Thoroughly Modern Jilly

When I scored this Malibu Barbie-ish dress for $1, I knew I couldn’t leave it as-is.

 

Ick.  Pink.

Ick. Pink.

 

Perhaps this would work as a swimsuit coverup or some such thing, but as many of you know…I hate pink.  Bleh!

You can probably guess what happened next!

 

Brown+Red=Maroon…Wonder what Brown+Pink will yield?

Brown+Red=Maroon…Wonder what Brown+Pink will yield?

 

Mid-Bath!

Mid-Bath!

 

When my dress was dyed and dried, I used a clothespin to keep the top layers out of the way while I snipped the lower ones into strips.

 

Lots 'n LOTS of snips!

Lots ‘n LOTS of snips!

 

This took a while…

 

So.  Much.  Snippage.

So. Much. Snippage.

 

As I snipped each strip, I tugged on them to make the fabric curl like you see above.

When I was done, I ended up with a frock that makes me think of a post-apocalyptic flapper!

 

From the thunder dome...

From the thunder dome…

 

I know…it’s a little odd, but I really dig it!

 

Am I doing The Charleston?  Is that what this looks like?

Am I doing The Charleston? Is that what this looks like?

 

There was a slight breeze, so I kept my fringy frock under my chambray shirt.

 

Meet Baxter!

Meet Baxter (and Ken)!

 

My dress enjoyed brunch with friends…

 

Live fast.  Die young.  Bad girls do it well.  ;)

Live fast. Die young. Bad girls do it well. ;)

 

…followed by a fun game of Bocce Ball!

 

Such great form!

Such great form!

 

Cheese is a vital element in Bocce.

Pics like these are why I’ll never be taken seriously as a fashion blogger.  Whatever.  CHEESE!

 

After doing a fairly decent job at what might be my favorite new “sport”, I headed over to The Nickelodeon to catch a much-anticipated film with Dianne!

 

Love these guys!

Love these guys!

 

 

Happy film goers!  :)

Happy film goers! :)

 

 

If you haven’t seen The Trip to Italy yet, you should!  Rob and Steve are hilarious together and this sequel is even funnier (and deeper) than their first Trip!  :)

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  :)

 

No, Baxter.

No, Baxter.

Cheers!

 

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An Asymmetrical/Distracted Dress

“There is a gypsy curse upon my head.” I said this morning while sprawled on the linoleum after tripping outside of my shower.  Douglas just tilted his head and looked at me quizzically.

This was after breaking a toe the night before while folding laundry.

I’m distracted (don’t ask…don’t ask).  And when I’m distracted, I’m even clumsier than normal.  I’ve been dropping things, spilling things, and bumping into things with the zeal of a blindfolded toddler as of late.  :/

My Saturday evening would’ve been spent nursing a glass of scotch while looking out windows thoughtfully (don’t ask…don’t ask), but thankfully there was no time for that.  Two of my favorite people were getting married!

I needed something nice to wear while they got weddinged.  I chose this:

 

I don't understand this garment.

I don’t understand this garment.

 

SPOILER ALERT:  Those sleeves are about to go.  Don’t hate me for this.  They were littered with moth holes and the weather here is still too warm to bear an outdoor wedding with sleeves.

Okay…I get it.  Some of you Mad Men fans are wondering why I didn’t just turn it into this:

 

Zou Bisou Bisou!

Zou Bisou Bisou!

 

Meh.  Been there.  Done that.  Mkay?

Those sleeves were cut off faster than one of Don Draper’s flings!

 

Buh bye!

Buh bye!

 

I sat outside while unpicking that mock turtleneck.

 

Nature Time!

Nature Time!

 

This left me with a few raw edges that needed to be taken care of.  I started with the arm holes.

 

Whirrrr!

Whirrrr!

 

Next, I took in the sides.

 

Just a lil fine tuning...

Just a lil fine tuning…

 

Each side got stitched down as well.

 

Almost done!

Almost done!

 

After I cut off the excess fabric, I took off a bit of length.

 

I was originally going to make a sash from that bottom scrap but changed my mind.

I was originally going to make a sash from that bottom scrap but changed my mind.

 

I hemmed that bottom raw edge, then put my new dress back on my form and made a snip off to one side of the neckline.

 

Snnnip!

Snnnip!

 

I folded each side down into a V, pinned it, and stitched the whole thing down!

Now I have a sweet Little Black Dress!

 

Doncha just love that neckline?

Doncha just love that neckline?

 

Come a lil closer!

Come a lil closer!

 

Some of my old school followers might recognize that sash from a super duper early refashion!  This dress is totally fine without it, but I just wanted to throw on a bit of color since this was a festive occasion after all!

The bride was lovely!

 

That.  Dress.

That. Dress.

 

And of course Meghan and Alex looked terrific together on this special day.  :)

 

:)

:)

 

Alex should be of special interest to you guys, as without him this blog wouldn’t exist.  Yep.  That’s right.  We used to date years and years ago.  I was in a creative funk, and he surprised me one Christmas with a sewing machine after I had mentioned wanting to learn how to sew a few times.  He was terrific and supportive of me and my earliest refashioning endeavors when most people thought what I was doing was pretty stupid.  While we weren’t right for each other romantically, we still remain good friends and now he and Meghan are two of my favorite people.  And yes, they’re wonderful for each other.  :)

My friends and I had a great time at the wedding!

 

Can you spot the Jillian in this photo?

Can you spot the Jillian in this photo?

 

Marques never looks pleased in any of our pics.  :/

Marques never looks pleased in any of our pics. :/

 

'Ello!

‘Ello!

 

Oh hai!

Oh hai!

 

Trying out my Julia Roberts laugh...

Trying out my Julia Roberts laugh…

 

Phillip is deep in thought...

Phillip is deep in thought…

 

It was a delightful evening spent with delightful people and a welcome reprieve from introspection (don’t ask…don’t ask) on my part.  :)  And I got to see two terrific human beings take on a beautiful commitment to each other.  :)

Cheers!

 

ba92814

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things are Happening!

Okay…so I don’t have a refashion to share with you guys.  Don’t worry!  I’ll have one for you tomorrow.  :)

This last week has been a bit of a whirlwind.  A whirl of wind!

First off, look at THIS:

Top50-winner-160

Whut! Whut!

The other day, I received an email from the amazing Burdastyle that said,

Hello and Congratulations!
The votes are in, and the BurdaStyle community has voted you one of the Top 50 Best Bloggers for Sewing Enthusiasts.

….etc.

I had no idea there was a contest, and they haven’t posted my ranking or any of the other winners yet, but still…HUZZAH!  And to whoever nominated me/voted for me…THANK YOU!

 

BUT WAIT….THERE’S MORE!

 

Go Cocks!

Go Cocks!

 

Not only did I win a really awesome award, I also got the news that a proposal I wrote to the Darla Moore School of Business here at the University of South Carolina was accepted…and then some!  This semester, I’ll have two teams from the Management 479 class helping me make ReFashionista bigger and better!  One team is going to focus on the bloggy side of things, and the other team is going to help me start a ReFashionista fashion line that will be sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly!  I’ll keep you posted on all the goings-ons with this exciting new partnership!

So right now I’m kind of feeling like this:

 

 

Cheers!

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