Don’t it Make My Red Dress Blue

A Funky Fall Frock!
From Frumpy Dress to Funky Sweater!

I have good news and bad news.

The good news is, I needed something red to wear for a party (the invite demanded it), and I had just the thing!


Of course it needed a little work, but I saw great potential in this frock!

First, I made a some snips!

That lining must go!
Going strapless! :)

Then, I took in the sides a bit.




I cut off the excess material with my pinking shears, then got to closing up that top raw edge.

You know the drill.



I didn’t sew the whole top up right away though!  I left just enough room to feed a bit of elastic through!


With the elastic in place, I stitched the casing closed and was ready to celebrate with friends!


Dan was there too!


Fun times were had…

Happy people!
But wait…wasn’t there supposed to be bad news?

…and I was feeling quite caliente in my red!

There’s definitely some bad news coming…right?

I even met a new friend!

Come home with me, little guy!

Now for the bad news.

Later that night, Dan and I had a fight.  It was a most stupid fight.

Now we’re no longer together.  And it sucks.

I don’t get close to many people, but I let myself get close to Dan.  I don’t like a lot of people, but I liked him.  I was happy.  I was excited about our relationship.  Finally!  After  all the failed romances I had found someone I wanted to share a life with!  Finally I had met someone whose had just the right combination of humor, wanderlust, kindness, and passion for life I had always wanted.  I didn’t have to date anymore!  I was done!


If you’re playing at-home version of Jillian’s Failed Love Life(tm), this is my third failed relationship since I began this blog.  Ugh.

Right now, I’m feeling completely lousy.  :/  I’ve started my new job – which I love – but it’s hard trying to be happy and friendly to my awesome new coworkers when I feel so eaten up inside.  How is that someone who can see the potential in even the cruddiest & most misshapen of clothes can’t convince someone she loves to see their potential together?

Are you feeling bad for me yet?


Because I have a favor to ask of you.

This Friday night, I’m going to dance the Waltz at a Fundraiser for the American Lung Association for their event at their annual .  I’ve never danced before, and I’ve been taking lessons for a month now.  .

While I know most of you won’t be able to attend the event, you can still show your support by voting for me.  , and all the money raised from this event will support advocacy efforts for clean indoor and outdoor air, tobacco prevention and cessation programs, education, and life management programs for children with asthma, research to promote lung health and prevent lung disease, and lung disease support groups. Funds will also benefit their annual camp for children with severe asthma called Camp Breathe Easy.

I’ve even started a !

Having lost several family members from lung cancer, this is definitely a cause I strongly believe in.

If I get at least 10 votes from you guys, I’ll post the video of my first foray onto the dance floor for all to see!  :)

Now if I can get out of this slump and finish my refashioned ball gown before the big event…


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