One of my loveliest friends came into town today and decided to treat me to a birthday pedicure. Therefore, I obviously needed a sassy, comfortable outfit for grabbing Starbucks and getting my toes did. Enter stage left: the red dress.
When my roommate took this picture for me the first words out of her mouth were: “That’s a lot of red”. I knew when I bought this beauty ($5) it would need to be tamed. I don’t wear red very often, but I loved the floral pattern and figured I could give it a go. I’m not sure if you can tell in the picture above, but this lovely dress has pocket flaps… but no pockets. Those flaps were the first to go.
Next, I took my seam ripper, listened to approximately 20 clips of Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes and got rid of those pesky sleeves.
I used my handy, dandy roller cutter and took off the collar.
The next part was the trickiest. I wanted to reduce the amount of blousyness (it’s a word, probably, just go with it) so I brought the width of the strap in by pinning the edge of the sleeve to the inside edge of the collar— you following me here?— needless to say when I put the dress on and tried to button it up there was nowhere near enough room for the girls to squeeze in. So that attempt was undone and brought out a couple of inches with essentially the same bra-busting result the second time. Frustrated, I moved on to remove the bottom section of the skirt, abandoning my attempt at the top.
I didn’t remove quite enough, so I took off another couple of inches, finishing with a slightly shorter than intended result, but I figure it’s almost fall I’ll slap on some leggings and it’ll be perfect. I went back to the top and simply tucked the edge of the sleeve to do a 1/2″ hem and brought the sides from the waist to the armpit in about 1 1/2″.
I had to run so I threw on a denim button up, a belt, and I was ready to go for a pedicure and some girl time.
Is it perfect? No. I’ll probably fiddle with shortening the torso or adding a different belt another day, but overall I’d say it was a successful refashion. Julia and I went to the thrift store and found a couple treasures (one for fifty cents!) and I’m going to make a few things for her this week. So, I’m off to go start on my next project. I may officially be addicted. I hope you make today beautiful!