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Refashion Old Navy Romper & Upcycle 90's Dress...Side-Boob




Contents:

My Views On What Is Sexy

Challenges of Being Older and Being Sexy

Introduction of The Thrifted Old Navy Romper and The 1990's Red Linen Sheath Dress

Refashion of Romper

Upcycle of Dress

Side-Boob or No Side-Boobe

Pictures of Finished Result!

Scenes From Next Upcycle

Links To Other Similar Post




The Sexy Club


Mini-skirts, bikinis, strapless dresses, shorty short-shorts, lingerie as outer-wear, yoga pants, body-con tops and dresses, cleavage, 5 inch heels, crop tops..... h o t diggity d a n g!


What does this sound like?


Maybe that the 20-somethings are coming to town? and my teen daughters trailing right behind?


Or maybe it's the 30 year olds drawing near?


A handful of 40 year olds?



But ladies in their 50s and older?


hmmmmm....


do they belong in the "Sexy" club?



Well, I can't speak to the 50+ year and olders....not just yet. I am turning 49 in just one week. By the time you read this, I will have already had my birthday.


What will I be wearing for my small family b-day party? maybe shorty-short-shorts, crop top with peek-a-boo lingerie and high heeled platform sandals---because it is summer time after all....right?


...........................................................SCREECH!


Why are you hitting those brakes and burning rubber into a complete dramatic stop? Maybe because you saw me, a scantily clad 49 year old, crossing the street?



just trying to keep it real with my readers--this is me pre-Covid 12 lbs lighter in a bikini...my husband snapped this surprise photo, hence not really Instagram worthy...

this is more me...under a hat, under a canopy, reading a book "The History of Bees"

--not being sexy...I don't walk around like the photo above!



My Sexiness During 20's, 30's, 40's


Ok, I'll come clean...


I don't think I have ever dressed really sexy. I never have. I didn't do it in my early 20s--maybe because I lived my hey-day during a linear, minimally designed, somewhat grungey 90's, a-washed with floral or plaids--just conservative to today's styles.


I love clothing, but don't understand why my teen daughter's hem-lines are right at the, well, how does one say and not be vulgar, the euphemistic hoo-haa?


Oh don't get me wrong! I wore the following:


  • short skirts

  • high-heels

  • cleavage (even when I didn't have much)

  • bikinis

  • strapless dresses

  • shorty short-shorts

  • lingerie as outer-wear

  • yoga pants

  • body-con tops and dresses


The only thing I really didn't partake in was crop-tops and 5 inch heels (but only because I am 5' 4" and there's a point of diminishing returns, because of physics).



Hypocrite--Talking Out of Both Sides of My Mouth


I am a hyprocrite, right? I can get my story right eh?


So what is it? Did I dress sexy or not?


Yes I wore all those items above, but only one item at a time, and everything else was muted.



  • short-skirt with bulky sweater and cable knit tights

  • high-heels with baggy jeans

  • cleavage not on purpose, but incidental

  • bikinis--only on vacation

  • strapless dress with long hemline

  • shorty-short-shorts, that covered my hungry buns

  • lingerie as a tank top under a light summer blazer with palazzo pants

  • yoga pants with a top that covers my bum

  • anything body-con, with longer, looser fitting accoutrements



But wait one second...even if I wanted to wear all those sexy pieces together? Why couldn't I? And who the heck told me I am not able to?


My question is who has determined the rules? societal? self-imposed? collective conscious? bloggers? magazine editors? my mother? or maybe my grandmother? or my teen daughters?


Is sexy determined by us women on women? Or is it by men?



My Silly Self


Wow, as I am writing this, I never thought this topic could be so complex to talk about.


I don't feel like I can cover all the nuances of this topic as a feature writer does for New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stones or Newsweek Magazines---oh I forgot National Geographic! LOL!


With all the layers (no pun intended!) that is sexiness, I am going to simplify my angle here. And please note, this is not a judgement of others, just my own personal opinion about my silly self.


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As I am approaching my 50th (next year), thoughts about wearing 'age-appropriate' clothes have started to simmer in my mind.


Thankfully, I live in a blog-world microcosm of women my age, and I see them questioning the same ideas. It's summer time, so the common one is:


"shorts? or not to shorts or too short?"


Or hearing women my age say "Thankful bermuda shorts are in again!"


I questioned if I should even put shorts on this year! I really felt a pang of 'maybe I am too old".


I was asking myself because I was just about to post pictures of my Puffy Sleeve Upcycle and was nervous because, maybe the shorts were too short after all?


(Click on the photos to take you to this Upcycle Project!)



I'm laughing at my silly self now because as I look at these pictures, they are so not scandalous. The look is demure. Maybe my 'wedgie' is suggestive?! hahaha!



As I Get Older


So what is sexy to me and how does it translate into my style?


Sexy is 90% confidence, personality, knowledge, great conversation and a smile. The other 10% is made up of 4% great 'current' shoes, 2% hairstyle, 1% an outfit with flare, 1% jewelry 1% skin.


You might think I created this algorithm to suit myself--I did!!!!!


Keep in mind, this blog post is about Sexiness. So if you are thinking "Geeze, this lady is superficial", no worries! I'll come out with a blog post about what makes a woman beautiful like taking care of her body spiritually, nutritionally, physically.


As I mentioned before, this topic is multi-faceted and can take me on so many tangents....it's hard for me to stay on this thread!



Sexy is 1% Skin


I have an 18 & 16 year old daughter. We have conversations about the deep and frivolity. Dominating our conversations, of course, are the more important topics reading as many books as they can, or creating some kind of art or giving back to our world,


But I am going to give them a couple of notes that more skin is not sexiest--it can be sexy, but what are they trying to attract.


I've been practicing what I am preaching now for pretty much all my dressing life.


I'd rather create intrigue in what I wear than be blatant. Sometimes being creative has lead me to be the headliner marquee in the 'Don'ts" section the back of a magazine, but it will never be because I was dressed too revealing. More like I was dressed like DIane Keaton's awkward phase.



Side-Boob


Sexiness was theme-ing in my mind while I worked on this post's Upcycle and Refashion.


How do I turn two rather dowdy, thrifted fuddy-duddies, basically uninteresting articles of clothing, into something with visual appeal, style and a touch of demure sex-appeal ; )


Why I challenge myself like this is another question--lol!


While the actual sewing mechanics are truly simple and perfunctory, this was more of a mind/thinking/imagining challenge---a challenge leaving me wonder why I did not feed more prunes to brain.


Per usual with Upcycling and Refashioning, I had to push square pegs into the round holes and even use glue on this project!,


But in the end, I resolved all issues and came up with something lovely that I would classify as resort wear.


Oh, yeah, I almost forgot to tell you, there's going to be some sexy SIDE-BOOB happening!



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I think I'm done talking about what is sexy,


maybe it's time to:




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Combo With Fries


I tried something very different this time for my blog post--a combination project:


Two items Upcycled and Refashioned!


Originally I bought this dowdy blue and white striped, long-legged Old Navy Romper.


Why did I buy something that was almost 4 sizes too big for me? Well, I liked the trend at the time, cost only $5.99 and thought I could alter the romper to fit me. I didn't take into consideration the fact that I had ZERO time to alter, because I was in the throes of building my local costume rental business www.CostumeTakeOut.com.


Well, styles come and go, and the romper collected dust for about 2 years. Yes, I could have plopped them into the donations bag, but the fabric was so nice--a thick weave linen. And I felt like I still did not have my moment with them. But just to wear them as is? Outdated and boring?

No thank you.


You could argue that the look with the romper 'pulled higher' was ok, right? What you don't see is how big the booty is (not mine--hahaha!, but the seat of the pants.) As you can see by the "Boring" x's 3 above, I could never just wear as is.


How could I elevate this romper?


I thought the only way I could really get myself to carry this concept was to create pants--cropped for sure otherwise longer length screams pyjamas or worse yet, prisoner--and then bring in a different fabric/color of another item to create some kind of top.


I ruminated and ruminated, thinking about bringing yellow, but only had pale yellows. Actually, I wanted to take-away from the stripes. Having a bold color on top was needed.


Hesitant about using red, just because it screams 4th of July, I ultimately settled on a 1990's red linen sheath dress with buttons up and down the front.


Not bad, right? Again, another thrifted dress too many sizes too big, actually purchased for a costume I was designing for a Medieval Festival that never happened. The dress itself is made of high quality linen.


With these two items in mind, I thought about a combo outfit! Can I have a side of fries with that?



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Part One (Non-Sexy, Boring Part):

Make the Pants



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1st Step--Make Cropped, Wide-Legged Pants

  • Cut the top tank off from the bottom

  • Save the top!



2nd Step-- 4-Stitch Overlock

  • Serge the top of the pants

(I have 4 sergers, 2 Jukis, 1 BabyLock, and this Bernette I bought from Craigslist for $50...Bernette is dedicated to White Overlock--I never change the thread!)


(Disclosure: I am not sponsored or compensated by any of these companies.)



3rd Step-- Remove Shirred Elastic

  • Seam-rip shirred elastic off of Romper's Spaghetti Straps

  • Have fun cleaning off the thread!



4th Step--Attach Shirred Elastic to Pants

  • 4.1---Sew shirred elastic fabric pieces into a tube.

  • 4.2---Attach and sew shirred elastic tube onto pants.



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Intermission:

So, I'm done with the pants. I can take a breather!!



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Part Two (The Sexy, Interesting Part):

Make the Revealing, Ruffle Top from a Shift Dress!



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5th Step--Re-Size Red Linen Dress

  • 5.1---Pin desired length for new top.

  • 5.2---Chalk where to cut.

  • 5.3---Cut!

  • 5.4--Hope you made a good choice!



6th Step--Mark Side Slits

  • 6.1---Chalk up front cut.

  • 6.2---Chalk up back cut.



7th Step--Remove Bias Tape

  • 7.1---Locate bias tape inside sleeve.

  • 7.2---Remove bias tape with seam ripper



8th Step--Remove Side Panels

  • 8.1---Use ruler to match up with chalk marks from Step 6.

  • 8.2---Chalk line all the way down to hem of top.

  • 8.3---Cut along chalk lines.

  • 8.4---(not pictured, Repeat on other side steps 8.1-8.3)




9th Step--Clean Up Edges

  • Serge up sides of top.



10th Step--Cut Out Side Panel

  • 10.1---Lay out remnant dress fabric.

  • 10.2---Cut out first strip.

  • 10.3---Chalk out side panel shape.

  • 10.4---Sew edges of side panels.



11th Step--Cut Out Side Panel

  • 11.1---Determine width of panel.

  • 11.2---Make sure fabric covers the bra--REALLY IMPORTANT!

  • 11.3---Shape panel to long enough to cover lower part of bra,

  • 11.4---Chalk location of panel and sew down.



12th Step--Prepare Ruffles

  • 12.1---Chalk up ruffle strips.

  • 12.2---Cut out ruffle strips.

  • 12.3---Join strip edges with 3-thread overlock stitch.

  • 12.4---Attach ruffle foot to sewing machine.



13th Step--Ruffle Making

  • 13.1---Serge ruffle strips edges with 3-thread overlock

  • 13.2---Put serged ruffles into ruffle maker feed and sew.

  • 13.3---Start attaching ruffles to edges of the blouse.



14th Step--Attach Ruffles

  • 14.1---Pin on ruffles.

  • 14.2---Stitch and serge ruffle edges with edge of top.

  • 14.3---Press down fabric in opposite direction for crisp final edge.

  • 14.4---Prepare to try on new top!



And believe it or not

it's Finished!!!



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Ready To See How This Turned Out?

And Guess What?

No Side-Boob!



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Admittedly, I was nervous I could churn out anything remotely stylish with my "Before" items...but I would be proud to wear this at any Resort, the Riviera, down streets in Italy or France----or proud enough to wear to the grocery store!




I JUST LOVE THE WAY IT TURNED OUT!






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Here's a sneak peak of the next Upcycle & Refashion!





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Links To Other Ruffle Upcycles





Refashion Frumpy Zara Dress

into Ruffle & Tulle Wonder







Upcycle Ruffle Sun-Dress

from Maxi Dress




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