Basil Dress

From Housecoat to Heavenly
The World's End Top

Here’s a sad & faded frock I’ve had on my refashion rack for a few months:

Osad. :/

 

At least it has pockets?  I don’t know.  This is a lousy dress, folks.  As I’m not a church lady from the 1980’s, this isn’t working for me…yet!

When I encounter a dress like this that I’m not quite sure what I want to do with, I’ve found that any step forward is probably in the right direction.

I started with those ghastly pads.

You’ll make a lovely sunglasses case!

 

Since the colors on this dress were oh-so-faded, I knew I needed to dip into some dye!

 

You two will do nicely!

 

Now, I didn’t use two whole bottles on one garment, as that would just be insane.  I only had a little bit of the Kelly Green leftover, and I tossed in about 1/4 of the Dark Green as well.  After about 40 minutes in the dye bath, I rinsed and dried my newly-dyed frock.  :)

Sadly, I was still far from done.  :/

It was time for some snippage!  First those sleeves needed to be made shorter & sweeter!

 

Snip #1!

 

Next, I needed to make it actually fit me.  Don’t worry!  The pockets were left in tact, but made just a little bit smaller!

 

Dress Forms: Get You One!

 

Sewing Machines: Get You One!

 

After cutting off that excess fabric with my pinking shears (Get You Some!), I still had a bit more snippage to do!

Snip #2!

 

We’re in the home stretch, folks!  Those raw edges needed to be tended to, and that’s exactly what I did!

 

Pin a hem!

 

Stitch a hem!

 

Now for the sleeves!  This is a 2 part process.

First, I got rid of those raw edges…

 

Whirrrrrr!

 

…then I folded the top part of each sleeve over itself, like so:

 

Pin it, then stitch it down!

 

This little trick makes my poufy sleeves more fitted, but a little poufier at the top.  Usually that’s a little twee for me, but I thought it worked well for this dress.

What do you think?

See my veggies in the background? :)

 

I’m quite pleased with them! :)

 

My new dress had fun at an apartment-warming party for a good friend who just moved to Columbia!  :)

 

Cole is one of the best people you will ever meet. :)

 

Of course, I didn’t come empty-handed.

 

A basil plant…for you!

 

My friends and I look forward to hanging out at Cole’s new digs, which we have coined “The Cole Train Depot”.  ;)

 

We look great here.

 

That’s just ginger ale by the way…

 

Rabid selfie!

 

So happy to have another lovely friend living in this swell city.  :)

Cheers!

 

 

 

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