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Dress Refashions

Day 217: Earning my Stripes Dress

Day 218: to Bea or Not to Bea Dress
Day 216: That Little Black Dress

This housedress was so comfy I could almost give up my sense of dignity and style, and just wear it as-is.  🙂

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Yup...my dignity is hanging by a polyester thread!

Fortunately, I snapped back to my senses when I realized I probably couldn’t get away with wearing this thing to work!

Time to take this dress from Housefrau Bleak to Office Chic!  🙂

First, I ripped off those pockets with my seam ripper!  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pocket, but since I was going to be taking this dress in from the sides, those pockets would just get in the way.

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Bye!

I trimmed of a bit of the fabric from the bottom.  Usually I wait and do this at the very end, but I knew I’d want to make a nice long sash to tie around the waist of this dress.  If I took the dress in first, my sash might be too short.  I only trimmed of a teensy bit!  🙂

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Just a smidge!

Then, I put the dress on my dress form inside-out, and pinned each side.  I used my tape measure to make sure each side was even.

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Pinned and ready!

I ran each side through my machine…

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Whirrrrrrr!

…and lopped off that excess fabric!

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Making the Cut!

My new dress is really shaping up!  🙂

I gave it a brand new hem…

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Brand Spankin' New!

…and then stitched down that front placket for the bottom three buttons.  This will keep me from inadvertently showing off my *ahem* lady bits.  No gaps for this gal!

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No hoohahs on parade here! 🙂

I’m almost done!  To finish this whole thing off, I snipped around the original bottom hem from what I cut off in the beginning.  This will give me a nice, slender sash!

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Snip!

And now my dress is all ready for a day at work!

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Welcome to my office! 🙂

Of course, I had to take a break and grab some grub!  🙂

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Lunch Time! 🙂
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I heart funky filters! 🙂

Cheers!

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