When I received a pair of tickets in the mail for the annual Free Times Best of Columbia Party, I was delighted and surprised! I started freelancing with them this year, but still didn’t expect to be invited to one of THE best parties of the year!
This year’s theme was “Yacht Rock”, and I had just the nautical number for the evening!
Oh dear. This would not do. Those shoulder pads! That terrible fit! And what about these?!?
Just say “No” to bows!
My first priority was to get rid of those massive pads!
Don’t worry guys! You’ll make a swell sunglasses case later!
I knew I needed to raise that dated waistline. The quickest and easiest way to do this was to chop off the top! I wanted to keep the functionality of the back zipper, so I made sure the pull was on the bottom part before I cut.
How’d my foot get in the shot?
I closed up that raw edge…
Pin it all around, then stitch it!
You can see where I folded that zipper under twice just like the rest of the dress. Don’t worry. If you have a good strong needle, it’ll sew over it, and you’ll be fine. You might have to sew a hook-and-eye closure above it, but luckily I didn’t need to.
After I stitched that top raw edge down, I needed to sew down that front placket. This dress was about to get super-fitted, so I really didn’t want any gappage!
Stitch it down!
I tossed my dress on my form inside-out and got it fitted!
I stitched down each side…
…then replaced one of the buttons that fell off in the refashioning process…
Just a quick bit of stitchery!
…and added on a little something extra to the bottom hem!
Wait…what is this sorcery???
Notice what’s wrong? I didn’t! :/
Now I’m ready to board the yacht!
This party was a BLAST! I had so much fun hanging out with some of the coolest people in Columbia!
…like Kaitlin and Erin here!
Or lovely local actress, Evelyn!
Even my buddy Ellis made a showing!
Ron and I sharing a prom-esque moment…
Of COURSE one of the men behind Bourbon came out to celebrate!
I had a fantastic evening, and my fingers are crossed that I get invited next year too! :)
I’m not a big fan of ruffles.
I’m also not a fan of wearing anything white. For a person as clumsy as myself, it’s just tempting fate.
You can probably guess what I did first!
In the red!
I don’t use red dye a lot. In past, I’ve tried to use Scarlet dye, but the results have always ended up being more coral than the desired red. My fingers were crossed for my first time trying this Cherry dye out.
I ended up with pink. Ugh. :/
Anywho…the refashion must go on!
I put my newly barbiefied frock on my dress form, and pinned it down one side — trying not to wince at the armpit discoloration that would soon be chopped away!
I used my fabric pencil to mark along the pinned line. My reason for this is that I know I’d have to remove the dress from the form, and there’s no zipper or any closure. To get the dress off the form, I needed to remove the pins.
No worries! I just repinned the dress along the blue line!
I stitched my new seam down…
…then I chopped off the extra fabric.
Something still wasn’t quite right for me though…
Douglas and I agree…it’s just too ruffly!
I started snipping off that bottom ruffle!
I decided to leave half of the ruffle on the front. I thought it looked kinda neat. I also like how some of the ruffles didn’t take as much dye as the others. :) I tossed one of my grandmother’s vintage scarves around my waist, and pinned her brooch to the shoulder to complete my look. What do you think?
In the pink!
My new dress had a lovely evening with friends! :)
Enjoying tasty cocktails at the Pets Inc. benefit! :)
Who’s wearing them better? Hmmmmnnnn…
Lemme take a selfie! ;)
Let it be known that I have a fondness for elephants.
This is evidenced by this refashion, as well as this one.
When I found this dress with its funky elephant print, I knew I didn’t want to let any of those little guys go!
I love them. Really…I do!
Unfortunately, I knew I wanted to shorten this one.
Not to worry! I had a plan!
“Wait! Why two chops, Mom?”
I overlocked the raw edge of that bottom scrap, then pressed it under.
Don’t judge…it was my first time overlocking!
Then, I stitched it down.
I’ll bet you’re wondering where I’m going with this one, eh?
I put my dress on my form, and pinned that scrap onto the neckline.
If you look closely at the front, you can see where I made two pleats to compensate for the length of the bottom being longer than the length of the neckline. I bascially just eyeballed it and folded it. It really wasn’t very hard, just a little finicky. :)
I stitched my new collar down…
This looks almost identical to the first sewing shot…weird!
I’m almost done! :) I couldn’t forget to give my newly-renecked dress a nice new hem, now could I?
I am really really really proud of this one, you guys!
Save the Elephants!
Seriously…I’m in love with this one. I enjoyed getting lots of compliments on it all day! :)
What do you think?