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!

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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!

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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!

Gotta Love December in the South!

Some days, I’m reminded of why I love living in the South.  Especially on December days that somehow climb to 70+ degree temperatures.  :)

Unfortunately, My wardrobe has already been swapped over to wintery things.  Fortunately, I had this laying around!

Fetching, no?

Fetching, no?

As I hadn’t anticipated this warm spell, I only had a short time to complete this refashion.

I got to chopping!

Chop!

Chop!

Another chop!

Another chop!

One more chop!

One more chop!

And now that muumuu is much better off as a cute dress!

Much improved!

Much improved!

It got slightly cooler in the evening, so an extra layer became necessary.

Warm & Cozy!

Warm & Cozy!

I happily wore my new frock to a lovely birthday dinner for a good friend.  :)

Happy Birthday, David!  :)

Happy Birthday, David! :)

Gotta have friends!

Gotta have friends!

Cheers!

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Into the Awkward!

Today I woke up feeling really really off and awkward.  It was a weird day.  Then it became a sad day when I was reminded that this would be my friend Jonny’s birthday if he were still here.  And writing an article entitled “Hey Ladies.  This is Why You’re Still Single.” (I’m working on it, Alan.  I’m working on it.  You’ll get it today, I swear.) was a little tough to stomach when I’m so very clearly not an expert here.  :/

It was time to take on the type of awkwardness I’m actually good at dealing with.  The kind of awkward I can totally handle.  The awkward I can fix.  The awkward I kind of love.

I'm an awkward moment that somehow gained sentience.

I’m an awkward moment that somehow gained sentience.

*AWKWARD DANCE BREAK*

*AWKWARD DANCE BREAK*

You’re looking at a handmade polyester dress that looks red to me, but is apparently actually orange?  You tell me.

Anywho…It’s awkward.  It doesn’t fit, and then there was this awkward bib thing that I didn’t quite understand:

Modesty bib?  What?

Modesty bib? What?

The bib snapped out, so that was an easy fix, but I still needed to take on the fit (or rather lack thereof) of the dress.

First I pinned…

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Pins!

…then I stitched!

Whirrrrr!

Whirrrrr!

I decided I wasn’t in the mood for a dress at the last minute, so I chopped off the bottom part.

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Check out my feet awkwardly hanging out…

I added a new hem to my new and rapidly-fraying raw edge…

Just a lil hem.

Just a lil hem.

After a quick press, my new top was ready to hang out with some lovely friends!

My new top also loves wings!

My new top also loves wings!

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RAWR!

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<3 The Fosters!

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Lovely Ladies! :)

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Lovely Raspberry Beer!

Lovely friends!

Lovely friends!

Lovely Kitteh!

Lovely Kitteh!

A lovely gathering!

A lovely gathering!

Awkward Cat Moment.

Awkward Cat Moment.

It's okay Wolfie.  We can be awkward together!  :)

It’s okay Wolfie. We can be awkward together! :)

Cheers!

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