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Tiki Week Dress to Top Refashion

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When Bourbon announced that it would once again be transforming into a Tiki Bar for one week in the dead of winter, I was thrilled!

Mid-century Tiki Cocktails are my favorite genre of booze. After a long week, a couple of tropical libations were just what I needed!

I got home from work and chose this very polyester dress from my Refashion rack:

dress to top refashion before
It is time.

I’ve had this dress for over year, so it was time to do something with it!

Ugh. But I was tired. And I just wanted to meet up with Erin and chat about our weeks.

This meant I needed to make this a minimal-effort dress to top refashion.

I liked how the oversizedness of this dress made the waistline fall on my hips in a sort of 20’s style.

I also loved those slightly poufy sleeves and the green print.

The only thing that was holding this dress back for me was the fact that it was a dress.

It’s tunic time!

First, I chopped off some of the bottom of the dress.

cutting off bottom hem of dress

Since this fabric is of the fraying variety, I ran that bottom edge through my serger.

serging bottom edge of dress

This overlocked the raw edge with white thread. I thought it looked pretty cool, and now it’s not going to fray!

I was ready to tiki!

tiki bar interior
At The Oasis…
dress to top refashion after
Oh yeah. This is real classy.

I can explain.

The reason I’m taking a mirror selfie in what is very obviously the bathroom is that the bar was so crowded that there was no room to get a full-length shot any other way.

Please don’t judge me.

refashion styled with cardigan
A fashion blogger’s gotta do what a fashion blogger’s gotta do!

I scored that sweet cardigan from the thrift store for a humble dollar. I bought that lovely vintage beaded necklace from my local farmers’ market, the jeggings from the $1 a pound Goodwill, and the boots from a local consignment shop.

Here’s a closer look at that bottom hem.

serged bottom hem of top

The cocktails were delicious!

tiki cocktail
The Painkiller
tiki cocktail
The Banana Hammock *snicker*

It was also great getting to catch up with one of my best buds!

Erin and Jillian
Hai Erin! It’s you!

Afterwards, I met up with my fella, where he was kind enough to snap a couple of pics that don’t have a toilet in the background. 😉

dress to top refashion after
Nary a toilet to be seen!
refashionista with hands in pockets

I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend as well!


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47 thoughts on “Tiki Week Dress to Top Refashion”

  1. Grrrrrrr …… why can’t I see what you see?! You have a fantastic eye for a transformation. I have got so much stuff to refashion but just can’t get to grips with it.

  2. Please, please, please refashion that yellow item that is hanging in the background 🙂 (right hand side… just in case you have missed seeing the yellow item!)

  3. Gillian, this is just so cute. I just want you to know that your daily blogging is really inspiring me. I have just come back from the Netherlands and am really proud of the fact that I resisted the temptation to buy anything from Primark. The price of clothes in the expensive shops was horrific and so it’s back to the flea market for me and I hope I can produce some refashions that are even half as good as yours.

  4. Hi Gillian,

    Thank you for your regular posts – they brighten my day!

    I just thought I’d share a tip from my refashing – I don’t have your luscious legs, so what I would do with this little number is cut the left over fabric in half and join/ then ruffle and add to the skirt.

    Don’t get me wrong – what you did looks great on you!!! And thanks for the posts 🙂

  5. Love this! I have been wanting some tunics for my leggings, I will definitely have to keep my eye out for some dresses to rework.

  6. Love this ! I have been looking for about 4 hours at our local thrift stores to recreate this for myself!
    Unfortunately, I only found one top. At .25 sweet! I’m a noob sewer,this top was made for a 1x, any advice on how to bring the boob line above my belly button? It is a cute top and I couldn’t leave it behind.

  7. Ha ha! While scrolling through your post, when I saw the toilet, I thought, “well there is a first!” Your blog posts are always like a ray of sunshine, so fresh and light. Love all you do.

  8. You look great in that color!! I love everything you do. Reading your blog is a “happy time” for me in my overwhelmingly busy life. Can’t sew a lick but I can dream!

  9. One of my favorites that you have done! Your whole outfit really comes together. You should wear a lot of that color- very flattering on you.

  10. Enjoyed the post… the toilet made me smile… You looked great in the tunic and you’ve no idea how glad I am to see Refashionista emails in my inbox again… I thrift, often, for make over items, sewing supplies, craft supplies and …. stuff…. love ‘stuff’. Reduce reuse recycle!!! : )

  11. I love the way you pulled it all together. The tunic looks especially cool with the cardigan. Loving the daily blogs. Such inspiration!

  12. The necklaces work well. I love the pop of the white flowers, emphasized by your white stitching. Nice touches. You’re a stylist AND a refashionista!

  13. I am a second hand refashioned from way back, (hippy days) and I am really enjoying your quick, fun, young blog. Thank you for sharing your great creative attitude. I look forward to seeing what you do in your next blog.

  14. I love love love your blog! After a crazy day there is nothing I enjoy more than finding a quiet corner at home (trust me when I tell you this is a feat in itself) and reading about your latest discovery. Thanks for putting a smile on my face:)

  15. SWEEEEET. Love it!
    You must have harsh tutu s if they judge cuz you took the selfie in the bathroom. That is a myopic view for the and they miss the point: your sweet refashion

    • If you really are interested, sewing is a dying art you can easily pick up. There are many online tutorials (many for free, even, but some know how to see better than others), plus books and videos in libraries, and even local classes to teach you. You can also get a machine for cheap on Craigslist or free on freecycle.
      I hope you take the plunge! But if it’s not in your cards, so be it. No reason to beat yourself up. And there are no-sew refashions. But if you want to learn, by all means, DO!

  16. Hi Jillian,
    Just wanted to say a big Thank You! for starting your refashion daily blogging again. I’m sure it’s tiring after a long work week, but just know lots of us enjoy reading your blog and getting great ideas. I love thrift stores and buy most of my clothes there, but get stumped when trying to refashion my own. Your ingenuity provides lots of great ideas.
    Hope you have a great weekend with lots more cocktails!!


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