Happy Sunday, Everybody! I hope yours is as delightfully relaxing as mine. :)
This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Jen over at Our Beautiful Messy Life (Isn’t that just a lovely name for a blog?).
She started with this two-piece dress she purchased from Etsy.
I took a two-piece dress I ordered online a few years ago (that has never really fit very well, I can be picky about fit) and turned it into two separate pieces. I also added some of my favorite fabrics to both pieces to make them a little more interesting and give them some print. I called it the “Two-Piece Disappointment Dress”.
Here’s the fabric she used:
I really like the retro vibe of this one!
And here’s what she made from it!
Jen, your wrist tattoo is adorable. :)
I really like what she did with those bits of printed fabric (I think I’ll try something similar soon).
You can read more about this refashion on Jen’s blog right here!
Well done, Jen!
One of my resolutions for 2014 is to finish everything I
Wanna know what bugs me? Sewing Patterns. I hate them. You’ve probably noticed that I rarely use them. There are a few reasons for this. First off, they start too big. I’m somewhere between a size 0 and a 2. Every sewing pattern I find starts about 2 sizes bigger. Since I rarely sew using a pattern, I’m not good enough at it to be able to alter a pattern to a size that will actually fit me. It’s a vicious cycle. Also, I don’t like rules. Patterns are nothing but rules. Do this…then do this…cut this exactly like this…blahblahblahblahblah. Where’s the creativity in that? And having to iron out tissue paper that inevitably gets caught up in a breeze, falls to the floor, and then gets mangled by Douglas doesn’t thrill me either.
The last time I sewed something using a pattern was in August 2012. Now. Even though I hate the whole process, I feel like there’s something to be learned about garment construction from it. That’s why I pulled out this guy:
This one. Right here!
I was going to make that dress right there on the right. I would use one dress for the body, then another dress to make the raglan sleeves. What could possibly go wrong?
I started off with this simple linen number.
A perfect blank canvas!
I decided that blue was just a bit too bright, so I tossed it into a dye bath.
This should muddy it up nicely!
After my starter dress was rinsed and dried, I got to cutting!
Don’t do it this way. Actually pin the thing. I’m being extremely lazy here.
The pattern called for a zipper, so I hand basted one on…
First I pinned…
…then I stitched!
I replaced the foot on my machine with a zipper foot…
This little guy right here.
…and stitched it down!
By this time, I was curious to see how my dress was going to look, so I pinned those two sides together on my dress form.
It looks like a feed sack. :(
What the hell, Pattern? Why do you list measurements on your package that are clearly a big freakin’ LIE???? What would I bother making a too-big dress that I’ll end up having to refashion? Why would I want to waste my time like that?
This dress sat on my dress form for almost a month.
I hated it. It wasn’t going to look nice. The sleeves were going to look awful with it, and I’d end up having to redo the entire damn thing. Every time I walked into my sewing area, I was reminded of this disappointment.
I was about to just scrap the whole thing.
But I had to finish what I
I just wanted a cute dress. That’s all! So, I tossed that pattern aside, and started getting creative. I went ahead and sewed the pieces of the too-big dress together, except for the neck part. Then, I closed up those raw armholes.
Pin & Stitch!
I had a problem. Unless I could shrink my head to the size of my fist, it wasn’t going to fit through my new dress. :/
Say hello to Mr. Hand!
Not to worry! I had a plan! I also had a spool of grosgrain ribbon!
I took two strips of said ribbon and pinned them to my new dress on my dress form.
See where we’re going here?
I stitched them down…
Don’t worry! I trimmed off that extra ribbon when I was done!
…and after a press, my new dress was ready for a lovely night of theatre! :)
I’m pretty pleased with this one. I especially like the back!
The zipper isn’t crooked. I’m just standing weird!
I think my new dress has a sort of 1920′s vibe to it, and I’m totally fine with my decision to give up on the original pattern and just wing it on my own. :)
Closeup of the front!
After a very long week, I must say I deeply enjoyed USC Theatre’s production of The 39 Steps! I hate to give spoilers of my upcoming review for Jasper Magazine, but this show is just fantastic, and you need to go see it if you can! :)
You must see this!!!
I was so very very happy to run into my mentor from my overworked college (Seriously…I put myself through college working 2-3 jobs and Stage Managing All The Things) days, K Dale! :)
I shouldn’t play favorites, but he’s my favorite. :)
After a quick burger stop, my evening was complete. :)
I know. It’s been awhile. Lots of you have been wondering what in the world I’m up to, if I’ve decided to quit the blog, and if I’m just wandering around naked, as I haven’t done a refashion on here in a while.
Don’t worry. The blog must go on! I’ve just been taking a little break. My apologies for not actually announcing said break. It has been insanely chilly here in South Carolina. Which I hate (you can read more about this hatred right here). When it gets this cold, I just layer up in sweaters and jeans and don’t really care how fashionable I look as long as I’m warm. I’ve been huddling under blankets waiting for this cold snap to pass. And waiting…And waiting…And waiting. I’m convinced I’m incapable of creating my own body heat. :/
Thankfully, the weather has gotten warmer again! I emerged from my nest of blankets and pulled out this skirt right here:
I am not fond of this skirt. It’s frumpy and blah. But that color is nicely understated, and I’m a fan of its nubby fabric. There’s potential!
To get started, I turned my skirt upside down and backwards. There was a slit in the back, and I pinned each bottom side of the slit down.
But wait…how in the world will I wear it now?
I stitched each side down.
This left me with a garment that looked like this:
Who needs arms?
There are a couple of obvious flaws in this design, and I knew just how to take care of them.
First, I turned my strange new garment inside-out and marked 6″ down from the new top on each sidewith tailor’s chalk.
Then, I got to (carefully) seam ripping.
Just ripping the thread and nothing else!
This fabric was totally non-fraying, so all I had to do was make sure all of those teeny pick-off stitches were removed.
Now I have a fun new frock to frolic about in!
I considered removing that bottom elastic and turning it into the waist of my dress, but I actually like the bottom just how it is. :) All it needed was a skinny black belt.
My new dress was just what I needed for meeting up with friends to check out the inaugural lighting of the new marquee at our local non-profit theatre, The Nickelodeon!
You’ve come a long way baby!
We are pleased.
So there ya go! I’m back (I promise!). Now I just need to get back to returning your emails. :)