Skirt is Shirt

Recently, I invested in a new dress form!  I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without one.  It’s like having a clone I can use to try on things, experiment with drape, and pin!  I haven’t decided on a name for her yet.  :)

I decided to use her to refashion this skirt.

It's a skirt!

Now, this is a perfectly nice skirt.  Sadly, it’s too small for me (a size 0…crazy!), plus it has a couple of small stains on the waistband that I couldn’t get out in the wash.  Happily, it was a freebie!

I decided to turn this skirt into a top.  First, I cut out the lining.

Cut. It. Out.

Then, I put it on my dress form upside-down and pinned it where I wanted the neckline and arm holes to be.


Then, I ran it through my machine to make my sleeve-ish things.  :)


Now I have a fun, blousy top made of oh-so-very-soft silk.  You can’t even see the small stains due to the way my top drapes.  :)


My new top pairs well with Vinho Verde!

Check out my wingspan!

I headed out with my fella to celebrate a very special guy’s birthday.  :)

Happy Birthday, J.J./Boombox Guy!!!! :)

J & J!

Ah, Love!

It's Sam!

It's Alex!


A Silken Skirt Dress

It’s been a while since my last post, eh?  Not to worry.  I’m not going anywhere.  I’m just busy mulling ideas over for what shall surely be an amazing Year 2 of my blog (starts next month!).  I’m getting quite excited about it!  :)

Today’s outfit began as a discarded silk skirt.

Caffeine makes the magic happen!

 A charity shop was about to toss it out because of this:


This was an easy fix.  I turned the skirt inside-out and re-sewed the torn seam.

A quick fix!

If this skirt hadn’t needed mending, this would’ve been a no-sew refashion. :)  I decided to wear it as a dress, cinching it at the waist with a sash from another dress.  :)

A simple transformation!

Before you find fault with me for doing such a quickie refashion, please understand that I had other things to make for the evening as well.  :)

Mmmmmmm! Turkey Chili! :)

MMMMmmmmmm! Blueberry Mojitos!

A Saucy Slit!

After a bit of mojito pre-gaming, I was ready to head out for the evening!  Have you ever noticed how when you’re in pictures wearing a strapless dress, you look as if you’re naked? :)  I mean, look at this!

Looking topless...

Happy and nekkid-looking


Blue Monday

I was definitely feeling some New Order this Monday.  After an amazing weekend of relaxing, carousing, and pool partying, it was hard to come back to the daily grind.  I figured I’d go catch some funny at the Art Bar Players Improv  rehearsal, followed by a rousing game of Cutthroat Uno.  However, my gym clothes just weren’t gonna cut it.  After a long day of work followed by a run, I wanted nothing more than to just slip into some jammies.  Which brings us to Monday night’s piece.    

pajama time!


You’ll be happy to know that this one is easy, and involves NO SEWING WHATSOEVER!    First, I snipped the collar off of the pajama top as you can see above.  Then I buttoned it up on me like so:    

Almost done!


Making sure the raw edges were tucked under, I took the arms and tied them around my back to make my new flowy strapless summer top!    

sitting pretty on the tiki bar


double-knotted and secure

Cocktails after work? Yes please!

These early entries won’t have any before or during photos.  So sorry.  They were made before I intended to blog about my efforts.  Stay tuned for more detailed bloggage. 

so comfy and fresh!

so comfy and fresh!


This one is a cutie!  Fun for work and after-work cocktails. :) Digging the print big time.Removed shoulder pads. Made into V-neck. altered sleeves. Taken in on both sides and back (lots!). shortened. turned excess fabric into sash for waist. 

just chillin' in 5pts