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Corduroy Dress to Jacket Refashion

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Hi all!  I hope you’re having a swell week filled with all sorts of awesomeness.  🙂  

I’m having a blasty with my awesome new job/awesome new coworkers.  I feel truly lucky to get to wake up every day to go into work to do things that I’m really good at and actually enjoy.  🙂

But enough of that!  When we last spoke, I asked you guys which was your favorite from my One Dress, Three Ways feature.

One Dress Three ways refashions
Decisions, Decisions!

It was basically a tie between Dress #1 and Top #2.  Poor Skirt #3 didn’t get much love at all, but that’s okay.  I didn’t care that much for it either.  😉  Cest la vie!  Thanks for making your voice heard.  Feedback like this helps me know what types of refashions you guys like to see/what inspires you and that’s always a good thing.

Now…for the Refashion!

Spring is just around the corner!  Soon we can toss our SAD lamps and jackets aside…but not quite yet.  

When I was invited to what promised to be a fun oyster roast, I knew this corduroy dress was just the thing for it:

Refashionista corduroy dress to jacket refashion before
Hello there, Corduroy!

I’m not a big fan of corduroy.  I don’t really like touching it, and I HATE the swishy-swishy sound corduroy pants make.  There was no way this was going to remain a dress (in case the title of this post didn’t clue you in).  😉

cutting bottom off dress
Thaaaaaat’s right!

I pinned that edge under…

pinning bottom edge
…like ya do!

I was nervous about stitching it down, given the weirdo problem I had with my machine recently, but much to my relief, everything went just fine!

giving thumbs up in front of sewing machine

I pressed that new hem down, and now I have a great pre-Spring jacket with a bit of 60’s-ish flair!

Refashionista corduroy dress to jacket refashion after
I love the bracelet-length sleeves!

The oysters were delicious, and the company was lovely!  🙂

friends pouring oysters out on table
closeup of pile of oysters
mark holding bottle
His last name is Cox. Get it? 😉

Perhaps I’ve judged corduroy too harshly all along!

Refashionista corduroy dress to jacket refashion after looking to the side
Can you spot the Mark in this pic? 🙂


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43 thoughts on “Corduroy Dress to Jacket Refashion”

  1. I’ve just stumbled upon your blog and I’m in love with what you do! this is so cool! I took sewing lessons a few summers ago and got pretty good but I don’t think I could ever work in all the motivation that you do! You’ve got a new reader here! 🙂

  2. …. feeling sorrow for you… life is very hard by times and I surely am hoping that things get better for you. …bright blessings

  3. love it!!! but i just have to ask, is your friend wearing a llyod christmas shirt?? i can see the peak of his hair cut and i got all excited!! haha, gotta love being strange 🙂

  4. That is seriously super cute!! I would have never guessed it was originally that big…um…unattractive… dress. Your projects just keep getting better and better!

  5. Love that “new jacket”! It looks great on you. I also agree with one of your other commenters that it would also look good dyed a brighter colour.

  6. I had almost the same corduroy dress I picked up at a thrift store. Mine is lavender. I did the SAME thing! Mine is a bit longer, but I think it’s super cute as a jacket! love all you do!

  7. I love this one! I picked up an identically (is that a word?) shaped dress in a lightweight fabric for $1, and I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. It’s a beautiful print but I’m short so it’s *way* too busy as-is. Thanks for the solution!

    I’m so glad you love your new job – hooray!

  8. I love how you revamped the jacket, looks great. I didn’t vote on the dress three ways but would have picked the shirt (I was definitely among those who didn’t care for the skirt option, though I did like that you tried something different 🙂

  9. I was happy you didn’t care that much for the skirt, but keep the creativity coming. Congrats on your job–I love my job too–most of the time–school librarian. Corduroy is a funky fabric–I agree with you. Agree that the color could be spruced. I can’t wait until the next post comes out–thanks.

  10. Now that was clever! Looks great!
    I have missed you!I must have missed all info on a new job. Last I heard you were going to tell us your “news.” What is your new job that you are so happy with? Congratulations! (That all has worked out the way you wanted) Keep inspiring us and sharing your creations plz! 🙂 Jillian ( Melbourne. Australia)

  11. Trés cute! I happen to love corduroy but appreciate it’s a tricky fabric to pull off. Your jacket did it justice in oyster baskets full! I’m not usually a fan of putty or worm colored things, but in this case I like the contrast with the black and it’s a nice transition color from winter to spring. Especially with your fancy decorated shoes; there’s no competition, just total support.

  12. Yummy oysters! How lucky are you!
    Like what you did in this refashioning– a cute jacket even if it isn’t your fave fabric.
    Glad you are loving your new job and new colleagues!
    Thank you for all your ideas– a great blog!

  13. SO funny I was just thinking I hardly ever see you do anything with coats/jackets and here you go! Turned out very cute considering the original version, but I think it needs a dye bath, but that’s just me not loving blah colors. I LOVE your language, you sound a lot like me – all happy and breezy! Very glad for you that the new job is fabu, makes all the difference doesn’t it? As for the poor sad skirt, oh well, it was an interesting idea at least. Keep up the sassiness Jillian!


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