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Happy Thanksgiving ’90s Dress to Jacket Refashion

[title of refashion]
Festival of Trees Gala Dress

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  🙂  I hope everyone got to spend this special day with the people they love!  

In years past, I’ve always joined either my fam or someone else’s fam for  Turkey Day.  It really is the way to go- all you have to do is bring one side dish, nom on tasty food, and leave.  No stress or cleanup required!  🙂

But this year, I decided to try my hand at cooking my first Thanksgiving Dinner!  🙂  

Before I got to work, I needed something cute & casual to wear for the day.  I went with this faux jacketed dress.

'90s dress to jacket refashion before

I hate dresses with sewn-on attachments.  It’s as if they think women can’t be trusted to do their own layering!  Sheesh!

I figured this dress wasn’t THAT bad, so I got to cooking, thinking I would just wear it as-is.

'90s dress to jacket refashion before in kitchen
It should be fine, right?


There was NO way I was going to let my guests see me looking like this!  I loved the jacket part of this dress though- with its funky print and fully functional brass frogs.  🙂

To get started, I ripped out those shoulder pads.

detached shoulder pads

Then, I cut the top part of the dress that had the jacket sewn on away from the bottom part.

Happy Thanksgiving '90s Dress to Jacket Refashion 1
removed bottom from dress
Don’t worry! I’m saving the bottom scrap! 🙂

The front of the jacket was sewn down the middle, so I couldn’t actually use it as a jacket yet.  

I grabbed my seam ripper and got rid of the stitching.

seam picking center seam of jacket

This didn’t leave any raw edges, as the seams for the front of the faux jacket were still intact.  🙂

I made a little snip at the neckline to get the whole thing opened up.

snipping neckline
C’mon! Open up to me! 🙂

This did leave raw edges, so I sewed them down.  🙂

stitching neckline
Just a little whirrrrrrr!

Almost done!  

When I cut the bottom of the dress from the top of the dress, I had to cut right through the zipper.  

I didn’t want to risk this coming open (as there would be no way for me to zip it back up again, so I stitched it down at the bottom.

sewing bottom of jacket
Stitching over a plastic zipper is no big dealio! 🙂

And that’s it!  With just those few little changes, my new jacket was ready to help me in the kitchen!  🙂

'90s dress to jacket refashion after
Say Cheese! 🙂

I’ve gotta admit, making such a big dinner was no joke! 🙂

I multi-tasked like a boss…

'90s dress to jacket refashion after
Hmmmn…looks good! 🙂

…and made sure to take plenty of wine breaks!

'90s dress to jacket refashion after in apron
Gotta pace yourself! 😉

I’m really happy with how my dinner turned out!  I bought pretty much everything from Aldi, so even though I made quite a feast, I still didn’t end up paying that much.  🙂  

I even bought a couple of bunches of flowers for about $4, and made awesome fall flower arrangements with old vases and stuff from my yard!  🙂  

Instead of making a big ol’ turkey, I decided to make some tasty cornish hens!

roasting pan full of cornish hens
Cluck Cluck! 🙂

It really was quite a spread!  🙂

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Hmmmnn…wonder what it looks like under there…
table full of thanksgiving food
table of Thanksgiving food
Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it? 🙂
Thanksgiving side dishes
But wait…there’s more! 🙂
Thanksgiving cheeses and desserts
Even more tasty nommage! 🙂
Thanksgiving table set
Martha Stewart, eat your heart out! 🙂

I managed to get everything ready just in time for my guests!  🙂

Refashionista at Thanksgiving table with friends.
So thankful to have such awesome pals! 🙂

Cheers!  🙂

'90s dress to jacket refashion before and after
[title of refashion]
Festival of Trees Gala Dress