Your Move (Anthropologie) Maxi

The Good Life Dress
Fashion History: Slaxtastic Edition

Hey all!  It’s me again!  I hope you’re all having fabulous summers and that you all have a friend with a pool. ;)  Yep…I’ve been woefully absent again, but there are a few fun things on the way, friends!

First off, stay tuned for a SUPER AWESOME promotion I’m about to unfurl upon the refashionsphere next month.

Secondly, I’ve been working like crazy at my day job to get an amazing project off the ground that I don’t doubt you guys are going to LOVE (maybe more than this blog).  Hint: It have everything to do with Thrift Culture and it’s coming in August.  ;)

Thirdly, There’s a redesign in the works for this lil blog, so if things start looking weird, don’t freak out!  :)

Okay…back to the refashioning!

I was suuuuuper excited to discover this polyester dress with an amazing floral print in a recent thrifting venture!

Ooooooh!

Can we all let out a collective “Yikes!” for that ruffly collar? With such a busy print, it doesn’t quite fit, does it?  And those ruffle-bottomed sleeves weren’t going to cut it in 100 degree SC weather. It’s also waaay too long for my short lil self.

Let the removal of extremities begin!  First, I picked off the sleeves with my seam ripper.

 

Pick. Pick. Pick.

 

Then, I cut off the ruffly collar, leaving about 1/2 an inch or so behind.

 

Snnnnnip!

 

This left me with these guys:

 

Okay. This pattern combination is hurting my eyes.

 

I got to work pinning those raw edges under/stitching them down.  First, the arm holes…

 

Whirrrrrr!

 

Then, the neck hole!

 

Pin…

 

…then stitch!

 

Do you see why I didn’t use my seam ripper to remove the ruffly bit now? By leaving enough left over to fold down on the inside, my neckline would look just fine.  Since the fabric of this dress is of the non-fraying variety, this trick works. Of  course the inside isn’t as pretty as it could be, but nobody gots to know that, amirite?  ;)

I wasn’t happy with how the top of my new dress fit me, so I took it in just a smidge.

 

…just a lil bit!

 

I cut off that extra material from the sides, then trimmed a bit off the bottom.

 

Chop!

 

Once again, this fabric won’t fray, so I didn’t mess with hemming the bottom.

For my final trick, I grabbed those sleeves and cut off the rounded shoulder bits.

 

Can you guess where I’m going with this?

 

I stitched the sleeves together, and had an instant sash with nice ruffly details on the ends!  :)

I must admit, I’m pretty thrilled with this one, guys.

 

And it has POCKETS!!!

 

Seriously…I think this dress looks like it stepped out of an Anthropologie store, but instead of costing $100+, it was just $1!  :)

I wore my new frock to to review their new production of Dreamgirls!

Trustus’ Excecutive Director, Larry Hembree couldn’t resist a quick photo op!

 

One day he’ll come out of his shell…;)

 

Erin and I had a great evening!

 

Happy Theatregoers!

 

It can’t be dreamy all the time, ladies.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

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