ReFashed in Philly Dress

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Jilly in Philly Dress

I am the worst packer in the world, friends!   In preparing for my trip to visit my friends in Philly, I completely failed to pack properly.  In my carry-on, I packed one sweater and a few sundresses.

Oh…and one other thing…

Say hello to my little friend!
Say hello to my little friend!

That’s right!  I’ve invested in a mini sewing machine to take with me in my travels so I can refashion on the go!  :)

The day was sunny and bright, but a bit chilly.  I needed some sleevage…STAT!

Heather knew exactly where I needed to go!

Philly AIDS Thrift!
This place is awesome!

This is the Philly AIDS Thrift…probably the BEST thrift store I’ve ever been to!  They have a great (and surprisingly inexpensive) selection, a super-friendly staff, and the money raised goes to a great cause!

I also like the funny messages the staff puts on each of the price tags:

Oooh la la!
Oooh la la!

Of course, I prefer to refashion items that cost $1 or less.  A lot of you guys have been asking where I find such items.  I like to think I have a sixth sense…a bit of a psychic power if you will…

Signs help, too!  ;)
Signs help, too! ;)

I chose this $1 dress to refashion:

Hooray for warmth!
Hooray for warmth!

I love the black, the warmth, and the pockets.  But that neck was awful and the dress isn’t quite working for me…yet!

I got to cutting!  First those shoulder pads had to go!

Farewell!
Farewell!

More snipping followed!

I can't believe they let me fly with these scissors!
I can’t believe they let me fly with these scissors!

That neck had to go, too!

Snippy Snip!
Snippy Snip!

Since I cut off part of the zipper at the neck, I needed to stitch each of those edges down, so the zipper pull doesn’t just slide off.

Whirrrr!!!!
Whirrrr!!!!

I used part of my cut off hem as a sash to cinch the waist of my sweet new dress!

Philadelphia Chic!
Philadelphia Chic!

My new dress was perfect for a lovely sunny day with Heather, Evan, and Mudcat!

Buds!
At the Magic Gardens!
Isn't is amazing?
Isaiah Zagar’s work is alllll over the Philadelphia!
In Philly, beautiful murals abound!
In Philly, beautiful murals abound!
This made me giggle!
This made me giggle!
Outdoor art is everywhere here!
Outdoor art is everywhere here!
I just liked the angle of this shot.  ;)
I just like the angle of this shot. ;)
Taking a champagne and lunch break!  :)
Taking a champagne and lunch break! :)
Such a lovely day!
Such a lovely day!

My friends live near South Street, where a fun street party was a happening.  :)

Hey Evan and Mudcat!  :)
Hey Evan and Mudcat! :)

While wandering about, we ran into this guy/gal from Philly AIDS Thrift!  :)

Tmobile's new ad campaign is a bit odd...;)
Tmobile’s new ad campaign is a bit odd…;)

My first (and certainly not last) visit to Philly was a blast!  I hope you get a chance to visit this fun city oh so soon!

Cheers!

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