Wannabe Wednesday: Soft Joie Edition 1
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Wannabe Wednesday: Soft Joie Edition

Chloe's Reader ReFash!
No-Sew Dilophosaurus Top

Whoah!!!!!   The blog is DIFFERENT now!!!!  What do you think?  I thought it was time for a little change.  I hope you like it!   Oh, and I have good news!  My email subscribers that I thought were lost forever are now back!  Whew!  I’ll be making a few more tweaks here and there on this new design, so just bear with me for a bit if things start looking weird!  🙂

Now…on to Wannabe Wednesday!

I absolutely LOVE this dress by Soft Joie!  It’s flowy, soft, and perfect for summer!

That'll be $158.
That’ll be $158.

I could either buy it for $158 at Bloomingdale’s, OR I could just refashion one for $1!

Which option do you think I chose?


This is a suuuuper-soft chambray dress I thrifted for one mere dollar.  It has smocking like the original, but the shape is all wrong and the neckline and armholes aren’t quite right either.

I began this refashion by trimming away some of the fabric from the neck and armholes.  When doing this, make sure you leave enough fabric for the raw edges to be turned under twice.  You need more than you might think!

Snippity Snip Snip!
Snippity Snip Snip!

Then, I pinned the raw edges under.

Pinned & Prepped!
Pinned & Prepped!

I used a zigzag stitch to sew all of this down.  The reason for this is so the arm holes and neck won’t warp from being stretched out.  The zigzag stitch provides a little give.

The stitch that Zigs!
The stitch that Zigs!

Alright!  So the neckline was looking like the original, but the dress was still too big for me.  I put it on my dress form and started taking it in!


Bye, hand holders!  :/
Bye, hand holders! :/

This meant no more pockets. 🙁  But I’m actually okay with that, as these pockets pretty much ruined the lines of the dress and made me look super-hippy.  🙂

I moved on with my work, accepting the loss.


I ironed my new dress, and headed off to a fun dinner/movie night with friends!  I have to say…I think my dress is almost identical to its far more expensive counterpart!  🙂

Pretty close!
Pretty close!

I styled it with these sweet platforms!

Love 'em!
Love ’em!

A lot you have commented on how you like the funny faces I make in my “before” shots.  I draw so much inspiration from the people around me!

Like Brad here.
Like Brad here.
But Whitney's no slouch either!
But Whitney’s no slouch either!


This face is coming soon to a "before" shot near you!
This face is coming soon to a “before” shot near you!
Even the cats have it down!
Even the cats have it down!


But that's enough silliness, don't you think?
But that’s enough silliness, don’t you think?
A Talking Cat (you say, or perhaps scream)!?!
A Talking Cat (you say, or perhaps scream)!?!


Original Cost:  $158

Copycat Cost:  $1

Savings:  $157!



  • Dawn

    Great Job! I also like the chevrons on your page now! Question for you… how do you keep all your inspiration ideas? Do you journal them, or just know what you like? I am asking because I often see people wearing dresses out and about that I really like, but have no idea how to keep track of all the great ideas. Thanks for your help!!

    • ReFashionista

      Honestly I just try to remember things I like. Pinterest is a useful tool that I sadly underutilize. Maybe that would help you keep organized? 🙂

  • Jackie Sorich

    Well done. Great look. The dress form sure is a big help in refashioning for the best creative,see it …sew it…wear it… person I know. Thanks for all the great info,ideas and inspiration. Off to the best Thrift Store I know of in SF today.

  • Lisa Hickey

    Wish I knew how to see like that! I could so use a new wardrobe, but the price is obviously a deterrent! I guess it’s time yo learn, huh? Lol The dress looks fabulous on you and the shoes were perfect with it!

  • Meagan

    Love the new blog look, the refashioned look, and how much fun you always look like you’re having! Also, thanks for the little tid-bit about the zigzag seaming, I’m COMPLETELY inept at sewing but want to get into it more (after reading your blog, of course) and small bits of info like that make it seem less scary.

  • Danielle

    I love the remake of your blog. It’s really cute with all the bright colours. when I first saw it, I kinda checked to see if I was on the right site, but it was past nine at night by me and my eyes were feeling heavy, so I was just making sure:D

  • Nanaflies

    Wonderful job, and thanks for the details in sewing. I’ve done some refashioning myself (inspired by you!) and love (most) of the results. With so little invested, I don’t mind a few flops. I didn’t take ‘before’s, so I can’t send them. Keep up the great work!

  • Jessica Speedy

    The new layout is cooool!! I love the chevron print! Everything you do is amazing from your writing, to the awesome photos and and of course your refashions. Keep it up, I love reading your blog. It’s better than a book and even harder to stop reading sometimes.

  • Dee

    Do you realize that white cat looks like it’s wearing a toupee, parted in the middle and slicked down on both sides?
    OH! and I love your refashion, you nailed it!

  • Joy in London UK

    Well done it looks great! They’ve really poorly photshopped that designer image, they’ve streeeeetched her body til her spine is half again as long!! Silly people!!

  • alice s.

    Your sense of humor is hilarious and your refashion skills are unreal. I can’t believe how you can turn the NASTIEST of clothes into something wearable and actually attractive. Wow–you have a good eye for seeing the possibilities in the forsaken.

  • Gail

    Love the new look which presents a more focused theme. I’d like to see you on one of those daily talk shows. Here in Toronto, we have one called City Line and they feature designers, decorators, cooks etc as a regular part of their program. Can you imagine the inspiration you’d give the wanna be creators. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for your success in the refashioning industry.

    • ReFashionista

      Glad you like! I’d LOVE to see me on a daily talk show too! Instead, I get to see me in a daily office jerb! One day…One day!

  • kat

    You crack me up on wannabe Wednesday, because I never like the look you’re trying to copy, but I always love your finished product. here for instance, the model looks like she’s wearing pj’s, whereas you look like you’re wearing clothes. love it!

  • Katherine

    I cannot believe how talented you are! You amaze me more everyday and are such an inspiration to me. I was compelled to comment today because I take offense about you saying the pockets made you more “hippy”. YOU ARE the TINIEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER SEEN! Nothing could make you look “hippy”. You are adorable and keep up the great work.

  • Krissy

    Loving the dress! The only issue I have (not just with yours, also with the original and maxi dresses in general) is the length. I feel like they’re just a little too short with the ankles hanging out. Whenever I try them on, they feel funny and I want to yank them down.

    Also, loving the new blog style!

  • Amanda

    This is awesome, Jillian! I went back and read your 366 day refashion challenge and you’ve inspired me to try a few refashions of my own! You’ve given me a new hobby- I think I’d be much more boring with out your blog for inspiration!

    Amanda @ Running In Heels

  • Caroline

    your version is great! I’d love to see what kind of dye job you give it!

    Also, LOVE the new look of your blog. that other patterned background gave me a headache sometimes (I’m not hating, we all go through that damask-loving-phase in life)

  • Kathryn

    The new style blog is much more you, loving the groovy print on the back drop! You always do a great job at refashioning, I have been so inspired to try it myself!

    • ReFashionista

      Thank you! I’m digging the chevron meself! As for the refashioning…yeah…you need to get on that! 🙂

  • TaraLee

    Wow, great refashion. I love the dress, it looks so comfy, but the real star here is those fab shoes! Love them! Whereabouts would someone find shoes that fabulous?

  • ladycynthiana

    I think the waist-line is more flattering on your version (well, on you anyway). Kind of surprised it didn’t get a dye-bath though. Later, maybe? I love the color of blue of the original.

  • Nonnie Simon

    OMG! I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 37 years, together 40, but I think I am in love with you! J/K~! Love your blog!

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