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I’ve had this black dress on my refashion rack for a couple of months.  I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it.

 

Seeking the heavens for guidance & inspiration!
Seeking the heavens for guidance & inspiration!

 

SPOILER ALERT:  My original plan doesn’t work out!

I finally decided to turn this dress into an entirely different dress!  I snipped off the seam to one of the shoulders.

 

Snip!
Snip!

 

Then, I grabbed a spool of grosgrain ribbon…

 

This stuff is just way too flippin' handy!
This stuff is just way too flippin’ handy!

 

…and pinned it to both sides of the  recently cut shoulder.

 

Like this!
Like this!

 

I stitched each one down.

 

Whirrr!
Whirrr!

 

Do you see where I’m going with this?  My plan was to make the two shoulder pieces the new front of the dress, and use the other arm hole as a cool keyhole back!

 

Something like this!
Something like this!

 

I still had some fitting to do!  I took the whole thing in from the front (so as not to lose the back).

 

It seems like such a great idea, right?
It seems like such a great idea, right?

 

Taking it in!
Taking it in!

 

I trimmed off the extra fabric, threw my new dress on, and was immediately disappointed. :/

It just looked weird, folks.  First off, it wasn’t the casual dress I was going for.  It looked way too formal for anything I have coming up in the near future.  AND I didn’t take into account that the front and back of the dress weren’t identical.  This made the dress hang askew on me.

BLERG!

I thought all was lost, until I remembered this post by Sally over at Charity Shop Chic!

 

She refashioned this!  :)
She refashioned this! :)

 

I NEVER think of going bare-midriffed.  I’m over 30. It just seems weird and inappropriate, right? But Sally looks so very cute in her top!  Surely I can look cute in what was about to be mine as well!

I made a big chop!

 

Don't worry!  That bottom scrap will make a lovely skirt!
Don’t worry! That bottom scrap will make a lovely skirt!

 

To play a bit more with the asymmetry of my new top, I decided to stitch down only one of the shoulders into a V, and left the other one as-is!

 

It'll all make sense in just a moment, I swear!
It’ll all make sense in just a moment, I swear!

 

I think it’s quite fetching!

 

Showing a lil skin!
Showing a lil skin!

 

And just look at the back with its built-in air conditioning!

 

Le back!
Le back!

 

My new top was perfect for a birthday brunch with friends!

 

Happy Birthday Ken!
Happy Birthday Ken!

 

I hope he doesn't get mad at me for posting this...
I hope he doesn’t get mad at me for posting this…

 

Hmmmn.  Who is this?
Hmmmn. Who is this?

 

 

Lahvely People!
Lahvely People!

 

I decorated his bag myself!  :)
I decorated his bag myself! :)

 

Happy birthday revelers!
Happy birthday revelers!

 

Ryan seems quite smitten with my new Nana bag!  :)
Ryan seems quite smitten with my new Nana bag! :)

 

See?  Just because a refashion isn’t turning out quite how you wanted it to, that doesn’t mean you have to give up!  Just keep playing and see what happens!

Cheers!

 

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