12.4.12 – $1 Remake

Dec 4, 2012 | 20 Comments

Well hello there yellow dress!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress

Yellow Dress – Before

I really liked the billowy sleeves and the shine in the fabric, but as a whole the dress just wasn’t working.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress

Mmm. Not so much.

To keep as a dress or not to keep as a dress…that is the question!!

I ended up making my Shakespearean choice – this dress wasn’t meant to be one piece anymore!

New Dress A Day - DIY - I'm Gonna Cut!

I’m Gonna Cut!

I trimmed the piece in two, cutting over the elastic band at the waist!  I’ll be using this remnant soon…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Two Pieces!

Two Pieces!

I went to my bag of tricks (it was ribbon friends, not really tricks!) and grabbed a bit of navy grosgrain ribbon…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Ribbon!!!


…and pinned it around the edging of the new top!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Pin It!!

Pin It!!

I stitched the ribbon down…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Stitch It!!

Stitch It!!

…and paired the top with a vintage sweater with pastel flowers, a scarf turned into a turban, and a gold and pearlized costume necklace.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Sweater, Scarf & Purse!

Vintage Sweater, Scarf & Purse!

I was also playing with the shirt and ended up unbuttoning it down to the second to last button and folding the unbuttoned area under.  I created a makeshift V neck without any stitching at all!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Blouson

Ma Blouson

I felt kind of like Edie Beale wearing the scarf like so…

New Dress A Day - DIY - My faux paparazzi shot!

My faux paparazzi shot!

It’s my new favorite way to wear a scarf and actually have it stay in place instead of creeping away from my hairline!!

PS, San Diego-ians…I’m coming your way tonight!!  Come and hang out with some crafts, some book chatter, and some delish pastries at Kettle Coffee & Tea in Escondido (119 East Grand Avenue)!!  We start crafting (making fun ornaments!!) at 6pm then book signing/vintage clothing consulting at 7pm…would love to see you there!  Check out the invite here!

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