Posts Tagged ‘Year 3’

Merry Christmas to Y’all!

I’d sort of been dreading the holidays this year.  I hadn’t made any real plans and thought I’d just ignore Christmas.  But then I got a call from a good friend who’s also had a lot to deal with this year and just wanted to lay low and have a casual holiday without any familial pressures.  We’d hang out, I’d make French food, and we’d watch scary movies before heading off to a friend’s bonfire party.

It was a brilliant idea.  :)  Buuuuut…I needed something festive to wear!

I chose this evergreen frock right here:

A lovely Christmasy green!

A lovely Christmasy green!

I usually find lace-up backs on dresses to be quite dated, but I thought this one looked festive and elf-like, so I let it stay.

I dunno...It's kind of cute!

I dunno…It’s kind of cute!

French cooking is insanely time-consuming.  I decided to tackle Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon…which takes hours to prepare.

In other words, this refashion had to be quick!

First, I got rid of those huge shoulder pads.

Snip and Snip!

Snip and Snip!

Then, I cut off that length!

Tip:  If you fold the cut-off part over while you snip, your hem will be totally even.  :)

Tip: If you fold the cut-off part over while you snip, your hem will be totally even. :)

My new dress was ready to receive my guests…yep…I decided to invite a few other cool people over too!

Comfy & Festive!

Comfy & Festive!

These guys!

These guys!

They devoured the Beef Bourguignon!

But who wouldn't?

But who wouldn’t?

Such a lovely day with lovely people!  :)

Such a lovely day with lovely people! :)

Yes...my dining room is also my sewing room.  ;)

Yes…my dining room is also my sewing room. ;)

Douglas looks concerned...

Douglas looks concerned…

My Christmas ended up being surprisingly merry.  :)

This is me being merry, okay?

This is me being merry, okay?

I hope each of you also managed to find your own sort of happy this holiday season.  :)

Cheers!

ba122513

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A Daring Dessert Dress!

My favorite thing about the holidays is getting together with friends.  When my friends Fredric and Sandy invited me over for their Christmas Dessert Party, I of course said yes. Dessert + Party?  Oh yeah!

Sadly, the only party attire I could scrounge up was this:

Those SLEEVES!  The horror!

Those SLEEVES! The horror!

What the what?!?  I look like I just stepped out of a Dynasty rerun!

I IMMEDIATELY removed those shoulder pads…

Big honkin pad!

Big honkin pad!

…but quickly realized that shoulder situation was even more complicated than I had originally thought!

Fluffy things!

Fluffy things!

More poufage had to go!  It took a while to unpick the seams of the sleeves, but it was well worth it.

Pick.  Pick.  Pick....etc.

Pick. Pick. Pick….etc.

Later losers!

Later losers!

Whew!  Now we’re getting somewhere.

I pinned those raw edges from where I removed the sleeves under…

Pinned!

Pinned!

…then I stitched it all down!

Whirrrr!

Whirrrr!

Almost done!  This dress didn’t fit quite cozily enough for my tastes, and I had some huge armholes to take care of.  Luckily this was a two birds/one stone scenario!

I turned my new dress inside-out, plopped it on my dress form, and pinned it to make it just as curve-hugging as I wanted it to be.

Shaping up quite nicely!

Shaping up quite nicely!

All that was left to do was sew down those sides!

I was already running late at this point, btw!

I was already running late at this point, btw!

…and now that pouftastic atrocity is an LBD fit even for Audrey Hepburn (or at least an Aubrey Hepburn somewhere)! ;)

I just love a good little black dress!  :)

I just love a good little black dress! :)

I accessorized my new frock with a pretty thrifted belt and a pair of my fave red platforms.

It was great getting to see some of my loveliest friends!

She's the hostess with the mostest!  :)

She’s the hostess with the mostest! :)

Hi Ron!

Hi Ron!

I thought I had the most fabulous shoes at the party, until I spied Ron’s hand-painted creations!

That's what you do when you spill wine on a pair of white canvas shoes!

That’s what you do when you spill wine on a pair of white canvas shoes!

It's a picture of me taking the previous picture!  How meta!

It’s a picture of me taking the previous picture! How meta!

Such a happy evening!  :)

Such a happy evening! :)

Even Buckley had a great time!

Even Buckley had a great time!

I hope your Holiday Season has also been filled with happiness, loved ones, and good cheer! :)

Cheers!

ba122313

Danika’s Reader ReFash!

This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Danika in sunny California!

Much like South Carolina right now, the weather there is gorgeous.

Unfortunately, this dress wasn’t.  :/

Meh.

Meh.

I found this beaut at a warehouse sale for $2!  I live in California so I needed a nice light and casual dress for going to the boardwalk with my family. I got so many compliments on my high- low dress. I mostly shop at thrift stores because its cheaper and its so fun when you find the perfect thing.

Take look at that dress now!  :)

Loving that lace!

Loving that lace!

Well done, Danika!

Cheers!

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