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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

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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.

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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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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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The Very Literal Floral Skirt

Have you ever wished that clothing could be more educational. I know I have! 😉 Well, you’re in luck. This dress not only looks atrocious but it also labels the types of flowers that are printed on the fabric. So you can learn the flower’s names while you’re wearing it! Botany enthusiasts everywhere are rejoicing!

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The print of this dress scared me away at first. I saw it at a local thrift shop where I get most of my treasures and I passed it up. I really couldn’t imagine how I could keep it a dress and tame the fabric down enough to work for me. I was very charmed by it though, the print is super unique and the fabric is really nice quality. I told myself if it was still there on my next thrifting outing that I would have to try it. Can you believe that nobody else claimed it? I had to bring her home with me.  After trying the dress on, it was clear to me that a skirt would be a nice option to tone down that fabric a little. The less of the fabric there was, the more charming it became! I ripped the seam out at the waist of the dress. I then cut off the bottom portion of the dress and gave it a new hem. The zipper in the back of the dress continued past the skirt ended at the waist so I trimmed off the extra and tacked in the ends so that I wouldn’t lose my zipper. That was it!

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My new mission is to find a piece with multiplication tables or U.S presidents!


Baby Beluga Dot Dress

When I was in kindergarten, we would sing a song called Baby Beluga. It was about a baby whale that liked to swim. It was a pretty cute song. I hadn’t thought about it in probably 20 years. Then I put this dress on- – Suddenly, I remembered most of the words… and all I could think while looking in the mirror was that this dress reminds me of my dear friend Baby Beluga. A dress that makes you feel like a whale, even if it’s a cute whale, probably needs to be cut up a little bit. If you’re curious, which I know you are;) here is a link to my beloved childhood SONG  about ocean life.

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I truly don’t know how I talked myself into bringing this one home with me other than those polka dots. I’m such a sucker for a good polka dot! This dress was just a huge disaster. I thought about keeping it a dress. In order for that to work, I would have needed to disassemble every piece and trim it down dramatically then piece it back together. I decided to just use the bottom portion to make a skirt instead. Don’t worry, I saved the top and I’m sure you will see that another day!

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All I did to make this skirt was chop the bottom portion off just a little longer than I wanted the to length to be. Then I measured my waist and trimmed off the extra from the sides. I gave the side a quick seam half way up the side then added a zipper. I used some of the extra fabric and made a waistband for the top of the skirt. When I attached the waist band, I was careful to keep the pleats in the right places. I debated big time between gold buttons or white buttons but finally settled on these fabric-covered white buttons that I saved from a shirt that I refashioned awhile ago.

Goodbye Baby Beluga!

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