Week 30: Alexandra’s NDAD Creation

Aug 21, 2011 | 22 Comments

Today’s piece submitted by Alexandra comes all the way to Los Angeles via Germany.  I love seeing where all the emails come in from and this made me a little nostalgic for a European jaunt!

“Did you know your sphere of influence even reaches as far as good old Germany?  I’ve been an avid fan and have been greatly inspired by your work. so here’s my before and after photos.

Alexandra - Before

Alexandra - Before

It’s a vintage find that I inherited from my sister-in-law in Australia…

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Week 30: Becs

Aug 18, 2011 | 38 Comments

This is my final piece from Chicago…a little farewell top, if you will.  [Insert single tear here]

Week 30: Becs - Before

Week 30: Becs - Before

Becs, from AR (Lil’ Rock Lady) sent me this piece.

“I saw this senorita top and knew you had to have it.  All it needs is some TLC and some margaritas to go with it!  The piece is big, but don’t let that get in your way!  (Who am I kidding?? You never let that get in your way!!)  Check out the colored embroidery too!!”

A little close up on that rainbow thread action…

Pretty Embroidery!

Pretty Embroidery!

“Maybe you can make this a skirt or use those ruffles somehow?  I know it’ll be a great summer top but just needs a little bit of love before it gets there.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the end!!”

A whole lotta love is coming…

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Week 30: Natalie

Aug 16, 2011 | 34 Comments

Night two of bachelorette-dom was going to be a little more dancy, so I wanted to wear a fun top and jeans.  Natalie sent this my way and I thought it would be just the fun party piece to wear on the town.

Week 30: Natalie - Before

Week 30: Natalie - Before

“Hey Marisa, I hope you enjoy this slip – whether you can wear it as a dress and just belt it or if you add lining to it to make it less sheer, I think you’ll make better use of it than I did just sitting in my drawer.  I had grand ideas, but I’m moving and trying to get rid of things as you know, so I figured that I’d let it be of use to you.  Go sew…

The best part was the hole on the seam…

I see you!!

I see you!!

…which gave me an idea right off the bat!

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Week 31: Natasha & Isabella

Aug 14, 2011 | 26 Comments

Alrighty friends, another piece I needed for my Chicago travels was a dress to wear on the first night of the bacheloretting events!  We had an architectural boat tour, dinner, and a piano bar on the agenda for the first night’s celebration and I wanted something floral and light.  The piece that the rocking mother/daughter duo of Natasha and Isabella sent was exactly what I was going to go with.

Week 31: Natasha & Isabella - Before

Week 31: Natasha & Isabella - Before

“…After oohing and ahhhing over the transformations, my 9-year-old daughter, Isabella, has really enjoyed following the site too.  I mean, what tween-age girl doesn’t love fashion?  We decided to make a day affectionately named “Find Marisa Something Ugly Day.”  It was a fun way to spend time together thrift shopping, sharing laughs, having lunch, froyo, and finding the perfect item to send you, all while making memories together.” My eyes started welling up when I was reading because it made me so happy to hear about their special day.

This was my favorite part – “after pouring through what seemed like hundreds of dresses, I noticed Izzie kept saying, ‘this is just not ugly enough’ or ‘black is too delicious of a color for Miss Marisa, she needs a colorful palette’, then we found it!!” Izzie has my back!

Time to make this thrifting team proud!!

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Week 31: Paula

Aug 12, 2011 | 41 Comments

I’m finally on the ground!!  After flights, delays, layovers, oh my, I’ve finally made it to Chicago!!  I’m getting to spend some time with friends here as well as a little weekend bacheloretting with LG!!  It’s my first time in this amazing city and already I’m in love!!

I feverishly worked on a bunch of pieces to bring along with me, since I wasn’t getting a ticket for my sewing machine to join!!

Only room for my book and my sparkly bracelets!

Only room for my book and my sparkly bracelets!

Today’s comes from Paula in Denver!!  Red polkadots, awesome pearly buttons…but just a tad too big!

Week 31: Paula - Before

Week 31: Paula - Before

“I think I got this dress because the tag read ET VOUS and it felt French with the dainty and lacy straps.  Go to Paris in this dress once you make it fit!”

Since it’s been a balmy 79 degrees, I wanted to rock sundresses on the trip, so this one was first up!

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