Brrrrrrrr! I cannot cope with this cold snap, folks! For those of you who get sick to death of seeing me traipsing around in nothing but strappy (or strapless) sundresses as summer and want to see a bit more modest stuff, you are in luck!
Take this heavily bedazzled sweater dress:
I’m serious. Just take it.
There are only two things I like about this tacky monstrosity. 1. It’s black. 2. It’s a sweater dress.
Even the back of this crazy number didn’t escape the bedazzler’s wrath!
Apparently the branding department has an ironic sense of humor…
I beg to differ.
I knew I couldn’t deal with all those sequins and beads. I had something much more basic in mind.
So, I picked.
Pickity Pick Pick…
And I picked some more…
I picked for about THREE HOURS, my friends!
GOOD GOD WILL IT EVER END????!!!!!!11111!!!!!!
Finally, I was done! Ah! Sweet relief!
I took my new dress in about 1 1/2 inches on each side…
First some pinning…
Then some stitching…
Then some serging!
My lovely lil Dreamstitcher came in super-handy for this one. Sweaters have always been a challenge for me, as they tend to fray like crazy! If you don’t happen to have a serging machine, just use a zigzag stitch and cut off the excess fabric. It’ll do. :)
With my side seams done, I had a few chops to make! I really wanted bracelet-length sleeves, and the bottom needed to be raised just a smidge.
Just a bit!
The sleeves got stitched down and then got a zigzag stitch on the interior raw edge. Here’s what they look like on the outside now.
It’s a little wavy, but it looks alright!
Now for the bottom! I served the bottom raw edge…
…then gave it a new hem!
Just pin & stitch!
I could have just folded the bottom hem under twice to get rid of the raw edge, but I worried about it looking too bulky. :)
And here’s my dress now! I made the front the back so that V would be behind me. Sorry I failed to get pics, but I’m sure you can picture it just fine. :)
Kind of Mod, isn’t it? :)
I stayed happy & warm in this one. :)
The boots didn’t hurt either. :)
My new dress had a lovely day with some wonderful friends…first at a wine tasting, then at a dinner cooked by the amazing Scott Hall! :)
Happy Wine Lovahs!
I certainly know some handsome fellas! :)
The decor wasn’t too shabs either.
Rest assured, much fun was had, and much wine was consumed!
Sometimes I’ve gotta admit…I Iove being me. :)
Hello and Happy Monday! First off, thanks so much to everybody who showed up for The Sewing Party! I had a blast chatting with you/ sharing my love of refashioning. :) For those of you who were unable to attend, don’t fret! There are more (free) videos in the works! I’m hoping to have one up by the end of this month. :)
I frequently talk about how much I like living in Columbia, SC. I sometimes hear my fellow Columbians say there’s nothing to do here, and I just don’t understand these folks! There ALWAYS seems to be more events going on than even a very social gal like myself can possibly attend! One of my favorite events that I ALWAYS manage to attend is Arts & Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art! Drinking. In the museum. Huzzah.
A&D was last Friday, and I was stuck with nothing to wear to catch the new Norman Rockwell exhibit!
As you can see, I’m not super-enthused about this one…yet! This dress is just too much black, too shapeless, too shoulderpadded, and I hate those side-tie thingies!
Luckily, this was a pretty easy one to deal with. :)
While there’s plenty to dislike about this frock, there’s also a lot of good stuff going on. You just have to look a little closer. :) The top of this dress is lovely with it’s pretty mandarin embroidered neckline. The fabric is warm and cozy. :) It has the potential to be the perfect dress for a cool Fall evening.
To get started, I snipped out those pads.
A bit more snipping followed!
I gave my dress a new hem with some fun rainbow thread…
Do you like the rainbow thread?
Then decided to get a little fancy…
Yep. My machine does this.
Check it out now!
I took the side tie thingies, wrapped them around the back and back to the front, where I tied them off. MUCH better that just tying it around the back (My bootay doesn’t really need any further attention, you know? ;) )
Now I have a pretty dress that keeps me quite warm while not being too stuffy!
Protip: Wear bright tights to give your outfit a bit of pizzazz!
My smartly-dressed art pal Richard thought my dress was quite fetching!
Isn’t he dapper?
Mark seemed to think it was alright as well…
He’s certainly a tall drink of water isn’t he?
I swear, I’m wearing heels you guys.
Heel Proof: Exhibit B.
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera will run through January 18, and I hope you’ll get a chance to check it out. It was really interesting getting to see his artistic process, and I was deeply moved by how passionate he was about Civil Rights (which was reflected in his later, less-popular work).
Hey there! Wanna party with me? :)
One of the most frequent questions I get is, “Why don’t you ever do any videos?”
Well…I (with the help of some creative and camera-savvy pals) made one!
But wait…THERE’S MORE! :)
That’s right! This Saturday, November 8 you are cordially invited to the first-ever all-day online DIY event EVER!!!!!
Thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about Connecting. Crafting. And Creating.
Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling (that’s me!), crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!
For just $40, “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products.
I’ll be teaching my FIRST EVER ONLINE CLASS at 4:30, Become a ReFashionista! In this class, I’ll show you how to take used, abused, dated, and just plain ugly thrift store clothes and turn them into cute couture! There will also be a talkback session immediately after the class where I’ll be able to answer any questions you might have.
Here are a few fun behind-the-scenes pics to let you know I mean business:
Jeff, David, and a fancy schmancy camera!
Picking out a tutorial-worthy “before” piece!
Jeff in action!
Can’t we all just get along???
Hour 6 of video shoot… ;P
Sooooooooo….what are ya waiting for? Register today, and I’ll see you at the party! :)