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Oh Kaftan! My Kaftan!

A Happy Thanksgiving Kaftan Refashion
An Easy No-Sew Oversized Dress to Strapless Dress

I’m not gonna lie to you guys.  Today’s piece is NOT a thrift store item.  It’s brand spankin’ new, right out of 2G’s, where I work most Saturdays.

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C'mon...drink the Kool-Aid!

That being said, it WAS super-duper on sale.  With the sale price paired with my employee discount, this kaftan came to somewhere around $5.    Whatevrah.  I can splurge every now and then if I want to.  And, I’m about to make it look like another dress that costs a whopping $350!

As my plans for the evening did not include handing out flowers at the airport, the length had to go!

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Basement Kitteh says "Buh Bye!" to the length!

Then, I needed to take it in a smidge.  As this dress doesn’t have a zipper, and I really didn’t feel like adding one, I had to be super-careful.   I needed to take it in just enough to make it more fitted, but not too fitted, so it could slip on over my head.  I took in in about an inch on each side, including the arms.  First I pinned…

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In ya go!

Then, I ran each side through my machine.

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Taking it in!

Then, I sewed a hem in the lining, as well as the top part.  I didn’t take in the lining, as it was very sheer and light and wasn’t going to bulk up the dress as-is.  I made sure to make the hem of the lining fall a few inches above the hem of the top part.

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Pinned and prepped!
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A new hem is born!

Now I needed to deal with those sleeves.  I didn’t like them being all long and in the way, so I made them into 3/4 sleeves.  Muuuch better!

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Wave buh-bye sleeves!

I was kind of sad to see the bead work on the ends of the sleeves go.  However, after a quick glance at that very bejeweled neck, I knew I had all the beading I could handle already.  🙂

I sewed the raw edges of those sleeves under, pressed everything, and was good to go!

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Hem that sleeve!

Now, I had a festive dress to wear for my friend, Eric’s birthday cigars/drinks/dinner extravaganza!  🙂

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Oh so festive!

I think my tunic dress rivals this much more expensive version…

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Lilly Pulitzer Dress - $348

Embellished neckline? Check.  Above the knee? Check.  3/4 sleeves? Check.  Only mine was $343 cheaper.  Ha!

I didn’t realize a delightful cigar lounge, The Cigar Box was so close to my neighborhood!  I’ll definitely be coming back.  Great staff and selection!

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I've gotta get my own walk-in humidor!
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Indulging in our vices
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Real women smoke cigars. 😉
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Happy Birthday, Eric!!!!
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Smoke, sans mirrors
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Davis' Pub is riiiight downstairs!
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Close-up of that beyoootiful neckline!


A Happy Thanksgiving Kaftan Refashion
An Easy No-Sew Oversized Dress to Strapless Dress