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! :)
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! :)