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?
It’s been mind-numbingly, skull-thumpingly hot here in SC lately. Forgive me for being lazy, but when I pulled this dress off my refash rack, I just wasn’t in the mood to sew. Unfortunately, this dress wasn’t going to work on a 100+ degree day as-is. :/
Not to worry! I had a plan! First, I snipped out those shoulder pads.
Pads & MORE pads!
Check it out! There were actually back-up pads for the already huge pads! Pads all around!
My shoulders weren’t gonna need any protection today though…other than sunscreen that is!
I turned the dress around so the zip-up back was in the front, and pulled my arms through the neck, tucking the top of the new front in.
Then, I tied the sleeves under my boobal area, like so:
Not bad for a 3-minute refash!
I managed to keep cool while sipping mimosas with friends at a VERY fun Drag Brunch @ The Mamas and the Tapas!
Hooray for bottomless mimosas!
The ladies were fabulous!
It’s Dorae Saunders!
She does a mean Tina!
Hi Bella Nichole Jade!
Philip’s just chillin’ with Buff Faye! :)
All these awesome costumes leave me inspired to perhaps start refashioning for a completely different kind of demographic ;)…What do you think? ReDragionista?
Or maybe the heat has just gone to my head!