Japanese Butterfly Garden Top

Today’s top reminded me of one of my wardrobe staples from when I was in high school.

I wasn’t always fashionable you see…

I used to love love LOVE funky polyester butterfly-collar shirts.  Like crazy.  I had a closet full of ’em and I wore one pretty much every single flippin’ day.  I would throw one over a tank top, don a pair of Jncos (anybody else remember those???), spike my hair, and head out the door.  Oh yeah.  I was stylin’, y’all.  ;)

Anywho…high school was I won’t even tell you how many years ago, and my personal style has changed quite a bit.  :)  But when I saw this top, I grew wistful and nostalgic.  I loved its funky print that made me think of Japan, and I really missed owning something with a butterfly collar.  :(  I’ve held on to this thing forever…not really knowing what to do with it.

Until now!  :)

First things first.  I needed to get my new top nicely fitted before I did anything else!



After I took in my sides, I cropped off the extra fabric as well as the sleeves.  Then I did a bit more cutting.  It’s just too insanely hot here to have any sort of sleeves at all!

Going sleeveless!

After cutting my new arm holes, I made several teeny triangle-shaped notches.  These will make it easy to fold them over for their new hems!  :)

Notch it! :)

Then I folded the notched edges under twice, and stitched them down!

Almost done! :)

Now I have a fun new top for an evening of celebration!   :)

Wait a tic…Why am I so very happy? :)

I mean…didn’t I just lose my job?


Perhaps I’m just in a state of denial?

I have some AWESOME news to share with you, dear reader!  Governor Haley’s vetoes that would have cut all state funding for the SC Arts Commission have been OVERRIDDEN!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)  I am so incredibly happy to see what strong bipartisan support the Arts and the Arts Commission have in this state!  :)

You can’t spell “bipartisan” without “art”! :)

This of course means I have my job back!  :)  Hooray for not having to be a hobo or start my own snuggling business for $60 an hour like this enterprising young lady.  :)

Seriously…this was the uniform reaction last time I tried to start a for-profit snuggling ring. :/

A big Thank You to everyone for their words of encouragement/advocacy/awesomeness during the last couple of weeks.  You’re all amazing.  :)




Day 364: All Tied Up Top

Today’s piece isn’t exactly fashion-forward, but it has sparkles to spare!

Seriously. You want some sparkles? Because I’ve got plllleeeeenty!

Alright.  The only thing I like about this top is the subtle glittery print.  Time for some serious choppage!

Choppity Chop!

You can see how I’ve laid out one of my best-fitting tanks as a template for the shape of my future top.  Are you wondering why I’ve left so much room on the sides?  :)

Step 2!

I cut a bunch of 1″ish strips down each side, then tied them together!

All tied up!

This is an extremely easy no-sew solution for any of your boring tops that are made of a fray-proof fabric!  :)

It’s so easy! :)

Feelin’ the fringe! :)


Day 362: Mairi Shrug

Today’s piece comes from a land down under!  And yes – You’d better run.  You’d better take cover!  :)

What the what?!?!

You haven’t even seen the best part yet!

because removing your bloomers to go to relieve yourself is such a hassle!

I pretty much died laughing when I opened Mairi’s package.  She certainly gave me quite a challenge!  :)

Alright…as I’m not into Victorian Cosplay, these unmentionables were going to require a complete overhaul!

First, I reached into my dye stash and pulled out this:

They call me Mellow Yellow!

Into a nice, hot bath of dye the bloomers went!

Things are looking brighter already! :)

After a rinse & dry, I realized that dyeing this in the machine had a negative consequence.  :/

I should have dyed these in the sink instead. :/

Thee good news was, not all of the lace was damaged, just the outer layer.  Not a terrible thing.  I went ahead and chopped it off from both legs.  I went ahead and snipped off those back ties while I was at it.


I took the waist band, doubled it over, and pinned it together inside-out.

Do you see where I’m going with this yet?

A quick bit of stitchery followed.


Now those weirdo bloomers are a fun & funky shrug!  :)

Perfect for a sweltering SC day! :)

Super Light & Comfy!

You’d never guess what this used to be! ;)

Thanks so much for sending this crazy thing my way, Mairi!!!!  :)


Day 350: Charity Shop Chic Top

Sometimes I draw a lot of inspiration blatantly steal ideas from other refashionistas out there.  Today’s refash is inspired by Sally over at Charity Shop Chic.  :)

Sally’s blog recently featured a Carrie Bradshaw Month, where she created clever knockoffs of stylish pieces worn by Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City.

She was inspired by this top right here…

Tres Chic, no?

…so she created her own version (you can check out Sally’s tutorial here) out of a thrifted tee!  :)

Sweet! :)

I decided I simply must have a go at making my own version!  I managed to thrift a navy and white stripey tee for $1.

Not very exciting, eh?

Alright.  I knew I wanted my tee to be fitted like SJP’s, and I knew I didn’t want to lose any of the bottom length (I like my tees a bit longer than normal).  This meant I’d be deviating from Sally’s tutorial (where she got the fabric for the flower from the bottom) and winging it!  :)

I took my tee in 3″ on each side.


Then, I cut off the excess material…


Okay…now here’s where I go out on my own.  I pinned the doubled up serged seam from one of the chopped off sides into a pleated spiral.  This will make my flower nice and full.  Then, I put it under the needle!

Stitching it down!

I didn’t make my flower as big as SJP’s or Sally’s.  If you want a larger flower, just stitch the two discarded sides together and make a bigger spiral.

I opted for a pretty shoulder flower instead.  :)

Quite fetching, I think! :)

Next time I do this project, I’ll try not to chicken out and go full-flower!  :D

This will do nicely til then! :)


Day 348: Living a Lie Top

I don’t know what it was about the late 80’s/early 90’s that made clothing manufacturers believe that people couldn’t be trusted to handle their own layering.

What is this? Two dresses?????

I really don’t understand the whole “double dress” look, folks.  Why did anyone think this was okay????  Especially when the bottom layer is always fake???

YOU LIE, dress!!!! :/

Fortunately, there’s a fairly straightforward solution to this!

Snip! :)

This dress required a bit more snippage to deal with some ooglay pads as well!

Buh-bye! :)

I took the outer dress layer, buttoned the bottom button, and put my arms in with the buttoned part behind me.  :)  Now I have a nice piece to do my own layering with!  :)

I’m really rocking the “Stereotypical Arts Administrator” look today, aren’t I?

I even managed to save a scrap from the cut-off part to make a headscarf!  :)

My apologies to the nice lady behind me who I happened to catch making a weird face. I’m sorry. I’ve been there. :/

I wore my new top to Cellar on Greene for a bit of Wining/Whining with my pal, Erin!  :)

Glasses Twinsies!!! :)