A Patriotic Pinup Dress

This might be the worst dress I’ve ever seen.

What the hell!?!

What the hell!?!

 

There is nothing to like about this dress.   Not a thing.  It’s cut like a toddler’s jumper, It’s ugly, and that print just angers me.

WHY would a grownup wear this!?!

WHY would a grownup wear this!?!

 

Even the brand name is obnoxious.

Oh hai y'all!  Let me throw on my toddler dress with bears on it for my weekend in the country!

Oh hai y’all! Let me throw on my toddler dress with bears on it for my weekend in the country!

 

When I bought this terrible thing for $1, it was mostly to prevent anyone else from buying it and wearing it as-is (I’m a humanitarian at heart).  It’s been on my refashion rack for months and months!  But for Memorial Day, I was feeling patriotic and decided to give this “bear” (har har) of a refashion a go!

That print is awful.  There was nothing to be done with this dress that would save it unless I could put those bears into hibernation!

Luckily, I have these guys:

Mixology!

Mixology!

 

I wanted my new dress to have a dark blue hue, and I tossed in a bit of black to further mute the print from the top of the dress.

Into the dye bath it went!

Oh please please please make this better!

Oh please please please make this better!

 

After about 45 minutes, I rinsed and dried my dress.  Now time to get to shaping this thing up!

I knew I needed to raise the waist of this dress to make it look right.  Now…I could have detached the top part from the bottom, trimmed off some the fabric, then reattached it, but I had a quicker/more fun solution!

I folded the shoulders of the dress over and pinned them, like so:

See?

See?

 

Now that I had a better idea of where the new waist for this dress would be, I got to fitting!

First, I had to snip out those pockets…

Snnnnip!

Snnnnip!

 

…then I fitted my dress on my dress form.

 

Pinnage!

Pinnage!

 

Since this dress has no zipper closure, I had to be careful while pinning.  If I made it too fitted, I wouldn’t be able to slip into it.  Yes…I could have just added a zipper, but this really wasn’t necessary for this one.

I couldn’t get my dress off the form without unpinning one side.  No worries!  I just measured the opposite side and re-pinned the pinless side to match!

Measure for Measure!

Measure for Measure!

 

Once all my pinning was complete, I stitched each side down.

Whirrrr!

Whirrrr!

 

I still needed to tackle that length!  I decided to go super-short for the 1940′s pinup look I was going for.  :)

Douglas seems skeptical...

Douglas seems skeptical.

 

I gave my dress a new hem…

We're almost done, I promise!

We’re almost done, I promise!

 

…then went back to the shoulders of my frock.  I stitched them down along their pre-existing seams on each side.

Right here!

Right here!

 

Then right there!

Then right there!

 

The new shoulders were fine and all, but I thought they could use a little something special. :)

Like these!

Like these!

 

I hand-stitched a button to each shoulder, which took no time at all!

Hand stitchin'!

Hand stitchin’!

 

I tossed on a sash I scored at the dollar-a-pound Goodwill, and just like that, my dress was done!

Huzzah!

Huzzah!

 

I really ended up liking the red buttons on this one!

 

Cute, no?

Cute, no?

 

Philip and Amauri seemed to dig my new frock as well.

They approve!

They approve!

 

I even like those silly bears now that they’re muted a bit.  :)

Oh hai!

Oh hai!

 

So yeah…I think this dress is pretty much full of winsomeness!  :)

I hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend as well!

Cheers!

ba52814

About these ads

From Housecoat to Heavenly

When I found this robe for $1, I was so happy!

I hide my emotions beneath a mask of goofy faces.

I hide my emotions beneath a mask of goofy faces.

 

The embroidery around the neck is lovely, and that dark blue looks awesome with my pale skin and dark hair.  There’s soooo much potential here!  Also, let’s all take a moment to appreciate how flippin’ comfy this thing is and how easily I could have chosen to not refashion it and just wear it around the house (Ah!  Single life!).  ;)

Alas!  I’m not prepared to take such a big step into the land of spinsterhood, so this needed to become something more suited for a swingin’ single gal about town!  :)

First off, it’s nice and warm here in SC, so those sleeves were completely unnecessary.

Unpick these seams!

Unpick these seams!

 

All that picking shall soon be rewarded!

All that picking shall soon be rewarded!

 

It obviously needed some reshaping.

Pinning right along...

Pinning right along…

 

Bye lil pocket!  :'(

Bye lil pocket! :’(

 

I chopped off the extra fabric from the sides, then got to the length.  I was torn as to whether or not keep it as a maxi dress, but had completely forgotten to leave each side with enough room for me to walk without having to do the Morticia Addams thing.  No worries!  I dig a cute minidress, so off that length went!

Chop!

Chop!

 

I hemmed that bottom raw edge (sorry, forgot to snap a pic, but c’mon!  You’ve seen this before), then tackled those arm holes.

Pin & Whirrrrrr!!!!

Pin & Whirrrrrr!!!!

 

I gave my fun new frock a fresh press and set out to enjoy my day!

 

Welcome to my humble abode!

Welcome to my humble abode!

 

A lot of you have commented on my vast belt collection lately.  These are all pretty much $1 thrift store finds.  Be sure to check out the belt section every time you go thrifting!  And keep in mind that you can always add on to or shorten a fabric belt (like I did here).  :)

 

Do you like my lilies?

Do you like my lilies?

 

This is when my neighbors started to judge me for having a tripod set up in my yard.

This is when my neighbors started to judge me for having a tripod set up in my yard.

 

I enjoyed reading a wonderful book I’ve really gotten into…

 

…then I headed off to the Soda City Market, where I ran into a fellow USC Theatre Alum!

We <3 Soda City!

We <3 Soda City!

 

Later that day, I hopped over to Jake’s to check out some local art & music!

I was so happy to see That Godzilla Guy there!

Godzilla has an active lifestyle!

Godzilla has an active lifestyle!

 

Everything is more joyful with Godzilla!

Everything is more joyful with Godzilla!

 

Such a lovely day!  I hope you’re all enjoying your Memorial Day Weekends as well!

It's just soda water & lime.  :)

It’s just soda water & lime. :)

 

Cheers!

 

ba52514

Basil Dress

Here’s a sad & faded frock I’ve had on my refashion rack for a few months:

Osad.  :/

Osad. :/

 

At least it has pockets?  I don’t know.  This is a lousy dress, folks.  As I’m not a church lady from the 1980′s, this isn’t working for me…yet!

When I encounter a dress like this that I’m not quite sure what I want to do with, I’ve found that any step forward is probably in the right direction.

I started with those ghastly pads.

You'll make a lovely sunglass case!

You’ll make a lovely sunglasses case!

 

Since the colors on this dress were oh-so-faded, I knew I needed to dip into some dye!

 

You two will do nicely!

You two will do nicely!

 

Now, I didn’t use two whole bottles on one garment, as that would just be insane.  I only had a little bit of the Kelly Green leftover, and I tossed in about 1/4 of the Dark Green as well.  After about 40 minutes in the dye bath, I rinsed and dried my newly-dyed frock.  :)

Sadly, I was still far from done.  :/

It was time for some snippage!  First those sleeves needed to be made shorter & sweeter!

 

Snip #1!

Snip #1!

 

Next, I needed to make it actually fit me.  Don’t worry!  The pockets were left in tact, but made just a little bit smaller!

 

Dress Forms:  Get You One!

Dress Forms: Get You One!

 

Sewing Machines:  Get You One!

Sewing Machines: Get You One!

 

After cutting off that excess fabric with my pinking shears (Get You Some!), I still had a bit more snippage to do!

Snip #2!

Snip #2!

 

We’re in the home stretch, folks!  Those raw edges needed to be tended to, and that’s exactly what I did!

 

Pin a hem!

Pin a hem!

 

Stitch a hem!

Stitch a hem!

 

Now for the sleeves!  This is a 2 part process.

First, I got rid of those raw edges…

 

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

 

…then I folded the top part of each sleeve over itself, like so:

 

See?

Pin it, then stitch it down!

 

This little trick makes my poufy sleeves more fitted, but a little poufier at the top.  Usually that’s a little twee for me, but I thought it worked well for this dress.

What do you think?

See my veggies in the background?  :)

See my veggies in the background? :)

 

I'm quite pleased with them!  :)

I’m quite pleased with them! :)

 

My new dress had fun at an apartment-warming party for a good friend who just moved to Columbia!  :)

 

Cole is one of the best people you will ever meet.  :)

Cole is one of the best people you will ever meet. :)

 

Of course, I didn’t come empty-handed.

 

A basil plant...for you!

A basil plant…for you!

 

My friends and I look forward to hanging out at Cole’s new digs, which we have coined “The Cole Train Depot”.  ;)

 

We look great here.

We look great here.

 

That's just ginger ale by the way...

That’s just ginger ale by the way…

 

Rabid selfie!

Rabid selfie!

 

So happy to have another lovely friend living in this swell city.  :)

Cheers!

 

ba52314

 

 

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