Wannabe Wednesday: Z Edition

First off…

WOW.

Can I just say that again?

WOW.

One more time.

WOW.

In case you missed it, this little blog has gone viral…and not in that “Please don’t sneeze on me.” kinda way.  From Tumblr to Imgur to countless awesome other pages to Reddit and Buzzfeed, the world is digging eco fashion in a major way!  :)

Thank you to everyone who has been sharing this blog over the years.  I got a little misty eyed when I saw all the new “likes”, followers, and comments (Well…at least those that weren’t calling me fugly scum anywho).  Seriously.  THANK YOU.  :)  I’m sending you all virtual hugs right now.  :)

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate all this new press than with a new refashion!  :)

I’ve kind of hinted about this but…there’s this guy.  This guy has kids.  This guys took his kids thrifting after telling them about my blog, and they picked out a few pieces they wanted to see me refashion. This one was picked out by his 8-year-old daughter, whom I shall only refer to as “Z”.

Remember Gauchos?

Remember Gauchos?

 

Okay.  I hated gauchos when they were in style and I’m certainly not any more fond of them now.  Although…this pair had an interesting detail…

Ermagherd!  It's a POCKET!

Ermagherd! It’s a POCKET!

 

Let’s all pause for a moment to contemplate the location of this pocket.  I can just picture someone saying, “Oh wait…hold on a sec while I reach all the way down my leg to get something out of my pocket!” I decided I needed that pocket right where it would actually come in handy. I turned these gauchos inside-out and hopped in one of the legs, like so:

See where I'm going with this?

See where I’m going with this?

 

I used a safety pin to mark where I needed the new top of my future dress to end so it would stay up on me.

Riiiight here!

Riiiight here!

 

I took my future dress/current gauchos off and pinned it in a gradual line from where I had initially marked it with the safety pin.

See?

See?

 

I stitched along the pinned line…

Whirrrrrrr!

Whirrrrrrr!

 

…and now I have a sassy new cocktail dress!

Sassy!

Sassy!

 

…and it still has a pocket!  :)

Pocket Power!

Pocket Power!

 

I think my frock looks every bit as nice as this one from Dressale.com!

 

My much less expensive dress enjoyed a celebratory glass of champagne with some of my favorite gals!

Thank you for being a friend!  :)

Thank you for being a friend! :)

 

It's a bob convention!  ;)

It’s a bob convention! ;)

 

I'll drink to that!

I’ll drink to that!

Original Price:  $109

Z’s Price:  $1

Savings:  $108!

Cheers!

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Wannabe Wednesday: Midnight Tide Edition

I love ModCloth!  I rarely order anything from them (I think I ordered a pair of shoes once), but I get tons of refashion inspiration from their lovely vintage-inspired dresses.

Take this gorgeous little number, their Midnight Tide Dress:

Lovely!

That’ll be $52.99

Alhtough I’m not Seated around a beach bonfire in this jersey-knit maxi, singing along to your pal’s guitar strumming as the moon shines above. Blah Blah Blah Blather Blather Blather… as the overly twee description of this frock suggests (I’m not making this up), I still want this dress!

Sadly, all I had was this:

I despise neck tie thingies.  :/

I despise neck tie thingies. :/

Luckily, all this dress needed was a couple of chops and a teensy bit of stitchery!

Sideways Chop!

Sideways Chop!

Neck tie thingy chop!

Neck tie thingy chop!

 

Just a little whirrrrrrr!

Just a little whirrrrrrr!

I took the newly sewn-together neck tie thingy sash and tied it around my waist.

This whole refashion took less than 10 minutes!

Check it out!

Do you like it with my boots?  :)

Do you like it with my boots? :)

It was a bit chilly out, so I layered up with a thin cardigan.  :)

Comfy and cozy!

Comfy and cozy!

I wore my new frock to a fun & quirky production of Swimming in the Shallows at USC’s Center for Performance Experiment.  It’s a terrific play, it’s free of charge, and a man falls in love with a shark!  What more could you want?

I hope you'll see it!

I hope you’ll see it!

My new dress left me feeling quite celebratory, despite being nowhere near a beach or guitar-strumming companion.  ;)

Cheers!

Cheers!

Cheers!

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Wannabe Wednesday: Michelle Mason(ish) Edition

I hate being cold.

I hate being cold more than anything else in the world.

It’s been very cold here in South Carolina.  :/

When I moved to the south I expected year-round warmth and sunshine (research has never been my thing), creamy grits to be served with every meal, and men with impeccable manners.

I feel ripped off on two of these counts.

At least I have you.  :)

At least I have you. :)

My quest for warmth during this odd cold snap has led to me a life spent in wool socks and bulky sweaters.

But today I had to branch out!

I was inspired by this dress by Michelle Mason:

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She looks as sad as I feel in Winter!

Doesn’t that look cozy?  Unfortunately, the closest thing I had on my refashion rack was this:

The cold makes me sleeepy!

The cold makes me sleeepy!

This is a super-easy no-sew one, folks!  All I needed to do was make a big chop!

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Just a big diagonal chop!

That’s really it.  :)

Simple, eh?

Simple, eh?

I’m a bit too short to rock this look without a little waist definition, so I made a quick sash out of the bottom hem.

Pardon the terrible lighting.  :/

Pardon the terrible lighting. :/

My new dress had a great time checking out Whipped Cream & Other Delights:  remake/remodel!

Meet Chris.  He has an obsession with this album cover.

Meet Chris. He has an obsession with this album cover.

Chris commissioned 20 local artists to turn Whipped Cream & Other delights into something that delighted them.

Chris commissioned 20 local artists to turn Whipped Cream & Other delights into something that delighted them.

Some were beautiful!

Some were beautiful!

Some were campy and fun!

Some were campy and fun!

 

But each one was completely unique!

But each one was completely unique!

You can learn more about this show right here!  Cheers!

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Wannabe Wednesday: Johnny Was Edition

Brrrrrrr!  This winter has been ridiculously over-the-top cold here in SC!  When we finally got a bit of snow for the first time in three years, I knew I wanted something comfy and cozy to lounge around in for a Snow Day with friends.  :)

I wished I had something like one of these lovely tunics by Johnny Was:

Comfy!

Comfy!

Sadly, the closest thing I had in my refash stash was this:

Awesome, no?

Awesome, no?

That red is great, the beaded neckline is gorgeous, and I loved the pintucks/pleats on the front of this piece.  All those details are very similar to the boho details of the Johnny Was tunics, but it wasn’t quite there yet.

A few chops were necessary.

Farewell, pads!

Farewell, pads!

Buh-bye weirdo tie thingies!

Buh-bye weirdo tie thingies!

Chop x 3!

Chop x 3!

I hemmed that bottom raw edge…

Pin!

Pin!

Hemmmmm!

Hemmmmm!

I decided to go with the 3/4 sleeves of the bottom tunic.  I rolled the bottoms into 1″ cuffs, pressed them, the stitched them down on the bottom seam.

See?

See?

After pressing my new tunic, I was ready for a lovely (though chilly) day off!

I do so love a warm fire!  :)

I do so love a warm fire! :)

Here’s a closer look at my new top!

Pretty, no?

Pretty, no?

As I hate being cold, this is about as close as I got to playing in the snow:

Snow is cold, y'all!

Snow is cold, y’all!

But I enjoyed looking at it from inside while sipping on a few of these:

Mmmmmm!  White Russians!  :)

Mmmmmm! White Russians! :)

I think my new top is an alright copycat!  :)

Cheers!

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Wannabe Wednesday: Ressica Edition

Hello!  As you can see there are some big changes happening here at ReFashionista!  I have a few more tweaks to make to the new site, so just bear with me for a few more days, okay?  :)

But in the meantime, Let’s get to Wannabe Wednesday, shall we?

I was inspired by the Ressica Tunic from Anthropologie.

That'll be $78.

That’ll be $78.

 

Little Miss Blonde & Limbsome’s top is all sorts of Boho awesomeness, but could I make a similar top from this $1 thrifted dress?

Seems unlikely, eh?

Seems unlikely, eh?

 

To get started, I removed some paddage!

Check out those massive pads!

Check out those massive pads!

Then, I chopped of the sleeves a bit.

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Chop! And Chop!

 

I threw this pleated nightmare on my dress form and started pinning.

Do you see what I'm doing wrong here?

Do you see what I’m doing wrong here?

 

I stitched it down…

A mistaken whirr!

A mistaken whirr!

 

I became exhausted dealing with all the pleats of the skirt, so I went ahead and chopped it off.

Chop!

Chop!

 

What I failed to think of was how that lining/pleats combo needed to be separated in order to be made not super-duper bulky and weird.  :/

I cut off the excess material and discovered my top was looking fairly awful.

Sooooo…I cut out the lining and re-took the whole thing in again.

A restorative whirrrrr!

A restorative whirrrrr!

 

I hemmed the raw edges, like so:

A better whirrrrrr!

A better whirrrrrr!

 

And now my new top isn’t quite identical to the original, but after the frustrations of slippery fabric, nightmarish pleats, and an annoying lining, it’ll do.  :)

Look!  You get to see my lil guest bedroom!  :)

Look! You get to see my lil guest bedroom! :)

 

Look!  You get to see my most vapid model face!  :)

Look! You get to see my most vapid model face! :)

 

Cheers!

 

Original Price:  $78

Copycat Price:  $1

Savings:  $77!

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