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. Β As you can see, I had a few ideas but I decided to enlist the help of all my facebook peeps πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ™‚
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 thatΒ V-neck. ( I did serge the newly raw neckline so it wouldn’t fray).


One person recommended a “Sundress.” Β 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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚


A Kimono for my favorite Holiday

Easter. My favorite holiday is Easter. It’s the “Superbowl” for Christians, and its always been my favorite. My mom, I mean the Easter Bunny, hooked us up as kids! No joke. And, being the girly girl that I was it was a full on competition to have the cutest Easter dress of all the girls at church.

Times have changed, obvi πŸ˜‰ but I still love Easter!


It’s not quite as cute as my childhood ensembles, but I’d say we pretty much have ALL the colors of Easter in there so we’re off to a good start.

First thing’s first:


I made a peach Kimono a while ago, that I still rock out when it’s not freezing degrees out. I wanted to make another one πŸ™‚ I followed the same tutorial as before but this time I actually made it exactly the way I was supposed to. I had to improvise with the peach kimono just a little because I didn’t have enough fabric… not so with this one as it was several sizes larger.

Something is not quite right here…

I double checked my measurements and they were correct. Why was this NOT lining up???

Ah HA!

Assemble it…


Sew it…


I added the sleeves, also using my serger. The material was too fray-tastic to use just a straight stitch. The overall assembly is pretty easy… all that’s left to do is finish all the raw edges. I did that with my go-to hem: rolled hem. I did it on our Janome 8200.


The feed system on this machine is UH-mazing! I will never do a rolled hem on any other machine again. This bad boy goes through seams like butter, my material never puckers, and the fabric always goes into the foot perfectly. Seriously.

A truly perfect rolled hem

Now, I was ready to wear this to church and then to my parents house for a family dinner & cutthroat Easter egg hunt.

Photo by Melissa Smith Images
Photo by Melissa Smith Images

Not wearing sunglasses was out of the question. FINALLY Spring is really here πŸ™‚


These are the “adult” Easter eggs… before you gasp, the prizes contained inside were probably not what you think.

Oh, that silly Easter Bunny! πŸ˜‰
Photo by Melissa Smith Images

This turned out a lot bigger than I thought it would… I actually like the “dimensions” of my peach Kimono better. Interesting how our mistakes sometimes work to our advantage, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

Photo by Melissa Smith Images

I hope everyone had a great Easter. For those of you who believe, I’m sure it was wonderful. For those of you who don’t know what the true meaning of Easter is all about, I’d be more than happy to share with you why it’s so special to me πŸ™‚