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Day 317: Gotta Have Friends Dress

Day 318: To Dye For Dress
Day 316: Bijou Dress

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”  – Jane Austen

When I woke up this morning, I felt quite off.  I knew I would.  This was supposed to be my wedding day that was called off months ago. 

I plopped a pillow over my head to block out the obstinate sunlight, but knew I had to get up.  My slight hangover from a night of perhaps too much partying didn’t help my dour mood.  :/

I don’t regret the decision that was made to call everything off, but my thoughts kept retreating to a parallel dimension where we went along with everything, and how I imagined I would be feeling about it all. 

It was all a bit too surreal to deal with before my morning coffee.  :/

The only reason I didn’t sleep in past 2 was that I had a friend visiting from out of town.  I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed, took a shower, and threw on today’s piece.

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I look thrilled to be awake right now, don’t I?

This is a fairly dated dress, folks.  But look on the bright side…it actually fits me quite well!  All it needs is a few tweaks to take it into this century.  πŸ™‚

First off, these dudes had to get outta there!

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Buh Bye!

I took some of the awkward length away from the sleeves.

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Enthused by my choppage, I continued on to the skirt!

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More Choppage!

Then, I pinned all of my raw edges under twice.

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Of course, everything had to be stitched down, too!

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I pressed everything, and was all done!  πŸ™‚

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Taking a stroll by the river! πŸ™‚

I was so happy to see Gary, one of my closest friends of 10 years from my college theatre days.  πŸ™‚  We talked, hung out, and drank a good bit.  A very good bit.

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No…this isn’t Gary. This is Jim Small! πŸ™‚
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Mmmmmmojito! πŸ™‚

Much sushi was consumed as well.  πŸ™‚

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Raw Fish! So Delish! πŸ™‚

Gary even helped me walk Pongo, the sweet pup I’m watching for the weekend.   πŸ™‚

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When I say “helped”, I mean “made fun of my lack of ability to control a medium-sized dog”. πŸ™‚

One of the biggest things about being single that has irked me is my own inability to fix anything.  As some of you guys know, my washing machine just doesn’t get hot water, which means no dyeing of clothing.  πŸ™

That was until today!   πŸ™‚ He also fixed a few other things around the house that had been driving me a bit batty. 

Hooray for guys who can do guy stuff!  πŸ™‚ 

So, look forward to seeing lots of dyeing in my future refashions, as I’ve been suffering from withdrawal pangs!

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Hi Gary! πŸ™‚

So…I made it through a day I had been dreading for quite a while…with a little help from my friends!  πŸ™‚

I have to say, I’m extremely lucky to have all of the wonderful friends that I do.  These past few months could have been completely miserable if I didn’t have such an amazing support system.  πŸ™‚ 

I’m honored and truly humbled by all of you.  I don’t think I say this enough, so Thank You.


Day 318: To Dye For Dress
Day 316: Bijou Dress

16 thoughts on “Day 317: Gotta Have Friends Dress”

  1. I love how everything just fits you! I can’t seem to find anything that doesn’t need taking in or letting out.. mostly letting out and that, for me is the hard part. Finding something that goes with the item I have, without looking like I must have grown a great deal in the last little while (which is why I had to let it out, or so it looks)
    If it doesn’t fit you, it’s because it’s too big… for me, it’s because it’s too small… any tips on this problems for someone like me? I love to redo and reuse but I want to look good doing it. Thanks…
    p.s Not a criticism of your work, dear lady… just a little angst on my side… the heavy side! πŸ™‚

  2. I totally understand this post!! Making a huge decision like this takes great courage. Thanks for inspiring us.

    On the other hand, how long does it take to refashion a piece? And you do this daily??? I can’t even manage one in a few weeks!

  3. Congratulations on making it through a tough couple of months and a particularly tough day. As Heatherm27 said, thank YOU for continuing your refashioning and for sharing it all with us.

  4. And thank YOU for continuing this blog and inspiring wanna-be refashionistas like me and those who support women’s shelters in our own towns.

  5. Glad you have made it through another milestone and can keep moving on! A break-up is better than investing more and then divorcing. I know that does most make it a lot easier, but maybe a little easier. Keep up your wonderful life. We all love you and love what you are teaching us!

    • Been there! 30 years ago this August! took a bit of time and a few more toads but eventually married another sweet guy when I was actually ready, 18 years and three kids later still doing great! Hang in there! You did the right thing despite some misgiving days! That’s normal. ❀️


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