$1 Remake – Quilted Robe/House Dress Redux

Nov 15, 2012 | 8 Comments

This was one of my favorites!  I actually used this piece on a few of the recent TV segments I’ve been a part of just because of the accessibility of it – really easy tweaks make this piece fit and fab!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Quilted Vintage Robe

Quilted Vintage Robe

I couldn’t be more in love with the quilted fabric and the turquoise button on the back was not messing around!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Bold Button

Button Love!

This piece will take 30 minutes tops to make it something that you won’t want to take off!!

Because this piece was done for the Ricki Lake Show, at the studio,  my process shots look a little different than usual!  In my dress, I got on the floor and was rocking out the craftiness in a mini dress.

My first step, post-assessing, was to cut the length of the house dress/robe-ish piece and begin to remove the zipper.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Assessing the situation!

Assessing the sitch!

The length was trimmed and the zipper, keeping the piece together, was removed with a seam ripper and a little pulling.  It was actually super fun to pull the zipper out after getting the first few stitches out, seam ripper style!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Zip Rip

Zip Rip!

With the length adjusted and zipper removed, I hemmed the bottom of the piece as well as sewing down the seams on each side of the new coat.  To give the piece a little more pizazz, I found some faux fur trim at the fabric store, and added around each sleeve of the jacket.  This is something that can be hand stitched, fabric glued, or safety pinned even, to get it affixed.  The last option is perfect just in case you want a non-permanent fix.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Sleeve Fixes

Length Tweaks!

Post-tweaks, my jacket was complete and looking chic on my model EM in the center!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Faux Fur Trim

Faux Fur Trim Sleeves!

I love that you can wear a pair of jeans and a tank, and let the jacket be the new focal point!!

As we speak, I’m re-packing my NY bags now (bringing this jacket with me too, even though it may be a bit hot) to head off to Phoenix!  Road trip begins in just a few short hours.  For the AZ-ers, I’ll be doing a fun segment on Sonoran Living Friday morning and if you’re are in the area on Saturday, I’d love to see you at a fun book meet and greet!!

PHOENIX – Saturday, 11/17

New Dress a Day Book Signing + Meet & Greet  (with treats!)
4pm
CHANGING HANDS BOOKSTORE
6428 South McClintock Drive | Tempe | AZ 85283

 Happy Thursday!!

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