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Sorry guys.  No Wannabe Wednesday this week.  :/  I’ve been uber-busy and just couldn’t quite make it happen.  But don’t fret!  I think this refashion will tide you over!  🙂

Once a year, the state agency I work for throws a fundraising gala that I have to attend/work at (Ain’t no party like a work party, cuz a work party is mandatory).  Once a year I scramble at the last minute to throw something appropriate for the event together with my rather smallish salary.

Since I started refashioning, this task has gotten considerably less expensive.  🙂

The night before the big event, I had absolutely NO IDEA what the eff I was going to wear!  I search through my refashionables, and settled on this:


It was the most formal-ish thing I could find, but that lining gave me pause.  Allow me to show you why!


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There was no flippin’ way I was going to wear this dress with the lining as-is, so I made quick work of getting all that grossness outta there!

Lots and LOTS of snipping!
Lots and LOTS of snipping!

Of course, these guys had to go as well!

Manky pads!  :(
Manky pads! 🙁

AHHHHHHH!  Much better already!  🙂

But I still wasn’t quite done removing stuff!  My arms wanted a breather, so off those sleeves went!

Buh bye!
Buh bye!

This left some fray-crazy arm holes, so I pinned those down.


Then, I stitched ’em down!


I tried the dress on, but those arm holes were just too gape-y!  So, I took in the sides a smidge!

Just about 1"!
Just about 1″!

I cut off the excess material with my pinking shears (so it wouldn’t fray), but still wasn’t happy with the length.  Soooooooo…


I gave my new dress a new hem.

Almost done!
Almost done!

I’m still not quite done here.  My new dress was still too big for me.  :/  BUT, I came up with a no-sew fix!  I grabbed a safety pin, folded the front fabric of the dress and pinned it like so…

Can you see it?
Can you see it?

..and now I have a gala-worthy creation that actually makes me look like I’m the kind of  gal who could afford the cost of admission!  😉

Yeah.  I look loaded. :)
Yeah. I look loaded. 🙂

You can see where I covered the safety-pinned waist with a vintage daisy brooch that belonged to my grandmother.  It’s one of my faves! 🙂

While this event was definitely more work than play, It was fun getting to hang out with some of my awesome coworkers.  🙂

Like the lovely Laurel here!  :)
Like the lovely Laurel here! 🙂

While assisting with the art sale part of the event, I ran into some cool people from the Columbia art scene!

Hey!  It's Larry Hembree of Trustus Theatre!
Hey! It’s Larry Hembree of Trustus Theatre!
Hi Clark!
Hi Clark!

Check out Clark’s awesome lamps that were a part of the big sale!

Aren't they awesome?
Aren’t they awesome?

I was happy to see my friend (and fabulous fiber artist), Susan Lenz, too!

She's pretty awesome!
She wins the “Best Dressed” award!  🙂
Dude.  She made this!
Dude. She made this!

There was lots of really sweet South Carolina art to see.  Here are a couple of my favorite pieces!

Love 'em!
Love ’em!

As the event winded down, a smartly dressed young lady approached me and said, “You’re the ReFashionista!!!”  This totally made my day, so I snapped a pic with her and her nice fella, and promised to post it on the blog (See?  I’m as good as my word!).  🙂

Thanks Kimberly!  :)
Thanks Kimberly! 🙂



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