Can I just say that again?
One more time.
In case you missed it, this little blog has gone viral…and not in that “Please don’t sneeze on me.” kinda way. From Tumblr to Imgur to countless awesome other pages to and , the world is digging eco fashion in a major way! :)
Thank you to everyone who has been sharing this blog over the years. I got a little misty eyed when I saw all the new “likes”, followers, and comments (Well…at least those that weren’t calling me fugly scum anywho). Seriously. THANK YOU. :) I’m sending you all virtual hugs right now. :)
I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate all this new press than with a new refashion! :)
I’ve kind of hinted about this but…there’s this guy. This guy has kids. This guys took his kids thrifting after telling them about my blog, and they picked out a few pieces they wanted to see me refashion. This one was picked out by his 8-year-old daughter, whom I shall only refer to as “Z”.
Okay. I hated gauchos when they were in style and I’m certainly not any more fond of them now. Although…this pair had an interesting detail…
Let’s all pause for a moment to contemplate the location of this pocket. I can just picture someone saying, “Oh wait…hold on a sec while I reach all the way down my leg to get something out of my pocket!” I decided I needed that pocket right where it would actually come in handy. I turned these gauchos inside-out and hopped in one of the legs, like so:
I used a safety pin to mark where I needed the new top of my future dress to end so it would stay up on me.
I took my future dress/current gauchos off and pinned it in a gradual line from where I had initially marked it with the safety pin.
I stitched along the pinned line…
…and now I have a sassy new cocktail dress!
…and it still has a pocket! :)
I think my frock looks every bit as nice as this one from !
My much less expensive dress enjoyed a celebratory glass of champagne with some of my favorite gals!
Take this gorgeous little number, their :
Alhtough I’m not Seated around a beach bonfire in this jersey-knit maxi, singing along to your pal’s guitar strumming as the moon shines above. Blah Blah Blah Blather Blather Blather… as the overly twee description of this frock suggests (), I still want this dress!
Sadly, all I had was this:
Luckily, all this dress needed was a couple of chops and a teensy bit of stitchery!
I took the newly sewn-together neck tie thingy sash and tied it around my waist.
This whole refashion took less than 10 minutes!
Check it out!
It was a bit chilly out, so I layered up with a thin cardigan. :)
I wore my new frock to a fun & quirky production of at USC’s Center for Performance Experiment. It’s a terrific play, it’s free of charge, and a man falls in love with a shark! What more could you want?
My new dress left me feeling quite celebratory, despite being nowhere near a beach or guitar-strumming companion. ;)
I hate being cold more than anything else in the world.
It’s been very cold here in South Carolina. :/
When I moved to the south I expected year-round warmth and sunshine (research has never been my thing), creamy grits to be served with every meal, and men with impeccable manners.
I feel ripped off on two of these counts.
My quest for warmth during this odd cold snap has led to me a life spent in wool socks and bulky sweaters.
But today I had to branch out!
I was inspired by this dress by Michelle Mason:
Doesn’t that look cozy? Unfortunately, the closest thing I had on my refashion rack was this:
This is a super-easy no-sew one, folks! All I needed to do was make a big chop!
That’s really it. :)
I’m a bit too short to rock this look without a little waist definition, so I made a quick sash out of the bottom hem.
My new dress had a great time checking out !
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I wished I had something like one of these lovely tunics by :
Sadly, the closest thing I had in my refash stash was this:
That red is great, the beaded neckline is gorgeous, and I loved the pintucks/pleats on the front of this piece. All those details are very similar to the boho details of the Johnny Was tunics, but it wasn’t quite there yet.
A few chops were necessary.
I hemmed that bottom raw edge…
I decided to go with the 3/4 sleeves of the bottom tunic. I rolled the bottoms into 1″ cuffs, pressed them, the stitched them down on the bottom seam.
After pressing my new tunic, I was ready for a lovely (though chilly) day off!
Here’s a closer look at my new top!
As I hate being cold, this is about as close as I got to playing in the snow:
But I enjoyed looking at it from inside while sipping on a few of these:
I think my new top is an alright copycat! :)
But in the meantime, Let’s get to Wannabe Wednesday, shall we?
I was inspired by the .
Little Miss Blonde & Limbsome’s top is all sorts of Boho awesomeness, but could I make a similar top from this $1 thrifted dress?
To get started, I removed some paddage!
Then, I chopped of the sleeves a bit.
I threw this pleated nightmare on my dress form and started pinning.
I stitched it down…
I became exhausted dealing with all the pleats of the skirt, so I went ahead and chopped it off.
What I failed to think of was how that lining/pleats combo needed to be separated in order to be made not super-duper bulky and weird. :/
I cut off the excess material and discovered my top was looking fairly awful.
Sooooo…I cut out the lining and re-took the whole thing in again.
I hemmed the raw edges, like so:
And now my new top isn’t quite identical to the original, but after the frustrations of slippery fabric, nightmarish pleats, and an annoying lining, it’ll do. :)
I was woefully absent last week for a few reasons, including being busy, being a little under the weather, and completely botching 2 intended refashions (Yep…it happens to me too). :/ I hate hate hate when I mess up a refash, especially when it’s from being rushed and/or careless. I get frustrated, and it makes me not want to try again.
I’m going to salvage my Wannabe Wednesday flop this week (I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!!!), but in the meantime, here’s something fun for you. :)
Wait…did you miss that? Here it is again.
You are looking at a very strange handmade jumpsuit. That’s right. Someone went to the fabric store, chose the most terrifying thing they could find, then made something truly frightening from it.
Long-time readers of my blog know I’ve dealt with a clown suit refashion in the past, but could I handle this one? Yikes…even I wasn’t sure, especially with two recent failures under my belt. :/
But I had to try!
First off, I needed to hide those awful clowns as much as I possibly could. I tossed the jumpsuit into a bath of dark navy dye.
I left it in its bath for about 40 minutes or so.
The dye job was a HUGE help in de-creepifying this one. :)
Unfortunately, it was still a jumpsuit, and a jumpsuit that gave me a worse case of camel toe than the ‘s. :/ Not to worry! I unpicked the inner leg seams, right up through the crotchal region.
I put my soon-to-be dress on my dress form, and pinned those legs together to make a skirt.
Then, I stitched my new front and back seams down.
I cut off that extra fabric, then turned my dress right-side out. I cut off some of that length (which thankfully removed a couple of those scary clowns).
I gave the bottom of my new dress a new hem, and was all done!
I think this garment is much less scary now, don’t you?
It was a tad chilly out, so I added on a simple black cardigan.
I rocked my new frock at the World Beer Festival with friends!
After tasting many many beers, I had to head off to a super-secret X-Marks the Spot dinner event! The location and theme were completely unknown until I showed up at the designated meet-up point to get my map.
Imagine how surprised I was to be dining in Hades!
I initially felt pretty awful for poor Persephone…:/
…but was eventually distracted from my concerns. ;)
Such a perfect day! :)