Remake: Brown Bib Dress

May 6, 2014 | 30 Comments

I gave you guys a little teaser of this dress last week.

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Bib City!

Big time bib action on this one!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Bib all around!

Plus some shoulder pads that were large enough to be pillows on my couch!! OK, slight exaggeration…

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Nap time on that shoulder pad!

This one is all about paring down. Time to get crackin’!

I brought this piece with me to work on while I was up in San Francisco last week. (I cruised up north to work on some fun Creativebug videos that I’ll share as soon as they become available!!) I packed it in my LeSportsac bag of clothes galore…

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Clothes and my bag o’beauty routine!

…which rivaled my monogrammed Skipping Girl tote in size, that was solely filled with my toiletries. Girl’s gots to have her beauty products when she’s road tripping and does not need to comply with travel carry-on rules! Full sized, all the way.

This vintage frock was packed in the weekender while my curling iron, shampoo/condish duo by Fat Hair (it’s vegan and it thickens my über fine hair), sat on top of my contacts/contact solution, toothbrush/paste, shine spray, moisturizer, sunscreen, makeup, and glasses. I was 100% prepared for a video shoot or a month stuck in the forest.

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Lock and load!

This was a little taste of my view driving up…

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Coast of dreams!

Once I made my way up to SF, I got to crafting during my down time. I began with that bib!! I just wasn’t feeling it, so I started on my journey of removing it with a seam ripper.

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Seam ripping time!!

Once I got it removed, it looked just like this.

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

It’s off!

All I need is a little bit of padding and we’re ready for some football!! The draft is only a few days away…just sayin.

The new neckline was super clean, which I loved.

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Bib-less collar!

The large-ish shoulder pads came off next…

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Shoulda pad, out!

…and the length of the skirt followed.

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Bottom trim!

I trimmed. I pinned…

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Pinning!

I sewed…

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Sew down

There was some cool button work down the center of the back of the dress, so I decided to turn the dress around and wear the back as the new front!

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AFTER

I opened a few of the buttons and tucked under the fabric to create a makeshift V-neck.

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Block party!

Paired with an elastic, straw-colored belt and with the sleeves pushed up above my elbows, the dress had a sleeker and more cleaned up vibe.

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Singin’ in the Rain? (sans rain?)

Sometimes removing just one thing changes the entire look of a piece. I’m talking to you, bib!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

Hydrant-obsessed

Love the comfort of this piece and you’d never guess that there was anything attached to the top of it!

I’ve got some fun things on tap for the week – more remakes and more giveaways! Speaking of, congrats to Carly for winning the UncommonGoods gift card. Check yo email, girl!

  • Sue

    Big, big improvement. :)

    That pic of the coastline… absolutely beautiful.

    • newdressaday

      It was SO dreamy, Sue! My first trip on the coast instead of taking the 101 or 5!!

  • Natchez

    Darling! I’d love a close up of the buttons…

  • kelseybrow

    I liked the red accents, so I’m kind of sad to see them go! It does look loads better this way though and turning the dress around was genius!

    Do you have a big pile of strips cut off from hems when you make things shorter? Because I do! I can’t seem to throw them out because the fabric is cool, but I don’t have any ideas what to do with them!

    • Melanie Hakimipour

      Could you use them for one of those rag carpets?

      • newdressaday

        Love that idea!

    • newdressaday

      Agreed!! I have SO many pieces of trim leftover. I made an iPad case with some remnant silk pieces, but have sewn some trim into sashes to wear around my waist. Perhaps stitched together they’d make for a super cool cover on top of a cork board to hang necklaces on?

      • Diana

        One time I trimmed ties (neckties) straight and sewed them together lengthwise. Got me a big piece of sewn together ties; made me a vest! I wore it till it fell apart! There’s a trim idea for you!

  • Diana

    I loved the colors of this dress and really did like the red accents, too. Still, another good job!

    • newdressaday

      Definitely liked the red too…I’ll see how to reincorporate it back into the piece somehow!

  • Susan

    Holy cow!! You would never have a clue it was even the same dress. Nice work!

    • newdressaday

      Right?! That’s the best part!

  • Karen Bingham

    from little house on the Prairie to glamourous. xx great

    • newdressaday

      Woo hoo! I’ll take it!

  • E Bice

    Loved the red that was on the dress. Maybe put red trim on the bottom and then add red belt. Love the shape of the remake though. Great job!

    • newdressaday

      Yeah, the red was a lovely addition. Adding some red in somewhere could make it perfect!!

  • Sarah_H.

    I never even noticed the great dolman sleeves on that until you simplified things. You have the eye for style!!

    • newdressaday

      The sleeves are incredible!! The cuff was gorgeous and was eclipsed by the rest of the stuff going on! So glad you like!

  • JunoB

    MUCH better. Love the belt, too.

    • newdressaday

      That belt was the best flea market purchase I’ve had – works with everything!

  • http://pumpsandneedles.blogspot.com/ Birgit

    that looks gorgeous!

    • newdressaday

      Thank you Birgit!!

  • UptoSacto

    love the re-make but I REALLY LOVE HIGHWAY 1 :-)

    • newdressaday

      ME TOO!!!!! (First true coastal trip and I’m hooked!!)

  • Kelli Cole

    I like the brown scroll, maybe you could use it pieced together as a belt or scarf. It looks good with the print of the dress, but definitely not as a bib. I am living in Poland for work. Every time I go into a second hand shop I think of you. What would Marisa do? I so enjoy reading your posts and seeing the inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

    • newdressaday

      Aww, Kelli that is SO amazing! I love that you are always thinking about upcycling when you’re on the second hand shop hunt! I’d love to see what the shops are like in Poland! Have you found any amazing gems?

      • Kelli Cole

        I bought this dress at a shop that has “by the kilo” sales on Thursdays. It was 5zl, less than $2!! I haven’t decided if I will take the ruffle off the collar or cut the sleeves to elbow length. That’s as far as I have gone with my ideas, because the length just grazes my knees, which I like. I did find a 100% wool coat made in Oslo for 2zl or 70 cents! They were having a 2zl sale on anything and everything. I just wish I had more time in my week to shop. Or maybe that’s a good thing, because I have to get all this stuff home to Texas someday. **sorry if the picture shows twice. I couldn’t get just one to show up.

  • http://www.clashcoordinate.com Jaclyn English

    I hope you have a plan for the fabric from the bib! I’m sure it could be used for something :)

    • newdressaday

      Oh I totally will, J! xo

  • Laura Whitman

    This is adorable! It has pockets – win!

    Oh bibs – my cousin and I are fond of calling the lace bibs/collars doilies when we are thrifting.

    xoxo,
    Laura