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by Blaire Bercy
Seriously, this campaign makes me want to bash my face into my desk.
In closing, I think most of the people who support this idea have their hearts in the right place, but rather than tell people who find it problematic that they’re being “overly sensitive” or “too easily offended,” we should all take a critical look at it and how it really affects the people involved.
As inspired by New Dress a Day, I finally finished my first Goodwill reconstruction!
I was torn about even buying this dress. It was the epitome of so many things that could be wrong with a dress. I didn’t even know if I liked the fabric. But I do like a challenge, so I decided to make this mine.
This is so you can see that it has pockets. Chest pockets. And I had to hold it like this or else it revealed more cleavage than I am comfortable posting on this blog.
I started by carefully seam ripping the pockets off, and then removing the sleeves and the collar. Already, it was so much better. I had to decide if I wanted to make it a sundress or just a sleeveless v-neck with gathered shoulders.
I also couldn’t decide if I wanted to rip apart the bodice and make the skirt a little less enormous, but then I realized that the skirt has POCKETS. I love a pocketed skirt, so that made the rest of the decisions easy. Full skirt, sundress top. The pattern on the dress is so busy and migraine-inducing, I figured it would be best if there was less of it.
I basically just chopped across the back and cut the overlapping pieces in the front. There was so much extra fabric that I didn’t know how to trim, so I ended up gathering them and trimming with some conveniently colored teal ribbon I had. I used the sleeves to make a couple straps, and suddenly I have a whole new dress!
I’m still trying to decide if I want to replace the buttons on the front (they’re so weird and random but I’m excited that I was able to turn the ugliest dress I’ve ever seen into something actually wearable!
I’m going to Goodwill later, so I’m prepping by reading through the archives of New Dress A Day, which is the blog of a woman who spent a whole year buying a new (old) dress for $1 and fixing it up…every day.
I feel like every post I’m like “THAT ugly dress? There’s no way she can turn that hideous thing into anything cute OH MY GOD SHE DID IT.” So now I’m going to go buy $30 worth of muumuus which will become adorable sundresses for the summer. It’s happening.
The other night I had a dream about someone who works in my office, but who I don’t actually know. Now every time I walk by his desk all I can think is “Remember that time you hosted an open mic in your pajamas?”
Just what every girl wants for Valentine’s Day: an amazon gift card! Really though, it’s a better option to just get no gift at all if this is the direction you’re going.
Because god forbid they are the type to hold a grudge or have an easily bruised ego or feel the need to teach mouthy girls a lesson, and I run into them again in the dark on my way home one night.
But I can say it here. To the gentleman who saw me out running this morning and told me, among other things, to “Yeah, lose that weight!”, you can kiss my giant ass and go fuck yourself forever, sir.