When I discovered the annual Drink Pink Rosé Festival (which was cancelled last year) was on this year, my heart did a happy flutter dance.
Four hours of sampling different rosés and nibbling on cheeses with friends? Don’t mind if I do!
I was able to score one of the few remaining tickets to the event, but…what to wear?
As social events have started to come back, I’ve found myself underdressed at all of them. For example, I wore the same ratty black T-shirt, vans, and wrinkled wrap skirt I had worn all day at the coffee shop to what ended up being a cocktail attire-type fundraiser event and felt…well…shabby. It’s like I’ve forgotten how to do this dressing up thing.
I wasn’t going to make the same mistake this time, friends! That’s why I chose this $1 thrifted dress with a lovely print for the occasion:
As this wine fest was not 1980s-themed, I knew a refashion of this dress was in order!
The print is perfect. It’s pretty, has a bit of pink it it (perfect for rosé!), and it makes me happy.
While I might normally find that lace panel in the front a bit too fussy for my personal taste, I liked it on this dress. While the top of the dress was a smidge too big for me, the bottom part fit just fine.
Of course, I was less fond of those mondo shoulder pads!
Let’s take a peek at the label.
And here’s a label I always enjoy finding:
My first action item for this refashion was to remove those shoulder pads!
Isn’t this sweet? My pups never seem to get in my refashion pics anymore!
I was relieved to have those pads out of there!
I was slightly surprised to find these fluffy sleeve thingies behind the shoulder pads, but I removed them as well.
Now that all that paddage was out of the picture, I turned my focus to those sleeves.
Temps were going to be in the 80s for the day, so I unpicked each sleeve from my dress with my seam ripper.
When I looked down (I usually watch TV while seam ripping stuff), I saw poor Benson was covered in bits of thread!
I brushed off my pup and gazed upon the carnage I left behind.
Next, with my dress turned inside-out, I closed up those armholes by first folding them over twice and clipping them into place…
… and then sewed them down.
As I’ve already mentioned, the top of my dress was a little too big for me, so I put it on my dress form and pinned the sides to make it fit better.
You can see how I just tapered down to the bottom, since that part fit just fine.
Then, I sewed each side down.
I also cut off the excess fabric.
When I tried my dress on, I thought the shoulders were still a bit too wide for me, so I folded each shoulder under by about 1″ and pinned them in place.
Then, I sewed right along the shoulder seam.
The only thing left to address about my dress was its length.
I tried my dress on, marked where I wanted to cut it (leaving a couple of extra inches for the hem), then made my chop!
Much like with the armholes, I folded the bottom under twice and pinned it.
Then, I stitched my new hem!
I finished my frock just in time for the festival!
It was a beautiful sunny day!
I think my earrings deserve a shoutout too (I had to add something fun & quirky to my otherwise preppy ensemble)!
I’m proud of myself for clothing myself appropriately for an occasion for once. No flip flops. No ratty T-shirt…just a lovely dress!
That’s right…my new dress has POCKETS!
Does this refashion have you thinking pink?
- You might also like this pink puff-sleeved dress refashion!
- Here’s a cute Lilly Pulitzer-inspired dress refashion from a thrifted housedress!
- Here’s another pink preppy dress refashion from way back!
It was great to get out and about with some of my bestest buds!
This blog used to be a place for me to share my refashions and the fun places and things I wore them to. In the last year, the pandemic and cancer took the last part of that away.
It made my blog, much like everything in 2020, less fun.
I’m tired of posing for all my “after” images on my freaking porch, and I’m happy to see that time of isolation and loneliness coming to a close.
Now Erin can look forward to me constantly asking her, “Can you take a picture of me for my blog?” again!
Brighter days are ahead, friends…and I’ll drink to that!