Valentine’s Day is now oh-so-very close upon us! Whether you’re spending this Hallmark holiday with your significant other or flying solo, you probably don’t want to spend loads of cash, right?
Luckily, there are a few thrifty hacks you can use to make this romantic (or not) holiday more special than spendy! I stopped by my neighborhood Goodwill to search for last-minute finds to help set the mood. :)
If you’re having a date night, you’ll probably want something sassy to wear.
Red Dress Roundup!
Of course, red might not be your color. Not to fear! You can find LBDs to spare!
I found some sweet red layering pieces to keep you warm and festive at the same time, such as this 80s-inspired jacket:
I do so love a boxy-cut jacket over a bodycon frock!
And if you pick a pump in a neutral color, they’ll go with just about anything!
Now that you’re all set wardrobe-wise, here are a few other things I found. I’ve provided a suggested pairing for each one. ;)
Why spend $50 (or more) on a bouquet, when you can make your own?
Let the warm sound of vinyl help set the mood with your favorite romantic tunes!
How I’ve spent many a Valentine’s Day…;)
Aren’t you glad you waited until the last minute? I know I am!
Recognize that red sweater dress from the first pic? Methinks Mark’ll dig it. ;)
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!
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?
To get started, I did a bit of cutting:
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.
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!
Remember those sleeves? I cut them off…
…then I cut those guys apart like so:
Disection in Progress!
I pinned my fun flappy leftovers around the wast…
Then, I stitched them down!
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. :/
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!
A lil sloppy, but still cute!
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!
Mark seemed to have an alright time too!
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?????
Leave your favorite in the comments! The winner will be announced in my next post!
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!
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…
Most of you guys seemed to dig yesterday’s no-sew fancy frock.
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:
And that’s it! This one is a no-sew refashion too!
It was very windy outside…hence the ‘do!
Seriously? Why am I posing like this????
My new top enjoyed a casual night of wings & beer with 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!
So…YAY! Fun life news, and two refashions from ONE dress!
Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of…
One Dress, Three Ways!