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August 2015


Mole Woman Dress

So I have a confession. My Husband and I love to watch Netfix. Like a lot of Netflix. I think the term “binge watching” would apply. When the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt aired on Netflix we finished every episode in a few days.

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Then I found this dress. Mole woman (with stripes) for sure! I couldn’t wait to get home and hack it all apart!

I started with chopping off a bit of length and giving it a new hem… But somehow I chopped off too much. When I tried it on again it was way too short. I had left a couple inches in my hem, thankfully. I ripped out my hem that I had just put in and sewed a much more narrow one. Whew, back to a semi appropriate length!

Next I took the sides in a few inches in the top for a better fit. Then I chopped of the arms and a little of the shoulders. Those got a nice new seam. Lastly, I had to fix those saggy armpits. Any time I take in the sides of a top I know I will need to add in a couple of bust darts so the piece will fit. Even with the mess up with the hem this dress was a quick one! I think Kimmy Schmidt would be proud.

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Wednesday Addams’s Dress

It’s not often that I say, “now that is some nice velvet.” In fact I don’t think I had ever said those words until I found this dress.

wednesday addams before-100There isn’t a lot to say about this dress except that it obviously belonged to Wednesday from the Addams family.

I shortened the dress by about 6 inches and chopped off the sleeves then gave them a new hem. I took the sides in about an inch on each side. I also gave the dress new elastic. The old elastic was completely stretched out.

wednesday addams before-107Look! Even Thing helped out!

wednesday addams before-106I turned the dress around and cut a v-neck into the collar and finished off the seam. I was left with that line of six buttons now awkwardly on the back of my dress. I ripped them off and sewed up that seam. I replaced them on the shoulder because they seemed happy there. Now this dress is ready for something besides a 1960’s tv show.

edited blue and white afters-106edited blue and white afters-105edited blue and white afters-104Exciting news! My little sister (well, technically Brian’s little sister) is getting married soon! I decided that it would be the perfect “little black dress” to wear for her bachelorette party! We had a great time and this dress was so comfortable all night long!! Can you even believe how gorgeous the bride to be is?!?

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Geometric Blue and White Dress

This dress is another Leslie Fay classic! Judging from the label I would date this dress around the late 80’s to very early 90’s.

edited blue and white geometric-101This big guy had a lot going for it! The shoulder pads were huge! The sleeves weren’t a flattering length. The dress was pretty long and had some extra space in the top. I started by ripping the sleeves off. The shoulders were actually pleated so I ripped out the pleats. There was enough extra fabric from the sleeve pleats to be the perfect length for cap sleeves so I left them and gave each side a hem. Then I cut the dress in half right at the waist. The waist dropped far to low for my liking so I brought it up a little.

This dress has pleats in the skirt. If I trimmed length off of the bottom I would have to make sure all of the pleats stayed nice and neat to re-hem it. I have made that mistake before! Instead of trimming length off the bottom I took it off at the waist. This way the original hem stayed intact! I redid the elastic in the waist and put the pieces back together.  I seriously considered replacing the buttons with something really bright but I decided just to pair the dress with obnoxious earrings and shoes instead. 😉

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Tribal Print Dress

I fell in love with the print of this fabric from the moment that I saw it! I knew I had to have it! Just take a look at those sleeves. Have you ever seen anything like them?

tribal print before edited-102This dress was made by the Leslie Fay company and judging from the label, I’m guessing it was made in the mid to late 70’s. I come across Leslie Fay creations very frequently in my thrifting adventures! In fact I have about 10 of them in my “to do” pile right now. Because I see them so often, I did a little research about the company and it turns out they started in the 1940’s making women’s military uniforms. After the war they transitioned into more fashionable trends for woman that were sold in nicer boutiques. The company went under in the early 90’s but not before producing some awesome treasures for me to find!

With this dress I really just wanted to simplify it and un-70’s it.  I removed the sleeves and threw it on my dress form. The size was pretty close already. I drew a new neck like in the front and the back. I cut off the extra fabric and gave all of the edges a new seam. The armpits desperately needed bust darts! The bottom lost a few inches and I tried to give it a little something extra by cutting the seams at the bottom on a little angle.  I gave the bottom a new hem and paired the dress with a brown belt. Be on the look out for many more Leslie Fay treasures! There are lots more to come!

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Dresses, Skirts, Uncategorized

Princess Peach Dress

This might have been a bridesmaid dress in the 80’s… Maybe a homecoming dress in the 90’s… I have a different theory. Have you ever played Super Mario Brothers? If so, you should recognize this gorgeous dress. I’m 99% sure that this is the actual dress that Princess Peach was wearing when Bowser kidnapped her. I knew that if I didn’t snatch this dress up someone else certainly would. Seriously, this dress was begging to be worn in late October with the wearer’s significant other in overalls, red shirt, and a fake mustache. Actually, I regret not saving this dress to wear for Halloween but I was way too excited to cut it up that I couldn’t wait!

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I have to admit I feel like I cheated a little with this dress. Normally, I try to keep as much of the dress original as possible. First, because it’s less work for me and second, because usually there is a detail that I want to keep original. Typically that is where most of the charm comes from. This dress didn’t have that. It was a just huge mass of shiny peach fabric. It didn’t have a lot going for it. I cut up this whole dress to reuse the fabric. There was more than enough in the bottom of the dress to make this skirt. I made a pattern from a skirt that I already had. First, I made a waist band then I made the bottom portion of the skirt. I decided to give it some pleats in the front. Once the skirt was finished I knew I had to incorporate at least one of those fantastic bows. I chose one of the smaller ones from the sleeves. There you have it. Princess Peach or 80’s bridesmaid dress, whatever you were in a past life, I’m happy you’re in my closet now!

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Love Your City Blazer

This little rant is a side note, a bonus if you will;) It has nothing to do with refashioning but I wanted to share it anyway.

Over and over I have seen articles on Facebook about Saginaw being such dangerous place. It seems like every three months or so, someone publishes an article listing the most dangerous something. Every time, there are a few cities from Michigan on the list and it makes me so sad. The statistics all seem true and honestly they are scary. I can’t help but feel these articles don’t solve any problems. They seem to perpetuate the idea the area is dangerous, something we already know, but these articles certainly don’t encourage any change.

If you live in Saginaw or really if you live anywhere (which i suspect that you do live somewhere) I would like to take a second to encourage you to love your city. It’s the place where God put you. You have the option to make the best of it and help change the things you don’t like!

I didn’t grow up in Saginaw. I don’t have childhood memories that make me remember it in differently, or in a more positive light. My childhood was spent in Colon Mi, a tiny town 3 hours southwest of Saginaw. Colon is about the cutest little town that you can imagine. Seriously, one blinking light, Amish buggies everywhere, and truly wonderful people. I distinctly remember my parents, lifelong farmers, driving into the metropolis that Saginaw seemed to be, dropping me off at my dorm at SVSU and someone advising them “to not allow me to go past Tittabawassee Rd. because it starts to get a little dangerous.” And maybe they were right, maybe there are parts of Saginaw that are dangerous. Statistically speaking, it seems that there certainly are. But back in Colon, if you walk too close behind one of the Amish buggy’s horses at the Village Market…well that starts to get a little dangerous too.

My point is that even though Saginaw was just ranked as the number 1 most dangerous something… It still has some really incredible things to offer. My husband and I feel called to be in Saginaw, to serve at a church that reaches out to improve the community, to have our business based here, and hopefully someday raise our babies here! The more people that decide to stay,  love the city, and pray for it, the faster we will see the revival that we are believing in. The city of Saginaw itself isn’t what makes it dangerous. It’s not like we are close to a volcano that is endangering our lives, it’s the crime rate that makes it so scary. The crime rate comes from the people. The good news is, we can LOVE people and the love of The Lord changes people. It transforms them. To the people that are living next to a volcano, I don’t know if you can love a volcano into behaving itself… I have seen absolutely no scientific research done on this topic. That’s beside the point. I really want to encourage you all to help your community change in the direction you want it to!

So I realize that had NOTHING to to with this red blazer that I’m about to show you EXCEPT that I’m going to start with the after photos today. These photos were taken at the Saginaw Farmer’s Market. There is something about the farmer’s market that makes this city feel alive! The Saginaw Farmer’s Market has so much to offer!  The market has the best vegetables around, fresh cupcakes from Sweet Creations, locally grown fruit, they even have a taco stand….AND a hot dog stand with the sweetest man you’ll ever meet. He calls himself The Hot Dog Guy.  You name it, they have it, and it all tastes awesome!

So here you have it, a 90’s blazer that looks just like something Murphy Brown would wear transformed into a casual blazer perfect for some produce shopping in a city that I choose to love and believe in!

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Here are the before photos. This piece really caught my eye. I thought it was pretty cute as is! It just needed a little love. I didn’t realize how incredibly tiny the skirt was. A very little business woman owned this tiny, sassy suit at one point. First I took out the shoulder pads. Then I took in the sleeves by about an inch for a better fit. I got rid of the huge button that made the jacket way too small for me. I decided that it need a little some thing extra. I sorted through my fabric scraps to put a fun lining in the sleeves. This fabric came from my grandma’s pile of quilting scraps. I’m about 99% sure that it was formerly my Grandpa Bill’s dress shirt. When Grandpa Bill passed away, grandma made a quilt for my brother and included pieces of my grandfather’s shirts. This one looks really familiar!

murphy brown blazer before-101murphy brown blazer after-106Did I mention that the Saginaw Farmer’s Market has snow cones? They do. They have the best snow cones I have ever had- -EVER! Seriously, the next time you have a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday free, do yourself a huge favor and go get a strawberry snow cone!!