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Yacht Rock Dress Refashion

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When I received a pair of tickets in the mail for the annual Free Times Best of Columbia Party, I was delighted and surprised!  I started freelancing with them this year, but still didn’t expect to be invited to one of THE best parties of the year!

This year’s theme was “Yacht Rock”, and I had just the nautical number for the evening!

yacht rock refashion before
“Not”ical.

Oh dear.  This would not do.  Those shoulder pads!  That terrible fit!  And what about these?!?

yacht rock refashion before
Just say “No” to bows!

My first priority was to get rid of those massive pads!

shoulder pads removed
Don’t worry guys! You’ll make a swell sunglasses case later!

I knew I needed to raise that dated waistline.  

The quickest and easiest way to do this was to chop off the top!  I wanted to keep the functionality of the back zipper, so I made sure the pull was on the bottom part before I cut.

removing shoulders from yacht rock refashion
How’d my foot get in the shot?

I closed up that raw edge…

pinning top of strapless dress refashion
Pin it all around, then stitch it!

You can see where I folded that zipper under twice just like the rest of the dress.  

Don’t worry.  If you have a good strong needle, it’ll sew over it, and you’ll be fine.  You might have to sew a hook-and-eye closure above it, but luckily I didn’t need to.

After I stitched that top raw edge down, I needed to sew down that front placket.  

This dress was about to get super-fitted, so I really didn’t want any gappage!

stitching down new top of strapless dress refashion
Stitch it down!

I tossed my dress on my form inside-out and got it fitted!

Yacht rock party dress on dress form
Shaping up!

I stitched down each side…

taking in yacht rock dress
Whirrrr!!!

…then replaced one of the buttons that fell off in the refashioning process…

stitching button on yacht rock refashion
Just a quick bit of stitchery!

…and added on a little something extra to the bottom hem!

stitching letters on refashion
Wait…what is this sorcery???
stitching letters
Notice what’s wrong?  I didn’t! :/

Now I’m ready to board the yacht!

yacht rock party refashion after
Ahoy!

This party was a BLAST!  I had so much fun hanging out with some of the coolest people in Columbia!

...like Kaitlin and Erin here!
…like Kaitlin and Erin here!
Or Best Local Artist runner-up, That Godzilla Guy and his lovely wife!
Or Best Local Artist runner-up, That Godzilla Guy and his lovely wife!
Or lovely local actress, Evelyn!
Or lovely local actress, Evelyn!
Even my buddy Ellis made a showing!
Even my buddy Ellis made a showing!
Ron and I shared a prom-esque moment...
Ron and I sharing a prom-esque moment…
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Of COURSE one of the men behind Bourbon came out to celebrate!

I had a fantastic evening, and my fingers are crossed that I get invited next year too!  🙂

Photobooth Shenanigans!
Photobooth Shenanigans!

Cheers!

Refashionista Yacht Rock Party Refashion Before and After
yacht rock party refashion pinnable image

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