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Day 209: ’70s Vintage Housedress Refashion

Day 210: '80s Seersucker Dress Refashion
Day 208: Sarah Dress

When I saw today’s dress, I immediately thought of the logo of a certain grocery store that I love way too much.

refashionista '70s Vintage Housedress Refashion before
Do you see it?
publix logo
I heart publix! 🙂

If you’re from up north, then you’ve probably never been to this amazing place of glorious awesomeness. 

I absolutely love Publix. 

The staff is always super-nice, I always seem to run into my friends there, and their produce is delish! They send me really awesome magazines on eating healthy, too. 🙂

Plus, I’m a couponer, and they double them there.  🙂   I wish I was there right now…*sigh*

Whoa!  I’ve gotta snap out of it! 

Back to this vintage housedress.  It really doesn’t need all that much work before it’ll be looking tres chic!

First, I removed a bit from those awkward sleeves.

removed sleeves
Sleeve 1 & Sleeve 2!

Then, I took in each side 1.5″.

pinning side of dress
Pin it…then sew it all down!

After running each side through my machine, I snipped off the extra fabric.

removing excess fabric with scissors

I gave my new sleeves a nice new hem.  This was a little tricky since the sleeve didn’t fit around the arm of my sewing machine (I’ve got to do a push-up one of these days), but I made it work.  🙂

sewing hem
Only a little tricky! 🙂

I’m almost done! 

For my last trick, I chopped off just a smidgen from the bottom of the dress so it didn’t hit me mid-knee (the worst length ever!).

cutting off bottom of dress

By this time, my phone was blowing up with texts from Fella and friends telling me to stop refashioning, and start heading over to Art Bar for Karaoke Night. 

Geez…you just can’t get any support around here!  😛

I showed up when I was good and ready…and in high style!  🙂

refashionista '70s Vintage Housedress Refashion after
Welcome to Publix! How may I help you?
refashionista '70s Vintage Housedress Refashion after sitting
Sitting Pretty!

While there, I ran into my good friend, Alex. He’s the one who gave me my first sewing machine a couple of years ago for Christmas. Without him, you probably wouldn’t be seeing any of this. Cheers to Alex!  😀

Jillian and Alex
He’s pretty swell! 🙂
refashionista blurry selfie
refashionista selfie


refashionista '70s Vintage Housedress Refashion before and after
Day 210: '80s Seersucker Dress Refashion
Day 208: Sarah Dress

8 thoughts on “Day 209: ’70s Vintage Housedress Refashion”

  1. I love the fabric with the rectangles and circles! Great refashion! I love green and blue together but don’t see it as often as some other color combos (I think when I was in high school a long time ago every dress seemed like it was pink and black and not many other options…it started to get sickening – and what did I wear to senior prom? a pink and black dress…argh – but it was “watermelon,” I swear…) so it’s nice to see both colors together in this fun dress. 🙂

  2. I live “up north” (Indiana to be precise)…but I happen to know that Publix makes delicious cakes…as that is where my wedding cake came from a few years ago!! ~ My momma lives in Florida, & we married at her church, so I know all about your fave grocery store! 😉

  3. Cute cute cute! And I heart Publix too although mine doesn’t double coupons – never seen anyone do that! But they are awesome and I love their Bogos and the staff. Great job on this one!


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