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Day 86: Purple Rainforest Dress…Take 2!

Day 87: Mocktail Dress
Day 85: Leaf if All to Me Dress

Do you guys remember this dress from Day 81?

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Remember me?

Well, nobody (including me) was very impressed with that day’s refashion (which barely even counted as a refashion, I’ve gotta admit).  You see those ratings at the bottom of each post?  I take those very seriously.  Day 81 got a whopping 2 stars, which means “Try Harder” on my rating scale.  Perhaps I didn’t get enough love in my childhood, because I really want you guys to like everything I do.  It is that pathetic crippling need for approval that led me to rethink this dress.

It’s time for a do-over!  ๐Ÿ™‚

First, I cut off the top of the dress.

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Snip! Snip!

After I carefully trimmed the top off, it looked like this:

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Two Easy Pieces

I’m going to use the bottom half to make my new dress.  I cut three long strips of fabric from the top half and braided them into one long strap.

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Strip Tease!

I sewed my single braided strap to the top of my new dress at the front and the back.  We’re almost done!

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I cut off the tied-off ends of my braid (they’re fully secure now that they’re sewed down), and Voila!  I have a cute new party dress!  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Better than Take 1?

So…whaddya think?  Is it better than before?

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I'm even wearing heels!

I could have easily belted this dress (see my mammoth belt collection on the left?), but decided to leave the waist free for an evening of celebrating with sushi and mojitos at M Vista!  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ready to celebrate!

In case you’re wondering what I’m celebrating, I was featured in an article on New York’s Guest of a Guest titled DIY 101:  The Best DIY Fashion Blogs (I’m #9! I’m #9!)! Eeeeeep!  This is the first bit of media attention I’ve gotten with this blog, and lemme tell ya…it came out of the blue!   ๐Ÿ™‚

Perhaps my fortune cookie is right.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hey...a girl can dream! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers, friends!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 87: Mocktail Dress
Day 85: Leaf if All to Me Dress

5 thoughts on “Day 86: Purple Rainforest Dress…Take 2!”

  1. I’ve bee reading your blog and honestly I am a bit scattered where I read, haha. I’ve been jumping through everything. Well, I read your trip to new York (which we didn’t know it was tonewyork until recently) and then saw this a few days later….and your fortune came true! Just thought I’d remind you if you had forgotten it.

  2. You are crazy talented and, as I was researching ideas to begin my own blog, I fell in love with YOUR blog. Today I was determined to enter the blogosphere with my very own blog. Alas I spent most of this evening admiring your fun, creative, and mildly addictive ReFashionista entries!! Thank you for the ideas, for your wit, and for appreciating a click-happy (referencing the star scale) enthusiast. ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of all, I love what you’re doing with and for fashion. Simply said, you ROCK!!!! And I’m in awe of your ability to transform old-lady dresses…

  3. As the other two gals said – I also didn’t click on the stars, so now we ALL know. Good job on the refashion although I think I’d prefer it with a belt as your shape is too cute to hide. And….hooray on the heels – I’m a heel girl and always wondered why I don’t see you wearing them. Congrats on the media attention – that’s exciting!

  4. You’ve just demonstrated the importance of never settling for something we are not quite pleased with. Good for you. Second take is much better. I, too, forgot to click on the the “like” stars. I did not realize what they were for. Since I follow your sites, I will click those stars from now on. Congratulations on your achievement of reaching #9. Being in the top 10 is reason to celebrate. Check out my blog to see my last post which is a refashioned t-shirt into a Aloha print dress.


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