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An Evening in New York Dress

Thanks so much to everyone who watched my Good Morning America segment!  :)

If you missed it, you can catch it riiiiight here!

 


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OH MY GOD!  MY VOICE IS TERRIBLE!  I don’t know why any of my friends ever listen to me.  ;’(

Weirdo voice aside, I had SUCH an awesome time!  The staff at GMA was just wonderful, and I had a blast sewing in Central Park.  Ginger Zee is just as nice as she seems on TV, and I loved seeing her in one my refashions.  Getting to catch a Zedd concert while I worked wasn’t too shabs either!  :)

The dress I wore for the show was this refashion, and I even managed to wear heels without falling!  Huzzah!

But how did I refashion those two pieces for the show?  Hmmmmnnn?  Just in case my two minute time allotment wasn’t enough to explain this, I’ll break ‘em down for ya.  :)

Let’s start with that black long-sleeved blouse.

 

So sparkly!

So sparkly!

 

I didn’t choose this one, folks.  You know that bit of my segment where Mara Schiavocampo and I are digging through the bins at the Goodwill Clearance Center?  That was shot right before Mara and the producer had to rush back to the airport to catch their flight back to NYC.  This meant my normal hours-long dig session was reduced to about five minutes.  Mara liked the look of this one, and even though I had no clue what I was going to do to refash it in time for the show, I went along with it.  Because I’m not going to argue with a lady who needs to catch her flight!

I’m really glad I did, as this is one of my favorite refashions to date!  It’s also really simple!

First, I chopped off those sleeves.

 

Buh. Bye.

Buh. Bye.

 

Then, I put it on my dress form, pulling the neck hole under the arms and pinning the sides to fit, like so:

 

See?

See?

 

Each side went through my machine…

 

Whirrrrrrr!

Whirrrrrrr!

 

…and then I trimmed off the extra fabric.

Almost done!

I put my new dress on my dress form inside-out and pinned one of the sleeves over the shoulder.  This is what really makes this dress chic!

 

Wide part to the front.

Wide part to the front.

 

Small part to the back!

Small part to the back!

 

I stitched each of these pinned parts down, and a sexy cocktail dress was born!  There was no need to add a new hem or hem the top, as I was using what was already there!

 

Tres chic!

Tres chic!

 

Thanks for all your help, Erin!  :)

Thanks for all your help, Erin! :)

 

This frock was so cute, I couldn’t resist wearing it that evening for a night on the town with two of my best buds!

 

All this attention has clearly gone to my head!

All this attention has clearly gone to my head!

 

I think my dress is similar to this one worn by Heidi Klum…in a Dr. Scholl’s ad.

 

…except hers isn’t sparkly!

 

My friend Heather made the trip down from Philly to hang out with me and Erin in the big city!  :)

 

Reunited!

Reunited!

 

As we lounged at a swanky rooftop bar, I couldn’t help but feel really lucky to have had such a special day, and to have shared it with such wonderful friends.  :)

 

Lucky and blurry!

Lucky and blurry!

 

Thanks to everyone who tuned in.  I think we really are changing the way the world thinks about fashion.  And I couldn’t be happier.  :)

Cheers!

 

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ReFashionista on GMA!!!!! What the WHAT?!?!

I have some really exciting news, folks!

 

I’m gonna be on Good Morning America on Friday, July 18!!!!!

 

It's legit.

It’s legit.

 

I’m NOT KIDDING.  It’s really going to happen.

I can’t wait to chat about my refashions and do a surprise refashion LIVE on the show!

Nervous?  I'm not nervous!

Nervous? I’m not nervous!

 

I hope you’ll all tune in and check it out!

 

Cheers!

 

 

Happy Birthday Phillip & Jamie!

When my friends and I decided to plan a surprise birthday party for two of our favorite gentlemen who have reached a certain *ahem* landmark age, we went with a (playful) funeral theme.  This meant I needed something black, but not too severe for this fun fete!

Sadly, the only thing I had on my refashion rack was this vaguely nun-ish number:

 

This dress needs your prayers, folks.  :/

This dress needs your prayers, folks. :/

 

As I wash everything before I work with it, I was sad to see that cute collar got some very noticeable black on it.  :/

 

Bummer.  :/

Bummer. :/

 

At least I had those lovely pearly buttons!

 

Isn't it adorable?

Isn’t it adorable?

 

To get started, I removed a shoulder pad.  Yep.  Just one.  Apparently the previous owner for this frock had one muscle-y shoulder and one weak one.  ;)

 

flying solo!

Flying solo!

 

See those lame side tie thingies in the first pic?  Yeah…those went buh-bye as well.

 

It's for your own good!

It’s for your own good!

 

Next, I carefully snipped off that discolored collar.  Normally I would use a seam ripper to do this, but I knew I wanted to deepen the neckline on this one.

 

Sssssnip!

Sssssnip!

 

Next, I grabbed my seam ripper and got to work on those sleeves…watching the worst TV show of all time while I picked them off.

 

I hate it, but I can't stop watching it.  Grrrrrrrr!!!!

I hate it, but I can’t stop watching it. Grrrrrrrr!!!!

 

Under the Seam Ripper

Under the Seam Ripper

 

Despite being incapable of sentience, these sleeves are far smarter than any of the inhabitants of Chester's Mill.

Despite being incapable of sentience, these sleeves are far smarter than any of the inhabitants of Chester’s Mill.

 

All this snipping and ripping left me with a bunch of raw edges to pin down, and that’s just what I did!

 

Fray no more!

Fray no more!

 

I stitched my new neck and my new arm holes down.

 

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

 

This dress was still too blousey for me, so I got to that reshaping/tailoring bit!

 

Shaping up!

Shaping up!

 

Stitching those new sides!

Stitching those new sides!

 

I trimmed off the excess fabric, then did one more lil chop!

 

Temps are in the 90's here, folks.  Length just won't do!

Temps are in the upper 90′s here, folks. Length just won’t do!

 

I stitched a quick hem, then sewed those two side tie thingies together to make a mini-sash!

 

Just a quick lil whirr!

Just a quick lil whirr!

 

Just like that, I was ready to run out the door to a wonderful party for two wonderful fellas!  :)

 

I dunno…that guy behind me doesn't seem to dig it.  :/

I dunno…that guy behind me doesn’t seem to dig it. :/

 

The Birthday Boys!  :)

The Birthday Boys! :)

 

One of these things is not like the others...

One of these things is not like the others…as in somebody didn’t follow the “funeral” dress code.

 

It's a cupcake explosion!!!

It’s a cupcake explosion!!!

 

Hmmmnnn…There's that guy again...

Hmmmnnn…There’s that guy again…

 

Cheers!

 

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