Refashion Runway Challenge 4: Maxi Dress

I saw this for .99 cents and I had to have it!



Check out the awesome gold netting overlay with metallic thread!


The challenge is to make a maxi dress or skirt… but this is already a maxi dress. How am I going to refashion it?

I started with a cut…


This, obviously, separated the netting from the lining.


I serged the raw edge of the black lining at the waist, folded it over, and pinned it.

After you’re sewn down, you’ll make a lovely home for elastic.

My elastic was mysteriously MIA. I have NO idea what happened to it. I had to improvise by stealing elastic off of some pajama shorts…

I’m sure I can use this material for a future refashion

I fed it into the casing of the black lining and sewed it shut at the opening where I inserted it. Then, I made a kimono from the gold netting. There’s so much of this fabric… why not incorporate it?

I cut it down the back slit & where original side seams were.
I cut to a length of 32″. I wanted enough material for sleeves.

I used those bottom scraps for the sleeves.


Because part of those scraps had raw edges from where they were cut, I did have to sew them together before attaching to the body of the kimono.

Because the existing seams are still there (even though they were cut open), this was thick enough to sew without any stabilizer/interfacing.

Right sides together, I put the sleeves into the body of the kimono.

I used a multiple zig zag stitch for this. This is fantastic on stretchy and/or temperamental material!

Nearly EVERY sewing machine has this stitch. Use it! πŸ™‚

I thought I’d be done… but I decided to use the top scrap of the original dress. Waste not, right?

Removing the lining was more challenging for this…

I removed the collar and other embellishments.

…and cleaned up all the raw edges left over.

Now, I actually have a 3 piece set: Maxi skirt, Crop top, and shrug




I was able to take pictures just in time for a gorgeous sunset πŸ™‚


Hubs is always asking me to show more skin… Sometimes I still suffer my Fat Girl Syndrome moments. But, it’s nice to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while…IMG_6202

And, if I just can’t handle it… I can always put on that awesome gold shrug!


Modesty is always in good taste πŸ™‚

I like all three of these pieces because they can be worn together or separately.

Like with a tank and a pair of jeans

I have a feeling these might be some new favorites πŸ™‚


To see the other gals’ Maxi or Dress refashions, click here. Voting is open until next Friday at midnight.

Remnant Shrug

Hello everybody! Β After a week of suffering post-op, and then a wobbly week after that trying to get back to my self much sooner than body wanted me to, I’m back. It was touch-and-go there for a bit, but I am on the mend and my new nose (though still swollen) is looking fabulous! I wanted to show it off for our family’s observance of Mother’s Day this weekend. I thought an easy-going shrug would do the job.

It started off looking like this:

That’ll be 75% off of the sale price, please.

Recognize the top fabric? I’ve already made some awesome (I think)Β pillow cases out of that. But today’s shrug was made out of the middle remnant. I Love the turquoise color and palm branch-ish print on it.

Unfortunately, there was much less of it than I thought…


It’s looks big but there’s less than a full yard here. I really wanted to make my favorite style kimono with this fabric, but there just wasn’t enough… So, I had to come up with a plan B.

I began by cleaning up the 2 long raw edges with a rolled hem.

Say hello to the NEW Janome DC2015!
Say hello to the NEW Janome DC2015!

Then, I folded it in half length wise (Right sides together).


And I pinned it (on the unfolded side), from the outside corners in, leaving a gap in the middle. The gap is where my arms will fit through. It ended up being about 16″.

Just a simple straight stitch.

I prefer to secure my seams with a locking stitch, as opposed to a back stitch. On this machine, I can actually select a stitch that will begin and end with a locking stitch. That’s especially nice because than I don’t have to take my hands away from my project to manually push the locking stitch button.

#02, specifically.
#02, specifically.

Once that was done, I was finished! I didn’t even finish the outside edges because they were the selvage, and I thought they looked pretty cool as-is.

Easiest shrug ever!


I was ready to head to my folks’ place for a belated Mother’s Day cookout.

My professional chef sister-in-law MADE that cheesecake!!! Ermergersh!

That puppy was as amazing as it looked and worth every. single. calorie!

With our #4 brother and sister-in-law back from Florida we decided to have an epic photo op.


I have the best family ever!


Not bad for my first refashion since the big “event.” πŸ™‚

My new nose is amazeballs :)
My new nose is amazeballs πŸ™‚

It’s actually going to take a full year before the true shape of my new nose comes to fruition. The week after my surgery was awful; 10 out of 10 on the pain scale. No joke. Β My surgeon said that my nose was much worse than he thought. All the damaged cartilage crumbled like sand when he “got in there”Β in the O.R. He had to completely rebuild my nose.

But it was all worth it πŸ™‚ I’m so happy I can breathe again… and so happy that I have a pretty nose out of the accident. I guess there’s a happy ending to the story after all.


MMM14: Day 7

Day 7 of Me-Made-May’14, or, as the hicks natives in Indiana would say, “Sevumb”

We have a delightful 70s inspired, hand made shirt.


…I can’t imagine why the original owner wanted to part with this. It was really well put together, the print is EPIC, and it’s just a fun shirt. I wanted to leave it as is, actually.

I guess it could use a little updating πŸ˜‰ so I started with a few amputations:

Goodbye, cuffs and collar

I also made a cut right up the middle of the shirt. This is going to be a shrug of some sort but shrugs are a dime a dozen so I decided to spice it up with a “high-low” hem thingy.

Say, what?

I also made a cut up the middle of each sleeve, which I didn’t seem to take a picture of…

Gotta finish up all those raw edges

The end result is a hippie chic (I hope), out-of-the-box shrug

What do YOU think?

Better view of the sleeves



When I put this on this morning, I looked at Hubs and said, “Does this look stupid?” Hubs will ALWAYS tell me the truth about my clothes/appearance. Always.Β  I LOVE that about him πŸ™‚ Now, that I’ve landed my hottie hubby I wanna KEEP him, so I listen to what he says.

His response, “It doesn’t look stupid… I just don’t like it.” I seriously love him! πŸ™‚

…and yet I still wore it so I guess I don’t listen to him πŸ™‚


7 down, 24 to go

A Birthday Shrug

Remember this refashion from waaaaaay back? Yeah, neither does anyone else… including me.

…cuz it sucked.

I attempted to make one ruffled scarf from these 2 scarves.


…and ended up with this

*cue the muted trumpet: Wah, wah, waaaaah.

Yeah… not my best work 😦 Miraculously enough, it’s not even my worst work πŸ™‚ I intended to rectify this situation, however.

Summers in Indiana (usually) are sweltering. This summer has been freakishly cool. I NEVER leave my arms uncovered, regardless of how hot it may be. I cover up the flab at all costs. These (former) scarves are super lightweight and would make the perfect arm cover-upper for a hot summer day… I had plenty of material left over from this failed refashion.

So, I decided to make a shrug from the leftover blue scarf!

Yes, this was the leftover scrap.

As you can see, I folded it in half lengthwise. Then, I sewed the edges down (top right corner of scarf and bottom right corner of scarf) and in about 8 inches. This left a gaping hole in the middle.

After I removed the tassels, there was a raw edge on the opposite ends. So, I gave them a quick hem πŸ™‚


And that’s it πŸ™‚ I paired this with a black tank top and some jeans for a dinner with my Birthday twin, Billie.

Chimichanga. Mmmm.

I liked it almost as much as Lucia liked her guacamole.

What are you lookin’ at?

There’s really nothing to do in Kokomo but eat… and go to Target! Who doesn’t love a good trip to Target? It was Billie’s birthday wish.

Everything in this section is $1! My whole life I’ve lived here and I didn’t know that!
This can be yours for the low price of $1… what a deal!
How befitting…

Target was lovely. But, alas, all good things must come to an end… the only thing left to do was to go back to my place and eat some more! πŸ™‚

Calories are non-existent on birthdays πŸ™‚
Arms are nice and covered…even if it isn’t a sweltering Summer day (still…).
I love my bubble necklace, too!

I’ve always been a birthday snob. I think birthdays should be a BIG deal.

Big… HUGE!

I mean, it’s the ONE day out of the whole year that’s all about YOU! If anyone’s going to make a huge fuss over you, get you a nice gift, take you out to a restaurant you’re too poor to go to otherwise… it should be on your birthday πŸ™‚

No one else seems to share my affinity for that sentiment except for my pal Billie! She’ll always have my back when it comes to birthdays πŸ™‚