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Day 338: Spoleto Dress

Day 339: Miss Fix It Dress
Day 337: An Art Collector's '90s Collared Dress Refashion

Today’s dress was a freebie from a friend. 🙂

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How very Carolina Cup. :/

I needed something comfy, light, and fun to wear for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.  With just a few modifications, this dress would work just fine!  At first glance, you might not see anything wrong with this one…but let’s delve a bit deeper, shall we?

I don’t like it.  It fits perfectly, but I don’t like the whole red & white color scheme (too stark!), the length is awful, and that little crinoline-y layer makes my legs itch.  :/

Oh…and that stupid flower?  Yeah…it’s coming undone.  :/

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Not feeling the flower power. :/

With the raveling fake flower ripped off, I put my dress into a nice little dye bath.  🙂

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Today is brought to you by the color Purple (no…not that movie where some dude hits Oprah)! 🙂

The dye job helped…but I still needed to get rid of that crinloline-y thing!  Away it went!  🙂

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Buh-bye! You shan’t be missed! 🙂

So that itchy ruffle was out of the picture, but I still wasn’t feeling the whole tea length thing.  I knew I’d be walking around all day in the hot sun, so I shortened my dress to accommodate my wandering!

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I pressed my new dress, tossed on a contrasting yellow floral belt, and was ready for a fun day in Charleston!  🙂

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How’s it going? 🙂

Here are a few of the sights I saw while meandering about:

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And This.
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And This.
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And then there’s This.

Before you even contemplate complimenting me on my photography skillz, please note that I didn’t take any of those lovely shots.  Instead,  I handed my camera to this guy:

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Larry Blyth: Guest Photographer. 🙂

I had a complete and utter blast getting my culture on in this lovely city! 🙂


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13 thoughts on “Day 338: Spoleto Dress”

  1. I found your site on Pinterest. I am so intrigued by your excellent remodeling techniques. You have a superb eye for fashion.

  2. I am always so impressed by your blog, not only because of the lovely refashioning, but because of your ability to do so MUCH of it while working and being so social. I have a request – would you be willing to consider doing a series/weekly refashion for a while for women with different body types? I’d love to see what you could do with that!

  3. What model is your sewing machine? Would you recommend it? I need to buy a sewing machine for myself. Thanks and love your blog!

  4. I have to say I started reading you blog about a month ago and get really excited when I see you have posted something new. I have went all the way through the blog and read your post and have learned so much. I’ve always been a DIY’er but have always been terrified of cutting up clothes.(Not sure why…but it just seemed so wrong. lol) But last night I started my first refashion by chopping off a dress by three inches. Thanks so much for all your inspiration!

    • Yup. I used to paint, so usually I have a pretty good idea of what my mixed colors are going to end up looking like. You just have to think back to your high school art class days. 🙂


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