Gimme a(n Asymmetrical) V!

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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.
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.
Pick. Pick. Pick.

 

After an episode of Orange is the New Black, my picking was rewarded!

 

My foster pup doesn't seem very impressed though.  :/
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!
No longer in the raw!

 

And MORE pinnage!
And MORE pinnage!

 

…then I stitched the pinned parts down.

 

Whirrrr!
Whirrrr!

 

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

 

See?
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!
Looking good!

 

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

 

Farewell, lil buddy!
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!
Just a smidgen!

 

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

 

The final step!
The final step!

 

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

 

Tres chic, no?
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!
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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