Day 365: Kitschy Dress

Today’s piece is a fun & kitschy handmade house dress.  :)

The fun is there, I promise! :)

Okay…I’m not a fan of the brown & white print (too tablecloth-y!) and this is obviously too big for me.  Let’s see what we can do about all that, shall we?

First, I threw the dress into a dye bath with my good friend, Scarlet.  :)

Frankly my dear, I DO give a damn!

Bath Time! :)

After about 40 minutes in the dye and a rinse & dry, my new dress was ready to be taken in!




I decided some of that length had to go as well!


Now my new dress is ready for a fun supper with friends!


I have to admit, there is no way I could have made it through this year without a lot of help from my friends!  :)


Their support has meant the world to me.  :)

Remember Ava? She’s almost walking on her own now! :)

Gotta have friends! :)

Oh and check this out…my dress didn’t travel alone either!  :)

I heart vintage aprons! :)

Of course…this isn’t the end of my year of refashioning.  I was silly enough to start this challenge on a leap year, you see!  ;)

So…technically this is a 366 day project.

Do you wonder what I have in store?


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 363: All the Angles Dress

When I found today’s dress at one of my fave $1 thrift stores,  I was stoked!  Check out the amazeballs print!  :)

The shoulder pads are slightly less than amazeballs,

You’re looking at a totally 80’s shoulderpadded number that desperately needs a facelift!  Time for a Nip/Tuck!

First, I made a big chop!


Then, I took in the whole thing about 2″ on each side.

Pin, then Sew! :)

After cutting off the excess material, I folded the top raw edge over twice and stitched it down, leaving about a 1″ gap.  This is where I’m going to insert some elastic.


After digging through my stash, I realized I was all out of elastic!  Ugh!  And I was soooo not in the mood to make a last-minute craft store run!  :/

Then I remembered this leftover scrap from Day 315!

You shall be sacrificed!

I cut off the elastic waistband…

Why didn’t I think of this before????

I threaded the elastic through the dress’ new casing…

Thread it!

Then, I stitched the two ends together, as well as the 1″ gap I left to insert the elastic through.

Closing up shop!

Now that dress is ready for a fun night of Karaoke with friends!   :)

From Sad to Sassy! :)

My shoes are pretty sweet, too! ;)

The PBR tall boy in her hair really ties the whole look together! ;)

Hey, LA! :)

I would love to say that my dress was the most stylish thing I saw tonight, but this simply wouldn’t be true.

This hat beats a cute dress any day! :)

It really completes my ensemble! :)

Squids are so hot right now!

The right accessories make a difference, y’all! :)


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 359: Scrap-Busting Dress

For today’s piece, we need to go back to Day 117 of this lil’ blog.  :)

First it was this.

Then it was this…

…but what about all this?

For those of you who were wondering what was going happen to the bottom part of this dress…wonder no more!  :)

I needed something that would work as a cute coverup to wear erranding before I ventured over to a friend’s place for an afternoon swim!

I laid my leftover dress scrap upside down, and placed one of my best-fitting dresses over it, right in the center.  This is going to be my template!

Just like this!

I pinned along the outside of the template dress…

You can outline this in chalk if you like.

I left everything from the armholes up open, placing two pins right at where the shoulders of the template dress start.

I sewed two seams, one on each side of what was about to be my new dress!

Emo sewing: All life is a meaningless abyss, dude.

Then, I sewed my shoulders down!


Now my sweet new coverup is ready to head off for an afternoon at the pool!  :)

Love the sides!

Refashioning gives you wings! Literally! :)

Not bad for just a few little seams, eh? :)

Digging that neckline! :)

I must say,  I’m quite happy to know someone with access to a private pool!  It makes the SC summer heat somewhat bearable!  :)

Keeping cool in da pool! :)

Good company & good beer make for a great summer day!  :)

Mmmm! Tasty Wheat Ale! :)