Band Concert And You Know What That Means: Dress Refashion

We started with a pretty enough dress for $5 from the thrift store.  Sparkle Jane didn’t need a dress, but, I did have an excuse:  Band concert.

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We had the dress in advance.  We even went before Thanksgiving and got the additional needed fabric when the big pile of junk didn’t produce something suitable.

But, somehow, the actual refashion was put off.  Again.  Until it was really almost too late.  I started Wednesday making a new partial bodice to add some substance and comfort to the top.  All it really needed beyond that was a sash.

Should be easy. Right?

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And it wasn’t really hard.  Just nearly late.  Again.  We would never have made it if Sparkle Jane hadn’t come to the  rescue by offering to handstitch it all together while I did chicken chores, prepared dinner and made some cookies as treats after the performance.

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She finished less than 10 minutes before we had to go.  “Mom,” she said.  “Maybe we should start a new tradition next year.  And have the dress ready early.  Maybe a whole day BEFORE the concert?!”  Oh, I don’t know.  This down-to-the-wire method is sort of fun.  Not really.  But somehow it always ends up happening anyway.

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The concert was a success and she was lovely.  Young Son plays with the high school band–tenor saxophone–and did very well.  I am so glad they have these sorts of opportunities.  Life is better when you can do real things, like sewing or music, rather than just consuming entertainment being fed to you by wires.

16 thoughts on “Band Concert And You Know What That Means: Dress Refashion

  1. Thanks for showing the before and after on these. You’re right — it was pretty to start with. But now it is pretty and appropriate for the occasion.

    My son played sax (Oh how I hate the past tense on that!) through high school and into his 3rd year of college. Jazz was his focus. We spent a lot of bucks on instruments, lessons, music, camps, tickets… And it was worth every penny. As you say, “Life is better when you can do real things, like sewing or music, rather than just consuming entertainment being fed to you by wires.”

  2. how pretty…I love the colors and the model is beautiful….you can do more with refashioning than anybody I know..soooo talented—both of you…

  3. That turned out so nice – and appropriate! We always joke in our family that the child that came to our mom with the request for her to make costumes for the school play (my little sister) ended up with all the children that came to HER with requests for HER to make costumes for the school play, etc. Karma.

  4. Lovely dress and lovely daughter. I so totally agree with you about the opportunities that children have now.

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