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First Plane to Austin: Dress to Top Refashion

Thrifting in Austin, TX (and a Dress Refashion!)
Krystal's ReFashion Show Creation!

A few weeks ago, Dan and I spied a sweet deal for roundtrip airfare to Austin, TX.  Ever the adventurous sort, we booked our flights and eagerly planned all the things we wanted to see and do!

But, I needed something comfy for the flight!  I went with this lumpily shoulder-padded dress with a wonky bottom ruffle.

top from thrifted dress refashion before
Gah! I had no idea my face could scrunch in like that!!!!


I like that yellow piping, and the lightweight fabric…but those pads are awful, I really prefer to fly in pants, and that ruffle hits me at a weird place!

To remedy this, I first removed those pads that were sewn AND pinned on!

safety-pinned shoulder pads
Not going anywhere!
ripping out shoulder pad
…or are they?

Next, I trimmed off that ruffle!

cutting off ruffle
leftover bottom scrap
I wonder what I’ll end up doing with this scrap!

The raw edge of the ruffle was safely hidden under an overlapping hem, so the bottom of my new top looked nice & finished with zero effort!  



Our flight left at 5AM, so we decided to just stay up all night, and have a suuuuper early breakfast at Amelie’s in Charlotte, a wonderful 24-hour bakery/coffee shop,  before heading to the airport.  

Staying awake that long was more challenging than we had imagined!

Please forgive me for only having a selfie for my “after” pic.  It was really quite early.  😉

austin dress to top refashion after

Thankfully, Dan snapped a few pics for me while we drank our tasty coffee and nommed on yummy pastries!  🙂

3am is Coffee Time!  :)
3am is Coffee Time! 🙂
jillian at piano
I’m an accomplished air pianist! 😉
Jillian in front of giant ruler
Look! I’m taller than quite a few famous people! 🙂
Jillian in front of vintage paintings
Love the vintage decor! 🙂

Dan and I made our flight just fine, and did our sleeping on the plane.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see some of our fun Austin adventures!  🙂


austin dress to top refashion before and after
Thrifting in Austin, TX (and a Dress Refashion!)
Krystal's ReFashion Show Creation!

39 thoughts on “First Plane to Austin: Dress to Top Refashion”

  1. Amelie’s: so much more than a coffee shop – on its way to becoming a CLT institution!
    (And they use a local roaster for their coffee – huzzah for Smelly Cat!)

    Did you get a salted caramel brownie? SO good!

    • Thank you! Every time I see a girl with a cute messy bun walk past me, I get a tiny twinge of regret for hacking it off, but I think I’m happy with it, too! 🙂

  2. I live in Austin! That top is adorable, and I’m sure you’ll fit right in here. If you’re a fan of chili, you need to visit a place called the Texas Chili Parlor – it’s amazing. Oh! St Edwards University’s costume shop is having a garage sale tomorrow too and they always have some really cool pieces to mess with. Can’t wait to see all the pictures!!

    • Agh! I would have LOVED the chili place! I’m back in Columbia now, but Dan and I are talking about going back to Austin in the winter! I’ll have to try it then. 🙂

  3. I would have thought of a peplum just to make something out of that ruffle! But thanks for the inspiration ’cause I probably make a peplum for myself with an old dress I have never worn… 🙂

  4. Your comments under the pictures always crack me up, and today was no exception 🙂

    That is such an interesting coffee shop! Thanks for taking lots of pictures and sharing them.

  5. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Amelie! We went there when I visited a friend a few years back and I could have literally stayed there all night.

    Love the refash! Your hair looks awesome too!

  6. I live not too far from Amelie’s – hate I missed you, but I was fast asleep at that hour! Cute top – your creativity knows no bounds.

    • The all nighter was ROUGH. I don’t think I’ll try it again. I think I require at least 9 hours of sleep to feel fully human! 🙂


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