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One Dress, Three Ways II: No-Sew Dress to High Low Top Refashion

One Dress, Three Ways III: A Dress to Skirt Refashion
One Dress, Three Ways: No-Sew One Sleeve Dress Refashion

Wow.  You guys are terrible guessers.  😉

Nope…still haven’t found my house yet (I’m looking!  I’m looking!).

Nope…Mark and I are not engaged (We’ve only been dating since October…geez! 😉 )

I can’t believe NO ONE guessed my news!

As a lot of you know, I love writing.  I love writing this blog, as well as all my freelance work.  The hardest thing for me over the last couple of years was feeling like this would always be just a part-time gig, and that I’d never get to be creative in my work life…ever.  Last week, a good friend of mine said it perfectly over after-work drinks:

“You’re doing your best work outside of work.”

And that’s been true for a very long time.

But it’s not true anymore.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited by a local advertising firm to join their Inbound Marketing Team as their Digital Marketing Specialist!

This means that I’ll be writing awesome & compelling content for their clients, as well as helping with their social media management needs. It’s a terrific company with a stellar reputation and I can’t wait to start this new phase in my career with them!

But what about the Refashion?

One Dress Threee ways image

Most of you guys seemed to dig yesterday’s no-sew fancy frock.

Yesterday's no-sew dress
Remember me?

But for Refashion #2, I wanted something simple & casual to kick around in.

I grabbed my scissors and made one big cut from front to back on my dress, like so:

cutting dress from the side

And that’s it!  This one is a no-sew refashion too!

One Dress, Three Ways II: No-Sew Dress to High Low Top Refashion after
It was very windy outside…hence the ‘do!
One Dress, Three Ways II: No-Sew Dress to High Low Top Refashion after side view
Seriously? Why am I posing like this????

My new top enjoyed a casual night of wings & beer with Cole and Ryan!

jillian and ryan
Hi Ryan!
jillian and cole
Ello Cole!
cole and ryan
Well hi there Cole and Ryan!

Did you notice my sweet necklace?  I thrifted it for $2!  I almost left it at the store, as thought it was too big, but I’ve been getting nothing but compliments on it!  🙂

close up of necklace
I dig it!

So…YAY!  Fun life news, and two refashions from ONE dress!

Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of…One Dress, Three Ways!


One Dress, Three Ways II: No-Sew Dress to High Low Top Refashion before and after
One Dress, Three Ways III: A Dress to Skirt Refashion
One Dress, Three Ways: No-Sew One Sleeve Dress Refashion

63 thoughts on “One Dress, Three Ways II: No-Sew Dress to High Low Top Refashion”

  1. I’m following your blog for more than a year now, i never commented but I want to tell you, what you’re doing is awesome! (really awesome!) I want to do the same, but i’m only buying things that I think could be refashion, and it stay non-fashion and so non-wearable, tidied up deeeeep in my cupboard. Anyway i’m a big fan from France, and just want to let you know because of the magic of internet, I’m touched (in my soul 😉 ) by your work! Thank you very much to make me see and think fashion differently. Good luck and enjoy your new job !

  2. You’re such an inspiration. Whenever I get a break I love to pop over to your blog and I always get excited to see your latest transformation, read your witty comments, and enjoy your unique style. Best of luck at the new position and congratulations! They’re quite lucky to have you. Thank you for what you do.

  3. Congrats on the job! I was wondering also if you regret some of the refashions or wish you went another way with them. I just had this experience a few minutes ago when I found a dress I chopped in half (quite sloppily). It was one I bought new but never wear. I kinda realized now the tunic like dress would of been awesome with leggings and now I regret cutting it. So I guess I’m going to add a new bottom half.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  4. Jillian, is everything OK, my dear? We haven’t heard from you in a while. Not sure if I should be concerned or not. Perhaps you’re extremely busy finding your way in your new position…. In my fantasy world, we are friends who hang out, make funky things and crack each other up. By the way.

  5. Many congratulations! Riggs lucky to have snagged such a smart and creative person. Oh, and both refashes are fab! You have really got my ideas flowing for a similar piece that I have in my closet.

  6. Merge what you learn at Riggs with the refashion business and make your career dreams come true! I’ll be tuning in to see how you progress with whatever you’re doing. BTW, I’m also a used clothing modifier.

  7. I love all of your refashions and how you reuse clothes. I am thirteen years old and got a sewing machine for Christmas. I have looked at most of your posts and am going to start my refashion next week! Could you make a jacket of some kind? Thank you so much for inspiring me!

  8. OK……Yesterday I recommended that you just leave well enough alone…..I loved your dress, and didn’t want you to change a thing. Never mind. That top is adorable on you. And no-sew AGAIN?! Really curious about #3. I’m so happy for you and your new adventure…..go have fun!

  9. You are just the CUTEST thing!!!! I get such a kick out of seeing an email from you because I know I’ll always finish with a smile on my face.

    Your first refash was SOOOOO great, I have to know if you’re not going to miss having that little frock in your closet?? On the other hand, I am totally envious that you look so darling in your second go at the cloth. Where were you when I was young enough to wear a “TTT” (totally terrific top) like that?

    BTW, I loved the chunky necklace too!

    Your 50-something admirer: Kem

  10. Congrats on the new position. They are lucky to get you! Although if you could figure out how to clone and market your obviously supernatural metabolism (who on God’s green earth can eat and drink like you do and stay so small????) you could buy your own island and retire and refash forever! Hugs!!!

  11. I thought it was get engaged but I didn’t verbalize that in a comment! I’m SO happy for you! And congrats on the new job! Life is good my friend 🙂

  12. Loved refash #1; Loved refash#2! Can’t imagine what #3 has in store. Btw – LOVE your cute hair in the outdoor pic – the (wind) tousled look is fantastic on you 🙂 Wonderful news on your new job – Congratulations!

  13. I knew it was career related! You are very passionate about writing and willing to work for low pay shows you are in these things for the right reasons and of course your blog, tv and speeches popularity shows you attract people naturally. Nice to see good karma happen for you

  14. This one is a real winner! 2 refashions so far and yet another one coming! Now that is what I call getting your moneys worth since the dress only cost you $1.00 to start with!! Keep up the good work and congratulations on your new job!!

  15. WOW!!! 2015 is starting out great for you!! Amazing how things fall into place when we send out good vibes and positive thoughts into the universe. Wishing you lots of luck and success there and I love your 2 day posts and hope you keep this blog going!

  16. Congrats Jillian! I had a feeling it was about your career; in no time Refashionista will be your own full time business! You are such an inspiration to me- I have gone through your entire blog and am very impressed by all your amazing transformations. You inspired me to hit my local thrift stores over the weekend and discover potential refashions myself! I’ll send you some pics when I get to creating!

  17. CongratulationsJillian! Love your ideas– makes one want to try too! Always read your blog( have read from the very beginning)
    Good luck house hunting.

  18. I was totally guessing that you were engaged. Hey, sometimes it happens that fast! Love both #1 and #2 so far. Congratulations on your new gig. You are the perfect person for the job!

  19. Yay! It’s official! Congrats on your new gig – you EARNED it, lady! And LOVE both looks so far – bonus is they could each be pulled off by various body types! The sleeve-as-belt dress would be stunning on any figure and the hi-low top skims the lower body in all the right ways! Kudos to your talent and tenacity – so glad you’re being appreciated and rewarded for your hard work!

  20. Beautiful!! Both of the ideas! Can’t wait to see the 3rd!
    Congrats on the new job you are a very hard worker with lots of creativity THEY are lucky to have YOU!

  21. You are so creative! I love both of the versions of this dress. It’s a shame you didn’t have two (or three) of the same dress so you could keep one in each version! Keep it up, sista!


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