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Jasper Fancies Me!

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Anyone who lives in South Carolina is well-acquainted with a bitter rivalry between these guys:

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Why can’t we be friends?

The Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers pretty much hate each other.  I, personally, care nothing for sports or rivalries — But I knew I might be putting my life in danger if I stepped out of the house wearing this in Carolina Country!  :/

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Orange you glad I value my personal safety? 🙂

I learned my lesson back in 2000, when I showed up for Freshman Orientation at USC.  I had done absolutely NO research when choosing a college.  My family moved to Greenville, so I decided to a school that was close but not too close to them.  I had no clue about the whole Carolina/Clemson hatefest, hence why I showed up wearing a bright orange thrifted little league tee with “Tigers” written across the front.

I didn’t make many friends that day.  🙁

Okay…back to the dress at hand!  It’s too big, and WAY too orange!

Luckily, I know how to take care of both of these issues!

First, I tossed my dress into a dye bath with a completely different color!

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Navy! Ahoy!

I was guessing that the blue and orange when mixed would make purple….

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Will everything go as planned? 🙂

Check it out!  the outside was transformed into a lovely purple hue, leaving only the lining in its original orange state.  I think it looks pretty nifty!

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Nobody else will even see the orange! 😉

They dyeing/drying process made the skirt of my new dress shrink up a little, revealing that orange lining.  Not a big deal!  I just snipped the lining a bit, and gave it a new hem!

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Alright, so the skirt is fixed, the color is fabu, but the top is still too big!  As this dress has boning that I really don’t want to get rid of in the sides, I folded the sides over, pinned them, then stitched them down right-side-out.

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My sewing machine couldn’t get all the way to the edge of the boning, so I hand-stitched it down (otherwise, I’d look like I was sprouting fins!).  🙂

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Stitchy Stitchy! 🙂

After a quick press, my pretty purple frock was ready to go!

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I seriously could not walk in those shoes! :/

I headed off to Conundrum Music Hall for the release party of the latest issue of Jasper Magazine!  🙂

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Year 1, Issue #6!

…and will ya take a gander at this????

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That’s right! 🙂

I’m in their “Jasper Fancies” column!!!!  🙂

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That’s me! 🙂

Thanks so much to Jasper for putting me in your sweet mag!  🙂

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So happy to be fancied! 🙂
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Party People! 🙂
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We fancy Jasper! 🙂

Cheers!  🙂

Rally for the Arts: A Sleeveless to Strapless Dress Refashion
A No-Sew Skirt to Dress Refashion for the Final Karaoke Explosion