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A Long Sleeve Shirt to Cocktail Dress Refashion: As Seen on Good Morning America!

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Thanks so much to everyone who watched my Good Morning America segment!  🙂

If you missed it, you can catch it riiiiight here!


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OH MY GOD!  MY VOICE IS TERRIBLE!  I don’t know why any of my friends ever listen to me.  ;'(

Weirdo voice aside, I had SUCH an awesome time!  

The staff at GMA was just wonderful, and I had a blast sewing in Central Park.  Ginger Zee is just as nice as she seems on TV, and I loved seeing her in one my refashions!

Getting to catch a Zedd concert while I worked wasn’t too shabs either!  🙂

The dress I wore for the show was this refashion, and I even managed to wear heels without falling!  Huzzah!

But how did I refashion those two pieces for the show? Hmmmmnnn?  

Just in case my two-minute time allotment wasn’t enough to explain this, I’ll break ’em down for ya.  🙂

Let’s start with that black long-sleeved blouse.

good morning america long sleeve shirt to cocktail dress refashion
So sparkly!

I didn’t choose this one, folks.  

You know that bit of my segment where Mara Schiavocampo and I are digging through the bins at the Goodwill Clearance Center?  

That was shot right before Mara and the producer had to rush back to the airport to catch their flight back to NYC.  This meant my normal hours-long dig session was reduced to about five minutes.  

Mara liked the look of this one, and even though I had no clue what I was going to do to refashion it in time for the show, I went along with it.  Because I’m not going to argue with a lady who needs to catch her flight!

I’m really glad I did, as this is one of my favorite refashions to date!  It’s also really simple!

First, I chopped off those sleeves.

removing sleeves
Buh. Bye.

Then, I put it on my dress form, pulling the neck hole under the arms and pinning the sides to fit, like so:

taking in shirt to dress refashion on dress form
See?

Each side went through my machine…

taking in dress on machine
Whirrrrrrr!

…and then I trimmed off the extra fabric.

Almost done!

I put my new dress on my dress form inside-out and pinned one of the sleeves over the shoulder.  

This is what really makes this dress chic!

Wide part to the front.
Wide part to the front.
Small part to the back!
Small part to the back!

I stitched each of these pinned parts down, and a sexy cocktail dress was born!  

There was no need to add a new hem or hem the top, as I was using what was already there!

refashioned dress on dress form after
Tres chic!
Jillian and Erin on Good Morning America in central park
Thanks for all your help, Erin! 🙂

This frock was so cute, I couldn’t resist wearing it that evening for a night on the town with two of my best buds!

A Long Sleeve Shirt to Cocktail Dress Refashion: As Seen on Good Morning America
All this attention has clearly gone to my head!

My friend Heather made the trip down from Philly to hang out with me and Erin in the big city!  🙂

refashionista, Erin, and Heather at lunch
Reunited!

As we lounged at a swanky rooftop bar, I couldn’t help but feel really lucky to have had such a special day, and to have shared it with such wonderful friends.  🙂

A Long Sleeve Shirt to Cocktail Dress Refashion: As Seen on Good Morning America! 4
Lucky and blurry!

Thanks to everyone who tuned in.  I think we really are changing the way the world thinks about fashion.  And I couldn’t be happier.  🙂

Cheers!

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