Allagash Top

As I’ve mentioned before, I have far more dresses than I do separates. This becomes a problem when I have a hankering to wear pants, but don’t want to look like a toddler by wearing a dress over them. ;) This means it’s time to show a little restraint and make a few tops for the colder weather.

On this slightly chilly evening, I chose this dress.



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Into the Awkward!

Today I woke up feeling really really off and awkward.  It was a weird day.  Then it became a sad day when I was reminded that this would be my friend Jonny’s birthday if he were still here.  And writing an article entitled “Hey Ladies.  This is Why You’re Still Single.” (I’m working on it, Alan.  I’m working on it.  You’ll get it today, I swear.) was a little tough to stomach when I’m so very clearly not an expert here.  :/

It was time to take on the type of awkwardness I’m actually good at dealing with.  The kind of awkward I can totally handle.  The awkward I can fix.  The awkward I kind of love.

I'm an awkward moment that somehow gained sentience.

I’m an awkward moment that somehow gained sentience.



You’re looking at a handmade polyester dress that looks red to me, but is apparently actually orange?  You tell me.

Anywho…It’s awkward.  It doesn’t fit, and then there was this awkward bib thing that I didn’t quite understand:

Modesty bib?  What?

Modesty bib? What?

The bib snapped out, so that was an easy fix, but I still needed to take on the fit (or rather lack thereof) of the dress.

First I pinned…



…then I stitched!



I decided I wasn’t in the mood for a dress at the last minute, so I chopped off the bottom part.


Check out my feet awkwardly hanging out…

I added a new hem to my new and rapidly-fraying raw edge…

Just a lil hem.

Just a lil hem.

After a quick press, my new top was ready to hang out with some lovely friends!

My new top also loves wings!

My new top also loves wings!




<3 The Fosters!


Lovely Ladies! :)


Lovely Raspberry Beer!

Lovely friends!

Lovely friends!

Lovely Kitteh!

Lovely Kitteh!

A lovely gathering!

A lovely gathering!

Awkward Cat Moment.

Awkward Cat Moment.

It's okay Wolfie.  We can be awkward together!  :)

It’s okay Wolfie. We can be awkward together! :)



First Plane to Austin Top

A few weeks ago, Dan and I spied a sweet deal for roundtrip airfare to Austin, TX.  Ever the adventurous sort, we booked our flights and eagerly planned all the things we wanted to see and do!

But, I needed something comfy for the flight!  I went with this lumpily shoulder padded dress with a wonky ruffle.

Gah!  I had no idea my face could scrunch in like that!!!!

Gah! I had no idea my face could scrunch in like that!!!!

Whoa.  I like that yellow piping, and the lightweight fabric…but those pads are awful, I really prefer to fly in pants, and that ruffle hits me at a weird place!

To remedy this, I first removed those pads that were sewn AND pinned on!

Not going anywhere!

Not going anywhere!

...or are they?

…or are they?

Next, I trimmed off that ruffle!



I wonder what I'll end up doing with this scrap...

I wonder what I’ll end up doing with this scrap!

The raw edge of the ruffle was safely hidden under an overlapping hem, so the bottom of my new top looked nice & finished with zero effort!  :)



Our flight left at 5AM, so we decided to just stay up all night, and have a suuuuper early breakfast at Amelie’s in Charlotte, a wonderful 24-hour bakery/coffee shop,  before heading to the airport.  Staying awake that long was more challenging than we had imagined!

Please forgive me for only having a selfie for my “after” pic.  It was really quite early.  ;)



Thankfully, Dan snapped a few pics for me while we drank our tasty coffee and nommed on yummy pastries!  :)

3am is Coffee Time!  :)

3am is Coffee Time! :)

I'm an accomplished air pianist!  ;)

I’m an accomplished air pianist! ;)

Look!  I'm taller than quite a few famous people!  :)

Look! I’m taller than quite a few famous people! :)

Love the vintage decor!  :)

Love the vintage decor! :)

Dan and I made our flight just fine, and did our sleeping on the plane.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see some of our fun Austin adventures!  :)



One Dress, Three Ways III !

Welcome to the FINAL CHAPTER in the saga of…


Yesterday’s dress was really awesome!  A lot of you said you wanted me to just stop what I was doing and leave it be.  For those people, all I can say is…

The Doctor understands how I feel.

The Doctor understands how I feel.

Time to get a choppin’!  :)

Don't worry.  It'll all be okay!

Don’t worry. It’ll all be okay!

I decided to turn this dress into a top, just to try and make it into something totally different from its previous incarnations.

That middle part is going to be the foundation of my new piece!  I folded the top raw edge under once, pinned it, and stitched it down!  I used a zigzag stitch so it would stay stretchy.



Remember the leftover side scraps from the second version of this dress?  I’m glad I saved them, as they were going to come in handy for this refash!  I cut them into two identical strips, folded them in half, then stitched them up!

Strip tease!

Strip tease!

I turned each of the fabric tubes inside-out and pinned them to the top of my new top!

So far, so good!

So far, so good!

Then, I stitched them down!

“Well that’s not very exciting!” you’re saying to yourself right now.   “Big whup!  A boring tank top!” you’re adding.

But wait…there’s more!  :)

I took the bottom high-low scrap and snipped a bit off the bottom.  Then, I folded the top edge under twice.

What do I have in mind?

What do I have in mind?

I ran this through my machine, using a straight stitch!

Hmmmmm...I wonder...

Hmmmmm…I wonder…

I grabbed my scissors and started snipping!

It's all becoming clear now, isn't it?

Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Etc.

This took a while.

I pinned my new fringy thingy all the way around my new top like so:

Fun with fringe!

Fun with fringe!

For my final trick, I stitched it down with a zigzag!

It's all coming together!

It’s all coming together!

I wore the third version of this dress to California Dreaming where Erin and I consumed several ridiculously cheap drinks!

John Wayne aint got nothing on my fringe game, Hell no!  ;)

John Wayne aint got nothing on my fringe game, Hell no! ;)

When I say cheap, I mean cheap.  House liquor drinks are $1.95 apiece.  All the time.  Always!

This pleased us.

We are pleased!

We are pleased!

You may be cheap, but I love you all the same!

You may be cheap, but I love you all the same!

That’s it!  This is the last one!  The end of One Dress, Three Ways!


But I want to know which one was YOUR favorite version?

Was it Dress 1, Dress 2, or Top 3?  :)

Was it Dress 1, Dress 2, or Top 3? :)



No-Sew Dilophosaurus Top

Save me!  I’m drowning in layers!!!!!

Layer 1.  Layer 2.  Layer 3.

Layer 1. Layer 2. Layer 3.

I had a great idea of what to do with the top layer…

Didja happen to see Jurassic Park? :)

Didja happen to see Jurassic Park? :)

…but I don’t really have any enemies to kill with my poisonous squirting saliva.  :/

I opted for a safer, no-sew solution!

I chopped off the bottom layer.

Just a simple chop!

Just a simple chop!

Don’t worry!  I saved that bottom scrap!  I plan on using it in the near future.  :)

I turned my new top around backwards so the zipper was facing the front to give me a bit more breathing room, tossed on a belt to cinch the waist, and was ready for a fabulous farewell party!

This was too easy!

This was toooo easy!

My top was flowy and comfy as can be.  Methinks it’ll be in heavy rotation this summer.  :)

Ah!  Cider!  :)

Nice face, bro.

Fare thee well, Randy!  I barely knew ye!

Fare thee well, Randy! I barely knew ye!

Geez...I'm short!

Geez…I’m short!

Now…aren’t you glad I didn’t go this route?

Sorry, Newman!  :/

Sorry, Newman! :/