Hot! All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

The Facts

Fabric: Sheer fabric with cream flowers and flecks of gold
Year: Old, but new to me
Notions: none
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? Definitely!

Total Cost: Free

All dressed up and nowhere to go….this week, but my 20th Anniversary is coming up in a few weeks, and I’ll be dining in style with my man. He said he’d even wear a sports coat to match my formal attire. I had the pleasure of spending this weekend in Healdsburg, CA. with two of my lovely daughters and my two adorable granddaughters. We had a lot of fun taking pictures together and posing in all kinds of creative ways. The girls are so much better than my husband at photography. In fact, there are so many good shots that it was hard to choose which ones to post.

The first time I saw the challenge UFO, I wasn’t quite sure what we were supposed to do. “An unidentified flying object”? That couldn’t be it. Then could it mean “un finished outfit”? Hmmm. Could it be “Unexpectly Fabulous Ornament” or “Ultimately Fine Obtainment” or “Unadorned Filiferous Offering” or “Undeniably Festive Outfit”? I’m going to pick…..The Un- Finished Outfit that turned into an Undeniably Festive Outfit. This week’s challenged inspired me to find that funny-looking old gold formal that was hastily wrapped up into a wad and stuffed in a cabinet behind the sewing machine over a year ago.

It was floor length with about a 7 in hem, so I shortened to about my knee. I serged the bottom, pressed it under and top-stitched it. This allowed the delicate transparency of the fabric to stand out from the top of the dress to the very edge of the skirt. I had to take in the sides a bit, and make the belt closure a little bigger for my waist. I also removed the corsage flower from the neckline. I have to admit it was an easy fix, but so rewarding. I would never have touched the thing if it weren’t for wanting to be a part of The Sew Weekly Challenges. Everyone is such an inspiration. See more of this photo shoot at

The UFO before I finished it






Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. You’ve made it into something that suits you beautifully! I would never have thought such a nice dress possible from the “before”.

  2. That is just gorgeous Barbara! It looks stunning, love it with the leopard coat. What a groovey grandmother you are. x

  3. Happy anniversary. You’re a goddess in that dress. Awesome refashion!

  4. Barbara, your final dress is just stunning. You look gorgeous in it! It’s amazing how the gold fabric could go from dated to chic so quickly. You did an amazing job. Happy Anniversary!

  5. Happy Anniversary! That dress is DIVINE! It reminds me of Jackie O…

  6. love this dress and fabric and your excellent reworking!

  7. You are so classy! I just love everything about your look!

  8. What a fantastic dress–I just love it! And Happy Anniversary!

  9. absolutely lovely!

  10. Oh wow Barbara,the fabric is stunning. The dress looks so good,

  11. You look fabulous!!!

  12. Barbara-I love your style!

  13. I only joined SW recently, and I love all your creations. I guess we’re about the same age as me and DH have just celebrated our 10th too. You look so stylish while at the same time time being ‘age appropriate’ if you get my meanining.

  14. Absolutely Gorgeous- I love this! And Happy Anniversary!

  15. Damn – that’s gorgeous! The shortened length is perfect and the transposed flower looks much happier in its new spot.

  16. That fabric is so lovely. The whole outfit looks very glamorous.

  17. Thank you, everyone for such nice comments!

  18. Love the refashion and the styling– white gloves! I love them and still mourn the bag of my grandmothers that got lost in a move. The cream and gold really suit you. Congratulations.

  19. Aren’t shorter dresses so much more wearable? I’ve done that a couple times and always been pleased wth the result. The belt and rose look great. This is an all-around beautiful dress.

  20. Suuuuper pretty! Very 20’s I love it!

  21. That is gorgeous!!!! and you look just lovely in it.(I just saw a lace dress in a mag that reminded me of yours. It was $600.) Happy Aniversary!

  22. Wonderful dress and fabric!

  23. Gorgeous! What a great refashion, and great length. Happy Anniversary!!!

  24. I like the before, but the after is even better! Great fabric choice, great cut, great styling! Happy anniversary!

  25. OH! It’s such a fabulous dress, and I LOVE your fantastic photo shoot!!

  26. Oh my goodness please find somewhere to go!!! You look stunning!!!!