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Of Montreal Dress Refashion

An Eileen Fisher Inspired Sweater Refashion
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Don’t let the title get you too excited for me, friends!  While today’s post does involve travel, it’s not to Montreal, but the significantly closer Athens, GA!  

A pal of mine suggested getting out of dodge to see Of Montreal (the band) at 40 Watt (the music venue) was in!  

I just needed something to wear for a mini road trip/concert.

I opted for this sweet vintage dress that seemed full of easy upcycle potential.

Of Montreal Dress Refashion before
Here we go!

Time is running out to rock more wintery refashions, so I’ve gotta start churning through my stash!

I love the harvest colors in this dress, and the thick polyester fabric (hello, warmth!).

I put the dress on my dress form inside-out and pinned each side to take it in.

Dress pinned on dress form
Getting it perfectly fitted!

Then, I stitched it up!

taking in side seam of dress

I still wasn’t happy with the length, so some of that went too.

I tried on my dress, and marked where I wanted it to end and then I made an even chop off the bottom.

cutting off bottom of dress

And here’s my newly-refashioned concert-ready dress now!  πŸ™‚

Of Montreal Dress Refashion after
Loving those happy orange hues!

Peeps at our pre-game bar didn’t get to see much of my fab frock, as I was keeping cozy under my teal jacket.

Jillian drinking cider
Mmmmn! Cider!

Then we got to 40 Watt!

40 Watt Marquee reading "Coming Soon Of Montreal Honor Society Meat Puppets"
Wait…what’s a meat puppet????

I worried I might not be hip enough for the crowd, so I quickly added a couple of accessories! πŸ˜‰

Jillian in hipster hat with PBR
Instant Hipster! Just add ironic hat & PBR!
Jillian and Dan at Concert
Dan doesn’t usually look so sullen…
Band onstage with big yellow light
I honestly don’t know what that big yellow thing is!
stilt performer with wings
…not am I certain of the identity of that fiendish white thing onstage!

The headliner was awesome, but I really enjoyed the incredibly fun opener, Yip Deceiver!

Yip Deciever onstage
These guys!

This was my first time visiting Athens, and I can’t wait to come back!  What a fun town!


refashionista Of Montreal Dress Refashion before and after
An Eileen Fisher Inspired Sweater Refashion
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40 thoughts on “Of Montreal Dress Refashion”

  1. Oh my goodness, I THOUGHT that was you! I was standing behind you before the show started, and I was thinking to myself, “That looks like the ReFashionista!” I love your blog! Wasn’t that an awesome show?

  2. The Meat Puppets!? Haven’t heard that band’s name since the late 80s…they used to play in NYC *all the time* and they were awesome back then! Could it be the same band??? I wonder… Love the dress. As usual you look adorable in it. I have a question though, about how you sew the “arc” line under the sleeve and down the sides of the dress. Do you ever find that you get a weird bunching right in the armpit area? It’s happened to me a couple times – not sure what i’m doing wrronng!!

  3. Looks great! Your friend should gift you the hat. It’s too cute on you not too! And I love that color tights with it.

  4. Really nice and so hipster-ish! I love the crazy print and colors, reminds me of the 60’s. I think you need to get one of those hats,, looked awfully cute on you!

    • It’s actually not very stretchy at all. But it IS warm! πŸ™‚ Thankfully I have the dress form which makes it easier to give a dress just the right amount of give since you can pin everything pretty exactly. πŸ™‚

  5. A very fun refashion indeed! I love the colors & pattern! Also, the meat puppets are worth a listen. An aunt of mine is from the “generation-x” era and listened to them often.

  6. I think I’ve learned as much from you about accessorizing as I have about refashioning. You always add the extra touches that make the outfit. I had been overlooking this aspect of putting an outfit together πŸ™‚

    • Aw…Thanks! I think this comes from my pre-refashioning days when I would save money by only buying black and grey clothing, but fun colored accessories to mix & match my rather small wardrobe and keep everything looking fresh!


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