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All,  Refashions,  Year 1: The Beginning

Go Big Blue!

DIY Steve Zissou Costume from The Life Aquatic
Flagophiles

When I put this dress on, I was immediately reminded of my beloved and bizarre high school mascot.

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It's big. It's blue. And it's coming for you!

Unfortunately, I was unable to find any pictures of Big Blue.  I even emailed my old high school, and was told Big Blue no longer existed and that there were no pictures.  Really?  None?  What’s going on here, RCHS?  Sounds like a cover-up to me!  Luckily, through the magic of Microsoft Paint, I am able to recreate him for you.

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Yep. It's basically Grimace, only blue, with a sailor hat. No lie.

Anywho…it was time to make this blue blob wearable.  First, I removed the shoulder pads, which were both sewn and velcroed in!

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No more pads of shoulder!

Then, I trimmed off some of the length from the bottom of the dress, as well as the sleeves.

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Chop! Chop! Chop!

I decided to leave the edges raw.  The fabric was a soft polyester/cotton blend that wasn’t going to fray, and I thought hemming this dress would make it look fussy, rather than fun and flowy…and fussy is definitely not part of my MO.

Still, the dress was too big for me, so I turned it inside-out, and pinned it on the sides, taking it in about 2″ on each side.

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Shaping it up!

Next, I ran each side through my machine!

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Whirrrrrrrrrrr!

Here’s the view from the other side of my machine.  To give you an idea of how much I’m taking in/what it looks like at this point, I left my white thread in my machine.

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It's coming along!

Once I took in both sides, I trimmed off the excess fabric.

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Scrappy!

Then, I cut a piece of fabric from the cut off portion from the bottom of the skirt to use as a sash.  I decided not to leave the edges raw, so it went with the hem and the sleeves where I did the same.  How’d it turn out, you ask?

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That hunk 'o blue is now something new!

I paired my new dress with one of my favorite cardis…another dollar find.

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Sans Cardi!

I was fairly pleased with this one.  I was feeling easy and breezy all day long!  🙂

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Hearting some Garden Bistro!
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Hearting Garden Bistro's Sweet Tea with Lemonade!

Cheers!

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