Day 343: Fab Foodie Dress

I’ve had today’s piece for quite a while.  I really wasn’t quite sure what I’d be able to do with it!  :/

See what I mean? You’d be intimidated too!

By the way, don’t let that fence behind me fool ya.  My neighbors can totally see me when I do my before pics outside.  They probably think I’m insane!  :)

Anywho…back to this insane muumuu!  I chose it for its cute foodie print.  :)

Yum! :)

Sadly, this thing is just flippin’ huge on me!  I decided to take it in from the back…a LOT!  On my dress form it went!


Then, I sewed a single seam down my pinned line.


This left me loads of extra fabric to snip off!


Okay…so now my new dress is looking much better and size-appropriate!  But, I still needed to hike up the length a good bit more.

Chop & Hem! :)

Check that wonky muumuu out now!  :)

Such a fun little frock! :)

Now I just need to wear it to the grocery store! :)

This comfy cotton dress is just the thing for a hot SC day!  :)

Fun with camera filters! :)


Day 323: In the Details Top

Today’s piece began as a frumpy black sun dress.

Nothing exciting to see here, folks!

It isn’t very exciting, is it?  It had a little problem as well!


Oh dear!  The bottom crocheted detailing had begun to unravel and rip!  :/

I grabbed my scissors, and snipped it off altogether.


Then, I made another cut to the dress.

Dress No More!

Next, I gave what was about to be my new top a new hem!


Okay, so what was once a dress was now a shirt.  Big deal, right?  But, HA!  I’m not quite finished yet!  :)

I took a piece of the original crocheted bottom and pinned it on the front of my new top in a big loopy pattern.


I stitched right down the middle of the loopy thing, like so…

Carefully stitching along!

…and now that boring, ripped up dress is a fun and pretty top!  :)

Hmmmnnn…what’s over there?

Why, yes.  Those are scrub pants.  Don’t judge me!  ;)


Day 231: Boldly Going Nowhere Top

Today’s piece looks like it might have been some sort of uniform in a previous life.

Holy bad hair day, Batman!

Neither that dress nor my locks were looking too great.  :/  And style wasn’t the only thing missing from this sad dress.


The worst thing about this dress was its shapelessness, so I got to pinning!


Then, I got to sewing!


Then, I got to snipping!


Now that frumpy dress is a cute new top that works perfectly with my pencil skirt!  I put my uncooperative hair back in a snood, and was ready for my day!  :)

Saved by the Snood!


Day 216: That Little Black Dress

When I found this dress in a big bag o’ refashionables from Revente’s Last Call, it was anything but little, but it certainly was black.

The big black dress fad just never really took off...:/

This just won’t do!  I decided to turn this thing into a cute little black dress for an evening of Karaoke!  :)

As some of you know, I’m a bit of a bad movie buff.  Some of you might have seen the complete and utter flop that was Shock Treatment, a sort of follow-up to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry.  You really aren’t missing out on much.  :) But…there is this one little song that kept running through my head as I worked on this dress.  Click right here if you want to hear the catchiest (and strangest)  little song about the LBD ever.  :)

First, I went rip rip rip with my seam ripper…

Rip Rip Ripping off those sleeves!

Then I pinned and stitched those raw edges under.

I can't wait to slip slip slip into my little black dress! :)

…and this is where the photos end on this one.  Don’t worry.   All will be explained soon enough (Mwahahahaha!).  ;)

I put the newly unarmed dress on my dress form and pinned it down the sides to get it nice and fitted!   I measured each side as I went along to make sure that they were Even Steven.  :)  Then I ran each side through my machine and cut off the excess material.

The last thing I did was snip snip snip (have you listened to the song yet?) some of that length away, and gave it a brand new hem.   :)

Now my Little Black Dress is minimal (even if it isn’t criminal or siniful) and fabu!  :)  I pinned on my favorite brooch, tossed on a pair of heels, and headed out the door!

Let's face it Mac...That basic black is coming back! :)

Hooray for Karaoke!

Cheers!  :)

Day 212: A’dress’ing a Too-Big Tee! :)

It seems like every time I volunteer at an event where I’m required to wear a Tshirt for said event, I always get stuck with a tee that’s a good 5 sizes larger than the one I requested.  :/  This includes today, when I showed up at The World Beer Festival.


It looks like Erin snagged the last medium tee. They didn’t even have smalls.  :/

She’s a smug little thing, isn’t she?  :)

Luckily, I anticipated my bad luck, and came armed!

Gigantic tee, you have met your match!

I cut each of the sleeves of my tee into strips, like so:

By this time, Erin was looking realllly concerned. :)

I stretched out all of the strips, and tied them in front of me.

Tie it nice & snug!

I turned the whole thing around, and was ready to volunteer in style!  :D

Ta Daaaaah! :)

I could have totally worn this as a dress, but stuck with my jeans to keep my legs warm in the colder areas of the Columbia Convention Center.

Muuuuch better than a tent-like tee! :)

And here’s what it looks like from the back!

Pretty neat, eh? :)

I had a blast helping out by lugging bags of ice, emptying buckets, and grabbing whatever the vendors needed.

Dan…the man behind the Brew Crew! :)

Of course one of the perks of providing free labor was that I got to sample plenty of tasty brew!  :)

Booze and friends…a winning combination! :D

I have to admit that this refashion worked perhaps a little too well.  When I went up to a few vendors and asked “Are you guys doing okay?  Do you need anything?”, a couple of them didn’t realize I was a volunteer, and looked at me like I was nuts!  They must have thought I was just a very concerned attendee!  :D