Hey guys! After my totally unannounced break, I’m back! So…what’s up with my crazy long absence from ReFashionista? I don’t know what else to say except that I’ve been doing this blog for 5 years and just wanted to take a break from being The ReFashionista and just be plain ol’ Jillian for a bit.
Another big change that happened recently is that for the first time in my life I have a creative job. Before that, ReFashionista.net was my one escape and my outlet. It was the place where after spending 8 hours doing really fantastically boring stuff that I got to have fun. Now I’m happy to say my actual day job is really fun!
Also, I just got out of the routine. This blog actually took a lot of time and energy (not a bad thing by any means), but in the moving process, I just sort of fell out of it.
But c’mon! It’s time for a refashion! :D I found this awesome springy $1 Muumuu and knuuknuu (harhar) it would be great for a relaxing afternoon with friends!
Oh hai! Welcome to my new place!
Of course this frock wasn’t without its issues. It had a few weird stains on it that didn’t come out in the wash (more on that later), It’s obviously too big for me, and as temps have gotten nice & warm, I wasn’t feeling the sleeveage. But isn’t that print fabulous? And I really liked the neckline too!
To get started, I grabbed my seam ripper and started de-sleeving.
Pick. Pick. Pick.
Next, I closed up those raw edges…
Next, a bit of fitting was in order! I was happy to see that those stubborn stains would no longer be an issue, as I’d be able to just sew them off. :)
See? Soon they’ll be a thing of the past!
Each side got taken in…
Just a couple more whirrrrs, folks!
And that’s it! My first refashion in over a month is now complete!
I styled my new frock with an awesome bag I thrifted for $2.00, one of my many giant pairs of shades, a necklace that used to be my grandmother’s, and my comfy Sperrys. :)
This dress had a LOT of fun!
Just meandering downtown…like ya do.
We’re all good!
So…in case you were worried, don’t be! ReFashionista is officially back in action!
Huzzah! It’s SPRING! Now ends the winter of my discontent! This winter ended on a lousy note, so I’m happy to say goodbye to the blah, and hello to lots of good & positive things that have come into the works since then. :)
Let’s start with a new refashion for the new season, shall we? I started with this $1 polyester number:
So sea foamy!
It also had a lining!
I like sea foam green. I also really liked that nice waist detail and wanted to bring it out a bit.
But first, I needed to get rid of those sleeves for a nice, super-warm day!
Then, I carefully snipped the rest of the sleeves from the neck part of the dress…
Now…remember how I said I liked the waist of this dress? I took a gamble and decided to dye the whole thing, in hopes that the thread at the waist was cotton. Here’s why: Cotton takes to dye really really well, and polyester doesn’t take to dye much at all. I was hoping for a nice contrast between the two.
In the Navy…
I wasn’t disappointed!
I didn’t feel like messing with the lining of this frock, so I snipped it out. Normally, when taking in the dress, I’d also take in the lining, but I was running late to meet up with friends. And this is why I have a nude slip to wear under such things. :)
I closed up those raw arm holes…
…and then totally forgot to snap any pics of the taking-in of this dress. Forgive me. I was in a hurry!
Hurried or no, I think the result is pretty swell!
My brunch companions liked it too!
Yes. My sunglasses make me look like a fly.
We had a really lovely day.
Saturday wine tasting crew!
We even picked up a few other folks in our travels around downtown!
Our numbers are growing.
Sorry for the lack of pics on this one! I promise to do better next time!
Hi all. Wow. Lots ‘n lots of comments on that last post.
First off, thank you for your kind words. They were all extremely thoughtful, and you’re wonderful to have cared enough to reach out like you did. Thank you.
Second off, I want to ease your minds about a few things. There seems to be a misconception in the comments thread of the last post that I’m just totally broke and should have a GoFundMe thing set up or something. That’s not the case, I promise you. I’m certainly not loaded, and am going through some financially tough times, but don’t worry. I’m financially stable. And I can’t stand those people who set up GoFundMe drives when there are people who are in actual need. I make fun of them.
I’m feeling much better now, and have taken steps to keep feeling much better/ possibly betterer. Don’t worry about me. A lot of you said you’ve been feeling the same way I was feeling, and I don’t want that for you. I hope you’ll seek help. I wish I had done so 10+ years ago, as it has already made an immense difference, and I look forward to seeing how much better I’m going to feel. It can get better.
For my 33rd birthday, I work up at 3:30 (WHOA!)am to do a refashion.
I started with this.
I snipped out those sleeves, as temps were finally going to reach into the 80’s. Usually I don’t advise this as it will make closing up your armholes a little harder, and you run the risk of making them way too wide, but I really didn’t feel like spending the hour+ it would take to get these off. Also, because this thing is so big and would need to be taken in so much, it wouldn’t be such an issue.
Once this was done, the gown graduated to my dress form for a fitting:
Much fit. Very wow.
I stitched down each side on my machine, then serged the raw edges.
For those of you who keep telling me the tension is off, can you tell me how to fix it? :)
Next, I closed up those raw (and rapidly-fraying) arm holes. It was actually a pretty finicky business. I really should have properly unpicked the sleeves, then sewed the arm holes, then taken it in. But in the end, it worked out fine.
Pin. Pin. Pin.
These went under the needle (but not serger, of course) as well.
Only a couple more steps!
I hacked off some of the length to make this graduation gown look a little less graduation-y:
My new dress got a new hem.
Pin, then stitch!
But I managed to accidentally stitch one of the front flappy things down the wrong way! :/
Just a lil unpick/restitch!
Next, I just needed something to give my new frock a bit more of a waist. I took that bottom scrap and sewed it into a fabric tube/sash.
I think this is a little better than my last slackfashion:
I spent my birthday with some lovely friends. Sorry there aren’t any pics, as I wasn’t in a very pic-y mood that night.
As evidenced by my partial participation in this one. #METAPHOR
So…there ya go. Til’ next time…