Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  :)  I hope you had a wonderful one spent with loved ones amongst many delicious foods!

Before I show you my latest refashion, allow me to introduce you to my new foster pup, Bosley!

Syncronized Dachshunds!

Synchronized Dachshunds!


Bosley will be staying with me while he recovers from some pretty terrible neglect he suffered before being surrendered into foster care.  You’ll be happy to learn that he’s doing really well (and loves playing with Douglas).  Methinks he’ll find his forever home really soon.  :)

Oh, and another fun thing!  Lots of you have asked me about my various thrifting tricks.  Well, I just wrote a guest post for the Goodwill of the Upstate and Midlands‘ blog, The Good Life on how to make the most of thrift store trip when you only have a few minutes to spare titled, I Don’t Have Time to Thrift (Um…Yeah you do!).  Check it out!

Okay…now for the refash!  :)

When I woke up yesterday, I realized that I had nothing to wear for a Thanksgiving gathering with friends.  I threw on a housedress to contemplate my conundrum…





This would make a perfect Thanksgiving Day frock!  Look at the pretty fall colors in this homemade $1 housedress!  And I just LOVED those big vintage red buttons.

The shape needed some work though.

The sleeves were actually perfect how they were.  But I got to work taking in the body of this frock.


Lots of pinning!

Lots of pinning!


Some stitching!

Some stitching!


Aaaaaand serging that raw edge!

Aaaaaand serging that raw edge!


As I tailored my new dress, I noticed a few tiny holes. No worries!  I goot to mending!





With those tiny holed repaired, I chopped of a bit of length from the bottom of my new dress.


Just a simple chop!

Just a simple chop!


It got a new hem…


Pin & Stitch!

Pin & Stitch!


…then I sewed down the bottom of that front placket to keep any crotch-gaping at bay!





After a quick press, my Turkey Day dress was ready for a delightful (and food-laden) gathering with some of my favorite folks!  :)


So comfy!

So comfy!


I think this refashion has a fun 60’s feel to it.  What do you think?


Inquiring minds want to know.  :)

Inquiring minds want to know. :)


I accessorized with matching tights (of course!) and a pretty vintage brooch I scored at our local farmers’ market.  :)


Can we just agree to bring brooches back in style?  Please?

Can we just agree to bring brooches back in style? Please?


Great times were had with some pretty terrific people.  :)


Marques takes photobombing to a ninja-like level!  :)

Marques takes photobombing to a ninja-like level! :)


Hi Amauri!  :)

Hi Amauri! :)


I love Amauri's mom, Elena!  :) :) :) :)

I love Amauri’s mom, Elena! :) :) :) :)


I am SO thankful to have these people in my life!  :)

I am SO thankful to have these people in my life! :)





Happy Thanksgiving Jacket

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  :)  I hope everyone got to spend this special day with the people they love!  In years past, I’ve always joined either my fam or someone else’s fam for  Turkey Day.  It really is the way to go- all you have to do is bring one side dish, nom on tasty food, and leave.  No stress or cleanup required!  :)

But this year, I decided to try my hand at cooking my first Thanksgiving Dinner!  :)  Before I got to work, I needed something cute & casual to wear for the day.  I went with this faux jacketed dress.


I hate dresses with sewn-on attachments.  It’s as if they think women can’t be trusted to do their own layering!  Sheesh!

I figured this dress wasn’t THAT bad, so I got to cooking, thinking I would just wear it as-is.

It should be fine, right?

JUST KIDDING!  :D  There was NO way I was going to let my guests see me looking like this!  I loved the jacket part of this dress though- with its funky print and fully functional brass frogs.  :)

To get started, I ripped out those shoulder pads.


Then, I cut the top part of the dress that had the jacket sewn on away from the bottom part.


Don’t worry! I’m saving the bottom scrap! :)

The front of the jacket was sewn down the middle, so I couldn’t actually use it as a jacket yet.  I grabbed my seam ripper and got rid of the stitching.


This didn’t leave any raw edges, as the seams for the front of the faux jacket were still intact.  :)

I made a little snip at the neckline to get the whole thing opened up.

C’mon! Open up to me! :)

This did leave raw edges, so I sewed them down.  :)

Just a little whirrrrrrr!

Almost done!  When I cut the bottom of the dress from the top of the dress, I had to cut right through the zipper.  I didn’t want to risk this coming open (as there would be no way for me to zip it back up again, so I stitched it down at the bottom.

Stitching over a plastic zipper is no big dealio! :)

And that’s it!  With just those few little changes, my new jacket was ready to help me in the kitchen!  :)

Say Cheese! :)

I’ve gotta admit, making such a big dinner was no joke!  Thankfully, I had a couple of swell helpers!  :)

Either my fella’s son is growing, or I’m shrinking. :P

I multi-tasked like a boss…

Hmmmn…looks good! :)

…and made sure to take plenty of wine breaks!

Gotta pace yourself! ;)

I’m really happy with how my dinner turned out!  I bought pretty much everything from Aldi, so even though I made quite a feast, I still didn’t end up paying that much.  :)  I even bought a couple of bunches of flowers for about $4, and made awesome fall flower arrangements with old vases and stuff from my yard!  :)  Instead of making a big ol’  turkey, I decided to make some tasty cornish hens!

Cluck Cluck! :)

It really was quite a spread!  :)

Hmmmnn…wonder what it looks like under there…




Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it? :)

But wait…there’s more! :)


Even more tasty nommage! :)

Martha Stewart, eat your heart out! :)

I managed to get everything ready just in time for my guests!  :)

So thankful to have such awesome pals! :)

Cheers!  :)