One Dress, Three Ways III! Which is Your Fave?

Hello all.  Whew!  I have been one busy busy gal!  Starting my new job and lots of other fun things have kept me in a most exciting flurry of activity!  :)

Don’t worry!  It’s all calming down enough for me to blog a bit more regularly…at least for now!  :)

I feel like the last time we talked, I was near the end of a project.  Hmmmmnnn…what could that have been?

 

Oh yes!  Now I remember!

Oh yes! Now I remember!

 

You can see the previous (no sew!) incarnations of this dress right here and here!

I thought it was time to whip out my machine for the final chapter in this thrilling saga!

Since I’ve already made a dress and a top, I decided to go for (as many of you guessed) a skirt!

I wisely held onto that bottom scrap from #2!

 

What's the plan, Stan?

What’s the plan, Stan?

 

To get started, I did a bit of cutting:

 

Don't wave Goodbye yet, little sleeve!  I have a plan for you!

Don’t wave Goodbye yet, little sleeve! I have a plan for you!

 

I knew I wanted to go for a funky layered look for my new skirt, and that I wanted it to be fitted.

I took a dress that I really like the fit of, and cut my basic skirt template from that.  Pinnage followed.

 

Shaping up!

Shaping up!

 

You can see where I’m using the finished edges for my waistband so they don’t overstretch/so I don’t have to add elastic to the already-stretchy fabric.

I stitched the base of my skirt together.

 

Stitch those sides!

Stitch those sides!

 

Remember those sleeves?  I cut them off…

 

Owie Owie!

Owie Owie!

 

then I cut those guys apart like so:

 

Disection in Progress!

Disection in Progress!

 

I pinned my fun flappy leftovers around the wast…

 

Flappy Bits!

Flappy Bits!

 

Then, I stitched them down!

 

It's the stitch that Zigs!

It’s the stitch that Zigs!

 

Okay.  I THINK I may have solved this problem, but sewing the flappy bits on was a real struggle.  :/  My thread kept breaking off and doing this:

 

Over.  And Over.  And OVER AGAIN.  :/

Over. And Over. And OVER AGAIN. :/

 

I THINK it was just that the thread guide behind the needle had somehow gotten too tight and was pulling the thread (Everything SEEMS to be okay now), but do any of you guys have any idea what could have been going wrong?

Despite a rather frustrating experience (with lots of internal screaming), I still somehow ended up with a fun & creative addition to my wardrobe!  :)

 

The Final Chapter!

The Final Chapter!

 

A lil sloppy, but still cute!

A lil sloppy, but still cute!

 

Le back!

Le back!  And YES I did a quick fold-over take-in.  :/  But it looks okay with my sweater over it…I guess.

 

I was honestly just happy to be done with this one, you guys.

But my new skirt sure had a fun time seeing Zoso (a really fun Led Zepplin cover band) that night!

 

Hi Zoso!

Hi Zoso!

 

Mark seemed to have an alright time too!

 

Yes.  He's a full head taller than me.

Yes. He’s a full head taller than me.

 

But enough about my social life!  What I really want to know is…

Which version of this dress is your favorite?????

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Leave your favorite in the comments!  The winner will be announced in my next post!

Cheers!

 

One Dress, Three Ways II…and Good News!

Wow.  You guys are terrible guessers.  ;)

Nope…still haven’t found my house yet (I’m looking!  I’m looking!).

Nope…Mark and I are not engaged (We’ve only been dating since October…geez! ;) )

I can’t believe NO ONE guessed my news!

As a lot of you know, I love writing.  I love writing this blog, as well as all my freelance work.  The hardest thing for me over the last couple of years was feeling like this would always be just a part-time gig, and that I’d never get to be creative in my work life…ever.  Last week, a good friend of mine said it perfectly over after-work drinks:

“You’re doing your best work outside of work.”

And that’s been true for a very long time.

But it’s not true anymore.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited by Riggs Partners to join their Inbound Marketing Team as their Digital Marketing Specialist!

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This means that I’ll be writing awesome & compelling content for their clients, as well as helping with their social media management needs.  Riggs is a terrific company with a stellar reputation and I can’t wait to start this new phase in my career with them!

But what about…

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Most of you guys seemed to dig yesterday’s no-sew fancy frock.

 

Remember me?

Remember me?

 

But for Refashion #2, I wanted something simple & casual to kick around in.

I grabbed my scissors and made one big cut from front to back on my dress, like so:

 

Snnnnnip!

Snnnnnip!

 

And that’s it!  This one is a no-sew refashion too!

 

It was very windy outside…hence the 'do!

It was very windy outside…hence the ‘do!

 

Seriously?  Why am I posing like this????

Seriously? Why am I posing like this????

 

My new top enjoyed a casual night of wings & beer with Cole and Ryan!

 

Hi Ryan!

Hi Ryan!

 

Ello Cole!

Ello Cole!

 

Well hi there Cole and Ryan!

Well hi there Cole and Ryan!

 

Did you notice my sweet necklace?  I thrifted it for $2!  I almost left it at the store, as thought it was too big, but I’ve been getting nothing but compliments on it!  :)

 

I dig it!

I dig it!

 

So…YAY!  Fun life news, and two refashions from ONE dress!

Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of…

One Dress, Three Ways!

Cheers!

 

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One Dress, Three Ways…and a Mysterious Celebration!

When I found this dress for $1 at the thrift store, I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it. There were so many possibilities!

 

Tabula Rasa!

Tabula Rasa!

 

That’s why it’s time for another round of…

 

 

 

My first refashion for this boring frock is a no-sew, and it’s super easy!

First, I took one of my arms out of its sleeve and pulled it through the neck hole, like so:

 

Whatever shall I do with you, sleeve?

Whatever shall I do with you, sleeve?

 

Next, I grabbed a neat belt buckle cover thing I thrifted ages ago and slipped the sleeve through. If you don’t have one of these, don’t fret! Your frock will look just fine without it, but I was feeling a bit fancy. :)

 

Lovely, isn't it?

Lovely, isn’t it?

 

View from the back!

View from the back!

 

I safety pinned the sleeve to the side seam of the dress, tucking the pin on the inside, then flopping the sleeve over itself to hide all evidence of pinnage…

 

…like this!

…like this!

 

See?

See?

 

My new dress is just the thing for celebratory dinner with my fella.  :)

 

Ooh la la!

Ooh la la!

 

 

Fashion Blogger Pose #57

Fashion Blogger Pose #57

 

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Motor Supply Company Bistro, where a very happy toast was made!

 

Don't we look pretty?

Don’t we look pretty?

 

…and a celebratory peanut butter pie was consumed…

 

Nom!

Nom!

 

A Woman Possessed

A Woman Possessed

 

But, what are we celebrating?!?!  Why am I being so very mysterious????

Care to wager a guess?

I can’t wait to share my extremely exciting news with you guys…tomorrow.  ;)

I’ll also be sharing the 2nd installment of of this Three-Way refash, so stay tuned!  :)

Cheers!

 

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