Rockwell Dress

Hello and Happy Monday!  First off, thanks so much to everybody who showed up for The Sewing Party!  I had a blast chatting with you/ sharing my love of refashioning.  :)  For those of you who were unable to attend, don’t fret!  There are more (free) videos in the works!  I’m hoping to have one up by the end of this month.  :)

I frequently talk about how much I like living in Columbia, SC.  I sometimes hear my fellow Columbians say there’s nothing to do here, and I just don’t understand these folks!  There ALWAYS seems to be more events going on than even a very social gal like myself can possibly attend!  One of my favorite events that I ALWAYS manage to attend is Arts & Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art!  Drinking.  In the museum.  Huzzah.

A&D was last Friday, and I was stuck with nothing to wear to catch the new Norman Rockwell exhibit!

Except this:

 

Meh.

Meh.

 

As you can see, I’m not super-enthused about this one…yet!  This dress is just too much black, too shapeless, too shoulderpadded, and I hate those side-tie thingies!

Luckily, this was a pretty easy one to deal with.  :)

While there’s plenty to dislike about this frock, there’s also a lot of good stuff going on.  You just have to look a little closer.  :)  The top of this dress is lovely with it’s pretty mandarin embroidered neckline.  The fabric is warm and cozy.  :)  It has the potential to be the perfect dress for a cool Fall evening.

To get started, I snipped out those pads.

 

Later!

Later!

 

A bit more snipping followed!

 

Chop!

Chop!

 

I gave my dress a new hem with some fun rainbow thread…

 

Do you like the rainbow thread?

Do you like the rainbow thread?

 

Then decided to get a little fancy…

 

Yep.  My machine does this.

Yep. My machine does this.

 

Check it out now!

 

Pretty, eh?

Pretty, eh?

 

I took the side tie thingies, wrapped them around the back and back to the front, where I tied them off.  MUCH better that just tying it around the back (My bootay doesn’t really need any further attention, you know? ;) )

Now I have a pretty dress that keeps me quite warm while not being too stuffy!

 

Protip:  Wear bright tights to give your outfit a bit of pizzazz!

Protip: Wear bright tights to give your outfit a bit of pizzazz!

 

My smartly-dressed art pal Richard thought my dress was quite fetching!

 

Isn't he dapper?

Isn’t he dapper?

 

Mark seemed to think it was alright as well…

 

He's certainly a tall drink of water isn't he?

He’s certainly a tall drink of water isn’t he?

 

I swear, I’m wearing heels you guys.

 

Heel Proof: Exhibit B.

Heel Proof: Exhibit B.

 

Norman Rockwell:  Behind the Camera will run through January 18, and I hope you’ll get a chance to check it out.  It was really interesting getting to see his artistic process, and I was deeply moved by how passionate he was about Civil Rights (which was reflected in his later, less-popular work).

Cheers!

 

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The Sewing Party!!!!

Hey there!  Wanna party with me?  :)

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “Why don’t you ever do any videos?”

Well…I (with the help of some creative and camera-savvy pals) made one!

But wait…THERE’S MORE!  :)

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That’s right!  This Saturday, November 8 you are cordially invited to the first-ever all-day online DIY event EVER!!!!!

Thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about Connecting. Crafting. And Creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling (that’s me!), crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

For just $40, “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products.

I’ll be teaching my FIRST EVER ONLINE CLASS at 4:30, Become a ReFashionista!  In this class, I’ll show you how to take used, abused, dated, and just plain ugly thrift store clothes and turn them into cute couture!  There will also be a talkback session immediately after the class where I’ll be able to answer any questions you might have.

Here are a few fun behind-the-scenes pics to let you know I mean business:

Jeff, David, and a fancy schmancy camera!

Jeff, David, and a fancy schmancy camera!

 

Picking out a tutorial-worthy "before" piece!

Picking out a tutorial-worthy “before” piece!

 

Erin approves!

Erin approves!

 

Jeff in action!

Jeff in action!

 

Can't we all just get along???

Can’t we all just get along???

 

Hour 6 of video shoot...

Hour 6 of video shoot… ;P

 

Sooooooooo….what are ya waiting for?  Register today, and I’ll see you at the party!  :)

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An “It’ll do for work.” Dress

Spoiler Alert:  This is not a terribly exciting refashion.  But it IS a cautionary tale about what happens when you make boring non-daring choices in a refashion!  So…let’s begin!

It all started with this dress I found on the 50 cent rack at a nearby Goodwill:

 

I assume the previous owner died after being mauled by a tiger.

I assume the previous owner died after being mauled by a tiger.

 

I can see why nobody wanted this one, as it has a pretty major hole in the shoulder.  No worries!  I can fix that, and fix it I did!

 

No big deal.

No big deal.

 

With that shoulder fixed, I got to removing a couple of things I wasn’t too fond of…

 

Shoulder padding!

Shoulder padding!

 

Oh joy.  A row of buttons right above my ass.  How flattering!

Oh joy. A row of buttons right above my ass. How flattering!

 

Whew!  Much better!

Whew! Much better!

 

I decided to just take this one in a couple of inches on each side.

 

Just a couple 'o inches!

Just a couple ‘o inches!

 

I stitched each side down, then serged those rapidly-fraying raw edges!

 

Serrrrrrrrrrge!

Serrrrrrrrrrge!

 

Here’s what it looked like when I was done:

 

Nice!

Nice!

 

I chopped off a ridiculously conservative amount off the bottom…

 

Meh.

Meh.

 

Then I gave it a new hem.

 

Blah.

Blah.

 

And here it is:  My totally boring dress that I don’t really care for!

 

Seriously.  :/

Seriously. :/

 

And here it is being boring and still-dated-looking from the side!

 

Not much better, eh?  :/

Not much better, eh? :/

 

Not even my cool new wig could save it!  :/

 

I feel pretty!

I feel pretty!

 

The print is fun, but this frock is still oh-so-frump!  :/  I think I’ll re-refashion it!

I feel like I should have taken it in MUCH more and should have gone a good bit shorter as well.  I made a couple of boring conservative choices and ended up with a lackluster result. :/

I looked at it and thought, “Eh.  It’ll do for work.”, which is exactly the mediocrity I strive to avoid, both in my sewing AND in my personal appearance.

So yeah.  I don’t really like this one very much, but hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and not suss out the way I did.

Fortune favors the bold!

Cheers!

 

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