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Happy Refashioned Holidays!

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Happy Christmas Eve, errrrybody! 😀

When I needed a festive frock to wear to my supper club’s annual White Elephant gift exchange, I went for this one that has been languishing on my refashion rack for over a year.

I almost refashioned it last year, but got caught up in the hustle, bustle, and (let’s be honest) procrastination of the season and it never happened.

…Until now!

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I can’t seem to find my covered wagon anywhere.

I’m sure this is some sort of costume from some sort of Christmas play.

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I’m ready for my closeup!

Yeah…this wasn’t going to cut it. My thought was to take this pioneer dress and turn it into a sort of kimono-ish dress.

I’m not sure whether I succeeded. I’ll let you decide.

But first, let’s take a moment to make fun of the label:

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Oh are she?

It was time to get a choppin’! First, I removed the buttons from the front of the dress, as i found them frumpy and lame.

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Byeee!

Then, I cut a slit down the front of the neck of the dress. My plan was to turn it into a sort of sweetheart v-neck…once again, trying to evoke a kimono-ish look.

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Snnnip!

I folded each side of the V down, pinned it and stiched the new neckline. Did I take a picture of this process? No. I did not. I’m bad bad blogger who is out of practice and will undoubtedly get coal in my stocking tomorrow.

A few more cuts followed.

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Sleeve me alone!
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Chop x 3!

Next, I stitched the two ends of the side sashy-things together.

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Like so.

I then got to work at taking in the skirt of the dress.

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Going for a slimmer silhouette!
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Taking it in! Whirrrrrr!

After cutting off the excess fabric with my pinking shears, I hemmed the bottom of the dress and the sleeves.

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No reason to show this photo, other than I’m pretty proud of how nice my tree looks this year…and look! I dyed my sofa orange! 🙂

Anywho…hemming…

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Hemmmmm….

As I stitched away, I was filled with anxiety. My thread was running out. WOULD I MAKE IT? Or would I have to rethread????

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Suspenzo!

Fortunately, I had juuuuust enough thread to finish the job. Whew!

I gave my new dress a good press…

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Seriously. Look at my tree! 🙂

…and then headed off to the party!

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Erin’s tree is also acceptable. 😉

My friends complimented me on my Austrian (?) garb, so methinks I failed fairly hard at my intended theme.

But I still think the frock looks cute. Whaddyasay?

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Such handsome bearded gents!

I hope you enjoyed this festive trip down ReFashionista Lane! Merry Christmas to all!

Cheers!

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