When I found this dress by Forever 21 at one of my fave thrift shops, I was reminded that I’m an entire decade older than their target demographic. Yikes.
This is what I look like first thing in the morning.
Other than being shoddily constructed by an evil fast fashion giant (end of rant), this dress had a couple of other issues as well. It was about a size too big for me, it was really faded (hard to see in the pic), and it had a damaged zipper.
I’m starting to see why someone let this one go. :/
I decided to take care of that fading first. I grabbed a box of black dye…
…then took the dress and started folding it into a pitcher, sprinkling a bit of the dye powder into the folds as I went.
Keep it going!
Once the dress was completely wadded into the pitcher, I filled it with hot water.
When it was filled, it looked like this:
Kind of gross looking, actually.
I left the dress submerged for about 2 hours, then gave it a thorough rinse in my washing machine.
Okay…so the faded color was taken care of, but it still needed a bit of fitting.
Pin each side!
Then, Whirrrrrrr! :)
After a quick press, my dress was ready!
I still hadn’t fixed that zipper, and was running late to meet a friend for dinner. :/
So I did what any self-respecting refashionista would do and just used a pair of pliers to get zipped up!
I promise to go back and replace it later.
My friend managed to take a few really blurry photos of the “after”. ;)
This is not an Instagram filter.
But I snapped a couple of backups at home. No worries. ;)
It continues to be a good bit chilly here in SC, so I immersed myself in a massive cardigan!
My absolute favorite sweater in the world! :)
Hope you guys have a great weekend!
I love ModCloth! I rarely order anything from them (I think I ordered a pair of shoes once), but I get tons of refashion inspiration from their lovely vintage-inspired dresses.
Take this gorgeous little number, their Midnight Tide Dress:
That’ll be $52.99
Alhtough I’m not Seated around a beach bonfire in this jersey-knit maxi, singing along to your pal’s guitar strumming as the moon shines above. Blah Blah Blah Blather Blather Blather… as the overly twee description of this frock suggests (I’m not making this up), I still want this dress!
Sadly, all I had was this:
I despise neck tie thingies. :/
Luckily, all this dress needed was a couple of chops and a teensy bit of stitchery!
Neck tie thingy chop!
Just a little whirrrrrrr!
I took the newly sewn-together neck tie thingy sash and tied it around my waist.
This whole refashion took less than 10 minutes!
Check it out!
Do you like it with my boots? :)
It was a bit chilly out, so I layered up with a thin cardigan. :)
Comfy and cozy!
I wore my new frock to a fun & quirky production of Swimming in the Shallows at USC’s Center for Performance Experiment. It’s a terrific play, it’s free of charge, and a man falls in love with a shark! What more could you want?
I hope you’ll see it!
My new dress left me feeling quite celebratory, despite being nowhere near a beach or guitar-strumming companion. ;)
I hardly ever go non-thrift clothes shopping anymore. But when I did, my fellow customers would always come up to me and ask the same questions.
“Do you work here?”
“Can you help me find _____?”
“Do you have this in a Size __?”
Every time I went shopping this happened, not just on those awkward days when I entered Target while wearing khakis and a red shirt. I didn’t get it. I still don’t get it. Usually I just play along and help them. It’s kind of fun. One time a lady rudely snapped at me, saying, “What does it take to get someone to start a dressing room for me around here?” I politely took her armful of clothes, saying “No problem, Ma’am!” Then I put each item in a different random place in the store and left.
When I found this $1 tee, it made me think of incidents like that.
I totally work here.
I have about a gazillion Tshirts, and I don’t really need another one. But I was tickled by the idea of wearing a Staff shirt to random places.
Luckily, I had this dress:
It looks great with jeans!
Remember that dress I made last week? Remember how I gave up on the idea of adding sleeves to it? This dress was meant to be used for the sleeves.
I even dyed it with the other dress.
Sharing a (dye) bath is always so much more pleasant, don’t you think?
I chopped off the bottom part, and even cut out the pieces for the sleeves and did the required stay stitching and prep work…
…of course I ended up choosing to go sleeveless.
But what about the top part? It would be a shame to just let it go to waste!
I gave my new top a quick lil hem, like so:
Then, I cut out the “Staff” part of that Tshirt, and pinned it to my new top!
I dig this color combo!
I stitched it down,using a zigzag stitch, and now my new top is ready to work!
I actually did do a good bit of work that day at my favorite “office”. ;)
I was happy to have a friend join me when I was ready to clock out for the day. :)
The glamorous life of the over employed! ;)