Gimme a(n Asymmetrical) V!

A Most Secretive Maxi Dress
Tangerine Dream Dress II!

When I plucked this rather stern-looking dress from its rack at one of my favorite $1 thrift stores, it was with a certainty that whatever I did to it would be an improvement!

Dour Jillian is dour.

 

Nothing fun, lively, or exciting has ever happened to anyone while wearing this dress.  I can just tell.  But it’s not all bad.  I like those stripes and that funky side button placket, and I just knew there was a flirty fun frock hiding in there somewhere!

I just couldn’t stand that collar or those sleeves though.  I grabbed my seam ripper and got to work!

 

Pick. Pick. Pick.

 

After an episode of , my picking was rewarded!

 

My foster pup doesn’t seem very impressed though. :/

 

Time to close up shop!  I pinned down the raw edges along the neckline and arm holes…

 

No longer in the raw!

 

And MORE pinnage!

 

…then I stitched the pinned parts down.

 

Whirrrr!

 

This dress is just a bit too big for me, so I took in each side 1″.

 

Pin, then stitch!

 

I cut off the extra fabric, and put the dress on my form. Now I needed to figure out how I wanted to restructure my new collarless neckline!

I pinned & played until I came up with this funky asymmetrical V!

 

Looking good!

 

This meant I had to let one of these little guys go.

 

Farewell, lil buddy!

I stitched my new neckline down, then decided to remove just a little bit of the length from the bottom of my new dress.

 

Just a smidgen!

 

After stitching a quick hem (and of course ironing everything), I was all done!

 

The final step!

 

I’m pretty thrilled with this one, you guys.  :)

 

Tres chic, no?

 

I accessorized my new dress with a red vintage belt that was my Grandmother’s, and a pair of patent cork wedges.  :)

My new dress was perfect for work…

 

Cubicle Selfie!

 

…and also perfect for after-work Birthday Party play!  ;)

Coming to NBC this Fall:  The Adventures of Jamie and Jilly!

 

The new “Water to Wine” Cooler really improved office morale!

 

That’s a piece of Angel Food Cake I’m holding btw. :)

 

Cheers!

 

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