Subscribe to updates via email!

Merry Christmas to Y’all: A No-Sew Dress Refashion

ModCloth-Inspired New Year's Eve Dress Refashion
A Daring Dessert Dress Refashion

I’d sort of been dreading the holidays this year.  

I hadn’t made any real plans and thought I’d just ignore Christmas.  

But then I got a call from a good friend who’s also had a lot to deal with this year and just wanted to lay low and have a casual holiday without any familial pressures.  We’d hang out, I’d make French food, and we’d watch scary movies before heading off to a friend’s bonfire party.

It was a brilliant idea.  🙂  Buuuuut…I needed something festive to wear!

I chose this evergreen frock right here:

Christmas No-Sew Dress Refashion
A lovely Christmasy green!

I usually find lace-up backs on dresses to be quite dated, but I thought this one looked festive and elf-like, so I let it stay.

christmas no-sew dress refashion back
I dunno…It’s kind of cute!

French cooking is insanely time-consuming.  I decided to tackle Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon…which takes hours to prepare.

In other words, this refashion had to be quick!

First, I got rid of those huge shoulder pads.

removed shoulder pads
Snip and Snip!

Then, I cut off some of that length!

cutting off bottom of dress
Tip: If you fold the cut-off part over while you snip, your hem will be totally even. 🙂

My new no-sew dress was ready to receive my guests!

Yep…I decided to invite a few other cool people over too!

Christmas No-Sew Dress Refashion after
Comfy & Festive!
Jillian's friends
These guys!

They devoured the Beef Bourguignon!

But who wouldn't?
But who wouldn’t?
Jillian and Friend
Such a lovely day with lovely people! 🙂
Jillian's friends
Yes…my dining room is also my sewing room. 😉
Douglas looks concerned…

My Christmas ended up being surprisingly merry.  🙂

Christmas No-Sew Dress Refashion funny face
This is me being merry, okay?

I hope each of you also managed to find your own sort of happy this holiday season.  🙂


christmas no-sew dress refashion
ModCloth-Inspired New Year's Eve Dress Refashion
A Daring Dessert Dress Refashion

18 thoughts on “Merry Christmas to Y’all: A No-Sew Dress Refashion”

  1. My year has been aaaawwwful! I credit bloggers like you for giving me inspiration to spend my lonely times tapping into creative outlets instead of sobbing in a corner! I’ve been doing dress refashions, like you! Except, not at all like you because I don’t know what I’m doing!
    That green dress is one of my faves, because I love the green, and you followed my rule: keep it simple, stupid! For my re-dos, I like to take vintage items and make ’em work without changing too much, and staying true to the old fashioned style of it.
    Anyway, thanks for the inspiration, if anyone wants to check out my blog Craft, Thrift, or Die ([email protected]) I could always use the clicks!

  2. Super cute and I agree elf-ish! You look good in the green too! And you always manage to show such cute men in your pictures! 2014 has to be a wonderful year for all of us! Thanks for your great ideas and fantastic attitude.

  3. Cute and elf-ish – yep! I’m glad you made your own fun in spite of feeling blah; you’ve got the right idea. May the new year be kind to you, Jill.

  4. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing…love the dresss and that you always make merry no matter what….2014 will be amazing!

  5. Nice job. I’m so glad you had a merry Christmas. Really nice of you to share with others. Love your blog keep up the good work.Terri

  6. Maybe your year hasn’t been perfect but…you have given so much happiness to all of us !! THANK YOU !! Wish you will carry on so stylish for the next year, to inspire us so many times and for your personal life I wish you the very best, bye bye 2013…WELCOME 2014 !!

  7. Hun that guy with the long hair, is he straight and available? He has such kind eyes and my gosh looks like he’d suit you so well!!!

  8. Imagine being a scrooge like me! Is not that I don’t like the holidays. I just can’t deal with all the commercialism that everyone throws at you! If it wasn’t for my child, I don’t think I would even put up a Christmas tree. You look amazing in green and your Beef Bourguignon is making me drool. Keep on trucking girlie!!

  9. Ha!!!!!! I had that EXACT dress when I was 20 years old, That is hilarious…geez I’m old. That was 22 years ago. Looks super cute on you!


What do you think?