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Dress Refashions,  Refashions,  Year 1: The Beginning

Feelin’ Fierce in Fuschia

Green with Envy: A DIY Ruched Shoulder Dress Refashion
Scarf it up baby! Scarf. It. Up.

Even I had my doubts when I bought this frightening fuschia flop for a buck.       

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Fierce in Fuschia! Grrrrrrrowl!!!!

 

The color really isn’t my bag, but I liked the crispness of the fabric and I really wanted a bright shirtdress with a full skirt.  The only possible contender I found was this hunk of pepto dismal.       

The first thing I had to do was remove a few extremities.       

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Pink pads of doom!

 

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We're not very attractive.

 

Including this really absurd pocket with some sort of coat of arms embroidery on it       

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Weirdo Coat of Arms Pocket

 

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ripping off that weirdo pocket!

 

My work had only just begun.  Next, I desperately needed to take the top of the dress in…a good bit.   I like marking where I’m going to be sewing with chalk before I pin it.  I also measure the taking in area on both sides with my sewing gauge to make sure both sides are even.       

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just normal, everyday chalk.

 

Then I pinned along the chalk line.       

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Once both sides were pinned, I sewed along the chalk line on each side, then cut off the excess material.       

Next, I needed to fix the newly shortened sleeves.  I decided to go with a rolled look by rolling the sleeves twice and pressing them.  To make sure they stayed rolled up, I sewed them down like so on the bottom of the sleeve.       

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the stitch that zigs!

 

I used a zigzag stitch to keep the raw edge of the newly slenderized sleeve from unraveling.  Don’t worry.  Nobody will even see it, as it’s under my arm.       

Next, I needed to alter the length.  No minidress for me today!  I wanted this to fall just above my knees.       

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Basement kitteh holds the dress down while I snip

 

Then I hemmed the bottom of the dress with my favorite rainbow thread.       

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taste the rainbow

 

And that’s it!  I now had a very cute 50’s ish dress that I felt quite fetching in.       

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ello stranger!

 

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Fierce in Fuschia 2.0!

 

This dress was perfect for an evening perusing Columbia, SC’s Main Street for their First Thursday (happens on the first Thursday of every month) art shows!  I was most excited to see the works of Lyon and Jennie Mae Hill at Frame of Mind.  I took pics of a few of my favorites.       

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Awesome plushies my Jennie Mae Hill!

 

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A collaboration piece by Lyon and Jennie Mae Hill (It's a marionette y'all!)

 

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an Interactive piece titled "Incubus" by Lyon Hill

 

And since I was all about Columbia artists last night, I even accessorized with this nifty pin made by local artist, Clark Ellefson.  It’s a little piece of a road sign that he’s refashioned into my favorite pin.       

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I'm Jillian's favorite pin!
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