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Day 4- No Sew Wrap Dress

Hello lovely people!

Today has been one of those days. You know what I mean: you have a million things to do, none of which you can put off, and you just have to push through and do your best.  I finished a presentation, met with my advisor, I was then told that the presentation needed to be completely revamped. I went to my office to work and was met with students who needed questions answered. I had to run to the airport to pick up my lovely roommate then I had to arrange snacks for my church youth meeting and get them across town.  Now I’m home and need to get to work on that presentation, but I have this challenge to do! (Now you see what I mean). After the craziness of today I was tempted to push today’s refashion to tomorrow, but then I realized it isn’t called a challenge for nothing! It is a challenge, but I’m not a complete masochist. I chose a project that would be a no sew refashion.  I started with a dress that’s been hanging around for a couple months just waiting to be spruced up.

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Forgive the boots, it’s winter. Believe it or not this went from start to finish with only three simple steps.  Here we go!

First, I removed the shoulder pads.

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Second, I laid the dress flat and made a cut down the center of the dress from the waist to the bottom of the skirt allowing the dress to be opened completely like a robe.

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Third, I removed some length and left the edge raw (with the pleats you can’t even tell!)

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Finally, I unbuttoned the cuffs and rolled the sleeves to elbow length. I safety pinned (or you could use a cute brooch!) the dress in place and voila!

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I guess I wasn’t feeling particularly photogenic tonight, because all my smiling photos were super cheesy.  So we’ll go with something sassy, eh?  With the wrap the hem lays slightly askew, but I think it adds character!  Who said getting a better fit had to be difficult or take a sewing machine?  Tomorrow should have a few extra hours (or so I keep telling myself) so I’ll be working on a more in depth refashion.  Thank you for continuing to join me on this week long journey and if you’ve been working on projects send me pictures and I can feature you during the week!  Jennifer over at Days with a Lazy Writer and Busy Crafter worked through a tutorial adjusting the fit of v-neck tees.  I know I have a bunch of those lying around and may have to give it a try.  Go check out her post and see for yourself! If you had a crazy day like I did just remember you got through it and tomorrow we get to wake up and start again. Get some sleep guys, I know I need it!  I’ll see you tomorrow!

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No Sew Flower Kimono

I think I’m a season behind, but I’ve seen a lot of “kimonos” or wraps in the Pinterestland lately.  When I say kimono I don’t mean this:

I mean something like this:

I happened to find a dress/coverup combo at the thrift store a few months back (for a whopping $1.54) and as an ensemble it was slightly overwhelming! (and a horribly off color photo, sorry guys.)

IMG_0247So I paired it with black skinny jeans, a tank, and my favorite Toms! Not bad for a fraction of the price of the original!  It originally had long sleeves, but they were super long (wah wah, the woes of being a shrimpy human) so I just cut them off!  Yes, the edges fray, but I know there are things out there to keep that from happening, I just don’t know what they are. Any hints?

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Now I’m off to eat a lot of yummy food (check it out) and hang out with some of my favorite humans!  Have a happy Sunday!  IMG_0791