I received this dress in a little package from Linda, and the letter that came along with it was priceless!
Dear Marisa – When I saw this dress at the local thrift store, thought of:
1. Dana Carvey
3. The phrase,”isn’t that SPECIAL”
4. Polyester double-knit
Who better to transform this ugly duckling into the swan it wants to be? So, go get em’ girl, just PLEASE don’t rock the ugly church lady shoes!!
The note made me giggle because it DID feel super Church Lady because of the THICK polyester material.
I also felt super proud because Linda thought of me when she saw this atrosh piece (let’s all say “aww” in unison), so I knew I had to do her right.
I’ve had this dress for a while in my collection! I got it early fall because of the insane embroidery – I loved how the top of it was so beautifully detailed. The rest of it was well…eh.
I knew this was going to turn out rad though, just with one major tweak. Color! Yep, it’s time for a dye job…
I filled the washing machine with hot water and a little salt, added my piece to it…
…and then added the dye! Any thoughts on what color I chose?
Say hello to Miss Charity! She sent in this fun pink piece and the color is making me happy while it’s raining outside. It seems to be perfectly sunny right here on the interwebs because of her project!
A while back a friend passed along this plain sleeveless dress to me – I liked the fabric, but when I put the dress on, I felt like a complete frump!! Being inspired by reading through your entire archive, I decided to alter it.
That’s right, girl!! Time to alter!
So, today I’m introducing another themed post called My Mother’s Attic brought to you by a great girlfriend of mine, Ashley Weeks Cart! She’ll be contributing here, the last Friday of each month, with a fab remake post. I love the premise behind this and I think you guys will too!
My name is Ash and you can find me blogging over at Blogalacart about my life on a small farm in Vermont with my college-sweetheart, our two little girls, a super mutt, a three-legged retriever and a flock of chickens. Marisa and I met at Blogshop in LA and became fast friends.
While I have always been of the DIY persuasion, I’ve been intimidated by projects involving sewing, but meeting Marisa and learning about this amazing community she’s built here at NDAD, it has given me the confidence to finally bite the bullet and learn by way around the sewing machine!
You see, my mother is a bit of a, *ahem*, hoarder, and I have piles and piles of vintage clothing (some dating back to my great grandmother) due to this compulsion. She refuses to let me get rid of any of it, so I thought it was high time to put some of the pieces to work. Modernize them. Make them current and useful. And so, I introduce “My Mother’s Attic,” a journey into overhauling and reworking generations worth of clothing and accessories.
First up, this sequined beauty from the early 90s.
I, in fact, do have memories of my mother rocking this very dress. When I asked her about the purchase, she said that she bought it at Bloomingdale’s in 1991 or ‘92 and wore it that year to her annual Gourmet Christmas Party (basically a group of their friends that get together once a month at different people’s homes for dinner parties. FUUUUN!).
I wish I had a photo to showcase her in the look, complete with voluminous 90s hair, but alas! My before pictures just don’t do it justice. My sister and friend commented that the dress reminded them of an ice skating costume. I don’t know if truer words have ever been spoken!