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.
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.
Then, I stitched it up!
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.
And here’s my newly-refashioned concert-ready dress now! 🙂
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.
Then we got to 40 Watt!
I worried I might not be hip enough for the crowd, so I quickly added a couple of accessories! 😉
The headliner was awesome, but I really enjoyed the incredibly fun opener, Yip Deceiver!
This was my first time visiting Athens, and I can’t wait to come back! What a fun town!
40 thoughts on “Of Montreal Dress Refashion”
This is a very cute dress. I love the pattern.
Love love love Of Montreal! They put on such a great show! And, of course, the dress is fab! 😀
I love this one.
OMG, I wish I had had that dress when I saw Of Montreal in Seattle! 😉 I love that band…
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?
Hahaha! Oh my gosh! Small world! I had SOOOO much fun! 🙂
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!!
Wow…I’ve never heard of the Meat Puppets. Can you send me a pic of what you’re talking about with the whole bunching thing? I honestly haven’t had any issues with it. If I could see what’s going wrong, I might be able to help! [email protected]
OMG I want your boots!! Looking great, as usual 😉
So glad you loved my town! Come back again soon!
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.
Haha! I’ll tell him that…;)
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!
Are you reading this, Dan?
Would look cute with a belt, too!
I almoooost wore it with one! Probably will next time! 🙂
I’m so glad you showed one way you use your dress form. I’ve been using mine and I can’t find any good resources sharing ways to use it.
Glad it was helpful. My new camera shoots a longer shot (oh yeah…real technical terms here, right?), so I can show more. 🙂
what do you do with the sleeves ? when you took it in, do you take sleeves in too ? how do you sew around that ?
I just continue in one smooth arc. It ends up being one long gently sloping curve on each side. Does that make sense?
Lovely refashion, as usual. The print is really spiced up with your necklace and all. 🙂
Thank ya! That’s one of my fave necklaces! 🙂
Gosh, I *do* look sullen, don’t I? Must be trying to balance out your rational exuberance. 😀
“rational”? Really? Me?
Great refrashion – love the style and colours…. and I’d say definitely hip enough for even the toughest of crowds!
Thank you! I don’t know…I felt like I MIGHT have been the oldest person there! 😉
I’m so glad you had fun in Athens! It’s my town and I love it. Although I do usually feel like a senior citizen when I go downtown and I’m only 28…
Love it! Especially the cute pattern! 🙂
Awesome refashion! Thick polyester…so it’s stretchy?
It’s actually not very stretchy at all. But it IS warm! 🙂 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. 🙂
My brother lives in Athens, so I visit there all the time. I live in Atlanta so it’s only an hour drive. Great town and the 40 Watt is a fun venue. Looks like you had a good time! The dress turned out awesome!
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.
I live in Athens! If you visit again I can recommend some great thrift stores and other neat places to check out!
Oooooh! 🙂 Cool! I stopped by a store whose name I cannot for the life of me remember where a very cool young lady was perched with her sewing machine refashioning things for the store! I was so excited!
Agora or Minx maybe?
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 🙂
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!
The Meat Puppets are a great band! Mellower than you’d think from the name. You ought to check them out.
Cute dress. And I love the Meat Puppets!
Cute dress :-). And I love the Meat Puppets.