but the temps here have dropped, and I definitely need more shoulder coverage now!

But first, I needed to restitch the top of the elastic waist that had come undone.

 

...like Duran Duran.

…like Duran Duran no more!

 

Then, I had that bottom raw edge to tend to.

 

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

 

I used a straight stitch for this, but it was quite finicky with the weirdo stretchy knit of this fabric.  I SHOULD have used a tight zigzag, as it would have saved me a bit of frustration.

I promptly reset my machine for the remainder of this refashion!

 

Now we're talkin'!

Now we’re talkin’!

 

Now for that bottom scrap!  First, I unpicked the hastily hand-sewn hem that was already in place.  I commend the effort, but I wanted something a tad sturdier for my new top!

 

Byeeeee!

Byeeeee!

 

Then, I pinned a new hem for each side of the scrap.

 

No big.

No big.

 

Next, I stitched each hem down.

 

Zigzaggery!

Zigzaggery!

 

But now what?  I’m going to be a bit chilly without some upper arm coverage, no?

I took that scrap and did this with it:

 

Just playing around a bit...

Just playing around a bit…

 

Then I did this!

 

Hmmmnnn...

Hmmmnnn…

 

HMMMMM...

HMMMMM…

 

I stitched down those parts I pinned at the front.

 

Once again, using a zigzag.

Once again, using a zigzag.

 

The back was left drapey.  :)

And here’s my new top!

 

My shoulders are now draft-free!

My shoulders are now draft-free!

 

Le back!

Le back!

 

Amauri thought my new top was pretty swell too!

 

Love this fella right here.  :)

Love this fella right here. :)

 

I had a blast wearing my new top at Soda City’s Oktoberfest!

 

They juuuust might...

They juuuust might…

 

Cheers!

 

ba1025

 

 

 

Cameo Dress

I was quite happy to stumble upon this dress with a lovely cameo print.  :)

 

I'm running out of "before" poses, you guys.

I’m running out of “before” poses, you guys.

 

I was even willing to look past those gigantic shoulder pads!

 

Herm.  :/

Herm. :/

 

Okay.  I clearly have some work to here.  First, I made a few chops.

 

Not a bad start!

Not a bad start!

 

Don’t worry!  I know some of you guys hate it when I remove cuffs & collars, but I’m keeping these.  They’re just being relocated!

With my cuffs chopped and those pads removed, I was ready to take in this dress a bit.  I took it from the back like so:

Pinned!

Pinned!

 

Stitching down the elastic...

Stitching down the elastic…

 

Then stitching each side of the leftover elastic down, so it lays flat!

Then stitching each side of the leftover elastic down, so it lays flat!

 

I took the cuffs and pressed the raw edges down.

 

Do you see where I'm going?

Do you see where I’m going?

 

Then, I stitched each side down.

 

Just a lil whirr!

Just a lil whirr!

 

Then I took one cuff and pinned it under the largest lapel on my new dress.

 

Getting a lil creative!

Getting a lil creative!

 

In case you can’t tell, I’ve been on a bit of an asymmetry kick lately, hence my ‘do!  This dress was going to be a fun experiment in balance or lack thereof.

I stitched the cuff down…

 

I think this is going to look just swell.  :)

I think this is going to look just swell. :)

 

Then I chopped a bit more from one of the sleeves.

 

Just a lil bit.

Just a lil bit.

 

I hemmed the raw edge…

 

Just a lil hem.

Just a lil hem.

 

…then I attached the remaining cuff!

 

Crazy, no?

Crazy, no?

 

Too late to go back now!

Too late to go back now!

 

The other sleeve got a different kind of cuff!

 

Roll it, pin it, then stitch the top and bottom down! :)

Roll it, pin it, then stitch the top and bottom down! :)

 

Now I just needed to get rid of some of that length!

 

Rising to new heights!

Rising to new heights!  My foot says “hai!” btw.

 

I hemmed my new dress, and stitched that bottom part into a sash.

That’s right…this was almost a totally no-waste refashion!

 

Ah!  So close!

Ah! So close!

 

I’m really happy with this one, you guys!

 

Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!

 

Seriously…this is one of my faves!

Seriously…this is one of my faves!

 

And here it is from the back!

 

Le back!

Le back!

 

My cameo dress and I made a cameo (har har) appearance at my pal Phillip’s house for some tasty chili with friends!  :)

 

Pals!

Pals!

 

Such deliciousness!  :)

Such deliciousness! :)

 

A perfect way to spend an early-fall evening!

A perfect way to spend an early Fall evening!

 

Jillian is a deep person who feels things deeply.

Jillian is a deep person who feels things deeply.

 

Cheers!

 

ba102014

 

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