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A ’70s Terry Cloth Dress Refashion & My First Pecha Kucha!

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A few months ago I was asked to present at a Pecha Kucha.

What is a Pecha Kucha, you ask?

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:

PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa],[1] chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs).[2][3]

pecha kucha promo image

I’m a nervous public speaker, but I’m trying to get over it.  And of course the best way to do that is to actually speak in public.  

As the day of my big presentation got closer and closer I got more and more nervous!

I needed a dress for the big night!

For this refashion, I chose this elastic-waisted terry cloth dress from the ’70s.

It was 5am when I took this pic

This dress is actually made of terry cloth!  

It’s amazing!  This fabric was really popular in the ’70s-early ’80s and I firmly believe it needs to make a comeback.  I seriously feel like I’m wearing a bathrobe.  And that’s pretty awesome.

You’ll have to forgive me, friends.  The memory card that has the “during” pics for this one has gone totally kaputzky, so I can’t share them with you.  :/

But I can tell you what I did!  🙂  

First, I removed the elastic from the waist.  

Since the elastic wasn’t sewn in to the fabric of the dress, this was really easy. I just snipped a small hole in the waistline inside the dress.

Then, I snipped the elastic and just pulled it right out.

I pretty much wanted a clone of this one cozy sweater dress I’ve been wearing a lot of this winter, so that original snug waistline just wouldn’t do for an event where I knew I’d already be pretty uncomfortable.

It was time hem to daring new heights!  

I cut some of the length from the bottom, pinned my hem, and then stitched it down.

And here’s how my presentation-worthy refashion turned out!

'70s Terry Cloth Dress Refashion after
Sort of Mod, no?

This handsome (and rather tall) gentleman seemed to like it too.  😉

Jillian and Mark Cox in Columbia SC
Oh. Ello.

As my turn to present got closer and closer, I got more and more nervous!

Jillian, Errin and Mark Cox columbia sc
I have the worst selfie faces.

But then I remembered why I was doing this.  

I love refashioning and I believe that I really can change the world by sharing this passion with others.

refashionista giving presentation in columbia sc
We can change the world. One dress at a time.

The awesome guys at PULL Brand Stories even recorded a video of it!  

It’s kind of dark (because the room was kind of dark), and you can’t see all of my slides, but I hope you like it.  🙂

I feel pretty good about this one.  The audience was awesome, and I hope I get the chance to present at another Pecha Kucha soon!

'70s Terry Cloth Dress Refashion after
I look like a smug little thing, don’t I? 😉


'70s Terry Cloth Dress Refashion before and after
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