Julia's NDAD Creation

It's a little San Fran weekend with readers from Northern California getting DIY love!  Yesterday we saw Linda's skirts that she tweaked after bringing them to my book signing at RGB Shop + Gallery and today we're seeing Julia in the dress she upcycled to wear to the event!  There was a little sneak peek yesterday... New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

...and today you get the full rundown!

I found this Krist Gudnason housecoat/muumuu at a local thrift store for $6.  Pretty sure it's from the '70s - what a great print!  It fit great but I didn't like the neckline and the length was weird.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

It had these cool decorative frog closures at the neck and at the top of the side slit.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Let's see how Julia tweaks this puppy into something super fabulous!

I started by removing the frogs and cutting off the mandarin collar.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

I first cut a V neck but that looked wrong, so I used chalk to mark a scoop neckline that suited me better. 

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

I used some black bias tape I had in my stash to finish the neckline.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

I shortened the length and even had a misadventure with a puckering hem-stitch, so I decided to just leave the hem as a raw edge.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

I created 6" slits on both sides of the skirt and positioned the frogs at the top of each slit.  Yay!  Finished dress ready to go meet Marisa!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

(How fab does Julia look???)

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

We had fun at our little signing party enjoying citrus sips by Strip And Go Bare...

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

...and amazing art on RGB's fabulously striped walls.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

The lovely Faithy who owns RGB was so gracious to host our little party and do a fun little intro before I jumped into the DIY project!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

We had fun consulting...

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

...going over ensemble ideas...

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

...and checking out the book.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

I even had fun taking some solo shots before everyone arrived!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

I'm setting up a few more events over the next few months, so stay tuned!!  Julia, thank you SO much for sharing your gorgeous dress with us.  If I lived in SF, I'd be borrowing this from you often!