Jennifer’s NDAD Creation

Mar 9, 2014 | 12 Comments

Jennifer submitted today’s awesome project after seeing my remake of this lace dress…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Wedding Dress - 80s


…that I featured last May. (Click HERE for the full post!) I love hearing from you guys via email and in the comments section when you have similar dresses to the ones that I remake! So, seeing Jennifer’s project made me super happy. Check it out…

This recreation was done five years ago but when I saw your do-over of the peach lace dress a little while back, I just had to respond. This is my wedding dress from my first marriage in 1986. Covered in the same lace as your dress. Imagine my shock! 

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Wedding Dress - 80s

Jennifer in her wedding dress!

Fast forward to 2008. My daughter Caitlin was graduating high school and was looking for a different kind of vintage prom dress. We looked for months and even consulted a dress designer, but we were stuck until one day when we saw my old dress hanging in the closet.

Just for kicks she tried it on. Caitlin is shorter than me so the dress was too long, but other than that it fit to a T! But oh…that lace and those shoulder pads?!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Wedding Dress - 80s

Lace sleeves!!

Keep reading to see how J’s wedding dress gets transformed! Continue reading…

Rachel’s NDAD Creation: Oscar Edition

Mar 2, 2014 | 10 Comments

Rachel’s remake is totally tied into Oscar Week!  Check out the fab Gatsby remake she created for her son’s theater performance.  I would have LOVED to be in The Great Gatsby.  Oh Daisy Buchanan…  I’ll have another remake up before the Oscars air later today!

This past November, my son performed the role of Tom Buchanan in his high school theatre group’s performance of The Great Gatsby.  It was a fantastic show!  I scored a suit for him at my favorite charity thrift store for $2 and made some adjustments. I volunteered to help with other costumes, mostly taking things in and adjusting hems, but my big remake was a dress for Myrtle, played by the lovely ML.  I went back to my favorite thrift store and scored a $3 twinset (a matching shirt and open jacket) made of a dark red and shimmery heavy jersey.

New Dress A Day - DIY -  Great Gatsby Costume - Vintage Dress - Upcycled


Time to get Gatsby-ized!!

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Lainie’s NDAD Creation

Feb 22, 2014 | 17 Comments

Today’s piece comes from the lovely Lainie! Lainie sent me two batches of pictures – one set includes the project that you’ll see below and the second set are pics of the Tassimo she won from the pre-holiday giveaway! I was thrilled to hear all about the goodies she received in the mail from the Tassimo itself and the batches of discs…

Tassimo and T Discs, newdressaday giveaway

Hello caffeine!

…to the hospitality station she set up in her entryway with her new machine! I want to come and hang at your house, Lainie! Your entryway looks like the cutest bed and breakfast :)  


Tassimo and T Discs, newdressaday giveaway

Coffee talk!

What a fun way to stay warm during the Pacific Northwest “Snowpocalypse 2014″ as she described it!

Tassimo and T Discs, newdressaday giveaway - Snowpocalypse

Let it snow!

Now onto the project…

I wanted to thank you for helping me be brave. I had this huge plaid wrap thing that was barely more than hemmed fabric and I made a hat using a pattern in a book. It was all fine and well but really, so much fabric was not used and the original item wasn’t exactly re-invented. Why? Because I was chicken!! My mom brought this dress home that she picked up on clearance at Marshall’s and I decided to go for it.

New Dress A Day - DIY -  Aztec Pattern Dress - Upcycled


Even though it was hideous on, I had a very hard time cutting into something that was already, you know, “something.” But I did it…

How will Lainie rework this clearance rack piece?

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Hannah’s NDAD Creation

Feb 17, 2014 | 9 Comments

We’re having some springtime temperatures here in Los Angeles – I was in Malibu yesterday celebrating a friend’s birthday wearing flip flops and a dress!  I know there’s still a Polar Vortex going on in other parts of the world, so to help channel some warm temperatures, this piece from Hannah in the Phillippines is getting some love.  It’s exactly what I want to wear next time I’m in the sun!

I got the dress for free from the school where I work. (PS, I’m from the Philippines! Hi everyone!!!). They gave each of us a bag with several pieces of clothes inside.  My students chose the dress for me because they know that I love dresses and think it will look great on me.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Dress - DIY - floral pattern


When I tried it on, I didn’t like the fit especially in the shoulders, the thick neckline, the shirred part in the middle of the dress, and the length. I loved the pattern of the fabric though, so I held onto it and decided to recreate it.

How will Hannah tweak this piece?


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Trish’s NDAD Creation

Feb 9, 2014 | 25 Comments

Trish made a most gorgeous piece for today’s post! I feel like the skirt she used is one that I had in my collection back in the 90s. The one that I used to wear mock turtlenecks with. The one that I used to wear Birkenstocks with. Yeah, I was straight up Reality Bites :) See how this turns out!

I am addicted to your blog, Marisa! Your fabulous creations inspired my sister and me to buy only second-hand for a full year. I found this skirt at Goodwill for $2.50. I knew that it wouldn’t fit, but I loved how delicate the 100% silk fabric felt.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Floral Sheer Skirt - Vintage

Trish’s Skirt

Also, I’m a sucker for thrift designer pieces like Bergdorf Goodman…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Floral Sheer Skirt - Vintage

Hey Bergdorf, Heeeeeyyyy!!

…so I brought it home and hand washed it!

Check out how Trish transformed it!!

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