Day 166. 199 days and $196 left to go.

Summer dress time today friends!  It was pretty warm so I dug into the stash of pieces that I’ve been holding onto for the July/August files.  I was sweating just driving in my car, so the summer dress was totally valid today.

Day 166 - Before

Day 166 - Before

Such a cute floral print and I loved the flutter sleeves.  This dress had lots of elastic but since my hands got to it many, many years after creation, the elastic was worn out.  You know when super old rubber bands get that weird, hard consistency and crack instead of stretch?  That was going on here.  On top of the worn out elastic, the straps and body of the dress was on the larger side, so I began pinning and taking in.

I detached both straps first with the assistance of my seam ripper.

Straps On, Straps Off!

Straps On, Straps Off!

Before I reattached, I took the dress in from the back.

So long pocket!

So long pocket!

I had a lot to sew – there were many inches taken away – so the pockets couldn’t be saved 😦   No biggie though, I reattached the straps and the dress was in tip-top shape.

Day 166 - After

Day 166 - After

It’s fitted now and ready for my hot car and a little James Taylor & Carole King action.

Group Shot!!

Group Shot!!

Such a wonderful night of excellent company, pre-show picnicking, and sitting under the stars of Los Angeles singing along to “I Feel the Earth Move.”  An awesome way to ring in the almost-summer temperatures we’ve been seeing!

I close my eyes at night. Wondering where would I be without you in my life

"I close my eyes at night." (Maybe just for a sec, but totally to take in the music!)

“Wondering where would I be without you in my life.” (Would be home watching 30 Rock on my couch this Thursday night.)

“I want to stop and thank you baby.” (Yes, many thanks to the lovely MW and her parents for the evening!)

“I just want to stop and thank you baby.” (Ooh, and can’t leave out that heckler in the row behind us.  Thank you too!)

“How sweet it is to be loved by you.”  (Well they don’t even know me, so I’m not sure how much they love me, but I can say this for sure.  I heart CK & JT.)

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16 responses to “Day 166. 199 days and $196 left to go.

  1. I’m a Fire & Rain kinda gal. 🙂

  2. I love James Taylor. You look great!

  3. Oooh, yay. I’m going to see JT and CK in Chicago next week! (I probably won’t have a sweet dress, but cool anyway.)

  4. Did they do LOCOMOTION for the encore?

    (A blog pal linked you and I love what you’re doing. I’ll be back.)

  5. So jealous of the concert! As a former SoCal girl I remember many wonderful Hollywood Bowl concerts.

  6. Love this dress! Great job. That is definitely a sundress I’d buy!

  7. This dress + James Taylor = Fabulicious! You look splendid!

  8. Darling! I am so jealous you got to go see JT!

  9. love your site you are very talented I do alterations and costume made sewing but I couldn’t ever came up with those ideas the after photo always looks great on you keep up great work
    A big fan from Artesia CA

  10. I love how everyone in the group shot is wearing some sort of winter jacket in black, and yet you look so springy! Love your blog!

  11. That is so cute! You did an amazing job with that one! (and I LOVE Carole King. Kinda jealous about that…!)

  12. I love your blog. You do an amazing job re-stylng these dresses. Also, love Carole King and James Taylor. About 5 years ago my husband and I went to Boston to see Alison Krauss perform and who do you think sat down right next to my husband? James Taylor!!!! He was very nice. (Side note, who do you think sat directly behind me and kicked my seat the whole time? Steven Tyler!! I was way more excited about James Taylor.

  13. that dress is very YOU! :] I love the turn-out. it allows your personality to sort of shine through!

  14. NO WAY!!!! I was there too- just posted about it. I LOVE James Taylor

    http://thestitchylife.blogspot.com/2010/05/james-taylor-exchange-goodies.html

  15. love the sun dress.. beautiful colors & perfect for cali (or florida) weather!

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