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!
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!
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!
Then, I cut off that length!
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!
They devoured the Beef Bourguignon!
But who wouldn’t?
Such a lovely day with lovely people! :)
Yes…my dining room is also my sewing room. ;)
Douglas looks concerned…
My Christmas ended up being surprisingly merry. :)
This is me being merry, okay?
I hope each of you also managed to find your own sort of happy this holiday season. :)
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!
What the what?!? I look like I just stepped out of a Dynasty rerun!
I IMMEDIATELY removed those shoulder pads…
Big honkin pad!
…but quickly realized that shoulder situation was even more complicated than I had originally thought!
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.
Whew! Now we’re getting somewhere.
I pinned those raw edges from where I removed the sleeves under…
…then I stitched it all down!
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!
All that was left to do was sew down those sides!
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 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! :)
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!
It’s a picture of me taking the previous picture! How meta!
Such a happy evening! :)
Even Buckley had a great time!
I hope your Holiday Season has also been filled with happiness, loved ones, and good cheer! :)
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. :/
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!
Well done, Danika!