Hello there! Sorry for being so long absent. I’ve been extremely busy coughing up my weight in phlegm for the past month. :/ I don’t know or understand the cause of my grody lung gunk funk. But now, it appears that I might actually be getting better! Huzzah! :D
Of course, the best thing about feeling better and no longer being stuck in bed is getting back to refashioning! :)
While digging through my big bin o’ refashionables, I stumbled upon this yellowed white dress that I never managed to get around to revamping over the summer.
I look like one of the sisters in The Virgin Suicides.
As anyone who knows me can attest, I cannot wear white for more than 5 minutes without spilling something on myself. My day is actually just a long cycle of accidentally sloshing different beverages and sauces upon myself, but luckily my wardrobe consists mostly of dark colors, so ha! It’s my little secret (which I just foolishly shared with all of you). This dress isn’t all bad. I love the pleats, but I don’t like the dropped waist or the length.
I knew I didn’t want to leave this dress white, so I reached for a bottle of blue!
I set up a dye bath in my machine, and let my dress toss around in it for about 45 minutes.
Hmmmmnnn…looks more purple than navy…
After my dress was dyed & dried, I saw that it actually ended up being more purple than navy. No big. All I wanted was to make it not white, and I like the color purple too.
Nononono! As in Purple, The Color. I actually can’t stand this movie. :/
To fix the length, I made a chop!
Spock is giving my choppage the evil eye!
Then, my new dress got a new hem!
I’m not done! To give that dropped waist a little more definition, I needed to make something…
…a SASH! :)
I turned my fabric tube right-side-out and then sewed up the ends. After a good press, my new dress is no longer in distress (hot rhyming action!)
Pretty in Purple!
I just rolled up the sleeves to take care of their awkward length. Now I’m all set for a lovely & warm afternoon!
Why, hello there! ;)
From this angle, my head looks huge! :)
Wow! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU for all your support for Revente’s Last Call! Neiman Marcus can’t ignore all the bad publicity they’ve brought upon themselves through their corporate thuggery. I’ll be sure to keep you posted as soon as I know anything new with this situation. Fingers crossed! :)
Now…back to the refashions!
Why did fashion retailers in the early 90′s all seem to think that the best thing to do with a boring awkward-length dress was to stick a safari scene on the bottom of it?
Oh yeah…gimme some of that shapeless boredom!
Let’s get a closer look at nature’s exotic splendor, shall we?
Majestic, isn’t it?
Unfortunately in this particular scene, the sky has turned black and Armageddon is upon these innocent creatures in the form of diamond-shaped red-hot fireballs. :/
There’s just no way I could make this bottom section work, so off it went!
I decided to make this dress a little more fun by giving it an asymmetrical hemline.
In getting rid of all that wilderness, this piece ended up reallllly (as in dangerously) short! And I still have to add a hem so it wouldn’t fray! :/
I grabbed my bottle of Fray Block and applied it to the bottom edge.
Just a dab’ll do ya! :)
Then I folded it over once…juuuuust enough to have hem and sewed it down with a zigzag stitch, since my hem was on the bias (meaning: It needs to be able to stretch a little).
I wrapped those side sashes around me twice, and now I have a cute dress in Gamecock colors! :)
Gotta love that Garnet & Black! :)
My new dress was perfect for an afternoon “Stock the Bar” Shower for these awesome people:
Erin, the future bride!
Ken, the future groom!
Everyone had a blast celebrating this awesome couple! :)
Such a great way to spend an afternoon!
My Gent even stopped by with his son, who I’m giving the alias of Dram (I’ve always thought this was the perfect tacky Soap Opera name).
Arms crossed? Check! Hair in eyes? Check!
Yup. I’m totally dating a guy with a kid. For the first time ever. I’m pretty terrible at the whole thing, as I haven’t a clue how to talk to a teenager (Heck…I didn’t know how to talk to other kids when I was a kid!). Fortunately, Dram is a great kid who tolerates my awkwardness (“Uh…er…how’s being all young and stuff going for ya?” Seriously…awkward.)
Gotta love David’s “Blue Steel” face! :D
I’ll leave you with this beautiful pic of Erin & Ken’s loot! :)
Party at Erin & Ken’s!!!! :D
As I enter Week 3 of not working (1st week was vacation, but it still counts!), I’m starting to get a bit down. :/ I find myself staying up/sleeping in ridiculously late, and I feel draggy and lethargic all the time. Right now, I’m in a weird limbo state where I don’t know if I have a job or not. All will be decided when the SC Legislators get back into session.
I decided to attempt to cure my drab & dreary mood by fixing a drab & dreary dress! :)
It’s a drab day in South Carolina!
This dress is frumpy and dated as can be, but there were a couple of things to like about it. First off, the light linen-y fabric was comfy as could be — perfect for a hot and humid day! The top of the dress had this lovely detail as well:
…but then I was reminded of this:
Does anyone else remember the Kathie Lee Sweatshop scandal of ’96? Not cool, Kathie. Not cool. :(
The first thing I needed to take care of was that blah beige!
Say hello to my little friends!
I mixed some Scarlet dye with a bit ‘o Navy. Usually when I use Scarlet, I end up with a Coral hue. Adding some blue will surely prevent this, no? :)
Mixology at work!
After my dress was dyed & dried, I needed to shape it up a bit! I took it in from the sides 3″.
Getting it in shape! :)
A quick stitch session followed.
I cut off the extra fabric from the sides, and used one of the scraps to make (what else?) a sash!
Stitch it down, then turn it inside-out and close up the raw end! :)
I’m not done yet! :) I liked the length of this dress, but if it was going to stay, I’d need to get my all-natural air-conditioning elsewhere!
I folded that top raw edge under twice, and stitched it down…
Making a casing! :)
This made a casing for me to put a nicely-fitted piece of elastic into!
In ya go!
After a good press, my new dress was ready for a Rally to Save the Arts in South Carolina! :) That’s right, people from all over South Carolina organized at the statehouse to show their support of the of the SC Arts Commission and the SC arts movement!
Ready to Rally! :)
When I first showed up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would people really brave the rain to support the arts?
I have to admit, I was genuinely touched by all the support! Some of my best buds came out to show the arts some love, too! :)
They just don’t want me to be stuck sofa surfing with them…;)
Lots of Love for The Arts in SC!!! :)
Rain? What rain? :)
I ran into some awesome local artists as well!
It’s Nick Dunn and Natalie Brown! :)
It’s Michael Krajewski (in his own refashed shirt!) :)
Feeling like a Greek Goddess! :)
This rally did my heavy heart a great deal of good. :) I hope to have some good news for you guys in the next couple of days as to the future of The SC Arts Commission, and of course, my place in it. :)