Week 31: Josie’s NDAD Creation

Jul 31, 2011 | 15 Comments

I got a fabulous email from my gal Josie and loved what she sent my way…

“Inspired by your blog, I bought a cheap sewing machine the day after I first read it (through Yahoo news).  Almost a year later, I can proudly say I haven’t bought any new clothes – I just take my mom’s oldies but goodies, or incredibly cheap stuff from thrift shops (even ‘shopping in my closet’ for clothes I don’t wear anymore and thus have freedom to alter). This is a very big deal, as I’m a graduate student with not much money but a huge penchant for unique clothing; this is probably the kindest I’ve ever been to my credit cards in a long time.

Anyway, I had the confidence to apply to the New School’s Recycled Runway fashion show; mostly Parson’s students were designers, but I had new-found confidence that I could do just as well as any fashion student.

You go girl!!  Here is Josie’s before…

Josie - Before

Josie - Before

Yikes, stripes, fruit stripes gum!!

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Week 32: SMURF-day

Jul 29, 2011 | 38 Comments

When I was a kid I was literally obsessed with Smurfs.  My parents have held onto my bag of tricks…

The sun will come out...

The sun will come out...

…which have been stored in an Annie tote bag over the years, the same bag they hung out in back in the 80s.  Classic Marisa.  I also wanted to be Smurfette.  Again, classic Marisa.

Smurfette :)

Smurfette :)

I couldn’t resist a little Smurf inspired outfit to tie into the release of the new movie.  See, I was a cartoon addict watching this on top of my Alvin and the Chipmunks and Scooby-Doo episodes on a frequent basis so I was super excited to see these all come to the big screen until I realized they’re not the same cartoons I watched as a kid and honestly look super weird with all the CGI.

Yikes!

Yikes!

However, as an homage to the show that I loved, I figured I’d go blue today!!

SMURFday -Before

SMURFday -Before

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Week 32: Kate

Jul 27, 2011 | 62 Comments

I’m getting red shirted today!!

Week 32: - Before

Week 32: Kate - Before

Thanks to Kate in MD, I received this seemingly awesome top in the mail.  Zac Posen for Target, hello!!  His collection premiered last April and fell during my year of no shopping, so I was just left to drool over the collection via photos.

Zac Posen's Targe Collection

Zac Posen's Targe Collection

Now from the front, it looks fab.  But the view from the back…pucker up, baby!!

Wrinkled and puckered!

Wrinkled and puckered!

“I’ve been going to Goodwill looking for things to refashion and I spotted this funky top and thought it was too good to be true for only $3!  Until I took the tags off, washed it, and FINALLY noticed the pulled fabric all across the back panel.  For months I hunted for another piece of fabric that would complement the existing colors and feel of the piece thinking I would replace the whole back panel, but I gave up.  And so I bequeath you…”

Aside from the wrinkles, there was puckering on a few spots that even after ironing…

Iron Man!!

Iron Man!!

…wouldn’t come out.  What shall I do?!

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Week 32: Dolly Parton, y’all!

Jul 25, 2011 | 259 Comments

Now there was a dress from last year (Day 318) that was a total winner…

Hello Day 318 Before!

Hello Day 318 - Before!

…and looked like this when I was done with it:

Day 318 - After

Day 318 - After

…so when I came across the SAME dress just a month ago…

Hello again!!

Hello again & seriously!?!?

…I A, knew I had to try another reworking and B, knew I had my outfit for the Dolly Parton concert that I had tickets for.

Dolly!!

Dolly!!

I mostly got tickets because friends were going and boy, was I surprised how awesome it ended up being!!  Back to the fringe…

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Week 32: Anna’s NDAD Creation

Jul 24, 2011 | 16 Comments

I love costuming on a budget, so Anna’s email made me smile and cheer!!  Who doesn’t love theme parties and jungle themed ones, to boot?  Amazing!!

This past weekend my friends and I dreamed up a ridiculously over the top jungle themed birthday party for one of our friends. We wanted to make it a costume party too (varying from animals to hunters to missionaries trying to fit in), but I was short on time and money. What was I do to?!

I had just been to the Philippines six months before and had been gifted a malong – a traditional cloth, much like a sarong, worn by indigenous tribes in the Southern Philippines.

Anna - Before

Anna - Before

The malong is essentially a big sheet sewn together into a tube. It is used for so many things — as a skirt, a baby basket, a blanket and even a changing room. Having read your blog for months now I had just the inspiration to transform my malong into a cute dress!

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