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Dress Refashions

Purplesaurus Rex

Teal We Meet Again
A Merry Re-Christmas!

Today’s dress started off as a large blob of grapey purple.

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I look like a grape of wrath!

Its purple hue reminded me of something tasty from my childhood though.

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Purplesaurus Rex...more real than Triceratops!

Ah…Purplesaurus Rex!  You ranked a close second behind Pink Swimmingo as my favorite Kool-Aid flavor of all time!  Sadly, this Grape-Lemonade flavor is no more.  Happily, I can at least salvage this dress in its memory.  RIP, Purplesaurus! 🙂

Obviously, it was too big and shapeless for me.  I put it on inside-out and marked with safety pins where it would need to be taken in at the bust, waist, and hips.  Then I took it off, and used my sewing gauge to make sure I was taking it in equally on both sides, pinning along each side.

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Pinned and ready to sew!

You can see how I chose to keep the sleeves big.  If I wanted a narrower sleeve, I would have simply pinned those a bit as well.  I threaded my machine with purple thread, and ran each side through, following the path of pins.

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After each side had been taken in, I trimmed off the excess fabric with my pinking shears (those funky zig-zag scissors that help keep fabric from fraying).

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All that was left to do was hack off some of the length.  I used my pinking shears for this as well, and then folded the hem over twice to hide the raw edge, pinning the new hem.

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Use your sewing gauge to make sure your hem is even steven!

I ran the new hem under my machine.  My dress was almost ready to wear.  All I needed to do was press my new side seams and hem!

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Meet the Press.

That’s it!  The transformation was complete!  I certainly didn’t have any grape (har har) expectations for this dress, but it ended up looking quite nice!  As today was quite chilly, I wore a long-sleeved tee and leggings under my new creation to keep my teeth from chattering.

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...taking my coat off just long enough to snap this pic!
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On my way to Hunter Gatherer for a tasty pint of Pale Ale!

My boss is a ReFashionista (or would that be ReFashionisto?) too!  See the long necklace I’m wearing?  He made it out of beads from a damaged handbag!  I love it!

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I adore my new necklace! 🙂


Teal We Meet Again
A Merry Re-Christmas!


  • Kate Jones

    I loved Purplesaurus Rex! We recreate it now by combining 1/2 single serve packet of lemonade water flavour and 1/2 single serve packet of gape water flavour!

  • Herbie

    1. Purplesaurus Rex and rum leade to my first hangover my freshman year of college.

    2. Seeing the USC education building in the background of the after photo hinted to me that you were on your way to HG. (the east coast USC, not the west coast one, and HG being Hunter Gatherer Brewery and Ale House, for readers not familiar with Columbia, SC.

    3. The HG Pale Ale is the best pale ale EFFA. So, great choice in beer and great work on another fabulous refash.

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