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All,  Year 1: The Beginning

Black & White & Oh-So-Right

Electric Blue
Basket Case

The first thing to make me go “Yech!” about this dress was those huuuuuge shoulder pads!  I mean really…try to wrap your mind around their enormity.

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I'm reeeeeal uncomfortable with this!
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I might as well be wearing these.

I quickly snipped off the offending pads.

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They're as big as my foot!
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What the What?!?!?!?!! They're as big as my head!

The pads were the worst thing about this dress.  It was only after I removed them that I was able to see its potential.  The positives that originally drew me to this dress enough to invest a dollar for its acquisition were now more obvious than ever.  I loved the print, the pockets, and the cut of the dress.  There was, of course, still work to be done.

I didn’t like the length of the sleeves, and the skirt needed a bit of shortening (but only a bit!).

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Basement Kitteh seems to be over the refashioning process. 🙁

I pinned all those raw edges to get them ready for my machine.

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Pin that hem!
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Pin that sleeve!

I loaded my machine with black thread and put my prepped hems under the needle.

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Hemmin'.

Now that I had my new hems…well…hemmed, I had to do something about that collar.  I wasn’t digging it.  It just didn’t work with the rest of the dress, especially with the new direction I was taking it in.  I carefully seam ripped it off.

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Carrrrrrefully removing that stuffy collar.
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Collar, begone!

After the collar was fiiiiinally off, I pinned the edges that I had just opened to remove it together and sewed them back up.

Sewing those raw edges back down.
Sewing those raw edges back down.

I put the dress on, removed the first two buttons, and folded each side in to make a V-neck.  I safety pinned them where I liked them, and ran each side through my machine.

I still wasn’t done.  I hadn’t made a sash for a dress in a while, and this dress could use one to cinch the waist just a tad.  I grabbed the scrap I cut off the bottom of the dress, folded the raw edge under twice, matching the folded under part with the pre-existing hem.

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Making a sassy sashy!

I quickly finished my prepped hem with my machine.

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Sewing that sassy sashy!

And that’s it!  I was done and ready to dash out the door for my lovely friend, David’s birthday dinner at Mr. Friendly’s (one of my faves!).

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I'm in love with this dress.
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Happy Birthday, David!!! 🙂
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Cheers!

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