Thursday, April 28, 2016

I'm blue...

Sadly, that title is one of those double meaning things. I'm sharing two refashions of dresses which happen to be blue, but also; I'm very, very sad.
I've been a little overwhelmed with projects lately and usually that means crafting/blogging is the first thing to be put aside so I can catch up on Etsy listings, household chores, etc. I've got the week off from school for April vacation, giving me time for all of those little tasks that pile up--but I haven't been all that concerned with them.
Last Tuesday, a car accident took the life of my 17 year old cousin, Jesse. When I tell people this, I keep stressing that he wasn't just some kid I happened to be related to; he was a very important person in my life. When he was little, I used to take him out and spend time with him any chance I could. He was so fun to be around and always so well behaved.
And as he grew into a teenager, not much changed. No teen angst here, just a happy kid who was never too cool for hugs and "I love you's."
I digress. I'm here to post pics of outfits, but I'd be remiss to ignore the overwhelming grief I feel at the moment. I know; death of a family member is hard, but...this one? I think the loss of this particular one is going to hurt for awhile.
Well, this seems a little anti-climatic but here's the "before" picture. I thought this big, thick knit dress would make a good "no-sew."
So, cut the length, cut the sleeves, cut the turtleneck, make a sash out of the cut off length...the standard drill of a basic no-sew. Here it is:
And here's the side by side:
 This post is from early in the month when we had a cold snap, hence the reason I was able to wear this flannel thing I'm about to show you. 
This one was hardly a refashion. All I did was deflate those balloon sleeves by removing the cuffs then trimming/hemming them a bit. I also added a belt. Here:
How do you feel about the wideness of the sleeves? I actually left them like that on purpose.
Anyway, here's the full blue dress post on my blog, Craft, Thrift, or Die.
This is the first post (these sad stories are usually multi-part) of my story of Jesse.
Hey, thanks for reading! Writing and blogging really seems to help with that whole grieving process!


Gail Oehling said...

I am so sorry to hear about your cousin... I offer my sympathy, and know that nothing can really help at this time.
On a refashion note, I love the first blue dress -- it went from frumpy to adorable!! Gives me something to think about the next time I'm in the thrift store :)

Catherine1216 said...

My thoughts are with you - so sorry about the loss of Jesse. It is hard to lose those we love - especially when they are so young.

jennifer elliott said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Both refashions look fabulous with the simple fixes and snips.

Jennifer, EOD

jennifer elliott said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Both refashions look fabulous with the simple fixes and snips.

Jennifer, EOD

Chickie Walsh said...

Sometimes there are no words appropriate, but I am so sorry for your loss.

Your dresses are fabulous, I love no-sew ideas.

Teresa said...

I have been there. Be kind to yourself and others in honor of your cousin. Om shanti

Accidental Seamstress said...

I like the widened sleeves on the flannel. And the blue no sew is pretty amazing too. I love a good no sew!

And, I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Heidi said...

So very sorry for your loss. RIP Jesse. I hope the refashions serve to be cathartic for you. Maybe a regashion will eventually serve to honor/ remember him?

Amy Jo said...

What a tragedy...I'm so sorry that a beautiful person has left this world. Thank you for sharing your refashions and a little bit about your life.

Samwise J. said...

I'm sorry for your loss <3 Your cousin sounds like a wonderful kid. I hope that soon, it'll start to hurt a little less for you.