• Violet Femme Dress 1
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    Violet Femme Dress

    Hello there!  Sorry for being so long absent.  I’ve been extremely busy coughing up my weight in phlegm for the past month.  :/ I don’t know or understand the cause of my grody lung gunk funk.  But now, it appears that I might actually be getting better!  Huzzah!  😀 Of course, the best thing about feeling better and no longer being stuck in bed is getting back to refashioning!  🙂 While digging through my big bin o’ refashionables, I stumbled upon this yellowed white dress that I never managed to get around to revamping over the summer. As anyone who knows me can attest, I cannot wear white for more…

  • Sorry, Safari! 5
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    Sorry, Safari!

    Wow!  Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU for all your support for Revente’s Last Call! Neiman Marcus can’t ignore all the bad publicity they’ve brought upon themselves through their corporate thuggery.   I’ll be sure to keep you posted as soon as I know anything new with this situation.  Fingers crossed!  🙂 Now…back to the refashions! Why did fashion retailers in the early 90’s all seem to think that the best thing to do with a boring awkward-length dress was to stick a safari scene on the bottom of it? Let’s get a closer look at nature’s exotic splendor, shall we? Unfortunately in this particular scene, the sky has turned…

  • Rally for the Arts! 9
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    Rally for the Arts!

    As I enter Week 3 of not working (1st week was vacation, but it still counts!), I’m starting to get a bit down.  :/ I find myself staying up/sleeping in ridiculously late, and I feel draggy and lethargic all the time.  Right now, I’m in a weird limbo state where I don’t know if I have a job or not.  All will be decided when the SC Legislators get back into session. I decided to attempt to cure my drab & dreary mood by fixing a drab & dreary dress!  🙂 This dress is frumpy and dated as can be, but there were a couple of things to like about…

  • A Shirr Bet Pillowcase Dress / Save the Arts in SC! 13
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    A Shirr Bet Pillowcase Dress / Save the Arts in SC!

    Hello friends!  Did you miss me?  🙂  Well, push that separation anxiety aside!  I’m back!  Now…I’m not going to be blogging a new refashion EVERY DAY or anything (because only a crazy person would do such a thing), but rest assured…I still have many fun tricks up my refashioned sleeve to share with you!  🙂 Where to begin?  I had a delightful week off!  🙂  Lots of time to reflect and decompress!  I had a fun viewing party for my Rachael Ray appearance on Thursday night,  and slept in for most of Friday.   I was feeling pretty flippin’ awesome.  My big year-long project was done and I was just…

  • Day 365:  Kitschy Dress 17
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    Day 365: Kitschy Dress

    Today’s piece is a fun & kitschy handmade house dress.  🙂 Okay…I’m not a fan of the brown & white print (too tablecloth-y!) and this is obviously too big for me.  Let’s see what we can do about all that, shall we? First, I threw the dress into a dye bath with my good friend, Scarlet.  🙂 After about 40 minutes in the dye and a rinse & dry, my new dress was ready to be taken in! I decided some of that length had to go as well! Now my new dress is ready for a fun supper with friends! I have to admit, there is no way I…

  • Day 363:  All the Angles Dress 21
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    Day 363: All the Angles Dress

    When I found today’s dress at one of my fave $1 thrift stores,  I was stoked!  Check out the amazeballs print!  🙂 You’re looking at a totally 80’s shoulderpadded number that desperately needs a facelift!  Time for a Nip/Tuck! First, I made a big chop! Then, I took in the whole thing about 2″ on each side. After cutting off the excess material, I folded the top raw edge over twice and stitched it down, leaving about a 1″ gap.  This is where I’m going to insert some elastic. After digging through my stash, I realized I was all out of elastic!  Ugh!  And I was soooo not in the…