It’s been mind-numbingly, skull-thumpingly hot here in SC lately. Forgive me for being lazy, but when I pulled this dress off my refash rack, I just wasn’t in the mood to sew. Unfortunately, this dress wasn’t going to work on a 100+ degree day as-is. :/
Not to worry! I had a plan! First, I snipped out those shoulder pads.
Pads & MORE pads!
Check it out! There were actually back-up pads for the already huge pads! Pads all around!
My shoulders weren’t gonna need any protection today though…other than sunscreen that is!
I turned the dress around so the zip-up back was in the front, and pulled my arms through the neck, tucking the top of the new front in.
Then, I tied the sleeves under my boobal area, like so:
Not bad for a 3-minute refash!
I managed to keep cool while sipping mimosas with friends at a VERY fun Drag Brunch @ The Mamas and the Tapas!
Hooray for bottomless mimosas!
The ladies were fabulous!
It’s Dorae Saunders!
She does a mean Tina!
Hi Bella Nichole Jade!
Philip’s just chillin’ with Buff Faye! :)
All these awesome costumes leave me inspired to perhaps start refashioning for a completely different kind of demographic ;)…What do you think? ReDragionista?
Or maybe the heat has just gone to my head!
While I’m a transplant to the South, there are some things I absolutely adore about living here. Grits, warm weather, and friendly people all make the top of this list. Some of you might be surprised to learn that I also have a thing for southern fashion. I know…it’s a little odd, as it’s not really my look per se, and when I wear these more southern-y things, I’m pretty sure I look like a Barbie whose head has been ripped off and replaced with another doll’s entirely. :)
Seersucker is one of these southern fashion staples that remains timeless and stylish all at once. When I found this seersucker house dress, I was quite excited!
I’m excited. I swear.
I had to give away the last seersucker piece I remade a couple of years ago, and I’ve been looking for a good replacement ever since. :)
To get started, I grabbed my seam ripper and got rid of those sleeves! Temps have reached triple digits here, and I’m not about to be any more clothed than I need to be!
Then, I closed up those armholes!
Next, I chopped off a bit of length from the bottom. Usually, I save this step for last, but I knew I wanted a cute little match-matchy sash for my new frock, and I ran the risk of not having a long enough sash if I did this choppage after taking my new dress in.
I put my dress on my form and started the whole taking-in/reshaping process.
Sad to see those pockets go. :’(
I chopped off that extra fabric with my pinking shears, then got to work on my new hem.
When I tried my dress on, I noticed some rather frightening gappage on the lower part of the front placket, soooooo…I stitched it down!
For my last lil trick, I folded that bottom scrap under twice, pressed it, and pinned it.
Prepping a new sash!
Did I say, “my last lil trick”? Because I have one more to share with you!
Some of my more observant readers might have noticed that I’m sewing on a new machine! I’ll share more about that at a later time, but in the meantime…looooook at what it can do!
My new seersucker number kept me fresh and cool all day!
Ain’t it cute?
My new dress enjoyed an afternoon wine tasting, followed by a little more wine!
Gotta try ‘em all!
Mysterious Jillian is full of mystery!
This was a swell week to be a thrifty fashionista! :)
LOOK at these lovelies I scored!
Aren’t those vintage leather pumps ($3) just to die for?!?! And they were made in Spain…SPAIN (this seems ridiculously cool and exotic to me for some reason)!!!!
That black leather belt ($1) is pretty sweet too. Such a unique piece.
And that big brooch was a steal at fifty cents! :)
I couldn’t resist pairing my new pumps and belt with my favorite new $1 frock! :)
…and it has POCKETS!!!
So happy these were my size! :)
Not bad for a $5 outfit, eh?