+ Downsizing a striped knit dress and excuse the messy house

I’ve basically been in (and currently am in) black sweatpants and an oversized WAZZU sweatshirt for the last two weeks – due to a little bit of jet lag, sleeplessness, laziness, and the z-pack the doctor put me and Beck on. Honestly I’ve been enjoying almost every minute of it. But for the few times I decided to put on some makeup and do my hair, like my husbands birthday, I documented it. And I’m wearing my newly tailored blazer! Woot! 

Excuse the nasty house I have yet to clean up. Like I’ve said, I haven’t been doing much these days. 

dress: evelyn (rouche)    jacket: thrifted and refashioned    shoes: aldo    necklace: china
oversized dress
marking pen or chalk
measuring tape
sewing machine

1. Put it on inside out, pin or mark to the size you want it.
2. Sew!
3. Cut off extra! 


  1. You are talented. And beautiful.


  2. How do you do it? I try and it just ends up being a hot mess. x.x

    But, amazing!

  3. Wow. I am in awe of your skills. Mine never turn out half as well. Thanks so much for sharing your good work!

  4. what kind of camera and lens do you use for shots like this?

  5. That is easy enough! I could do that! It’s beautiful, too, great job!

  6. fantastic outfit! What a transformation :)



  7. nice work! the copper-ish and black stripes are fantastic. and i love it paired with the boots & blazer :)

  8. The “new” dress looks really good on you!

  9. I could totally handle that! And it looks so good downsized! I want one!! :]

  10. You make it look so easy! I’m going to have to go thrifting to find a big dress to tailor!

    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

  11. You work magic with that sewing machine, girl! Your dress and blazer look fantastic…love how you paired the look with those boots!

  12. I love this!

  13. I love the length! Maxis are so popular so it’s fun to see a different length

  14. i am in love with this look, the long dress and boots! i must duplicate!!!

  15. i really love how you take everything
    and make it perfect! i wish i had those
    skills ..

    i love the dress and how it looks on you!

    ♥ melina

  16. Fantastic! And I just left Goodwill without checking out the dresses. Must head back now. Thanks for the easy tip.

  17. This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing! :)

  18. Awesome thanx, that looks easy enough for a new seamstress like me to do!


  19. I. Love. It. Especially with the blazer! SO CUTE!!!

  20. That dress is so cute with your boots!

    I am so so excited that I won the Bijou giveaway!! I never win anything! THANK YOU!! My e-mail is: stargirljess@hotmail.com

  21. i’m still in awe over how awesome tailoring that blazer turned out. you rock!

  22. This looks fantastic! and your hair <333


  23. Super cute Liz! Glad you guys got back safe and sound (I know you’ve been back for a while, but just sayin’!). And Beck looks so big…it’s so sad it’s been so long since we’ve seen you guys. I just want to give his cute little self a squeezy hug, he’s so cute!

  24. Love this refashion! Looks so lovely on you!

  25. So cute, especially with your blazer! How on earth do you get your hair so perfectly mussed yet pretty and wavy?

  26. This is great! AND something that even I could do. Now to convince my husband to buy my a sewing machine… Hmmm…

  27. You totally fixed this dress! It fits you so much better now… and no worries about the messy house!


    I’m hosting a vintage dress GIVEAWAY on my blog, hope you can stop by:

  28. This is awesome, a definite improvement!! Hmm. Makes me more eager to thrift shop, where I find awesome stuff all the time that’s just waaaay too big…

  29. you are rockin’ that dress girl! and you are just so stunning! so, i’m new to your blog, but did you go to WSU, because i definitely went there for a few years. adore!
    xo TJ

  30. I just found your blog and it’s amazing! Love all of your refashions. Thanks for the inspiration!


  31. You look amazing!



  32. I’ve just found your blog, it’s fantastic:) You look stunnig in this dress:)

  33. I love the dress now that it fits properly- it’s classic and looks so lovely on you!

  34. I just found your blog, and wow amazing. I am not craft or handy and don’t really know how to sew. You put me to shame but inspire me to learn how to sew and cut (straight)
    Oh, do you use a sewing machine or do it by hand?

  35. Wow that turned out fabulous!!

    xo Jennifer


  36. perfect transformation!


  37. Seriously? That’s it! I love you.

  38. As always, fabulous! You look great and the entire outfit is great :)


  39. love it! But did you use a single thread machine for this? coz if you do, i dont think it would last coz once you stretch it, it’s gonna be a total mess. An edging machine maybe? :)