Hello all. Whew! I have been one busy busy gal! Starting my new job and lots of other fun things have kept me in a most exciting flurry of activity! :)
Don’t worry! It’s all calming down enough for me to blog a bit more regularly…at least for now! :)
I feel like the last time we talked, I was near the end of a project. Hmmmmnnn…what could that have been?
Oh yes! Now I remember!
You can see the previous (no sew!) incarnations of this dress right here and here!
I thought it was time to whip out my machine for the final chapter in this thrilling saga!
Since I’ve already made a dress and a top, I decided to go for (as many of you guessed) a skirt!
I wisely held onto that bottom scrap from #2!
What’s the plan, Stan?
To get started, I did a bit of cutting:
Don’t wave Goodbye yet, little sleeve! I have a plan for you!
I knew I wanted to go for a funky layered look for my new skirt, and that I wanted it to be fitted.
I took a dress that I really like the fit of, and cut my basic skirt template from that. Pinnage followed.
You can see where I’m using the finished edges for my waistband so they don’t overstretch/so I don’t have to add elastic to the already-stretchy fabric.
I stitched the base of my skirt together.
Stitch those sides!
Remember those sleeves? I cut them off…
…then I cut those guys apart like so:
Disection in Progress!
I pinned my fun flappy leftovers around the wast…
Then, I stitched them down!
It’s the stitch that Zigs!
Okay. I THINK I may have solved this problem, but sewing the flappy bits on was a real struggle. :/ My thread kept breaking off and doing this:
Over. And Over. And OVER AGAIN. :/
I THINK it was just that the thread guide behind the needle had somehow gotten too tight and was pulling the thread (Everything SEEMS to be okay now), but do any of you guys have any idea what could have been going wrong?
Despite a rather frustrating experience (with lots of internal screaming), I still somehow ended up with a fun & creative addition to my wardrobe! :)
The Final Chapter!
A lil sloppy, but still cute!
Le back! And YES I did a quick fold-over take-in. :/ But it looks okay with my sweater over it…I guess.
I was honestly just happy to be done with this one, you guys.
But my new skirt sure had a fun time seeing Zoso (a really fun Led Zepplin cover band) that night!
Mark seemed to have an alright time too!
Yes. He’s a full head taller than me.
But enough about my social life! What I really want to know is…
Which version of this dress is your favorite?????
Leave your favorite in the comments! The winner will be announced in my next post!
When I found this dress for $1 at the thrift store, I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it. There were so many possibilities!
That’s why it’s time for another round of…
My first refashion for this boring frock is a no-sew, and it’s super easy!
First, I took one of my arms out of its sleeve and pulled it through the neck hole, like so:
Whatever shall I do with you, sleeve?
Next, I grabbed a neat belt buckle cover thing I thrifted ages ago and slipped the sleeve through. If you don’t have one of these, don’t fret! Your frock will look just fine without it, but I was feeling a bit fancy. :)
Lovely, isn’t it?
View from the back!
I safety pinned the sleeve to the side seam of the dress, tucking the pin on the inside, then flopping the sleeve over itself to hide all evidence of pinnage…
My new dress is just the thing for celebratory dinner with my fella. :)
Ooh la la!
Fashion Blogger Pose #57
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Motor Supply Company Bistro, where a very happy toast was made!
Don’t we look pretty?
…and a celebratory peanut butter pie was consumed…
A Woman Possessed
But, what are we celebrating?!?! Why am I being so very mysterious????
Care to wager a guess?
I can’t wait to share my extremely exciting news with you guys…tomorrow. ;)
I’ll also be sharing the 2nd installment of of this Three-Way refash, so stay tuned! :)
You’ve waited with bated breath for the thrilling conclusion of…
For my final trick, I chopped off the top halter section of my $1 dress’ most recent incarnation!
It’s hard to say goodbye! :'(
Then, I took that raw edge and pinned it…
…followed by a quick bit of whirrrrrring!
Time for a little role reversal! I turned my dress upside down, so my newly-stitched edge was the new bottom! Then, I grabbed a safety pin and pinned my new shoulder down from the inside so it wouldn’t show.
I was feeling a little ornamental, so I took an orphan earring and attached it to my new shoulder as well for a bit of pizzazz!
After tying on the original belt/sash thing, I was left with this saucy cocktail dress!
Ooooh la la!
I wore my new frock to a few fun events around town where I ran into some terrific people! :)
It’s fellow local theatre critic, James Harley!
I’m not quite sure what’s going on here…
Thanks for the pic, Rob! :)
It’s Nick “Danger” Dunn!
I even shared a drink with this handsome gent who managed to keep me and my friend Erin alive on a recent kayaking trip! You can read about our little adventure right here.
So…that’s the end of One Dress, Three Ways!
Buuuut…I wanna know which one was your favorite!
Was it Dress 1, Dress 2, or Dress 3????
Leave your answer in the comments section and let your voice be heard! :)