Happy Birthday Phillip & Jamie!

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Wannabe Wednesday: Z Edition

When my friends and I decided to plan a surprise birthday party for two of our favorite gentlemen who have reached a certain *ahem* landmark age, we went with a (playful) funeral theme.  This meant I needed something black, but not too severe for this fun fete!

Sadly, the only thing I had on my refashion rack was this vaguely nun-ish number:


This dress needs your prayers, folks. :/


As I wash everything before I work with it, I was sad to see that cute collar got some very noticeable black on it.  :/


Bummer. :/


At least I had those lovely pearly buttons!


Isn’t it adorable?


To get started, I removed a shoulder pad.  Yep.  Just one.  Apparently the previous owner for this frock had one muscle-y shoulder and one weak one.  ;)


Flying solo!


See those lame side tie thingies in the first pic?  Yeah…those went buh-bye as well.


It’s for your own good!


Next, I carefully snipped off that discolored collar.  Normally I would use a seam ripper to do this, but I knew I wanted to deepen the neckline on this one.




Next, I grabbed my seam ripper and got to work on those sleeves…watching the worst TV show of all time while I picked them off.


I hate it, but I can’t stop watching it. Grrrrrrrr!!!!


Under the Seam Ripper


Despite being incapable of sentience, these sleeves are far smarter than any of the inhabitants of Chester’s Mill.


All this snipping and ripping left me with a bunch of raw edges to pin down, and that’s just what I did!


Fray no more!


I stitched my new neck and my new arm holes down.




This dress was still too blousey for me, so I got to that reshaping/tailoring bit!


Shaping up!


Stitching those new sides!


I trimmed off the excess fabric, then did one more lil chop!


Temps are in the upper 90’s here, folks. Length just won’t do!


I stitched a quick hem, then sewed those two side tie thingies together to make a mini-sash!


Just a quick lil whirr!


Just like that, I was ready to run out the door to a wonderful party for two wonderful fellas!  :)


I dunno…that guy behind me doesn’t seem to dig it. :/


The Birthday Boys! :)


One of these things is not like the others…as in somebody didn’t follow the “funeral” dress code.


It’s a cupcake explosion!!!


Hmmmnnn…There’s that guy again…





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