Basil Dress 1
All,  Refashions

Basil Dress

From Housecoat to Heavenly
The World's End Top

Here’s a sad & faded frock I’ve had on my refashion rack for a few months:

Osad.  :/
Osad. :/


At least it has pockets?  I don’t know.  This is a lousy dress, folks.  As I’m not a church lady from the 1980’s, this isn’t working for me…yet!

When I encounter a dress like this that I’m not quite sure what I want to do with, I’ve found that any step forward is probably in the right direction.

I started with those ghastly pads.

You'll make a lovely sunglass case!
You’ll make a lovely sunglasses case!


Since the colors on this dress were oh-so-faded, I knew I needed to dip into some dye!


You two will do nicely!
You two will do nicely!


Now, I didn’t use two whole bottles on one garment, as that would just be insane.  I only had a little bit of the Kelly Green leftover, and I tossed in about 1/4 of the Dark Green as well.  After about 40 minutes in the dye bath, I rinsed and dried my newly-dyed frock.  🙂

Sadly, I was still far from done.  :/

It was time for some snippage!  First those sleeves needed to be made shorter & sweeter!


Snip #1!
Snip #1!


Next, I needed to make it actually fit me.  Don’t worry!  The pockets were left in tact, but made just a little bit smaller!


Dress Forms:  Get You One!
Dress Forms: Get You One!


Sewing Machines:  Get You One!
Sewing Machines: Get You One!


After cutting off that excess fabric with my pinking shears (Get You Some!), I still had a bit more snippage to do!

Snip #2!
Snip #2!


We’re in the home stretch, folks!  Those raw edges needed to be tended to, and that’s exactly what I did!


Pin a hem!
Pin a hem!


Stitch a hem!
Stitch a hem!


Now for the sleeves!  This is a 2 part process.

First, I got rid of those raw edges…




…then I folded the top part of each sleeve over itself, like so:


Pin it, then stitch it down!


This little trick makes my poufy sleeves more fitted, but a little poufier at the top.  Usually that’s a little twee for me, but I thought it worked well for this dress.

What do you think?

See my veggies in the background?  :)
See my veggies in the background? 🙂


I'm quite pleased with them!  :)
I’m quite pleased with them! 🙂


My new dress had fun at an apartment-warming party for a good friend who just moved to Columbia!  🙂


Cole is one of the best people you will ever meet.  :)
Cole is one of the best people you will ever meet. 🙂


Of course, I didn’t come empty-handed.


A basil plant...for you!
A basil plant…for you!


My friends and I look forward to hanging out at Cole’s new digs, which we have coined “The Cole Train Depot”.  😉


We look great here.
We look great here.


That's just ginger ale by the way...
That’s just ginger ale by the way…


Rabid selfie!
Rabid selfie!


So happy to have another lovely friend living in this swell city.  🙂







What do you think?

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