Today’s piece is a fun & kitschy handmade house dress. :)
The fun is there, I promise! :)
Okay…I’m not a fan of the brown & white print (too tablecloth-y!) and this is obviously too big for me. Let’s see what we can do about all that, shall we?
First, I threw the dress into a dye bath with my good friend, Scarlet. :)
Frankly my dear, I DO give a damn!
Bath Time! :)
After about 40 minutes in the dye and a rinse & dry, my new dress was ready to be taken in!
I decided some of that length had to go as well!
Now my new dress is ready for a fun supper with friends!
I have to admit, there is no way I could have made it through this year without a lot of help from my friends! :)
Their support has meant the world to me. :)
Remember Ava? She’s almost walking on her own now! :)
Gotta have friends! :)
Oh and check this out…my dress didn’t travel alone either! :)
I heart vintage aprons! :)
Of course…this isn’t the end of my year of refashioning. I was silly enough to start this challenge on a leap year, you see! ;)
So…technically this is a 366 day project.
Do you wonder what I have in store?
When I found today’s dress at one of my fave $1 thrift stores, I was stoked! Check out the amazeballs print! :)
The shoulder pads are slightly less than amazeballs,
You’re looking at a totally 80’s shoulderpadded number that desperately needs a facelift! Time for a Nip/Tuck!
First, I made a big chop!
Then, I took in the whole thing about 2″ on each side.
Pin, then Sew! :)
After cutting off the excess material, I folded the top raw edge over twice and stitched it down, leaving about a 1″ gap. This is where I’m going to insert some elastic.
After digging through my stash, I realized I was all out of elastic! Ugh! And I was soooo not in the mood to make a last-minute craft store run! :/
Then I remembered this leftover scrap from Day 315!
You shall be sacrificed!
I cut off the elastic waistband…
Why didn’t I think of this before????
I threaded the elastic through the dress’ new casing…
Then, I stitched the two ends together, as well as the 1″ gap I left to insert the elastic through.
Closing up shop!
Now that dress is ready for a fun night of Karaoke with friends! :)
From Sad to Sassy! :)
My shoes are pretty sweet, too! ;)
The PBR tall boy in her hair really ties the whole look together! ;)
Hey, LA! :)
I would love to say that my dress was the most stylish thing I saw tonight, but this simply wouldn’t be true.
This hat beats a cute dress any day! :)
It really completes my ensemble! :)
Squids are so hot right now!
The right accessories make a difference, y’all! :)
Today’s piece comes from a land down under! And yes – You’d better run. You’d better take cover! :)
What the what?!?!
You haven’t even seen the best part yet!
because removing your bloomers to go to relieve yourself is such a hassle!
I pretty much died laughing when I opened Mairi’s package. She certainly gave me quite a challenge! :)
Alright…as I’m not into Victorian Cosplay, these unmentionables were going to require a complete overhaul!
First, I reached into my dye stash and pulled out this:
They call me Mellow Yellow!
Into a nice, hot bath of dye the bloomers went!
Things are looking brighter already! :)
After a rinse & dry, I realized that dyeing this in the machine had a negative consequence. :/
I should have dyed these in the sink instead. :/
Thee good news was, not all of the lace was damaged, just the outer layer. Not a terrible thing. I went ahead and chopped it off from both legs. I went ahead and snipped off those back ties while I was at it.
I took the waist band, doubled it over, and pinned it together inside-out.
Do you see where I’m going with this yet?
A quick bit of stitchery followed.
Now those weirdo bloomers are a fun & funky shrug! :)
Perfect for a sweltering SC day! :)
Super Light & Comfy!
You’d never guess what this used to be! ;)
Thanks so much for sending this crazy thing my way, Mairi!!!! :)