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Dress to Top and Fun Life Things!

Hello!  Welcome to November!

I’m happy to start this new month with some pretty big news!  :)  As most of you know, I don’t just get to hang out at home refashioning all day.  I, like many of you, have a full-time day job.  I’ve been working at the South Carolina Arts Commission for seven years as their Grants Manager.  It’s been real.

But sometimes you just need a change.  I’m very excited to announce I’ve accepted a position with the United Way of the Midlands!  :)


I’ll be working as the Program Assistant for the Health Council and the Financial Stability Council in UWM’s community work.  This will include organization of community impact work, grant management & development, and program research.  I’m greatly looking forward to helping the underserved through my work with this terrific organization!

But this doesn’t mean the refashioning can stop!  Heck no!  I needed to make something fast for a relaxing movie night with friends.  I thought this lovely black dress would work nicely.

Did I say work nicely?  I meant twerk nicely!  ;)

Did I say work nicely? I meant twerk nicely! ;)

I’m about to make yet another top (don’t worry, I’ll get back to dresses again soon!).  All I really needed was a big chop.

Thanks for the help, Douglas!

Thanks for the help, Douglas!

I could’ve taken it in, but I was in a loose & flowy mood! :) I couldn’t just leave that raw edge fraying away, so I gave it a hem.



I used the bottom scrap as a sash to give my new flowy top a bit of shape, and ran out the door…but I didn’t go it alone!

Every outfit pairs well with a dachshund!  ;)

Every outfit pairs well with a dachshund! ;)



Yep, I still have my sweet little foster kid, Bandit.  He’s doing great, and he really enjoyed the movie too!  :)  If you think you’d be a good furever (see what I did there?) home for him, you can check out his profile on Little Paws Dachshund Rescue’s website.

2013 has been an awesome year full of new things, hasn’t it?  :)



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Midnight at the Mountain Oasis: A Dress to Top ReFashion!

Don’t you just love when you make plans months ahead for something really exciting?  There’s always something to look forward to on the distant horizon!  Well, Dan bought tickets for the Mountain Oasis music festival in Asheville the first day they went on sale.  I loooove Asheville and I’m fond of electronic music, so I’d been eagerly awaiting the trip!

The first day of the festival finally arrived, but I didn’t have anything to wear for the chilly temps of the mountains!  This is where all of you “Why don’t you make something with sleeves???” people can say, “Toldja so!”.  :)

Luckily, I did have this long-sleeved number:

Wait...Did Douglas get bigger?

Wait…Did Douglas get bigger?

Wait a second!  Is that Douglas down there?  Nope!  I’m fostering a sweet little Dachshund named Bandit!  He’s a rescue from a high-kill shelter here in SC.  You can read more about my adventures in first-time fostering in my MidlandsLife column.  :)  He’s happy and safe with me and Douglas now, and will hopefully have wonderful forever home soon!  :)

Back to that dress!  The color is awesome, but it’s super-dated.  :/

Oh…and there were these:

Teeny Tiny Pads!

Teeny Tiny Pads!

This dress is also lined, which I usually don’t like, but in this case that extra layer was going to help keep me warm.

I wasn’t in the mood for a dress, so I chopped off the bottom to make myself a new top!

OooooOOOOoooh...the haunted dress is cutting itself!  OoooooOOOOoooh!

OooooOOOOoooh…the haunted dress is cutting itself! OoooooOOOOoooh!

This left me with two raw edges to deal with – the outer layer and the lining.  I needed to hem them separately.  I started with the lining.  When adding this hem, I made sure to make the rolled edge face the outside, so only the smooth part would be against my skin.  I also hemmed it about 1″ more than I planned on hemming the outer layer so it wouldn’t stick out.

Big ol' hem!

Big ol’ hem!

After this was stitched down, I added a smaller hem to the outer layer, keeping that rolled edge out of view!

You take the high road, and I'll take the low road!

You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road!



After pressing down my new hems, my top was ready to take in some awesome sounds!

Comfy & Warm at our AirBnB abode!

Comfy & Warm at our AirBnB abode!

Look, Ma!  SLEEVES!  :)

Look, Ma! SLEEVES! :)

Sadly, temps dropped into the lower 30s…making bundling up highly necessary.

These guys seem nice enough...

These guys seem nice enough…

Gotta keep warm in the light defraction tunnel!

Gotta keep warm in the light refraction tunnel!

I dunno...these ladies seem warm enough...

I dunno…these ladies seem warm enough…

Luckily, I was able to de-layer a bit when we got inside!  :)

Checking out the sweet sounds and amazing sights of Purity Ring!

Checking out the sweet sounds and amazing sights of Purity Ring!



All the Southern Ladies (All the Southern Ladies)!

It’s not always easy being a Southern Lady.

Huh?  What lady?

Huh? What lady?

No no no!  Not me!  The dress!

I do declayah!  :)

I do declayah! :)

I like the pattern of this dress, and that neck tie thingy is actually pretty cool.  But it’s a bit frou frou, and I don’t really like pale pink that much.  Sadly, the washing instructions label had been cut out, and I wasn’t quite certain of the fabric content for this frock.

I decided to give dyeing it a go anyways!

This should muddy up that pink a bit!

This should muddy up that pink a bit!

Hmmmmnnnn...I dunno...

Hmmmmnnnn…I dunno…

Sadly, this Southern Lady didn’t really take much of the dye at all.  :/  Oh well…I had to try!

I noticed several small ink stains on the bottom half of my new dress.  Southern Ladies can be a so spotty!

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

I decided to just forgo the whole dress idea and make myself a new top instead!

First, I made a cut right above where the ink stains started.



While the brown dye didn’t do much to change the color of my new dress, it certainly brought out the discoloration of the armpits!  :/  No worries!  I had to take it in a couple of inches, so that effectively removed the stained parts!  Whew!

Just a smidge!

Just a smidge!

Each side went under the needle!



I cut off the excess material with my pinking shears, then closed up that bottom raw edge.

Pin it!

Pin it!

Sew it!

Sew it!

After a quick press, I was ready to head off and acquire some awesome local art!

Pretty, eh?

Pretty, eh?

View from above!

The view from above!

I really like this top!  It’s quite versatile too!  While I’ve styled it with jeans and simple flats for its maiden voyage, I could easily pair it with a pencil skirt and heels for work.  :)

I wore my new top to meet up with Michael Krajewski to pick up an awesome commissioned painting.  :)

Of course it's a sewing machine!  ;)

Of course it’s a sewing machine! ;)

After that, Dan and I met up to pick up a drawing by the very talented Emilee Harper!

She's pretty great.  :)

She’s pretty great. :)

What’s that?  You’d like a closer look?  Okay!

Caw!  Caw!

Caw! Caw!

Dan and I were quite pleased with our new acquisitions!

He's not a communist, I promise.

He’s not a communist, I promise.

We ran into other friends as well…



…and shirt-swapping commenced!

What the what?!?!

What the what?!?!

I, of course, was waaaay to fond of my new top to give it up that easily!

It's just you and me, top!  :)

It’s just you and me, top! :)



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