Green Poppy Dress

I find so many 70’s housecoats when I go thrifting!  I really liked this one with it’s lovely green flowers!

 

Mrrrrrrrrphmrrrrrrphmrrrrrr!

Mrrrrrrrrphmrrrrrrphmrrrrrr!

 

Yikes!  That turtleneck!

There was also a good bit of damage on the sleeves.

 

Holey Moley!

Holey Moley!

 

I can only assume the previous owner of this frock was mauled by an animal of some sort...

I can only assume the previous owner of this frock was mauled by an animal of some sort…

 

I’ve been working on a really exciting holiday project (It’s gonna blow your mind dear friend) that I can’t wait to share with you guys.  It involves a LOT of really tedious sewing, so I felt like taking a lil no-sew break today!  :)

Chops happened!

 

Bye damaged sleeves!

Bye damaged sleeves!

 

I turned this dress so the back was the new front.  I unzipped it a bit so that turtleneck became a funky collar.  That very bottom scrap turned into a sash for my waist.

Not too shabs, I must say!

 

Are you green with envy over how easy this rehash was?

Are you green with envy over how easy this rehash was?

 

My new dress enjoyed a laid-back day that consisted mainly of hanging out with friends and a tasty dinner.  :)

 

Yay!  Layers!

Yay! Layers!

 

Hi (again), Erin!

Hi (again), Erin!

 

Cheers!

 

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A Teal Brunch Dress

That’s right.  I’m running out of title ideas for these.  C’mon!  After 700 or so posts, I think that’s fair, right?  :)  I promise to be more creative with the next one!

I was really excited about this $1 score.

 

My favorite color!

My favorite color!

 

Teal is my absolute FAVORITE color!  I also really liked those fabulous big brass buttons on the front!  Unfortunately, this frock was too big for me as-is, and I would have to do some pretty dramatic reshaping.

I’ve got this.  :)

The sides had to be taken in a good bit, but I also had to be thoughtful about what shape I wanted my new dress to take.  I opted for a 60’s-ish mod styling instead of the more streamlined/fitted look I had also been contemplating.

I pinned my dress on my form, like I do.  :)

 

Reshaping in progress!

Reshaping in progress!

 

Each side got stitched down…

 

Whirrrrrrrr!

Whirrrrrrrr!

 

Then, each side got serged!

 

Serrrrrrrrrrge!

Serrrrrrrrrrge!

 

Almost done!  I just needed to raise that hem and take those sleeves up a lil bit!

 

Choppy Chop!

Choppy Chop!

 

A brand new hem!

A brand new hem!

 

A brand new sleeve hem!

A brand new sleeve hem!

 

Look at my new dress now!

 

And check out this crazy tentacle while you're at it!

And check out this crazy tentacle while you’re at it!

 

I LOVE how the shape of this turned out…fitted, flared, and fun!  :)  It was exactly what I needed for a brunch outing at The Kraken with pals!

 

MY Mosa!

MY Mosa!

 

A closer look!

A closer look!

 

Erin thought it was pretty cute too!

 

Hey Buddy!

Hey Buddy!

 

Cheers!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  :)  I hope you had a wonderful one spent with loved ones amongst many delicious foods!

Before I show you my latest refashion, allow me to introduce you to my new foster pup, Bosley!

Syncronized Dachshunds!

Synchronized Dachshunds!

 

Bosley will be staying with me while he recovers from some pretty terrible neglect he suffered before being surrendered into foster care.  You’ll be happy to learn that he’s doing really well (and loves playing with Douglas).  Methinks he’ll find his forever home really soon.  :)

Oh, and another fun thing!  Lots of you have asked me about my various thrifting tricks.  Well, I just wrote a guest post for the Goodwill of the Upstate and Midlands‘ blog, The Good Life on how to make the most of thrift store trip when you only have a few minutes to spare titled, I Don’t Have Time to Thrift (Um…Yeah you do!).  Check it out!

Okay…now for the refash!  :)

When I woke up yesterday, I realized that I had nothing to wear for a Thanksgiving gathering with friends.  I threw on a housedress to contemplate my conundrum…

 

WAIT!  THIS GIVES ME AN IDEA!!!

WAIT! THIS GIVES ME AN IDEA!!!

 

This would make a perfect Thanksgiving Day frock!  Look at the pretty fall colors in this homemade $1 housedress!  And I just LOVED those big vintage red buttons.

The shape needed some work though.

The sleeves were actually perfect how they were.  But I got to work taking in the body of this frock.

 

Lots of pinning!

Lots of pinning!

 

Some stitching!

Some stitching!

 

Aaaaaand serging that raw edge!

Aaaaaand serging that raw edge!

 

As I tailored my new dress, I noticed a few tiny holes. No worries!  I goot to mending!

 

Hand-stitchery!

Hand-stitchery!

 

With those tiny holed repaired, I chopped of a bit of length from the bottom of my new dress.

 

Just a simple chop!

Just a simple chop!

 

It got a new hem…

 

Pin & Stitch!

Pin & Stitch!

 

…then I sewed down the bottom of that front placket to keep any crotch-gaping at bay!

 

Whirrrrr!

Whirrrrr!

 

After a quick press, my Turkey Day dress was ready for a delightful (and food-laden) gathering with some of my favorite folks!  :)

 

So comfy!

So comfy!

 

I think this refashion has a fun 60’s feel to it.  What do you think?

 

Inquiring minds want to know.  :)

Inquiring minds want to know. :)

 

I accessorized with matching tights (of course!) and a pretty vintage brooch I scored at our local farmers’ market.  :)

 

Can we just agree to bring brooches back in style?  Please?

Can we just agree to bring brooches back in style? Please?

 

Great times were had with some pretty terrific people.  :)

 

Marques takes photobombing to a ninja-like level!  :)

Marques takes photobombing to a ninja-like level! :)

 

Hi Amauri!  :)

Hi Amauri! :)

 

I love Amauri's mom, Elena!  :) :) :) :)

I love Amauri’s mom, Elena! :) :) :) :)

 

I am SO thankful to have these people in my life!  :)

I am SO thankful to have these people in my life! :)

 

Cheers!

 

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