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Day 203. 162 days and $160 left to go.

I spent oodles of hours on the phone with AT&T trying to figure out why my Blackberry won’t send or receive texts or make or receive phone calls in some comftastic lounge pants this morning, so I wanted to get dressed up a bit to leave my house…even if the first place I was going was to the AT&T store in person to change out my SIM card.

Day 203 - Before

Day 203 - Before

This dress, which has mini-polka dots all over, is a bit biggish on me and not very flattering.  To make it work in these warmish temps there are just three easy things I’m going to do.

First, I cut off about five inches at the bottom of the dress to both shorten and to use as a sash around my waist!

That's my soon-to-be sash!

That's my soon-to-be sash!

Second, I took in about three inches on both sides of the dress to tighten it up just a scosh.

Presser foot action

Presser foot action

Third, I rolled up the sleeves a bit above my elbow – was going to cut them off but then opted to leave them long in case it got chillier in the day.  (It did, so I’m very glad I left the length.)

With the addition of my makeshift sash tied into a pretty lil’ bow, I had a brand new dress…

Day 203 - After

Day 203 - After

Just the thing to wear to the AT&T store to try to get a phone fixed yet deal with four separate employees trying to sell me cable instead.  No joke.

From the back

From the back

I left with a new SIM card, which they said it would do the trick, and by the time I returned home, I was dealing with the same problem again.  At least I felt pretty in my outfit…

Day 86. 279 days and $275 left to go.

It’s Blue Monday friends…click here for your listening pleasure – New Order will play in the background as we attempt to make this blue (it’s actually more turquoise, however this shot gives it a more royal blue hue) silk frock hot for the beginning of the work week.  As it stands, it ain’t looking so pretty…

Day 86 - Before

Day 86 - Before

Step one is to get rid of those shoulder pads!

More shoulder pads!!

More shoulder pads!!

These ones had morphed into the size of softballs, lopsided I must add, over the 20 years that this dress stayed hidden in someone’s closet, so we had to remove.  Next, I wanted to get rid of the high neck – I had an idea of where I was going and it wasn’t going to work with the neckline as it stood.

A little trimming of the neckline...

Cut that neck!!!

After trimming the neck, we had to trim the length as well – got out my Singer scissors, which are starting to get to the “must be sharpened” point, and chopped off the bottom.

Trim off the bottom

Trim off the bottom...

Now, in my head, it was all starting to come together.  I thought that with the excess fabric from the bottom of the dress, I would turn it into a fabulous bow. (I cut the excess fabric in half so it would be easy to tie)

I used to make bows for $$$ in college...

PS, I used to make bows like this for $$$ in college...

And with the assistance of a safety pin, I pinned this to the new neckline, added a black Lily McNeal 3/4″ sweater from my closet, some tights and flat boots, and the Monday was starting to look totally blue, in the most amazing way.

Day 86 - After

Day 86 - After

The deep cut of the sweater really allowed the dress to pop through and I hearted the new non-high neck!  This shot doesn’t really give that bow justice, however it looked pretty killer sashaying through the halls of the office today.  Just to give it a lil’ more love, here’s another pic.

Hello Bow :)

Bow Bye!