Day 324: Play in the Park Dress

Check out this lovely 2-piecer!

Has the word “lovely” been redefined recently?

Talk about a BOGO!  :)  I’m a huge fan of this fun tropical print and the lightweight fabric of this thing.  I’m not such a fan of the frumpy cut of the dress or the not-so-hot layering action!

Time to get this dress ready for a warm & beautiful day!

First, I cut the dress off near the top, right where it starts to get narrow.

Making the cut!

Then, I hemmed the resulting raw edge!

Whirrrrrr!

Next, I cut two strips from the back of the jacket.

Strip #1 and Strip #2!

I stitched them both into tubes…

Tubular!

…and turned them right-side out!

Just like this!

I pressed my tubes, and pinned them onto my dress to make straps!

From Strips to Straps!

View from the back!

I stitched my new straps down, getting really excited about how this dress was turning out!  :)

Stitch that Strap!

I hopped into my fab new frock and out the door to catch a performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)!  Thankfully, there was no rain, and the show went on!  :)

At Finlay Park! :)

Lovin’ that drapey back! :)

As you can see, I grabbed a leftover scrap to wrap around my head for a driving scarf (I drive a convertible).  :)

It started to get a bit chilly, so I donned a cozy cardi in a complimentary color (such a sucker for alliteration!), as I began taking notes for my review of the show!

Pen & Paper at the ready! :)

Theatre-Lovin’ Pals! :)

Cheers!

Day 304: A Pregnant Pause Dress

How does one write a suitable preface for something like this?

BAM!

I couldn’t just stop at one before pic, either!  :)

Just sayin'.

At first, I didn’t understand why the shape of these atrocious overalls was so odd.  Suddenly, all became clear!

Ma, as in Maternity. As in Oh Ma God, no! ;)

Yep.  You’re looking at a pair of maternity overalls!  As I clearly have no need for these as-is, it was time to get to work!  :)

I knew I wanted to turn this into a dress, so I unpicked the crotch  area…

Rrrrrrrrip!!!!

…and then cut off the legs!

Chop! And Chop!

Then, I put the whole thing on my dress form and started pinning!

Pinning where I unpicked the crotch!

Decreasing that preggo belly section!

Shortening that back section!

Taking in those sides!

Then, I ran all of the pinned sections under the needle!

Whirrrrrrrr! :)

Then, I gave my new dress a new hem!

Almost done!

I pressed my new seams & hem…and now I have a comfy and totally non-preggo frock!

Much better, eh? :)

Cheers!

 

Day 285: Nostalgia Top

When I saw today’s piece at the thrift store, I immediately became nostalgic.  This is a pajama top that is almost identical (just a different color) to a set of pajamas I had in high school that used to be my grandmother’s in the 70’s.  I loved them to death, but accidentally got bleach all over them, and that was that.  :/

Or was it?  :)

Well hello there, old friend! :)

I scoured the thrift store, looking for the bottoms to this top, but they were nowhere to be found.  :(  Had I actually found them, I would have happily kept them as my new fave pair of jammies!  Sadly, this was not meant to be.  Happily, this means a refashion is in store!  :)

I put the PJ top on my dress form, and pinned the sides…

Hot. Pinning. Action!

I stitched up the sides on my machine, like ya do.

This is how we do it.

I cut off the extra fabric, but still wasn’t quite pleased with my new top…yet!

Chop! And Chop!

Now my new top is ready for a gloriously sunny day!

Too bad I made it at night. :/

Oh the joys of lounging in a comfy silky top!  See?  You can wear your jammies in public!  ;)

Digging that Art Deco applique big time!

Cheers!

Day 245: Mandarin Blue Dress

Today’s dress wasn’t very cute when I first put it on.  :/

Great Print, but the rest is pretty dowdy!

Not to worry!  I know just what to do to make this dress adorable in no time flat!

First, I removed some of the length!

Chop!

Some of you guys have asked how I manage to keep the hem even when I shorten my dresses.  I just fold the cut off bit as I go, and everything is Even Steven!  :)

Next, I lopped off those ugly stretched-out sleeves!

Sleeves!

Now my dress is cute as can be and ready to head out the door for work!

Love Love Love it!

Love Love Love it!

Feeling quite girly! :)

Cheers!

Day 234: Brunchtime Dress

When the jumpsuit meets culottes, nothing good can come of it!

This ain't pretty, folks!

This piece is all sorts of lameness.  :/  I got to work on de-lameifying it!

I unpicked the crotch of this silly thing with my seam ripper.

Pick! Pick! Pick!

Then, I chopped of the legs!

Chop and Chop!

Then I closed up the front and back seams where I unpicked the crotch earlier.  :)

Pinned!

Stitch it up!

I cut off the extra material from the front and back seams, then I got to work on hemming my new dress!

Yay! A new hem!

I turned the dress around so the zipper closure was at the front.  It could be worn either way.  :)

Ready to head off to brunch!

It's like a salad in a cup! ;)

NOM!

Cheers!  :)