Wannabe Wednesday: Ressica Edition

Hello!  As you can see there are some big changes happening here at ReFashionista!  I have a few more tweaks to make to the new site, so just bear with me for a few more days, okay?  :)

But in the meantime, Let’s get to Wannabe Wednesday, shall we?

I was inspired by the Ressica Tunic from Anthropologie.

That'll be $78.

That’ll be $78.

 

Little Miss Blonde & Limbsome’s top is all sorts of Boho awesomeness, but could I make a similar top from this $1 thrifted dress?

Seems unlikely, eh?

Seems unlikely, eh?

 

To get started, I removed some paddage!

Check out those massive pads!

Check out those massive pads!

Then, I chopped of the sleeves a bit.

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Chop! And Chop!

 

I threw this pleated nightmare on my dress form and started pinning.

Do you see what I'm doing wrong here?

Do you see what I’m doing wrong here?

 

I stitched it down…

A mistaken whirr!

A mistaken whirr!

 

I became exhausted dealing with all the pleats of the skirt, so I went ahead and chopped it off.

Chop!

Chop!

 

What I failed to think of was how that lining/pleats combo needed to be separated in order to be made not super-duper bulky and weird.  :/

I cut off the excess material and discovered my top was looking fairly awful.

Sooooo…I cut out the lining and re-took the whole thing in again.

A restorative whirrrrr!

A restorative whirrrrr!

 

I hemmed the raw edges, like so:

A better whirrrrrr!

A better whirrrrrr!

 

And now my new top isn’t quite identical to the original, but after the frustrations of slippery fabric, nightmarish pleats, and an annoying lining, it’ll do.  :)

Look!  You get to see my lil guest bedroom!  :)

Look! You get to see my lil guest bedroom! :)

 

Look!  You get to see my most vapid model face!  :)

Look! You get to see my most vapid model face! :)

 

Cheers!

 

Original Price:  $78

Copycat Price:  $1

Savings:  $77!

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Send in the Clowns Vol. 2

Hi!  I’m back!  :)

I was woefully absent last week for a few reasons, including being busy, being a little under the weather, and completely botching 2 intended refashions (Yep…it happens to me too).  :/  I hate hate hate when I mess up a refash, especially when it’s from being rushed and/or careless.  I get frustrated, and it makes me not want to try again.

I’m going to salvage my Wannabe Wednesday flop this week (I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!!!), but in the meantime, here’s something fun for you.  :)

BAM!

BAM!

Wait…did you miss that?  Here it is again.

Well hello there, stranger! ;)

Well hello there, stranger! ;)

You are looking at a very strange handmade jumpsuit.  That’s right.  Someone went to the fabric store, chose the most terrifying thing they could find, then made something truly frightening from it.

I mean…seriously.

Hi kids!  Allow me to haunt your dreams!

Hi kids! Allow me to haunt your dreams!

There is something truly evil lurking in this fabric.

There is something truly evil lurking in this fabric.

Why?  Just...why?

Why? Just…why?

Long-time readers of my blog know I’ve dealt with a clown suit refashion in the past, but could I handle this one?  Yikes…even I wasn’t sure, especially with two recent failures under my belt.  :/

But I had to try!

First off, I needed to hide those awful clowns as much as I possibly could.  I tossed the jumpsuit into a bath of dark navy dye.

In ya go!

In ya go!

I left it in its bath for about 40 minutes or so.

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

The dye job was a HUGE help in de-creepifying this one.  :)

Unfortunately, it was still a jumpsuit, and a jumpsuit that gave me a worse case of camel toe than the Prancercise Lady‘s.  :/  Not to worry!  I unpicked the inner leg seams, right up through the crotchal region.

It's a finicky business.

It’s a finicky business.

I put my soon-to-be dress on my dress form, and pinned those legs together to make a skirt.

See?

See?

Then, I stitched my new front and back seams down.

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

I cut off that extra fabric, then turned my dress right-side out.  I cut off some of that length (which thankfully removed a couple of those scary clowns).

Chop!

Sorry guys. :/

I gave the bottom of my new dress a new hem, and was all done!

The final step!

The final step!

I think this garment is much less scary now, don’t you?

One of my faves!

One of my faves!

It was a tad chilly out, so I added on a simple black cardigan.

Just warm enough!

Just warm enough!

I rocked my new frock at the World Beer Festival with friends!

Ready to taste 200 beers!  :)

Ready to taste 200 beers! :)

Bluetooth Disco!

Bluetooth Disco!

 

Love these guys.  :)

Love these guys. :)

After tasting many many beers, I had to head off to a super-secret X-Marks the Spot dinner event!  The location and theme were completely unknown until I showed up at the designated meet-up point to get my map.

Imagine how surprised I was to be dining in Hades!

Hmmmn...Hades doesn't seem all that bad actually.

Hmmmn…Hades doesn’t seem all that bad actually.

I initially felt pretty awful for poor Persephone…:/

Don't eat it!

Don’t eat it!

…but was eventually distracted from my concerns.  ;)

Stay Gold.

Stay Gold.

Look!  The underworld even has tasty cocktails!  :)

Look! The underworld even has tasty cocktails! :)

Such a perfect day!  :)

:)

:)

Cheers!

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Thrift Score Thursday: Nana Edition

Hello Friends!  Wow.  This week has been crazy.  There’s a lot going on behind the scenes here at ReFashionista, as I’m trying to back up my blog and redesign it.  Both of these things have taken much, much, much longer than I anticipated.  I want to give a huge shout-out to my high school chum, Jessica for helping me get the backup done, and another huge shout-out to my friend, Jamie who is helping me totally revamp and rebrand this blog to make it something truly special.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

So…I’m getting by with a little help from my friends.  :)

Wannabe Wednesday completely failed to happen this week.  :/  An unexpected towing incident (click the link if you want to see me publicly out myself for being a jerk) killed that.  I promise to make next week’s WW super-awesome to compensate for this.  :)

Now that you’ve been thoroughly debriefed, Let’s unroll the first Thrift Score Thursday of the New Year!

While digging through the $1 handbags at one of my fave thrift stores, I found this beauty!

Isn't it lovely?

Isn’t it lovely?

Don’t you just love that beautiful black and white print?  How could anyone have given this up?

Oh wait…there’s a surprise inside!

WHAT?!?!

WHAT?!?!

Those of you who live outside of South Carolina may not get what’s so special about this clutch.  Luckily, I did.

This is a handmade Sophie Clutch, made and designed by a local artist by the name of Sally Peek.  You can check out her other Nana bags right here.  Finding this bag in a dollar box ‘o bags is a huge fluke, and an amazing bit of luck.  Her designs are incredibly popular here, and the only way someone would have given this bag up is if they just didn’t know what it was.

Seriously…read this article about her.  She’s awesome.

Finds like this don’t happen very often.  I just hope I haven’t used up all my thrift karma for the year in this one trip!

Cheers!

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