Viewer’s Choice Refashion

When I saw this awesome 80s romper for .99 cents, I knew right away that I wanted to wear it on Easter Sunday… Unfortunately, I didn’t know what to do with it. ย As you can see, I had a few ideas but I decided to enlist the help of all my facebook peeps ๐Ÿ™‚


I got QUITE a few responses! And a lot of them gave me different suggestions than these 3… wow. I really thought I was being super creative. Apparently not ๐Ÿ™‚

The vote wasn’t exactly unanimous but one thing was abundantly clear… they wanted me to take in the “armpits.”

Goodbye “armpits”… There’s goes my Dolman shirt idea…

One kidder suggested “Pantaloons”… Oh, you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I “pinterested” pantaloons (I don’t google anymore…) and I have to admit there was something kind of sexy about them. Maybe next time…

3 people suggested a more updated romper….


I’m really glad there weren’t more votes for that because I truly don’t have the legs to pull off a romper. Of course, rompers are the coolest item of clothing at present. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull it off someday but until then, I had to move on to the next option…


I had to sew up the huge gaping holes from my “armpit” removal surgery too…


To sew these items, I decided to use a Baby Lock “Cover Stitch” machine. Cover Stitches are like Sergers… but they do a top stitch (just like a sewing machine) and they do not cut the fabric like a serger does.


This puppy, The Evolution, just-so-happens to do both! It serges (see the yellow thread?) AND does a cover stitch (see the pink thread?). You get 2 machines in one! I set the Evolution up to do a cover stitch with 1 needle and sewed my new refashion….

See how it's NOT cutting, just sewing? :)
See how it’s NOT cutting, just sewing? ๐Ÿ™‚
Didn't quite sew perfectly straight... oops.
Didn’t quite sew perfectly straight… oops. This is the needle stitch on top…

This is what the stitch looked like on the “bottom.”

It's more dense. A "chain" stitch that's more secure and professional looking.
It’s more dense; A “chain” stitch that’s more secure and professional looking.

I cut the excess material off. After “wrestling” with those stupid buttons (which half the voters loved & half hated), I decided to remove half of them. Ain’t I clever?

I removed the collar while I was at it.
I removed the collar and nautical shoulder thingies while I was at it. And, I sewed up the raw armhole with a simple straight stitch.

While we’re at it, may as well deepen thatย V-neck. ( I did serge the newly raw neckline so it wouldn’t fray).


One person recommended a “Sundress.” ย I can’t believe that thought never dawned on me. But MOST of the votes…drum roll, please…were to make a shirt. Figure that.

Ta Da!!!!!
Ta Da!!!!!

But wait, Laura, that’s not a shirt!

Not technically, no… but I can easily turn it in to a shirt by shortening the length. And, it even has a “peplum-ness” too it, which, someone else suggested I do.


It’s probably more of a sundress in this state, true, but I wanted to be a little “fancy” for Easter Sunday anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ And should I ever get brave, I can easily turn this back in to a very leggy romper.

So, minus the one joke-ster who wanted pantaloons (and the one person who suggested MORE shoulder pads), I sort of made this into something every one could agree on, right?


At least that’s my logic! ๐Ÿ™‚

My dad fell quite ill so the Easter dinner festivities after church were rescheduled. Thankfully, our favorite pizzaria was open.



So, there it is.

My very first “Viewer’s choice” refashion. That was fun. We’ll have to do it again ๐Ÿ™‚


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