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Forever 31

When I found this dress by Forever 21 at one of my fave thrift shops, I was reminded that I’m an entire decade older than their target demographic.  Yikes.

This is what I look like first thing in the morning.

This is what I look like first thing in the morning.

Other than being shoddily constructed by an evil fast fashion giant (end of rant), this dress had a couple of other issues as well.  It was about a size too big for me, it was really faded (hard to see in the pic), and it had a damaged zipper.

I'm starting to see why someone let this one go.  :/

I’m starting to see why someone let this one go. :/

I decided to take care of that fading first.  I grabbed a box of black dye…

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Azabache!

…then took the dress and started folding it into a pitcher, sprinkling a bit of the dye powder into the folds as I went.

Sprinkle Sprinkle!

Sprinkle Sprinkle!

 

Keep it going!

Keep it going!

Once the dress was completely wadded into the pitcher, I filled it with hot water.

Hawt.

Hawt.

When it was filled, it looked like this:

Kind of gross looking, actually.

Kind of gross looking, actually.

I left the dress submerged for about 2 hours, then gave it a thorough rinse in my washing machine.

Okay…so the faded color was taken care of, but it still needed a bit of fitting.

Pin each side!

Pin each side!

Then, Whirrrrrrr!  :)

Then, Whirrrrrrr! :)

After a quick press, my dress was ready!

Well…almost ready.

I still hadn’t fixed that zipper, and was running late to meet a friend for dinner.  :/

So I did what any self-respecting refashionista would do and just used a pair of pliers to get zipped up!

I promise to go back and replace it later.

My friend managed to take a few really blurry photos of the “after”.  ;)

This is not an Instagram filter.

This is not an Instagram filter.

But I snapped a couple of backups at home.  No worries.  ;)

Sassy, no?

Sassy, no?

It continues to be a good bit chilly here in SC, so I immersed myself in a massive cardigan!

My absolute favorite sweater in the world!  :)

My absolute favorite sweater in the world! :)

Hope you guys have a great weekend!

Cheers!

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Reunited Dress

About a decade ago (OH MY GOD I FEEL SO OLD!!!), I was something close to a Junior at the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!).  I was not the most studious student, folks.  :/  While my dedication to my major (Theatre) was strong, I couldn’t quite make myself give any flips at all about other subjects like…say…Statistics.  Don’t worry!  I did eventually graduate and somehow even managed to convince someone to hire me!  :)

While I could just accept personal responsibility for my inability to choose studying over partying, I prefer to blame the company I kept at the time….specifically two of my best buds, Mike and Travis.  :)

We hadn’t gotten together to hang out in a couple of years, and decided it was time to relive our gloriously misspent college days!

And I knew JUST what I wanted to wear!

Who decided this ever needed to be a thing????

Who decided this ever needed to be a thing????

Seriously?  What is this about?  I think it’s supposed to be some sort of sleepwear/loungewear thing, but I honestly haven’t a clue.  I just hope someone was fired for this garment’s conception.

It’s hard to know where to start with something like this.  Luckily, I was already dying some of my faded black Tshirts to get them looking nice & new again.  I tossed this into the dye bath as well!  :)

Going back to black!

Going back to black!

Hop on in!

Hop on in!

After the dye bath, I began the process of turning this jumpsuit into a proper dress.  First, I removed just a bit of length from the legs.  This will make the whole thing easier to work with.

Spock helped!  :)

Spock helped! :)

Then, I trimmed the seams from the crotch allll the way down each leg.  I did the same for the back as well.

Trimmy trim trim!

Trimmy trim trim!

Progress!

I put my future dress on my form and got to pinning!

First, I pinned the open front and back seams to make a skirt.

See?

See?

The sides got taken in a smidge as well!

Getting it nice and fitted!

Getting it nice and fitted!

I stitched all of this down on my machine, trimmed off the excess fabric with my pinking shears, and was almost done!  :)

I put my dress on and pinned where I wanted to make my final chop!

Just a litttle more!

Just a litttle more!

Then, I hemmed that bottom raw edge!

Whirrrrr!

Whirrrrr!

Now that dress is ready for a happy reunion with my college chums!  :)

I must say, I'm rather pleased!  :)

I must say, I’m rather pleased! :)

I styled my $1 dress with a $1 thrifted belt and a pair of TOMs (which cost a good bit more than $1).

It was great getting to hang out with my old roommates/pals!

Love these guys!

Love these guys!

Hey, Mike!

Hey, Mike!

 

Hi there, Travis!  :)

Hi there, Travis! :)

Many beers were consumed…

...but mostly tiny beers!

…but mostly tiny beers!

 

Seriously.

Seriously.

Take THAT, liver!  ;)

Take THAT, liver! ;)

Much fatty food was consumed!

Nomburger!

Nomburger!

And much happy reminiscing and catching up occurred!  :)

Toniiiiiight....We're not young...;)

Toniiiiiight….We’re not young…;)

Cheers to old friends!  :)

beforeafter

Violet Femme Dress

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!

You’ll do!

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!

Pinning…

 

…annnd hemming!

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! :)

Cheers!

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