Remake: Mauve Polyester Dress

Jul 22, 2014 | 15 Comments

You saw the teaser of this piece yesterday…

New Dress A Day - vintage dress

Mauve dream!

…and gave me plenty of ideas of what you thought I might turn it into!

New Dress A Day - Mauve Polyester Dress

Should I make a pillow with this?

There’s absolutely no way of flashing anyone wearing this!!

New Dress A Day - Mauve Polyester Dress

So much fabric!

The key factor to this dress was the layered top!


New Dress A Day - Mauve Polyester Dress

Lean back!

I had an idea of what I wanted to create…



New Dress A Day - Mauve Polyester Dress

Vintage layers!

…but loved hearing what you had to say!  From cap sleeves and dye to strapless and shortened, you had some fabulous ideas. Want to see what it looks like now??

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Remake: Mauve Polyester Dress

Jul 21, 2014 | 6 Comments

This mauve wonder got a face lift over the weekend!

New Dress A Day - vintage dress

Mauve dream!

Remake coming later today, but any thoughts on what it looks like now?? Fill me in!!

Michelle’s NDAD Creation

Jul 20, 2014 | 6 Comments

I’m in a sparkly accessory mode at the moment. I just used Prada’s rhinestone clutch as inspiration in making my own bedazzled pouch and today’s piece from Michelle is on that same glitz train! The amazing part about her project is how she tackles an issue she deals with (and one that a lot of us deal with too!), allergies, and makes something that didn’t work, work like a very sparkly charm! See what she did…

I had purchased a few sparkly necklaces online, but it turns out I have a pretty nasty nickel allergy.

I kept the necklaces hoping I would find something to use them for. I finally came up with an idea using leftover black fabric, crazy glue, and ribbon.

NDAD - Necklace Making Supplies


I sketched a rough guideline on the fabric so I’d know where to lay the necklace [the ends were quite loose], applied the glue to the back of the necklace, and placed it along the lines.

NDAD - DIY Upcycled Necklace

Trim and glue

I had to touch up a few areas where the glue didn’t quite take. I followed this up by trimming around the edges.

Next I removed the chain, leaving one loop on each end for the 1/8 inch black ribbon.

NDAD - DIY Upcycled Necklace

Time to attach!

I cut each ribbon to about 24 inches long and doubled them up so the necklace can be any length from a tighter choker to a longer pendant style. Then tied a knot close to the loop and at the tying end.

NDAD - DIY Upcycled Necklace


Some of the metal still comes in contact, but this should severely cut down on the reaction. And it’s sparkly!

What an amazing job you did! This is such a great way to turn jewelry that doesn’t work into new staple pieces! That necklace is so fab and I love the how it matches the chevron print, with the pointy edges! See what else Michelle has created HERE!

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Copycat: Prada Jeweled Purse

Jul 18, 2014 | 17 Comments

I absolutely fell in love with this Prada clutch when I first laid eyes on it.

New Dress A Day - DIY pouch - Prada Copycat

Prada’s inspiration clutch

I just wasn’t as in love with the $2580 price tag. Using this gorg purse as inspiration, I was determined to create my own gemtastic masterpiece!

With all the leftovers that I’ve accumulated from the thousands of dresses I’ve remade, I knew I could stitch up a pouch in no time. I thought that this lovely piece would make the perfect base because…

New Dress A Day - vintage purple polyester dress


…after I trimmed it up…

New Dress A Day - vintage purple polyester dress

Time to go short!

…and turned it into this…

New Dress A Day - vintage purple polyester dress

1,000,000 times better!

…I had tons of leftovers to play with! Nothing that a little dyeing can’t fix to make this the perfect base!

With my pouch plans in place, Swarovski gems procured in the matching colors on the Prada purse (emeralds, yellows, golds, blues, clear)…

New Dress A Day - Swarovski

Crystal party!

…and backings from EH Ashley in hand…

New Dress A Day - Backings


…it was time to get my bedazzle on!

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Gem Party!

Jul 17, 2014 | 6 Comments

My Swarovski-encrusted project is almost complete! I showed you this photo last week…

New Dress A Day - Swarovski

Crystal party!

…and I’ve made quite a bit of progress since then.

New Dress A Day - Swarovski

The backings are on!

Do you have any thoughts on what this might be turning into?? Share them below! You’ll see the after look tomorrow, so stay tuned!