An Asymmetrical/Distracted Dress 1
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An Asymmetrical/Distracted Dress

Thoroughly Modern Jilly
Things are Happening!

“There is a gypsy curse upon my head.” I said this morning while sprawled on the linoleum after tripping outside of my shower.  Douglas just tilted his head and looked at me quizzically.

This was after breaking a toe the night before while folding laundry.

I’m distracted (don’t ask…don’t ask).  And when I’m distracted, I’m even clumsier than normal.  I’ve been dropping things, spilling things, and bumping into things with the zeal of a blindfolded toddler as of late.  :/

My Saturday evening would’ve been spent nursing a glass of scotch while looking out windows thoughtfully (don’t ask…don’t ask), but thankfully there was no time for that.  Two of my favorite people were getting married!

I needed something nice to wear while they got weddinged.  I chose this:


I don't understand this garment.
I don’t understand this garment.


SPOILER ALERT:  Those sleeves are about to go.  Don’t hate me for this.  They were littered with moth holes and the weather here is still too warm to bear an outdoor wedding with sleeves.

Okay…I get it.  Some of you Mad Men fans are wondering why I didn’t just turn it into this:


Zou Bisou Bisou!
Zou Bisou Bisou!


Meh.  Been there.  Done that.  Mkay?

Those sleeves were cut off faster than one of Don Draper’s flings!


Buh bye!
Buh bye!


I sat outside while unpicking that mock turtleneck.


Nature Time!
Nature Time!


This left me with a few raw edges that needed to be taken care of.  I started with the arm holes.




Next, I took in the sides.


Just a lil fine tuning...
Just a lil fine tuning…


Each side got stitched down as well.


Almost done!
Almost done!


After I cut off the excess fabric, I took off a bit of length.


I was originally going to make a sash from that bottom scrap but changed my mind.
I was originally going to make a sash from that bottom scrap but changed my mind.


I hemmed that bottom raw edge, then put my new dress back on my form and made a snip off to one side of the neckline.




I folded each side down into a V, pinned it, and stitched the whole thing down!

Now I have a sweet Little Black Dress!


Doncha just love that neckline?
Doncha just love that neckline?


Come a lil closer!
Come a lil closer!


Some of my old school followers might recognize that sash from a super duper early refashion!  This dress is totally fine without it, but I just wanted to throw on a bit of color since this was a festive occasion after all!

The bride was lovely!


That.  Dress.
That. Dress.


And of course Meghan and Alex looked terrific together on this special day.  🙂




Alex should be of special interest to you guys, as without him this blog wouldn’t exist.  Yep.  That’s right.  We used to date years and years ago.  I was in a creative funk, and he surprised me one Christmas with a sewing machine after I had mentioned wanting to learn how to sew a few times.  He was terrific and supportive of me and my earliest refashioning endeavors when most people thought what I was doing was pretty stupid.  While we weren’t right for each other romantically, we still remain good friends and now he and Meghan are two of my favorite people.  And yes, they’re wonderful for each other.  🙂

My friends and I had a great time at the wedding!


Can you spot the Jillian in this photo?
Can you spot the Jillian in this photo?


Marques never looks pleased in any of our pics.  :/
Marques never looks pleased in any of our pics. :/




Oh hai!
Oh hai!


Trying out my Julia Roberts laugh...
Trying out my Julia Roberts laugh…


Phillip is deep in thought...
Phillip is deep in thought…


It was a delightful evening spent with delightful people and a welcome reprieve from introspection (don’t ask…don’t ask) on my part.  🙂  And I got to see two terrific human beings take on a beautiful commitment to each other.  🙂











  • Dianne

    SO happy about the well-deserved online success you’re seeing. Woo Hoo! Ok, How do you make the “bottom of the V” neck happen without it ending up all bumpy where it’s finished off? I have trouble with that.

  • Les Becker

    Even though I have to say what a great refashion this was, I’m still drawn back to the unreal factoid that you broke your toe while folding laundry. Then I remember that my brother broke his middle finger while trying to pick up his high-heeled peep-toed shoes, and suddenly your accident doesn’t seem quite so bizarre.

  • Michelle

    Be gone, gypsy curse! Great dress redo. It had very little promise in it. About the wedding, pretty cool that you two could remain friends. 🙂

  • Doris Schroeder

    I love all the refashions however, you are very tiny and can put things on a mannequin to cut and pin. For the rest of us, we are not all that small. Could you do a refashion for larger sizes not using a mannequin so that we can see how to do this? That would be great. Thanks.

  • Mandy

    Hmm interesting what Anita wrote about all those LBD’s on weddings. Especially since Erin seems to be wearing something black aswell… i’m from Sweden and here it’s practically forbidden to wear black to a wedding!

  • Beth Ineson

    NOT ASKING…….BUT, remember what I said in the last post? One. Day. At. A. Time. It really is a fine motto. Follow your success and don’t be afraid to try new things.

  • lonichol

    Wow – I DO remember Alex, I started reading in Year 2, so been around for a little while. You are an amazing lass, good for you. Happy heart, happy thoughts, happy life xx Lori

  • Jo H.

    I do love the neckline, and I also love that you have such a generous and kind spirit, shown in this particular instance by the back story you chose to share. May the lovely couple have a long happy life together, and may they always have you as a friend.

  • Anita

    It’s adorable as are you, but I’m really glad that you added the blue sash. It seems that every time that I go to a wedding these days, there are so many LBD’s that it gets funereal. Don’t you hate that?!

  • Sabrina Durkee

    Please don’t hate me, my question isn’t about you or your refashion, but I have to ask: who designed Meghans wedding gown?! It’s amazing!

  • Christina Atherton (@christybea7)

    Hey…first I love your blog!!!! Like more than love I think…your so personable…I feel like we are best friends just by reading what you write…Secondly as a seamstress in my past life (yeah and I am only 22…lol) I wonder what your seams look like up close…like when you take sleeves off…I am always waiting for an up close of the finished sleeve from the outside…I guess because I have never had any luck with them…thanks…and please keep writing and sewing and sharing! 🙂

  • jan

    LOVE what you are doing and wishing you well in your personal life! Keep up the good work with your sewing GREAT ideas and so inspiring to so many!!

  • Jessica P

    As a long time reader, I love the glimpses of your personal life as much as the clothing! How awesome that you two can be supportive friends even though your relationship ended. I love the fact that you can still add the Zou Bisou Bisou sleeves if you want to later on 🙂

  • Kat

    You sure did wonders for that black dress! And boy, do I want to ask after you emphasized by saying “don’t ask, don’t ask”. Hope everything is okay with you… and be careful! I went through a tripping stage recently too. Maybe we need new glasses or something. 🙂

  • Phedra

    I’m really enjoying your blog, so much so that I find myself reading it before I read my other emails. I perk up when I see that something has been added. I have just started sewing, in my senior years, and I love getting pointers from you – and how kind of you to share them with us, I might add. Keep on making me chuckle… I do wish I had a glass of wine though :\

    • Anna

      “…so much so that I find myself reading it before I read my other emails. I perk up when I see that something has been added.”

      Seconded. 🙂

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