New Dress for a New ‘Do

I have a soft spot in my little ReFashionista heart for handmade garments.  When I found this one, I snatched it up, despite it being pretty awkward.

 

Herm.

Herm.

 

The print is cool, if faded, and that light cotton fabric is perfect for our still-warm temps.  Plus…I knew it would take on dye like a charm!

Remember this funky frock? Well…it wasn’t alone in its dye bath!

 

My dresses rarely bathe alone!

My dresses rarely bathe alone!

 

Of course this dress took the dye on much better than it’s partially synthetic pal!

This dress needed a bit of reshaping, so that’s what I did!

 

Kind of looks like fins...

Kind of looks like fins…

 

In order to get my more fitted dress off the form, I had to unpin a few pins.  No worries.  I just made a chalk line so I could re-pin one side with ease!

 

Tailor's Chalk is your friend!

Tailor’s Chalk is your friend!

 

This thing had gussets galore!  Not sure why…

This thing had gussets galore! Not sure why…

 

After I chopped off the excess fabric, I stitched the two bits together.   I left the edges raw, as I thought it would give this otherwise conservative dress a bit of an edge.

 

Just a lil whirr!

Just a lil whirr!

 

I rolled the sleeves up a bit, and my new dress was ready for wine with my newly-injured pal!

 

Check out the hair!

Check out the hair!

 

Check it out!  I have a new asymmetrical ‘do that I have a HUGE crush on!

Here’s a look at my dress (and ‘do!) from the back!

 

Also asymmetrical!  :)  I loves!

Also asymmetrical! :) I loves!

 

Air Er!  ;)

Air Er! ;)

 

Even with a broken foot, Erin was still nice enough to take my “after” pic.  :)  Please send good healing vibes her way!  :)

 

Thanks, Erin!

Thanks, Erin!

 

After hanging with my one-footed friend, I headed over to The Nickelodeon for their monthly Lowbrow Cinema Explosion!

 

Oddball movie lovers!  :)

Oddball movie lovers! :)

 

 

Our Film DuJour!

Our Film DuJour!

 

Nick is very serious about his cinema!

Nick is very serious about his cinema!

 

Cheers!

 

Ribbet collage

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!

 

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