Sunday, November 22, 2015

#86: Yellow Floral Maxi Dress

Happy Thanksgiving week!

I made this in the Summer, but forgot to post it. I found this dress at a Goodwill outlet for around a buck. I loved the brightness and flow of the dress.

Before: Yellow Floral Maxi Dress

Before: Yellow Floral Maxi Dress
Unfortunately, the fabric that covered the bust was too small to cover my bust : (

No bust space

No problem though. I removed the straps and cut off the bust-portion of fabric.

Removed the straps

Cutting off the bust fabric

Then I folded and sewed a new hem where I had cut.

Sewing a new hem

And really, that was it!

In a few short steps, it went from this:

Before: Yellow Floral Maxi Dress

To this:

After: Yellow Floral Maxi Skirt

I think it looks much better as a maxi-skirt, don't ya think?


During this season in which we are reminded to be thankful, I remember this past year being one filled with growth in authenticity and learning boundaries with my time, energy, and emotional safety and security. Though that type of growth is often accompanied by pain, I am so grateful that I am moving toward being my more true self, and that I have had loving support and community during this process. So I'd like to know, what are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments :)

May you find joy, peace, comfort, and love this holiday season.

Until next time, blessings.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

#85: Halloween 2015

Hello and welcome to Fall!

This year for Halloween I planned a simple costume with things I already have. Unfortunately, one of the key items went missing. So I found a way to improvise.

Last year my mother-in-law got us tickets to the gameshow Let's Make A Deal. Audience members wear silly costumes in hopes of being selected for the show.

Let's Make A Deal!

I had originally gotten a bright cap and gown with a purple wig to wear to the show.

Before: Graduation Garb

Before: From behind

I even got all fancy with decorating the cap.

Deal University!

Unfortunately, the show taping was cancelled for that day, and the costume has been sitting in my closet ever since.

Thankfully, the gown was perfect to craft into my missing piece of my costume.

First I removed the zipper.

Seam ripping the zipper

Then I removed the sleeves.

Without sleeves

I folded, pinned, and sewed up the arm holes.

Open arms

Pinning and sewing

Reverse, after sewing the arm hole

I took the sleeves and sewed the long edges together, then drew a curved line from the seam.

Drawing a curved line

Then I sewed across that curve and cut the excess.

Sewed, cut along curved line.

Flipped it inside out, and it was a large hood! Any guesses what I'd be? :)

I sewed it back to back with the rest of the cape/body of the gown.

Sewing on a hood.

Then I sewed a space just below the hood and ran red ribbon through it using a safety pin to use as a tie.

A ribbon runs through it.

And that was it! Paired with some of my own matching clothes, my costume was complete!

Before: Red Graduation Gown

After: Red Riding Hood Cape

After: From behind


I hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween!

Take care, and until next time, blessings.