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September 2015

scarf

The Bed Sheet Dress

I’m not even joking, this dress is the same exact pattern and color of our bed sheets. I’m guessing it even has the same thread count but I can’t be sure.

scarf before-100I buy some pieces because I really see a lot of potential in them. Other dresses end up coming home with me because I don’t have a enough self control. This dress fell into the latter category for sure. I really didn’t know what I would do with it. I decided on a skirt so I separated the top from the bottom. After trying on the skirt and seeing what it would look like I decided that wasn’t a good idea either. It was just really “blah.” I was really afraid that this dress was going to end up in my scrap pile, never to be heard from again!

I wasn’t ready to give up on the bed-sheet-beauty yet so I took the skirt portion of the dress and separated the front of the skirt from the back. I was left with two large rectangles of fabric, perfect for an infinity scarf! I sewed the two pieces together to make a long skinny rectangle. Then I folded the rectangle to from a tube of fabric and sew that. Lastly, I closed up the two ends and sewed them together! I was really happy with the way it turned out… Much happier than just throwing it in the scrap pile!

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Dresses, Skirts

Fuchsia Dream

Sometimes I wonder where the inventor of the bedazzler got their inspiration. Then I realize that most likely, it was from this sequined fuchsia dream!fushia dream before-102

I truly believe there are enough beads and sequins on this dress to outfit an entire preschool tap dance troop with some to spare. I have hoped to find something like this for a long time! I have found dresses similar to this at thrift stores but they are always strangely expensive. Usually they are on the formalwear rack with prom dresses from the early 2000’s and they are like $20. I never pay that much for one of my treasures! I scored this abundance of beads for $1. What a steal!

Even though I have been hoping for a project like this for a while, it was a real pain. When I would cut the fabric beads would fly everywhere and my sewing machine death glared at me when I brought this anywhere near it! I was under the weather and was on bed rest a few weeks ago. Brian refused to set up my sewing machine on my night stand because he said that doesn’t count as resting. Then I remembered that I had this project that needed to be done by hand! It was great because I was able to make this awesome skirt and I got back at Brian by brushing the extra beads on his side of the bed;)I was really happy with the way this turned out! This piece is definitely not something that I would wear often… My style is obviously much more grandmotherly than this project turned out to be but I was happy with the finished product anyway! fushia dream after-105fushia dream after-101 fushia dream after-104

Shorts

Pink Shorts Outfit

Good golly. What a find. pink shorts before-106

I can’t pin point what the best part of this outfit is… Maybe because there isn’t a best part. I did like the eyelet lace trim a lot though and saw some potential with it.

I put this outfit on for my “before” set of pictures and Brian was beside himself… I think it was because this outfit is almost offensively ugly.  My biggest question remains, do you think the previous owner wore the shirt tucked into the shorts or left it all untucked and carefree? My hope is untucked.

This refashion was pretty straight forward. I knew I could save the shorts they just need to be taken up in the length and more importantly down in the waist. So I detached the eyelet lace detail at the bottom and trimmed off some length then reattached the eyelet lace. Then I took off the waistband and cut off a couple of inches of fabric then reattached the waistband. The shorts needed a few other small adjustments here and there but otherwise it was pretty simple! I don’t know what will come of the shirt that came with this outfit but it’s in my scrap pile for now and its sure to see another day! pink shorts after-100pink shorts after-103pink shorts after-101

Dresses, Skirts

Barney Inspired Dress

I love this dress, this dress loves me, we’re a happy family, with a great big hug and a….

Purple. And. Green.

Barney Floral Before-100As a child of the 90’s it’s hard to see those color’s together and not think of our old pal the singing, dancing, dinosaur Barney.

This is one of those projects that even after I’m done with it, I’m still not sure if it’s a home run, but it is super comfortable! As I am transitioning from my mid to my late twenties… comfort just keeps getting more and more important! So because of it’s high comfort level, you get to see it today!

I decided to make a skirt out of the dress because the print is so bold, I thought I could tame it down a little. I cut the top portion of the dress off about an inch above the elastic. I used that inch to finish off the edge around the top of the skirt. Then I trimmed off the extra length and gave it a new hem. In total this project took less than 30 minutes which wasn’t too bad for how comfortable it is!

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Dresses

Drapes in a Former Life

This little treasure was a fun one to work on! I found it at one of my favorite thrift shops for less than a dollar. It had been sitting in my “to do” pile for a while when I was trying to decide what I would wear to film a wedding in the next day. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to find a dress that is comfortable to shoot a wedding in! I decided that I would fix this bad boy up to wear!

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My husband, Brian and I currently share a very cozy workspace. It works just fine when we are both editing photos at our computers but when I start laying a dress on the floor to work on, it gets a bit crowded. Anyway, Brian was editing photos when I started working on this dress and he looked down at it and said, “I’m pretty sure that is made out of curtains.” Then he went back to work and left me with my drapery dress.

I cut off the sleeves and gave them a new hem. The waist fell too low so I cut the dress in half and trimmed a few inches from the top portion. I sewed the pieces back together. I kept the original elastic in dress and just stretched it as I sewed. I took off a few inches from the bottom and gave it a new hem. Lastly, I took in the sides just a tiny bit for a better fit.

black and gold stripe after-105black and gold stripe after-104black and gold stripe after-101It worked perfectly for the wedding that we were filming and I’m sure many more of our wedding clients will see this dress make an appearance at their big day!