Oh man people. I am so excited to show you this transformation. Literally, I’m trembling with anticipation. So much anticipation for this transformation!

And a bit too much coffee, apparently.

There are several items living in my closet that have never seen the light of day. They’ve been considered many times. They’ve even been in the running for a daily outfit once or twice. Ultimately, they’ve been tossed on the floor so often, that they should’ve been washed at least twice by now…but they haven’t been.

Like the non-athletic kid in gym class (a.k.a. me), they’ve never quite made the cut. For this I feel guilty, one might even say terrible, and I can totally relate. So I never get rid of these neglected pieces of clothing, thinking that their solitary life in my closet is somehow better than a second life they could be given at a thrift store.

Then comes a day when I see a new vision for this item. A life where the ugly shapeless dress gets a makeover and is worn more often than is socially acceptable. Then comes the day when I take out my fancy sewing scissors and start hacking away at fabric. I would say 85% of this time, this method fails me.

Not this time, nosiree.

Words cannot describe how I feel about this dress in its original state. A scandalous Grecian neckline, a very clingy fabric, and wrinkles galore. Also, there’s nothing like a full length jersey dress to accentuate tiny shoulders and wide hips.

Nope, nothing.

So off went the top of this dress and in came visions of a high low skirt. I used this quick tutorial, slapped on an elastic waistband, and tada! Instant transformation.
I had visions of this pin when styling this outfit. But that shirt bun just makes me feel like I’m back in 1989. Plus I tied it so tight I’m not sure I’ll ever get it out. Awesome.

Still, I’m liking the result. The new skirt is still wrinkly, and still accentuates wide hips. But with a jean jacket, lots of bracelets, and a Panama hat a girl can get past some hip width insecurities.

Also, with a fabric like this Spanx are a girl’s best friend. Trust me.
After deciding to open my mind to sewing with knits, I have to say the whole process was a lot less frustrating. Lots of extra pins, patience, and hot iron are essential, but overall the project was a snap.

Now, go ahead and take those scissors to your closet. Those last-picked items will thank you.

Have you ever noticed the distinct regional differences in certain words, phrases and sayings? Of course you have, and it’s probably no big deal to you.

To me, it’s fascinating.

Soda vs pop (it’s all Coke to me), standing ON line vs standing IN line, and my all time favorite, button-up shirt vs button-down shirt.

If I’m correct (which is doubtful), I think the correct shirt terminology lies in each individual’s actual habit of buttoning the shirt. Apparently East-coasters button their shirts starting at the top button and proceed down, and West-coasters start at the bottom button and proceed up.

I, on the other hand, start somewhere in the middle, and then proceed in a haphazard process from there. Usually resulting in several rebuttonings of the shirt due to that dreaded skipped button thing.

Moving on.

My life has been dominated by button-ups lately. I bought four of them at the thrift store last week, including a single chambray from 1970 that fits like a glove….and is light and breezy…and (get this) doesn’t need ironing…EVER! Whatever toxic material that 1970’s shirt is made from is pure heaven.

The reason I’m swimming in button-ups, is that I’ve taken on a very special project. After stumbling across this pin, I became a bit obsessed with repurposing oversized button-ups. It started with flannel, and has moved to pearl snaps and some real interesting (read: ugly) oversized women’s wear.

Check out the transformation:

This pretty puppy was a 3XL Timberland flannel. I don’t recommend trying to resize a men’s 3XL to a women’s small, but the result wasn’t terrible.

Here’s another flannel transformation, but no before photo. Sorry I’m a terrible blogger. This shirt was a men’s medium and was a much easier transformation. It literally fits like a glove. And the best thing about repurposing oversize clothes? You can make the shirts as long as you want, in case, like me, you’d like to cover up some of that junk in the trunk.

A full tutorial to come on this process! Also, some tips on where to thrift a chainsaw and workboots to complete the look. I swear I can see trends coming from a mile away.