Day 193: Monday Fun Day Dress

This dress gave me a big case of the Mondays.  :(

...At least it has pockets?

At first, I thought all this dress needed was a quick hem raising (lazy, I know!).  Sadly, that was not the case!  One shoulder of this dress was riddled with all sorts of holes!

Downright Swiss Cheese-ish!

They were pretty awful, as you can see.  Rather than try to mend each of them, which I really don’t think could be done unnoticeably, I went in an entirely different direction.

Off With Your Shoulder!


 Next, I very tediously folded that top edged under twice, pinning it in place.

Trying to keep it nice & neat!


 You can guess what came next. 

Stitchin' away!


Cutting off the shoulder and hemming it wasn’t enough.  I had to actually make this thing fitted around my chest to prevent any *ahem* awkward situations.  This was a bit of a finicky process that involved me awkwardly pinning the dress to myself in a way that didn’t throw off its alignment.  It took several tries.  When I finally had it pinned the way I liked it, I threw it (almost literally) under the needle.

Lipo in progress!


Now for that frumpy length!  Feeling emboldened by my earlier shoulder-chopping frenzy,  I made quick work of the bottom of the dress.  :)

Chopping away, like it ain't no thang!

It got a nice new hem, too!

Woo hoo! Almost done!


I have to say, this is one of my favorite transformations to date!

Bringing Fetching Back!


Sadly, this wasn’t the most weather-appropriate ensemble.  I quickly tossed on a jacket and headed off to a bad movie night with the Fella and our friends!

I've had that jacket for about 15 years!

Fella has been such a wonderfully sweet guy about this project.  It seems like I’m always either A.  Rushing out the door having finally completed the day’s refashion  or B.  Running late, because I have to finish the day’s refashion!  He’s super-supportive and I adore him for it. 

Here’s to you, Fella!  :)

The Man behind the Woman behind the Blog! :)

Cute, huh?  :)  If you really think we’re cute (heck…even if you don’t!), you could help us win a trip to Vegas!  I’ve entered us in a “cutest couple” (cringe) contest.  —–>If you click right here<—-you can vote for us (and get a good chuckle at the pic I chose).  :)  Winning would be really swell, as the last time I tried to have fun in Las Vegas, I got food poisioning, and somehow got something in my eyes that scratched my corneas (most painful thing ever), requiring surgery.  :/  I think I deserve a do-over!  :D



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22 Responses to Day 193: Monday Fun Day Dress

  1. Carly says:

    I totally voted for you guys. Viva Las Vegas!!

  2. Terri Komer says:

    Hey! I voted for you guys. You definitely deserve a do over. I’ve some bad trips to Vegas too, including illness, car had to be towed into town, my plane blew up and we were stuck over night. But I guess the worst were because my husband (now ex) came along a couple times. hehe

  3. liz says:

    that dress turned out amazing!

  4. xmas says:

    done. gave you a vote.

  5. voted: all the best for your trip ! thats supper cute !
    your work is building up so beautifully and so many styles you have engineered .
    if you guys ever want to start your own brand ,you are most welcome to collaborate.

  6. Sally says:

    This is looking great, love the one-shouldered look!
    (I voted. Everyone needs to see Vegas and you deserve a do-over. Plus I can’t imagine what refashioned frocks you will come up with for the trip!)

  7. thats great work the dress turned out so well, i love to see this kind of thing – i love to see this kind of home bespoke tailor made cloths

  8. Love it! We’ve just done a piece on stylish baby bags, I’d love for you to check it out!

  9. I´ll go and vote – and the one shoulder look is the latest thing!

  10. Ali says:

    I voted for you Jillian – good luck!

  11. Sara says:

    Oh, honey, you deserve a do-over! Vegas can be so much fun. And you are a cute couple, I voted accordingly. I liked the dress today, keep up the good work – I enjoy reading about your refashions and your adventures.

  12. anita says:

    Today’s dress did turn out really cute only I think that I would take the other sleeve off as well. The assymetric look is best when it shows off both shoulders.

  13. desert heels says:

    wow! that quite a feat! :) very impressive!

  14. Your Design Emporium says:


  15. t33ndr3am says:

    Very good work! I’m in love with that floral print too! Lovely and bright.

  16. Melisa says:

    I voted!! Good luck and I hope you win!!!

  17. inihos says:

    The best way to brighten up a Monday!

  18. Love and I Do says:

    wow!! I cannot believe the transformation of that dress!! It is awesome!!! If you have a chance check out my blog at

  19. Paula says:

    Absolutely love this re-fashion!!

  20. furpurr says:

    I agree with Anita: either sleeveless, or a loose, flowing sleeve on the one side. ;-)

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