My Drapey Halter Top

Today’s piece began looking like this.

A large & saggy tank. :(

Let me just say that one of the many things I’m digging about my new dress form is no longer having to subject you guys to what I really look like in the morning if I don’t feel like it.  You might never see me without makeup on again, friends (Yeah right…as if I could resist making silly faces in my “before” pics for very long)!

I needed to wear something with the colors Garnet and Black to Support these guys in their College World Series game against Virginia.

Go Cocks!!!!

As there were no garnet ugly ducklings in my stash, I went with a too-big tank.

I snipped off one of the straps.


Then I turned the raw edge from the missing strap under twice, and hemmed it with the line of the seam.  Then I poked my head through the existing strap, making it a halter top!  I tossed on my faux garnet earrings and red flats to show my support for the old Alma Mater!  :)

Check out my massive handbag!

I love how the top drapes and the asymmetrical neckline!  I also like how the bottom hem shows just a teensy bit of skin.  ;)

digging the drape!

I also loooove the sexy back!

Ooh la la!

I met up with some pals at The Thirsty Fellow to watch the big game after work.  :)

Go Cocks!

Gleefully watching our guys being awesome!

Our smiles become strained in the 13th inning...

The Gamecocks fought a hard 13 innings to pull off a 3-2 victory!  Huzzah!  My fingers are firmly crossed that they’ll be able to win the World Series yet again!

Go Cocks!  :)

Skirt is Shirt

Recently, I invested in a new dress form!  I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without one.  It’s like having a clone I can use to try on things, experiment with drape, and pin!  I haven’t decided on a name for her yet.  :)

I decided to use her to refashion this skirt.

It's a skirt!

Now, this is a perfectly nice skirt.  Sadly, it’s too small for me (a size 0…crazy!), plus it has a couple of small stains on the waistband that I couldn’t get out in the wash.  Happily, it was a freebie!

I decided to turn this skirt into a top.  First, I cut out the lining.

Cut. It. Out.

Then, I put it on my dress form upside-down and pinned it where I wanted the neckline and arm holes to be.


Then, I ran it through my machine to make my sleeve-ish things.  :)


Now I have a fun, blousy top made of oh-so-very-soft silk.  You can’t even see the small stains due to the way my top drapes.  :)


My new top pairs well with Vinho Verde!

Check out my wingspan!

I headed out with my fella to celebrate a very special guy’s birthday.  :)

Happy Birthday, J.J./Boombox Guy!!!! :)

J & J!

Ah, Love!

It's Sam!

It's Alex!


A Denim Skirt (Why didn’t I have one of these already???)

I can’t believe I haven’t owned a denim skirt in years!  Seriously…This is a casual southern wardrobe staple!  Today, I sought to rectify this situation with this Eddie Bauer mumsy number (a freebie…yay!).

Serious Mom Skirt

As is, this is fairly awful.  It looks like something my 3rd grade teacher would have worn.  To take  this skirt from spinster to sassy, I first made a big cut.


I wanted to let the hem fray, but I didn’t want to leave my skirt looking quite so unfinished.  Luckily, I had a spool of super-thick thread made for sewing denim in my stashy stash.  I sewed two rows of straight stitches above the line where I didn’t mind letting the skirt fray.

A bit more of a finished look

That’s it!  :)  I now have a wardrobe staple that has been missing from my closet for oh-so-long! :)

From Frump to Fabu!

Cheers!  :)

A Silken Skirt Dress

It’s been a while since my last post, eh?  Not to worry.  I’m not going anywhere.  I’m just busy mulling ideas over for what shall surely be an amazing Year 2 of my blog (starts next month!).  I’m getting quite excited about it!  :)

Today’s outfit began as a discarded silk skirt.

Caffeine makes the magic happen!

 A charity shop was about to toss it out because of this:


This was an easy fix.  I turned the skirt inside-out and re-sewed the torn seam.

A quick fix!

If this skirt hadn’t needed mending, this would’ve been a no-sew refashion. :)  I decided to wear it as a dress, cinching it at the waist with a sash from another dress.  :)

A simple transformation!

Before you find fault with me for doing such a quickie refashion, please understand that I had other things to make for the evening as well.  :)

Mmmmmmm! Turkey Chili! :)

MMMMmmmmmm! Blueberry Mojitos!

A Saucy Slit!

After a bit of mojito pre-gaming, I was ready to head out for the evening!  Have you ever noticed how when you’re in pictures wearing a strapless dress, you look as if you’re naked? :)  I mean, look at this!

Looking topless...

Happy and nekkid-looking


My DIY Save the Dates

Fella and I have been engaged for a while now, and have finally set the date for our big day!  I decided to make my own Save the Date magnets from a bunch of materials that were about to be thrown out by my buddy’s business.  Yup…these were totally FREE for me to make.  :)

I had a bunch of colored file folders.


I had loads of fabric scraps from all my sewing projects.


I had a big stack of these magnets from last year’s symphony season (not too useful for anyone now).


I also had some really nice letterhead stationery and envelopes that were an old logo, and were about to be thrown out with the folders and magnets.

I cut, pasted, and sewed.


And now I have some pretty awesome Save the Date magnets for our nearest and dearest! :)

Love em!

They're magnets!

They have envelopes!

They look terrific, they’re eco-friendly, and they didn’t cost a thing! :)