Hoppy to See You Top

Hey!  Do you remember that time I refashioned this muumuu…

Remember me?

Remember me?

…into this no-sew dress?

You DO at least remember my lurker friend in the background, right?

You DO at least remember my lurker friend in the background, right?

If you don’t remember, it’s okay.  You can revisit it right here.  Although it was just last week, so you really should have a slightly better memory.  ;)

So…now what?  I told you I planned on a re-refashion of this one, and now you get to see it!

To get started, I picked off those sleeves with my seam ripper.



I couldn’t very well leave those raw edges as-is, so I pinned them under, then stitched ’em up!





I knew I needed to resize this one, so on my dress form it went!

Heh...Seems alright.

Heh…Seems alright.

And THIS is when I did something stupid.  I pinned one side and guesstimated that the same amount would come off the other side by just gathering and holding the fabric, rather than pinning the opposite side as well.  My reason for this was that I didn’t want to have to take the time to unpin the opposite side to get the dress off my form and then repin it again.  Lazy. Lazy. Lazy!

I pinned both sides, assuming my dumb guesstimation was correct.

Hey buddy...doncha think you're taking in a bit much there?

Hey buddy…doncha think you’re taking in a bit much there?

Then, I stitched up both sides like a total moron. :/

Gee, Jillian.  Does that really look right to you?

Gee, Jillian. Does that really look right to you?

After cutting off the excess material, I tried my dress on.  And it wouldn’t even fit over my hips!  And all because I didn’t measure properly.  :(  Lesson learned!

Undaunted, I decided to just make this dress a top instead!

LOL...What was I thinking?

LOL…What was I thinking?

I added a hem to that bottom edge…

The final Whirrrrr!

The final Whirrrrr!

After a quick press, I was all done!  :)

It's not a dress, but tops are okay too!

It’s not a dress, but tops are okay too!

My mistake ended up working in my favor, as I ended up spending my day at a friend’s hop farm in the middle of nowhere!

Just follow the dirt road...

Just follow the dirt road…

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Partners in crime!

Partners in crime!

Oh deer.

Oh deer.

Before this trip, I had no idea how hops actually grew…BEHOLD!  :)



Lots 'n lots of hops!

Lots ‘n lots of hops!

Up close & personal!

Up close & personal!

I even helped out by picking a few!

It's dangerous work, folks!

It’s dangerous work, folks!

My lovely lady hops...Check 'em out!

My lovely lady hops…Check ’em out!

Of course, I wasn’t alone in my hop harvesting adventure!  :)

Happy Hop Harvesters!

Happy Hop Harvesters!

A lovely day for a picnic!

A lovely day for a picnic!  :)

So…what did we DO with all of those hops?

Why…we made beer!  :D

This is a beer making thing!

This is a beer making thing!

Brew, baby, brew!

Brew, baby, brew!

The hops are in that white pipe thingy!

The hops are in that white pipe thingy!

As the sky darkened, it was time to head home…

Ah!  Just another evening on the farm!

Ah! Just another evening on the farm!

Such a lovely farm!

Such a lovely farm!

So far I’ve managed to get two refashions out of this $1 muumuu!  I wonder what I can make with that bottom scrap?  :)



P.S.   Don’t forget to enter my Pay it Forward Sewing Machine Giveaway!  Next Monday is coming up faster than you think!

Don't you want me baby?  Don't you want me Oh-oh-oh-oh!

Don’t you want me baby?  Don’t you want me Oh-oh-oh-oh!  ;)

Q&A Monday: A Pay it Forward Sewing Machine Giveaway!

Q:  One of the most frequent questions I get from my readers is, “What sewing machine do you use?”

A:  The kind of machine I sew on is far less interesting a story than how I came across it.  You see, there was a time (not so long ago) when I didn’t sew.  Not only did I not sew, I had no idea how to sew.  I was in a rut, folks.  :/  I needed a creative outlet.  I kept talking about getting a sewing machine and learning how to use it. “Ugh…but it’s too expensive!” and “What if I’m not any good at it?” and “What if I just lose interest?” were my three best excuses for not following through with my dream.

Thankfully, my boyfriend at the time (now good friend and all-around swell guy), Alex got sick and tired of listening to my excuses.  One day, he showed up at the door of my apartment with this:

My faithful companion!  :)

My faithful companion! :)

You’re looking at the Brother XL-3750.  This is the machine I learned to sew on years ago, and the machine I still use to this day.

Sometimes I think about how different my life would be if Alex hadn’t provided the push I needed by giving me such a wonderful present.  This blog might have never happened.  I might not be nearly as happy and fulfilled a person as I am today.

It's me, Alex, and his awesome girlfriend Meghan!  :)

It’s me, Alex, and his awesome girlfriend Meghan! :)

I’ve decided, that much like the plot to a terribly sappy movie…

It’s Time to Pay it Forward!

Haley Joel Osment would dig it!

Haley Joel Osment would dig it!

ReFashionista.net is giving away a brand new Brother XL-3750 to one lucky reader!  :)  It’s a machine that I love and I hope someone else does too!  Even if you already have a machine, why not enter so you can give it away to a friend?


Here’s how to enter:

First, do one of these things:

1.  Like ReFashionista and Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook!

2.  Follow ReFashionista on Pinterest and Pin this giveaway so your friends can see it too!

3.  Follow ReFashionista on Twitter and Share this giveaway to your fellow tweetlings!

Then (yep…that’s 2 steps!)

Leave a comment on this post.

The random winner will be announced next Monday August, 12.  Everyone is eligible to enter (even those of you who live across the big pond!).  One entry per person.

Good Luck!

Vintage-Patch Giveaway!

Happy Friday, Everybody!  :D  I have a surprise for you…a giveaway!!!! :)

What can you do to fix those holey-kneed pants or holey-elbowed tops?  What if you just want to add a bit of pizzazz to a boring jacket?

The lovely Adelaide of Vintage-Patch has the answer….fabulous iron-on patches from reclaimed vintage fabric!!!!!  :)

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Aren’t these just awesome sauce?  Don’t you want some Vintage-Patches of your very own???

Well…you’re in luck!  I have three sets of these awesome patches…and they’re up for grabs!!!  :)

You know you want 'em!  :)

You know you want ’em! :)

But wait a sec…do they work?  I had to find out!

I had this blah blue blazer…



I dyed it a bit darker with some black dye and took it in a smidge.

But it was still just a boring (only slightly darker) blazer.  :/

 I reached for a couple o’ patches…

Aren't these just so badass???

Aren’t these just so badass???

…and ironed them to the elbows, following the enclosed instructions.

Gee...I hope they work!  :)

Gee…I hope they work! :)

Check out that boring blazer now!  :)

Do you like my fancy new backdrop?

Do you like my fancy new backdrop?

Patchtastic!  :)

Patchtastic! :)

Here’s how to earn entries in  the Vintage-Patch Giveaway:

1.  Like them on Facebook

2.  Leave a Comment on the Vintage-Patch Facebook Page

3.  Leave a comment on this post, along with your email address, so I can contact you if you’re one of the lucky ones!

The 3 lucky winners will be announced next Friday, January 25.  :)  I’ll ship them to you for free, no matter what country you happen to live in.  :)

Such pretty patches!  :)

Such pretty patches! :)

Good luck, and Cheers!

The Winners of this Giveaway have been chosen & notified.  But don’t fret — there are more giveaways in store!  :)