Have Pockets. Will Party. {Dress Refashion}

Not nearly enough women’s clothing is made with pockets. I’m tempted to purchase any dress or skirt that I try on if it has pockets… even if it doesn’t look that great on me.

“But women carry purses, they don’t need pockets in their clothing.” 

False! There are plenty of times when carrying a purse with you doesn’t make sense or isn’t permitted. The struggle is real.

So what do you do with the bare necessities that you must carry? You improvise! Remember the time I created a utility garter for my diabetes supplies while I carried out Matron of Honor duties?

I’ve long thought about adding pockets to some of my favorite dresses but never got around to it until last week. Last Friday, I volunteered at my local JDRF chapter’s annual gala fundraiser. I worked on auction check in/out and entered donations and couldn’t really have my purse with me. They requested that volunteers dress in black, so I went to my closet and pulled out my favorite black skater dress. You may remember it from my blog post about our 5th wedding anniversary.

Zero pockets to be found

One problem, there’s nowhere to stash my phone so I can track my blood sugar. I thought about the garter, but it would need adjustments to fit a phone securely and it might be awkward to dig under my dress for it at this kind of event. So I decided to add pockets. Continue reading

Coffee Bean Dress Refashion

I picked up this coffee bean print dress in the same thrift store trip that I picked up the jumpsuit that got new life as a dress last year.

Obviously I took my before pictures before we moved. It had a collar, a couple of awkward front buttons and strings to tie the back.

But the print was perfect… I mean it’s coffee beans. Continue reading

Jumpsuit no more {Refashion}

I started with this Sheri Martin, New York jumpsuit that had lost it’s size label a long time ago. This quirky number was built for the very tall, jump-suit adoring woman… aka not me. Aside from the fact that I’m wearing jeans under it in the photo above, I have both of my legs in one leg in the one below!

I had no desire to wear this as a jumpsuit ever. Before I could do anything with it, I had to rip the seams and make it no longer pants. Continue reading

One Shirt Two Ways {Refashion}

No-Sew/No-Cut T-Shirt Refashion

There’s just something about getting a free t-shirt… honestly, there’s nothing like it. The problem is that most of the time the free t-shirt is a Large, X-Large or XXX-Large.

Unrelated story…. Mount Union used to send t-shirts to newly enrolled students the summer before they arrive on campus. I was excited to get a t-shirt in the mail, but when the size large shirt arrived, I knew I couldn’t wear it. I emailed my transfer student rep and inquired about trading it in for a smaller size. Since I was a transfer, I assumed they just never bothered to ask for my size. I was told that wouldn’t be possible. They send all girls size Large shirts and all boys size X-Large shirts (because that makes sense…). My dad was happy to take it off my hands… because there’s nothing like a free t-shirt.

Anyway, Brad was similarly gifted with a massive shirt at his on-campus job (the IT help desk). It was a beautiful blue and also an X-Large. It had gotten caught up in other clothes and discovered when we moved into our house.

It had so much potential that I couldn’t decide what to do with it, so I planned two no-sew refashions.

This first one involves no cutting and makes great on-the-fly beach cover up or casual sun dress… but it takes a few tries. (I used this photo tutorial.)

1. Put the shirt on, and pull arms through the neck hole.

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Dressing Up With thredUP

This post is not sponsored by thredUP or anyone else… it’s all my own opinions and I paid for my own clothes (in case you were concerned).

I’ve been loving dresses more and more the older I’ve gotten and I’ve been in the process of growing up my wardrobe just a bit. It’s hard to find quality, grown up dresses in my size that don’t cost a fortune. I can’t remember where or when I learned about thredUP, but since I browsed their site one time, it started showing up everywhere I looked.

Here’s their brief description:

“thredUP is the easiest way to save money on great Women’s and Kids’ clothing brands and sell clothes for cash. We’re like a consignment store, but simpler. On thredUP you can refresh your entire wardrobe online without ever leaving your house.”

I decided to look for dresses on their site. I wanted nice, fun dresses that I could wear to work or other events. Here are the two that I found:

Being the savvy shopper that I am, I googled for codes before pressing “Submit Order” and sure enough I found a 20% off code. Shipping was reasonable ($3.99). FedEx Smart Post was not the most intelligent however and my dressed entered and left the state of Ohio twice before coming to Cleveland (they actually came to Cleveland once, then went to New York and had to find their way back to me). Poor things.

Obviously I wore my dresses at the first opportunity!

Dress #1 ($9.58) Continue reading