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Dress Refashions,  Refashions,  Year 1: The Beginning

Do they know it’s Christmas (in July)?

Under Da Sea
I've Gotta Have Some of Your Attention: From Long Sleeve Shirt to Strapless Top

I have no idea, and am willing to accept any and all theories as to what the purpose of the below garment is supposed to be. 

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What am I????


Scary eh?  A huge hazmat grade viscose green and red housedress with massive sleeves, ugly length, and no breatheability whatsoever.  Usually I would cringe at the not-quite teal and red color scheme.  However, this worked perfectly for the Christmas in July party I was going to at The Whig.  It was going to need a lot of help though. 

First, those sleeves had to go!  My arms were gonna need some fresh air.  Snip and Snip. 

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We're ugly and you won't miss us.


Now I needed to take the top of the dress in.  I decided against taking in the bottom part, because it had pockets!  Wonderful pockets!  I also thought a slightly poofier skirt would actually look nice and festive for the evening.  But, back to the top.  I took it in 3″ at its biggest part and tapered down to take it in 2″ by the time it got to the waist.  I drew this line in chalk, and then pinned as you see here. 

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it's just plain old chalk, y'all.


I then put it through my sewing machine, sewing along the chalk line (I can’t sew a straight line on my own).  I did this for the other side as well.  Now, on to those arm holes! 

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Pin, then sew!


More pinning.  More sewing.  I decided to use my merriest red thread on this dress to make it even more Christmas-y. 

Now…time to deal with that skirt!  As I said earlier, the length was horrible.  I wanted it to fall mid-thigh.  As I cut, my sweet little kitty, Edith decided to help out. 

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I don't have opposable thumbs, so I'm not very helpful.


Once the skirt was hacked, I folded the raw edge under about an inch, and then folded it under AGAIN.  This fabric was fray city, and I didn’t want a messy seam to ruin my night.  There are other ways to keep your seams from fraying, and I’m sure you’ll see them here in due course. 

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gimmie some thread!


Once the new hem was sewn, I was almost done!  There was just one more, VERY important step.  I needed to iron all of my new seams.  ALWAYS do this!  It’s the step that will give your piece that “finished” look. 

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a most "pressing" matter.


Now that my seams were looking spiffy, all I had to do next was make a sash out of the leftover fabric from the skirt to hide that elasto-waistband. 

And that’s it!  I now had a dress that was ready for some holiday cheer!  I actually wore it all day yesterday.  This is definitely a “makes me feel pretty” dress that I am quite taken with. 

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Feelin' Holly and Jolly.


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my guardian angels!


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Yay! Presents!


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Touched by an Angel


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