Day 92. 273 days and $269 left to go.

Feb 28, 2010 | 17 Comments

Happy Sunday/end of Olympics/Canada win over USA in hockey. To celebrate the closest thing to real snow I’ve seen in a bit (thank you Vancouver) I decided to choose a white ensemble to signify the cold which I’m not having right now.

Day 92 - Before

Day 92 - Before

Hello white silky dress that has a big, heinous bib on the front and back. See those ties there that I’m holding up? Yeah, we’re going to have to get rid of those puppies, because there is no way that I can roll anywhere wearing those.

First thing first…remove the bib!! PS, I could totally make my own Olympic pennant/bib with these…a little red/blue tye-dying and I’m the Flying Strawberry Blonde :)

Removal: Success

Removal: Success

Second, after taking those bibbies off, I decided that I’d move forward in a blouse direction as opposed to a dress. I cut a mild V from the sleeves to the middle of the front of the bibless dress and sewed down the edges. I then took off a little over a foot in fabric at the bottom to make it more blouse worthy.

Cutting a foot off the bottom

Cutting a foot off the bottom

Before getting ready to toss it on, I grabbed a pin from my collection and put it on the tip of the V. With jeans, boots and a hand and armful of jewelry that got me called Edie Falco in her Carmela Soprano years, my outfit was complete.

Day 92 - After

Day 92 - After

And wearing a white top totally called for a B&W pic to be taken.

B/W shot!

B&W shot!

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Day 91. 274 days and $270 left to go.

Feb 27, 2010 | 28 Comments

Happy Saturday! I have to say, this piece took a whole new form from what it began like to what it ended up as.

Day 91 - Before

Day 91 - Before

Now looking at it, it looks perfectly lovely to wear it as is Рvintage pink 80s sweater, straight out of Facts of Life or Square Pegs. Tightly woven wrists, ruched shoulders, pilly knit ball accents, high frilly collar. The only ish I had was that it came up to my navel when I put it on. Don’t like to expose the abdominal area all too much in general, but with it being winter and the fact that my fair, Irish skin area doesn’t get as much sun in these conditions, I was nervous that it may actually blend into the pinkness of the sweater. Two words: no bueno.

So, I had an idea to keep the sweater pretty much intact – the only change was to turn it into a cardigan. This was quick and easy and completely done by hand. First, I cut a straight line down the middle of the piece. I took the newly raw edges, turned them underneath and pinned them…

Turn edges under and pin

Turn edges under and pin

…while I hand sewed a new seam to each side.

Post hand-sewing down raw edges

Post hand-sewing down raw edges

I found amazing floral buttons at one of my local crafting spots and thought they would be lovely little clasps that would be held together by a little bit of elastic. I sewed the buttons on each side of the sweater and then took a few inches of elastic, hand sewed the edges together, formed a figure 8 and sewed the center down for my clasp.

Elastic + Buttons = THE HOTNESS

Elastic + Buttons = THE HOTNESS

And lookie at the final product…

Day 91 - After

Day 91 - After

I grabbed my figure 8 clasp and put each side of it around each of the buttons to pull the sweater together. Super cute paired with a white tank!
And, the length of the sweater…problem solved!!

Cardi/Couch/Computer

Cardi/Couch/Computer

The best veg outfit for a rainy/sunny/rainy/sunny/LA can’t make up its’ mind afternoon inside and out including drum class (yep, it’s pretty much School of Rock – there’s like a 9-year-old wunderkind who blows us all out of the water) and some grilled cheese enjoying. Saturdays really, truly, simply rule.

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Day 90. 275 days and $271 left to go.

Feb 26, 2010 | 10 Comments

When I first saw this, I literally thought box of Crayola crayons. A pastel rainbow striped dress that belonged in that cardboard box right next to Burnt Sienna, Cornflower, and Olive Green.

Day 90 - Before

Day 90 - Before

My photographer chuckled when I threw this puppy on, but even though the striped pattern was a little overwhelming and was a bit headache-inducing, I was determined to make it work. First, I had to trim the bottom of the skirt.

Skirt Trimming!

Skirt Trimming!

I took off a good six inches or so which lightened it up. My next step was to get rid of those triangular shoulder pads that looked like pieces of toast.

Pad Trimming!

Pad Trimming!

Then, as the dress was still a little big on me and it had those pre-attached belt loops with no belt I thought about another way to tighten up without even sewing. Take note friends…this is a handy tool!! I grabbed a little bit of the excess fabric I trimmed from the bottom of the skirt (around three-ish feet) and looped it through the two belt loops. Check out the handy lil’ image.

Excess fabric = makeshift beltage

Excess fabric = makeshift beltage

And when putting it on, instead of tying in the sash the front of the dress, I pulled the two ends together, cinched it from the back, and then tied the fabric into a little bow. Also, as those buttons were not flying in my book, I took my fave emerald lace cami from H&M that I’ve had for years, threw it on beneath the dress, opened all the buttons down to my waist and got on my tan boots for a non-Crayola inspiring ensemble.

Day 90 - After

Day 90 - After

Here’s a little close up of the sash I created…you can see that the material is gathered a bit, which still does the tightening up trick without the usage or need of a sewing machine. I rather loved the little bustle that got created.

Sash Close Up!

Sash Close Up!

Nothing rings in the weekend better than feeling just a little bit like Rainbow Brite, just sans a rainbow maned horse pal :)

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Day 89. 276 days and $272 left to go.

Feb 25, 2010 | 8 Comments

Today needed a little hint of color, so I opted to go with the below. And, let me just add that “little” is an understatement…

Day 89 - Before

Day 89 - Before

Big, bold, bright, bloomin’, begonias! That’s right, a muumuu full of florescent flowers and a brown/orangey plaid in the background. It’s kind of a big, hot mess as is. Too much of everything going on, plus it’s rather big, so that definitely doesn’t help. But, this one has the potential of being something awesome and something totally ready to be toted along to a warm climate preferably with soft, sandy beaches and margaritas or bottles of beer with red stripes on them. I’m completely open to either…

Before this puppy gets packed away, there is just a little tweakage to do. First I cut off about a foot and a half from the bottom and rehemmed it to a little below my knees. I’ve got a great amount of fabric left over which should hopefully come in handy soon!! Next, I took in both of the sleeves and a smidgen of the body of the dress. Needed to tighten it up a bit so it wasn’t as loose as when I found it. Then, with the assistance of a vintage belt turned around to the back (this one is literally rope, which will come in handy if I end up on a boat at some point while wearing it), a little untucking from underneath the belt, some skinny jeans, and my go-to brown flat boots, I was ready for that vacation I mentioned earlier.

Hydrant

Super Shuttle, where are you?!?!

Unfortunately I don’t have a flight to anywhere warm (or anywhere in general), so I opted to take Santa Monica Blvd. by car for a mile to TT’s where we were magically transported to Vancouver along with NK via Sony telecommunications.

Day 89 - After

Day 89 - After

The stewards (ie. TT) offered me some wine (ie. a delicious melange of tastings) and snacks from a cart (ie. kitchen) while I enjoyed some athletic competitions (ie. Olympics) on my personal TV (ie. her lovely flat screen).

Back-tion

Back-tion

Must say, the wine flight we enjoyed was better than anything taking off from LAX today, that’s for sure!!

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Day 88. 277 days and $273 left to go.

Feb 24, 2010 | 24 Comments

Happy Hump Day friends!! Wednesdays’ are my favorite as the weekend, aka sleeping in and not waking up to the racket of my Blackberry alarm (those of you berry owners know exactly the tingy, three ringed alarm bell I’m speaking of) is just around the corner! For today, I wanted something a little more profesh/dressy looking as I had an out of office, work meeting to attend. Now apologies for the slightly blurry before pic posted below…

Day 88 - Before

Day 88 - Before

This peachy keen puppy had gorgeous button detail on the bodice which is what I originally fell in love with. The ruffled neck and sheer chiffon sleeves with ruffled cuffs were also quite lovely, however it just made me want to break out in song – “A Spoonful of Sugar” comes to mind and I’m not going for the Mary Poppins vibe today. What I wasn’t as in love with was the long skirt that came with the dress, but that was an issue we were going to tackle…

Scrap Pile!

Scrap Pile!

BAM! The length of the skirt is no more…just a big pile of scraps. After cutting off most of the bottom of the dress, I was left with a shorter piece that was going to be crafted into a blouse with a little tucking in action to a vintage navy and white striped skirt that hung in my closet.

Day 88 - After

Day 88 - After

Taking a cue from my favorite Kiwi’s, the Flight of the Conchords Bret & Jemaine…

 Cheese!

Close up button action!

“it’s business, it’s business time.”

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