My Picasso Shirt

I woke up at 5:30 this morning feeling ridonkulously (and most uncharacteristically) energized!  I tied on my trainers and ran two miles (I think something might be wrong with me).  Still feeling all sorts of jazzed, I decided to make a boring shirt I scored at a clothing swap a bit more interesting.

Hi. I'm your average Tshirt. *Yawn*

First, I grabbed some chalk and drew a sort of Picasso-esque little line drawing on the shirt.

I am obviously going through my green period.

Then, I ran it through my machine, tracing the chalk outline…first with fuscia thread using a straight stitch, then with white thread using a zigzag stitch.

I stitch the line.

I dug through my huge tin ‘o buttons and pulled out this guy.

So many buttons!

I hand-stitched the button onto the shirt for my guy’s eye.  I think it’s pretty nifty!


Gypsy likes it, too!

Hi Gypsy!

Sorry Gyps!  I’m the only one who gets to wear it!  :)

Like my hoedown scarf?


Dye! Dye! My Darling!

Today’s piece began as a dingy white dress/coverup thing.

It's not as pristine as it looks in the pic, I promise.

 With its discolored pits (ewwwwwwww!) and general not-quite-whiteness, this guy was in need of some serious attention.  I could have just bleached the bejeezus out of it, but decided to experiment a little instead!

Dye Bath Time!

 I’ve never dyed anything before in my life.  I’ve always assumed it was a tedious and messy process.  However, this coverup/dress thing was a freebie, so I figured I’d give it a go!

First, I tied the dress into a knot at the middle.

Tie it.

Then, I just followed the instructions on the box of Navy Blue Rit dye!  Easy peasy!

Dye it.

I left the dress in the dye bath for about 10 minutes, hoping for a pastel bluish hue.  Then I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed.

Rinsey Rinsey!

 After I had rinsed out all the excess dye, I hand-washed my dress and tossed it in the dryer with a towel. 

I was happy with how my first ever dye job went.  The color ended up being more purpley than blue, but that really didn’t bug me.  Now I have a great coverup for the beach!  I tossed  my new coverup over my bikini and headed to Art Bar for the Mr. B’s Goodtime Karaoke Explosion Cabana Night.  :)

Ready for a late-night pool party!


It's Bob!


I'm digging her sparkly top!


Can you find the Jillian in this photo? Can you?

Trouser Dress

Take a lookie look at what I made from a pair of size 40 men’s trousers I bought for 50 cents!


I cut the top part into a pearish shape and added an elastic waist.  Then I made an Obi belt out of the fabric from the legs to cover the ugly elasto-waistband…almost a completely No-Waste refashion!

My fly's undone.

I wore a simple LBD under my new skirt, and voila!  The whole thing looks like a dress!


Feeling adequately frocked, I met up with a couple of pals to see the 2010 Vista Queen Pageant at Trustus Theatre.


Of course this was no ordinary beauty pageant…:)

She's just a sweet transvestite...

Starr Gazer, the winner of Vista Queen, belting out a mean ditty.

Konnie tosses her wig aside in a fit of passion!

All of the queens were wonderful!  We had such fun being serenaded, heckled, and ultimately verrrrry entertained by all of them, but my vote went to…(drum roll please)…



Crop Rotation

This top was given to me recently from a local charity shop that is about to have a large impact on Year 2 of my bloggy blog (don’t you just loooove teasers???).

Looking rather plump.

As you can see, it doesn’t look all that great on me.  Also, the elastic on the bottom was all wonky and stretched out.

has seen its heyday

I looooove the funky print, super light fabric, and the neckline of this top; but I’m completely over the poofy shirt with an elastic waistband thing.  It makes everyone look fat and preggo, and I think it’s time to modernize this top a bit.

Inspired by all the crop tops (reminiscent of the late 80’s/Early 90’s,) I’ve been seeing making a comeback, I decided to quickly make this blah top a bit more hip.


Well, that was easy!  I decided to keep the bottom edge raw,  but I wanted to limit how much it could fray, and embellish it a bit.

The stitch that zigs!

As I’m closer to 30 than 20, I wasn’t quite ready to show the midriff just yet, so I layered my new top over a contrasting patterned tank, and an awesome skirt I scored at a recent clothing swap.

Oh hi.

Oh you know me! Just hanging out in alleyways!

The contrasting tanks kinda rock.

I headed to Delaney’s with the fella to celebrate the birthday of a very funny guy.

Happy B'day Curt!

Chillin' with Curt's lovely lady & her lovely fam!


In Vest ing in the moment

This is a bit of a Bogo refashion!  The folks at a local charity shop were kind enough to give me several items that were damaged, and hadn’t sold.  Author’s note:  You’ll be hearing a lot more about them in year 2 of my blog in July!  The dress I’m wearing is one of them.  The vest I’m wearing was a $1 yard sale purchase from a friend.

By the power vested in me, I will fix you!

The dress was an easy fix, the grey jersey knit top had a bit o’ discoloration, which came out in the wash.  Because this dress is cheaply made, and therefore of cheap fabrics, the top had also begun to pill.  I took my razor and a lint roller to it, and viola!  Fixed!

The vest just needed to be taken in from the sides.  I put it on inside-out to gauge how much would need to be taken in.

about thiiiiiiiis much on each side

I used a safety pin to mark it, took it off, and pinned each side evenly.

Pinned on both sides!

I ran it through my machine, using a straight stitch, then a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.  Yes, the proper way would be to unpick the side seams, stitch the lining in (hiding the raw edge), then stitching the outer fabric, THEN stitch them back together….but I was in a hurry!


I threw on my new duds with my gorgeous new patent leather brogue wedges from Sid and Nancy in Five Points that I bought for a song.  I was ready to invest (har har) in a lovely Friday!

Looking off to the side for no reason is the new duckface.

Feeling like a total cute boots in my $1 outfit

I wore my fun lil outfit that evening for a birthday dinner/surprise engagement announcement for my lovely friend, Erin!

Hi Erin!

Erin has a posse!

Chillin' with the Groom-to-be!

Cheers to Erin and Ken!  :)