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Day 49: A Mike Nelson-Inspired Dress Refashion

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Day 48: A Stripey DIY Strapless Dress Refashion

Today’s refashion goes out to that daring man who was marooned in space and forced to watch terrible movies, with only a couple of awesome robots to keep him company.   This one’s for you, Mike Nelson! 🙂

Day 49: A Mike Nelson-Inspired Dress Refashion 2
Tom, Mike, and Crow!

If you’re a geek like me, you know I’m referring to the most brilliant TV show ever in the history of mankind, Mystery Science Theatre 3000.  In my high school days, I had a Saturday morning ritual:  I got up at 6am (really), went  to the awesome thrift store that was only open on Saturday, bought bags of stuff for about $5, came home, and watched really bad movies with Tom, Mike, and Crow making fun of them in the background.

Good times.

Sadly, the good times couldn’t last forever.  Eventually, MST3K was cancelled.  I may or may not have wept.  🙁

Fast forward to now.  🙂  Mike, Kevin (voice of Tom), and Bill (voice of Crow) have a terrific riffing platform called Rifftrax.  They don’t make movies…they just make them funny! 🙂

Every now and again, they do a live satellite feed to movie theaters.  Today was one of those happy days!

I decided to channel Mike’s blue jumpsuited style with a blue uniformy-looking dress of my own.

Mike Nelson-Inspired Dress Refashion Before
Big and Blue!

I liked the white trim and retro style of this dress, but it needs help.

First, I took in the sides.

pinning side seam on dress
Pin it down!

Then, I ran them through my machine and snipped off the excess material.

stitching seam on sewing machine

Next, I tackled the length.

removing length from dress
Future Sash!

The dress originally had a matching belt, but that’s long gone. :/ I used the scrap from the bottom to make a sash.  First, I sewed it together, wrong sides facing each other, then I turned in inside-out and pressed it!  Voila!

sewing sash for dress on sewing machine
Stitchin’ a Sash!

My new blue dress was ready for a night of fantastically funny Riffing on Jack the Giant Killer (a fantasy stinkbomb from the 60’s)!

Mike Nelson-Inspired Dress Refashion After
Satellite of Love Worthy!
Mike Nelson-Inspired Dress Refashion


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7 thoughts on “Day 49: A Mike Nelson-Inspired Dress Refashion”

  1. Ah, MST… we only got it on one of those local stations with shady reception (my parents didn’t have cable when I was a teenager), so my brother and I would watch it together on Thursday nights whenever we could. I was at a game weekend with some friends a couple of months ago, and we (finally) introduced my bestie to them. And we were just commenting on how we wished the show still existed. Actually, I was just commenting yesterday about how I wished it still existed so that they could give things like Twilight the MST treatment. So thanks for the heads-up about Rifftrax, because I didn’t know it existed!

    The dress is so much cuter in the after pic!

  2. Not Mike! Joel! Joel was the creator of the series (which seriously degraded when he left)

    I loved the Thanksgiving all day special “We gather together to watch cheesy movies on Comedy Central on Thanksgiving Day….”

    • Joel is my favorite host, but Mike’s writing for the show was the best. Have you checked out Riffrax or Cinematic Titanic (Joel’s current project)? I’m stoked that CT is coming to a nearby town this March. 🙂


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