Monday Remake: Bright Florals

Jun 24, 2013 | 13 Comments

I snagged this at the Goodwill in Charlotte when I was visiting my parents because I was OBSESSED with the fabric colors.  I mean, this is like a box of Crayola crayons!!  A big floral box of crayons!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

BEFORE

Color aside, the rest of the piece was just not going to cut it on me in its current state.  I liked the buttons, but they came up high on my neck, so I needed to make a few adjustments to make this summer wardrobe-worthy!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Dance Party!!

Time to get out my seam ripper!!

I played around with the top of the piece for a bit before I decided to turn it around!  There were three awesome seams on the back – one down the center and the other two making about a 15 degree angle on each side – and that’s where my inspiration came from.

I wanted to open this area up a bit so I used the seams as my guide…  I put down three pins marking the area that I wanted to remove fabric from.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Pin placement!

I took my seam ripper and began removing seams until I hit the pin marks, folding the material on each side of the center seam under.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Seam rippin!

I loaded up my sewing machine with some thread and restitched seams on the front of the piece!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Stitchin’ down my edges!

A few easy adjustments and using the matching rope belt that came with the dress, I was ready to go public!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

AFTER

I love the way the new neck looks!!  It’s super feminine and totally works with my stark white skin and the pretty melony/reddish/pink/yellow/green florals.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Pretty new neckline!!

I tied the belt and did a little untucking to give a little shape at the waist.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Summer florals!

The buttons down the back are awesome too now!  I like them WAY better on this side of the piece!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Buttoned back!

I got excited to spend the day in the sun and took my dancy feet…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Knee bendin!

…to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).  I finally got to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibit…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Stanley Kubrick Exhibit - LACMA

Wall o’posters!

…before it closes next week (could I get any more last minute???).

I had to document the costumes…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Stanley Kubrick Exhibit - LACMA

So iconic!

I’m going to have nightmares about these guys tomorrow…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Stanley Kubrick Exhibit - LACMA

The twins!!

It’s really amazing to get so close and personal with things that you’ve seen over and over in film. Being there in person was incredible!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Stanley Kubrick Exhibit - LACMA

“Christian had a thing for Tony Curtis so he brought over Some Like it Hot and Sporadicus.”

After Kubrick, there was time spent enjoying the spaghetti strings, aka “Penetrable” by Jesus Rafael Soto.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

LACMA fun!

It was just me and the kids hanging in the yellow strings…you know, like you do when you’re in your 30s :)

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Spaghetti strings!

Time to kick off the new week!  Happy Monday, friends!

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