Margaret’s NDAD Creation

Aug 2, 2014 | 11 Comments

The amazingly crafty Margaret came up with the PERFECT dress to tie into the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie that opened this weekend. I’m super excited about the film so when I saw her creation I almost passed out because of the awesomeness!! This is something that would work on so many mediums as well, so I think you’re all going to enjoy :)

There’s nothing quite like making a special outfit for a special occasion – and this one was a crazy good time. I speak, of course, of my new Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired little black dress.

I had a plain old black cotton dress that I transformed into this awesomeness with a few easy steps. (This is a piece that can be easily thrifted or picked up on the cheap! I love this Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s black shift dress that’s on sale for $16)

New Dress A Day - Jennifer Lopez shift dress - Kohl's

Black shift dress by J Lo!

See how Margaret transformed this shift dress into something galaxy-tastic!!

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Cathy’s NDAD Creation

Jul 27, 2014 | 30 Comments

Today’s piece that Cathy submitted is one that turned out so gorgeous. It looks like something I’d see at DVF. She worked wonders and I just can’t wait for you to see the outcome. Cathy, I would totally wear this in a heartbeat!! Anytime you’re willing to share… :)

My name is Cathy and I live in England. I have been following your blog for a while now and have been itching to have a go at a dress transformation. You’ve always made it sound like this was something anyone could do so I was encouraged to try it out for myself. My opportunity came when I got this dress on ebay for £10. The seller said it was a ‘Vintage Wisteria Print’ dress, but there was no label on the dress so I don’t know who made it or when.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Dress


What I do know is that it has a beautiful purple print and cute pleats in the skirt.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Dress

Close Up Neckline!

And I know that I would not wear it in a million years unless I made some some dramatic changes! 

Time to see Cathy’s dramatic changes!!!

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4th of July Tie Dye! (One shirt, two ways!)

Jul 3, 2014 | 5 Comments

I worked with Rit Dye on this project and my goal was to get an outfit ready to wear for this holiday weekend! I love July 4th and always need to have a patriotic outfit (as well as some nails) to help with the celebration!

Start with a basic cotton t-shirt (grab one from your collection!), a handful of rubber bands, and Scarlet and Royal Blue Rit Dye.

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Add both shades of dye into plastic bottles – this will make it easier to apply dye to the t-shirt in specific areas.

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Bottle them dyes!

Fold or twist the shirt to prep for tie dyeing! I went with a horizontal accordion fold that would give me a vertical stripe with the dyes. I folded, rubber banded sections, and started to apply the dye on each side of the rubber bands, alternating colors.

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Tie dyeing is on!!

Let the shirt soak and dry (I waited about 6 hours), remove the rubber bands, and unfold the shirt. Rinse the shirt under cold water until the dye runs clear. Toss the tee into the dryer until it’s fully dry.

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Dry and snip!

The shirt is complete! With some sleeve rolls, it was time to ring in the 4th á la Bruce Springsteen!!

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Bruuuuuuce! I totally feel like I’m in the “Dancing in the Streets” video

I couldn’t just stop there. (This step is totally optional. If you love the tee as is, stop once the shirt has been washed/dried.) I loved how the dye turned out, but I like to cut up my tees before actually wearing them. I removed the ribbed neck, the sleeves, and cut a four-inch slit at the center-bottom of the back of the shirt

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Trim time

New, refashioned shirt in just a few quick snippy steps!

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Tank time!

Here’s a close up of that knotted back…

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Knot in the back!

I’m ready to celebrate ‘Merica in my red, white, and blue!! Nothing like some tie dye to feel patriotic!

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye


Cue The Star Spangled Banner!!

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Sleeve or no sleeve, that is the question.

Happy 4th of July, friends!!!

Adrienne’s NDAD Creation

Jun 28, 2014 | 6 Comments

Adrienne’s piece for today is one of my faves! She used one of my go-to methods for when a vintage dress is just a little too bold or the pattern is super overwhelming. You can simplify and make it rock with just one easy step. Check out Adrienne’s piece…

I have been reading your blog for some time now, after I discovered (and bought) the book! I have always been an aspiring DIYer, but didn’t really know how to get started. Your book and blog have given me a lot of inspiration and ideas, so when some friends and I decided to go out thrifting, I dared them to find me something awful so I could make it into something wearable. This dress is the one we all agreed on.

New Dress a Day - vintage dress


It was a silk faux wrap dress, and was about 5 sizes too large! I actually loved the fact that it was silk, and the pattern, though, a bit VIVID, was too much for me for a whole dress.

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Michelle and Mikhayla’s NDAD Creation

Jun 22, 2014 | 9 Comments

I love how Michelle and her gorgeous little kiddo Mikhayla took an outgrown garment and turned it into something so cool and practical! This is something that you can craft for yourself, for your kids, for your office and I can’t wait to get started on one myself! Check out what the terrific team of M&M created…

Hi! I have a crafty project made out of an outgrown garment to show you! Mikhayla had a cute little sweatshirt that had our favorite thing in the world on the front of it – SPARKLES! We couldn’t just throw it away!

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store


See how Michelle and Mikhayla crafted this sparkly piece into something fabulous!

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