November 11, 2011

Refashionista - I'm bringing muumuus back.

Alright.  Today's our last day of Refashoinista and it's my turn.  


Have you ever had a project that failed five hundred times over?  I've made a few different things for this post and only one turned out the way I wanted it to.  I wanted to "wow" you with an incredible transformation, but this one's kind of small.  However, it's bold, so that counts for something right?

I purchased this sweet muumuu a while back.  My husband didn't see the potential.  No worries.  Here's what it looked like at first.  I'm not sure why he didn't want to be seen with me in public like this.  (The nasty cell phone picture adds to the drama, you know.)



So here's my muumuu now.  Please sing along.


Or you can wear it like this in warmer months.


I didn't do a lot.  I cut off about 6 inches and hemmed it.  Then I ironed the pleats in the back and sewed them down flat about 5 inches of the way.  That way the whole thing was a lot less poofy.  I can do muumuu, but I can't handle poofy :)


Overall I was happy to be able to make use of all this pretty embroidery work.  I always see a lot of pretty embroidery like this at Anthro and I love it.


Plus, I love comfy clothes.  Who doesn't?  I could eat a seven course dinner in this baby :)  Maybe I'll bring it out for Thanksgiving.


And there you have it ladies.  Never pass up a good muumuu.  Thanks for reading.

47 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so glad you brought the muumuu back! I live overseas in a country where you can find tons of gorgeous embroidered dresses like this and I've been strangely drawn to them but felt weird about wearing one. Now that I know it's what the cool kids are doing, I'm all over it. That yellow is especially gorgeous.

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  2. Wow, I have been reading Refashionista all week, and you take the cake with this one!! The embroidery on it is wonderful, who wouldn't want to change that muumuu up to make it something beautiful! And you sure changed it. It is awesome how you have a vision to take something to a whole new level!!

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  3. Cute! You rock that muumuu. I think my grandma has the same one in pink, but not nearly as stylish as yours!

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  4. I think you've succeeded I expect to see these everywhere now. LOVE IT

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  5. okay 2 things...
    1st when I read the title I wasn't reading it right, I was seeing it like mum-us (rhyming with hummus) and was so confused!
    and 2nd, I am going to scour the thrift stores for crazy bright muumuus now, can't wait to do something like this!

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  6. When I saw your first picture I was afraid for you! But it turned out cute!

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  7. That is super cute. I LOVE the boldness. I will have to find myself a muumuu! :)

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  8. I totally love it! I wish I had kept one that my grandma gave me long ago. It was actually really cute but yah, my hubby wasn't in love with it. Great job!

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  9. Oh girl, only you could rock a muumuu. Man I love you.

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  10. Oh my! I love it. Totally and completely. I'm going to scouring the thrift store racks for one of those now. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Uh Huh Get your Mu mu on... Can't get it out of my head. Looks like you succeeded-- but that doesn't mean that I'm going to stop making fun of you.

    sniff sniff... what's that smell?

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  12. I totally sang the song... ok I am still singing the song. I so love this, and is it just so crazy that I have a mumu sitting in my closet that I have been thinking one of these days I will do something with it... It was moments away from becoming a dress for my daughter so thank you for inspiring me to make something for myself instead...

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  13. Gotta hand it to you - you DID totally rock that muu-muu. Amazing. I really didn't think it would be possible.

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  14. How does your hair grow so fast! Ahh. I wish mine would.

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  15. It looks awesome! I love the colors in it. great job!

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  16. I have a dress like this from a trip to Mexico, that I never wear. What a great way to re-purpose!! Thanks for the tip, AAAAAAND filling my head with Justin Timberlake... not that that's ever a bad thing!

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  17. love it! aresome print and color. we have lots of muumuus here in hawaii that need some refashioning. ;)

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  18. Hi!
    Thanks so much for sharing Refashionista Week with us, it was really cool! I just wanted to tell you about that Mexican dress you refashioned. The dress is called a Huipil (Wee-pil). It's a Mexican traditional dress that indigenous women in Mexico made with a back-strap loom. This one, of course, was not hand woven, but the originals were made from scratch, right down to raising silk worms, collecting the fibers, dying it, etc. The back strap loom was as wide as the span of your hips, so you ended up with two wide panels, one panel for the front, one panel for the back. Sew the two panels together, bam, you have a Huipil. They are a very important part of the Mexican culture and tradition. So, there you go! I must say, I love what you've done with your huipil, it looks FABULOUS!! :) -gelia

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  19. That looks amazing!!! I have loved the Refashionista posts. All of them were great. Thanks for all the time you put into your great blog.

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  20. You make me laugh. Your blog is so full of fun ideas, and it has such a variety of ideas that I just keep coming back for more. :)

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  21. Looks amazing!

    Its so funny, I bought an almost identical dress when I was pregnant and shortened but never thought to take it in in the back. I think I'm going to give it a try, now that I'm er, a little smaller in the front.

    Love it!

    -hks (ab)

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  22. I always pass up the muumuus at the GW, but I may have to pick one up after seeing this! How CUTE! Love it!

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  23. This is awesome Cheri! What a cool mumu. :)

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  24. I will never look at mumus the same- looks great!

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  25. now i want a muumuu! to make one like yours.

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  26. Super cute- super creative!

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  27. You look positively fantastic... I would never look at something like that and say, "I could probably look hot in that." Way to use those brilliantly creative brains of yours. :o) I am always so in awe of what you come up with. I just love your blog.

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  28. I have a blue muumuu that my husband despises.It has a beautiful peacock detail on the front. Thank you for this awesome idea. I can't wait to try it!

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  29. Awesome! Love it. Think my favorite is w/the belt. Super cute. I totally looked at one yesterday (taupe) at Goodwill & passed it b/c I knew my husband would think I was nuts. :) I just might have to go back now. I did however leave w/3 new to me skirts. :)

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  30. Love it, you made it look so cute. My husband hates mine too, but if I copy yours, he just might love it too.

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  31. Love the muumuu! You're gorgeous!

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  32. I love how you're wearing it in the second look!!! So cute and so much detail!!!

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  33. This is such a great + easy refashion! I love it.

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  34. Haha, who doesn't love a good muumuu?! You've definitely brought the muumuu back! So cute.

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  35. LOVE it with a belt. So cute :)

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  36. It just shows that a few subtle changes make the difference. I love it so much; I'm going to see if I can find my own this week.

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  37. What on earth is a mumu??

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  38. ive always loved these, this looks great!!

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  39. that is super cute! i love it!

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  40. That a sweet tunic (muumuu's are longer) I love tunics they are comfy and fun. My mom used to wear muumuu's and you might be able to make one work but it'd be harder :)

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  41. Fabulous =) I have basically that same dress in shirt form that I got in Mexico. Now it's shrunk and the top of the embroidery at the neckline is falling apart... this makes me want to dig it out of my rejects bin and see what I can do to bring it's loveliness back.

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  42. Love this so much that I just updated a muumuu for myself!
    http://julieiscocoandcocoa.blogspot.com/2012/04/muumuu-sewing-refashion.html

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  43. Can a beginner like me do this? I have a muumuu that looks exactly like this but turquoise that I got from Mexico a couple of years ago. Never wore it but now I could!

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    1. Absolutely. It's pretty easy sewing. Just iron the bottom to create a hemline before stitching it.

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