Lighten up, it’s just fashion.

by tatiana on June 8, 2009

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your weekend was fab. Mine was pretty eventful. Friday, I won tickets to see Erykah Badu at Club Nokia at LA Live and it was AMAZING.


I wish my camera didn’t die, otherwise I’d have photo evidence of how even more beautiful Ms. Badu is in person. Not only is she a great singer and songwriter, but she’s a great performer as well. If she’s ever in your town, go see her! I’ve been a fan since high school, and OMG was it amazing to finally see her live. Thanks KUCI for the tix! She is most certainly an icon in the fashion world. Or at the very least, in my fashion world. She is constantly evolving, but always staying true to who she is. The outfits that she wore at her show were out there… but at the same time reflected her style really well. The first outfit she wore was a beautiful silk black asian inspired dress with a pink floral robe over it and a shiny silver outer-space/1920’s inspired cap. Like I said, it was OUT THERE, but it worked. Sometimes it pays to just have fun with your ensemble.

Alas! As it is Sunday, I have a nice little dress that I’ve spruced up to make it more modern and young. I didn’t really make much of a tutorial today, mostly a little photographic journey from beginning to end. So here we go:


This little dress story begins with this copper and black hounds tooth number that I found at le thrift store. It is clearly a 1990s style jumper of sorts with a lot of potential. The fabric caught my eye, and I knew it would be an easy fix.


I started by trying on the dress and taking in about 2″ from the top. In doing this, I was able to heighten the waistline without having to deconstruct anything. Score!


So after sewing both straps, I cut the excess, ironed it down and top stitched it up to make it look schnazy.


Next, I tried it on again just to make sure everything was going according to plan, and it was! I then pinched and pinned the sides all the way down to where the pockets began to fit properly. I sewed that up on both sides using a straight stitch.


Once that was finished, I tried on the dress once again to figure out how short I wanted the dress to be. I ended up cutting it about 7 inches shorter. Luckily because of the geometric lines provided by the print of this fabric it was easy to measure and cut.


Lastly, I ironed and pressed a hem around 3/4″ around the bottom and double stitched that baby up. Because the fabric is nice and sturdy and hounds tooth-y a machine stitched hem does not look bad.


And there we have it! A pretty simple fixer upper, but I am really digging this dress. It’ll be nice for hot summer weather, and perfect for the winter worn with a nice pair of black tights and a black cardigan. Voila! Another successful Upcycle Sunday, if I do say so myself. (Raises the roof). Have a great week my lovelies.

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Traci June 8, 2009 at 8:23 pm

That looks great lady!!! I have to make myself dig through my shed as I cleaned out my closet before I moved making several “upcycle” bags… better get crackin’! I did start a dress project though… hopefully it will be ready to post on soon… not bad for a starter (I drafted my own pattern!) but should have had the forethought to try things on with a single stitch rather than after sewing all hems down… ergh… seamripper time. :)


tatiana June 8, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Thanks chica. And cool! I like your upcycled bags… or, bag. The one I saw at the Craft Faire that one time. It was like a patchwork shoulder bag. And I can’t wait to see your dress!


Mick D June 10, 2009 at 1:58 am

I really enjoyed reading your articles. Hope to get back here again and read some more.


tatiana June 10, 2009 at 2:50 am

Thanks Mick!


catooey June 10, 2009 at 6:15 pm

you wore the dress on monday, right?


tatiana June 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm

hahaha. yes i did. :)


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