Hooray for warmth! South Carolina is finally hitting those magical temperatures that make you understand what Tennessee Williams meant by The Long, Hot Summer. I love it. I love not having to wear layers. I love how the heat makes everyone just a little crazy. I love going barefoot and feeling like I could drink the air because it’s so humid.
And I love fun summer frocks!
I’ve had this dress in my refashion stash for a long time, and figured I’d better do something with it.
I liked the loose coolness of this dress, but still wanted it to be just a smidge more fitted.
I was all done with work for the day, so that length needed to rise to new heights!
Now for that color! Don’t get me wrong. That lime hue is fun and all, but I’ve been just itching to dye something lately.
You can probably guess where this is going. First, I tossed in the remnants of one bottle of dye…
…then I tossed it a bit of another color as well (because mixing is fun)!
Poor mangled bottle. :(
I left my new dress in its dye bath for about 45 minutes or so. While it was bathing, I remembered this Tshirt someone handed to me at a chili cookoff:
Frankly I don’t think that’s any of your business!
This shirt is just dumb. And it invites awkward advances, which I just don’t enjoy.
But I sure liked that mustachioed pepper…so I stitched it down!
Hello Sergant Pepper!
Poor little pepper. :( Do you see what’s missing?
Big tin o’ buttons!
I’ll bet you didn’t know I can heal the blind. ;)
Just a little hand stitchery!
MUCH better! Whew!
Now my comfy new dress is ready for a casual movie night with friends! :)
The one thing I don’t like about this dress is how easily it wrinkles, but since it’s a casual dress, I suppose that’s okay. :)
They can’t all be perfect, can they little buddy?
I noticed that I kept getting a strange compliment while wearing my new dress.
You’ll never guess what it was.
At least three people looked at the pepper, and said, “Nice Banana.”
Tony here was one of said people.
If they had said, “Nice Banana Pepper,” they would have still been wrong, but at least they would have made a bit of sense. But that’s not what they said. :/
Allow me to demonstrate the difference between a mustachioed pepper and a banana.
It’s not that hard.
Just saying. ;)
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.
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 decided to take care of that fading first. I grabbed a box of black dye…
…then took the dress and started folding it into a pitcher, sprinkling a bit of the dye powder into the folds as I went.
Keep it going!
Once the dress was completely wadded into the pitcher, I filled it with hot water.
When it was filled, it looked like this:
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!
Then, Whirrrrrrr! :)
After a quick press, my dress was 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.
But I snapped a couple of backups at home. No worries. ;)
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! :)
Hope you guys have a great weekend!
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????
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!
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! :)
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!
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.
The sides got taken in a smidge as well!
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!
Then, I hemmed that bottom raw edge!
Now that dress is ready for a happy reunion with my college chums! :)
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!
Hi there, Travis! :)
Many beers were consumed…
…but mostly tiny beers!
Take THAT, liver! ;)
Much fatty food was consumed!
And much happy reminiscing and catching up occurred! :)
Toniiiiiight….We’re not young…;)
Cheers to old friends! :)