While digging through my closet trying to find something to wear for work, I realized something…I have very few tops and almost only dresses. This makes days when I feel like wearing jeans a bit trickier than they should be.
When I plucked this black sweater dress off my refashion rack, I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to keep it as a dress or not.
Oh Pinot Noir…guide me in this decision!
I liked the neckline of this dress, as well as how soft, warm, and cozy the fabric was. But…dress or sweater? I really wasn’t sure which way I was going to go.
I got started by resizing the dress with the help of my dress form.
Let the tailoring begin!
Then, I ran each side through my machine.
I chopped off the extra fabric from the sides…
…and then made a major decision! I have plllllenty of black dresses and really don’t need any others right now. However, I have precious few black tops. Necessity would indeed be the master of invention today!
I regret nothing!
To complete this refash, I ran the bottom raw edge through my serger. I could have just hemmed it, but I wanted my new top to have a more funky/edgy look to it. I think it looks pretty nifty now! :)
What do you think?
Fitted & Warm!
I think I made the right decision!
On a side note: I was thinking about how when I first started this blog, it wasn’t so odd for someone to be snapping pics with an actual camera all the time. But now, when everyone pretty much just uses their phones, I tend to stand out a bit with my clunky Nikon…;)
It ain’t no big thing!
I don’t mind! I want to take the best pics I can for you guys, even if selfies are a bit weird…
We do what we can!
My new top was perfect for an evening celebrating a good friend of mine starting his new job/celebrating a great week!
Eh… phone pics are okay too…on occasion! :)
We’re so happy for Phillip! :)
When I found this frock on the 50 cent sale rack at the Goodwill near my house, I thought, “Wow! A dress I don’t even have to refashion!”
Not too shabs!
But then I looked a little closer…
Here. Let me help you out a bit.
Do you see the bizarre patched-up crotch hole? HOW DID THAT GET THERE? WHYYYYYYY? And WHY am I so terrified of the implications of said crotch hole? :/
Ahhhhhh! Much better already!
I don’t know about you guys, but I feel much better now!
So, I could have reattached that bottom bit to the newly crotch-hole-less bit, but the temps here have dropped, and I definitely need more shoulder coverage now!
But first, I needed to restitch the top of the elastic waist that had come undone.
…like Duran Duran no more!
Then, I had that bottom raw edge to tend to.
I used a straight stitch for this, but it was quite finicky with the weirdo stretchy knit of this fabric. I SHOULD have used a tight zigzag, as it would have saved me a bit of frustration.
I promptly reset my machine for the remainder of this refashion!
Now we’re talkin’!
Now for that bottom scrap! First, I unpicked the hastily hand-sewn hem that was already in place. I commend the effort, but I wanted something a tad sturdier for my new top!
Then, I pinned a new hem for each side of the scrap.
Next, I stitched each hem down.
But now what? I’m going to be a bit chilly without some upper arm coverage, no?
I took that scrap and did this with it:
Just playing around a bit…
Then I did this!
I stitched down those parts I pinned at the front.
Once again, using a zigzag.
The back was left drapey. :)
And here’s my new top!
My shoulders are now draft-free!
Amauri thought my new top was pretty swell too!
Love this fella right here. :)
I had a blast wearing my new top at Soda City’s Oktoberfest!
They juuuust might…
I’ve had this black dress on my refashion rack for a couple of months. I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it.
Seeking the heavens for guidance & inspiration!
SPOILER ALERT: My original plan doesn’t work out!
I finally decided to turn this dress into an entirely different dress! I snipped off the seam to one of the shoulders.
Then, I grabbed a spool of grosgrain ribbon…
This stuff is just way too flippin’ handy!
…and pinned it to both sides of the recently cut shoulder.
I stitched each one down.
Do you see where I’m going with this? My plan was to make the two shoulder pieces the new front of the dress, and use the other arm hole as a cool keyhole back!
Something like this!
I still had some fitting to do! I took the whole thing in from the front (so as not to lose the back).
It seems like such a great idea, right?
Taking it in!
I trimmed off the extra fabric, threw my new dress on, and was immediately disappointed. :/
It just looked weird, folks. First off, it wasn’t the casual dress I was going for. It looked way too formal for anything I have coming up in the near future. AND I didn’t take into account that the front and back of the dress weren’t identical. This made the dress hang askew on me.
I thought all was lost, until I remembered this post by Sally over at Charity Shop Chic!
She refashioned this! :)
I NEVER think of going bare-midriffed. I’m over 30. It just seems weird and inappropriate, right? But Sally looks so very cute in her top! Surely I can look cute in what was about to be mine as well!
I made a big chop!
Don’t worry! That bottom scrap will make a lovely skirt!
To play a bit more with the asymmetry of my new top, I decided to stitch down only one of the shoulders into a V, and left the other one as-is!
It’ll all make sense in just a moment, I swear!
I think it’s quite fetching!
Showing a lil skin!
And just look at the back with its built-in air conditioning!
My new top was perfect for a birthday brunch with friends!
Happy Birthday Ken!
I hope he doesn’t get mad at me for posting this…
Hmmmn. Who is this?
I decorated his bag myself! :)
Happy birthday revelers!
Ryan seems quite smitten with my new Nana bag! :)
See? Just because a refashion isn’t turning out quite how you wanted it to, that doesn’t mean you have to give up! Just keep playing and see what happens!