Okay guys…I’ve been a major slacker about sharing Reader ReFashes as of late.
THAT STOPS NOW! :)
This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Mai-Linh, a devoted thrift store scavenger and upcycler!
Sort of robe-ish, no?
I picked up the dress at a Goodwill. It had a sort of eccentric-hermit-bathrobe vibe, but the fabric was fabulous….After I chopped off the sleeves, the top needed some reshaping/taking in, and then I hemmed the skirt.
Look at that robe now!
She’s ready for her close-up!
Beautiful work, Mai-Linh!
I absolutely adore my friends (In case you can’t tell by the rather prolific amount of pics of them I post here). Needless to say, I was super excited to take a weekend trip to Georgia Wine Country with a few of them. :)
All I needed was something cool and comfortable to wear! I chose this:
This pic was taken at 6am btw…
There’s a lot to loathe about this dress. Those shoulder pads, puffy sleeves, and blousy top just aren’t working for me. But that print is lovely, and the fabric is lightweight and cool…perfect for a day sipping vino on a winery’s veranda!
This one wasn’t hard at all! First I made a big chop:
Just like this!
Then, I created a casing from that top edge, like so:
I left a tiny gap just large enough to thread some elastic through.
This elastic right here!
I wrapped a piece of elastic right under my arms and pulled it to where it was snug without being uncomfortable. Then I snipped it and threaded it through my new casing, using this awesome doodad!
I stitched the ends of the elastic together, then stitched the small gap I left for the threading of said elastic.
Now I have a cool & comfy strapless frock!
I blame my dazed expression on the wine!
Much wine was tasted!
Barrels and barrels!
Much fun was had!
Well hello there, David!
Much beauty was seen!
Serenity Now, at Frogtown Winery!
I even made a new friend!
I shall name him “Peanut”!
You should just go ahead and plan a Georgia Wine Country visit of your very own! :)
So. Much. Wine.
Is this supposed to be a nightgown?
While I certainly do look quite angelic in this human doily, I can’t get over the ruffles or the whiteness of it. I hate wearing white. I’m far too clumsy for it, and I feel like it makes me look even paler than I already am!
You can probably guess what I did next!
Here’s what my dress looked like as it soaked up a bit of dye in its bath:
Looks like sherbet, doesn’t it?
Once my dress way dyed and dried, I chopped off that bottom ruffle.
That overlapping layer means I don’t even have to stitch a new hem! Huzzah!
Then, I lopped off some of the bottom hem, starting at the serged part above the lace.
This will be my future sash!
So the color and the length are looking much better, but It was still to floufy for me.
Time to de-flouf!
It kind of looks like a fin, doesn’t it?
Stitch the fin!
I cut off that extra material with my pinking shears, gave my new dress a good press, and was ready to meet some fab friends for some Moscow Mules (my favorite summer beverage!).
This dress isn’t my typical style, but I really do like it! I love the new color, and I like how the lace stayed white, giving the whole piece a little more interest. :)
My friends liked it too!
Okay. That’s just silly. from now on, all of my pics will be dark and mysterious, okay?
“Look mysterious!” I told Erin.
“We have to look mysterious!” I told Mark.
Apparently my idea of “mysterious” is looking off to the side.
I blame the mules!
We don’t look mysterious at all. :/