84 Days to Go: Amelie’s NDAD Creation

Jul 27, 2012 | 17 Comments

The featured piece for today comes from Amelie!!  Such a pretty name from one of my favorite movies!

New Dress A Day - Amelie

I heart Audrey Tautou

Hi! I just wanted to say that I really like your blog, and you’ve inspired me to start modifying clothing too.  I ended up buying a somewhat ho-hum paisley sundress for $4.99 at the Salvation Army.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Before Look Amelie

Amelie - Before

The print on this long dress was a little too much for me…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Old Navy Paisley Fabric


…and the cut was definitely not flattering. The skirt was torn, and there was also a little tear near the bottom of the zipper in the back, so I decided to make this into a shirt!

Continue reading…

In Uncategorized

85 Days to Go: Friday Giveaway

Jul 26, 2012 | 71 Comments

My time in the South has been such fun – lots of family to visit, BBQ to eat, and vintage wares to find!  I scored some goodies at the Goodwill outlet and let’s just say took advantage of their pay-by-the-pound system and scored some super fab clutches in addition to some more formal pieces!!

New Dress A Day - Goodwill - Vintage Stash

Goodwill Score!!

Because I was so lucky with my clutch finds, I figured a giveaway would be in order.  Just want to share the thrifty love!!  Today, I’m giving away this lovely black satin-y clutch (it’s also in the pic above!) with something else super fantastic…a pattern from my mom’s collection!!  It was the one that I couldn’t stop giggling over.  “Show-Me! Patterns” in their Reversible Vest variety?!?!?  I know you want it!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Goodwill - Vintage Stash Giveaway

Win me!!

To enter, leave a comment below with something you remember loving/wearing/needing to have that you would totally take back now if you could.  I remember ‘needing’ a Hypercolor T-shirt when I was a kid and when I finally got one (after the initial hoopla wore down) it didn’t change color!!  A winner for this (as well as last week’s earrings) will be picked early next week!  Can’t wait to hear all these gems.

Happy Friday!

In Uncategorized

86 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Jul 25, 2012 | 49 Comments

Another remake from the Carolinas!!

PS, apologies for the tragicness going on on my head right now.  Quick pre-shoot barrette move, not so good.

Pink jacket time!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Before - 86

Day 86 - Before

I got it mostly because of the Carmen Marc Valvo tag.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Carmen Marc Valvo - 86


For a buck I just couldn’t resist.  It fit me well, but it wasn’t something I’d actually choose to wear.  It needed some punch, so that’s what I gave it.  To the moon, Alice!!

Continue reading…

In Uncategorized

87 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Jul 24, 2012 | 41 Comments

We’re back in sewing business!!  I got my hands on a machine and I finally got to fix the below dress today!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Before - 87

Day 87 - Before

It was big on me, so first plan of business was to take it in!  I started with the body of the piece…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Pinning Body - 87

Pinned body!

…pinned the arms and torso then headed to the waist.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Taking In - 87

Elastic Measuring!

The waist was elastic, so I tested it out (stretched it) when trying it on to pin in just the right spot.  Time to sew!!

Continue reading…

In Uncategorized

88 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Jul 23, 2012 | 18 Comments

I felt it fitting to shoot this week’s outfits in front of my parents house that sits the old bench I used to pose in front of.  The memories of that lovely bench, le sigh.  Unforch I decided to flare the dress right in front of it, but you’ll see it more over the next few days!

I LOVED this print – felt like a pattern on blue & white porcelain!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Before - 88

Day 88 - Before

Before I got to sewing, I decided to peruse my mom’s old sewing/crafting goodies in the garage and found some winners.  (You just might see a few of these goodies up for grabs this week!)  I cannot wait to use that eyelet tool!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Mom's Sewing Gear - 88

Mom's Vintage Stash

I found her machine…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Sewing Machine - Singer - 88

Hello Ms. Singer!

…and began to get my piece ready.  There just happened to be a small snafu.  It wasn’t working!!  My mom turned it on and tested it for me before I arrived and it lit up, wheel was fine, however once it was sew time, it just wasn’t agreeing.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress -Sewing Machine Issues - 88


I’m getting my hands on another one tomorrow, so this piece will finally get turned around.  Alas dinner with Aunt L and Uncle C was not meant to be had in this dress.

On route to a dinner of BBQ (when in the south…) we had a flash flood of sorts!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Rainy Day - 88


It was such a treat because it’s been a while since seeing big droplets like these – there was some light drops in LA last week, but they were more like restaurant misters, lightly grazing the cars and concrete.  This was legit rain!

We got to the restaurant where I devoured a pulled pork sandwich and took down one of my dad’s ribs.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Oh My Ribs - 88

Oh My Ribs!!!

I wasn’t a rib girl until I tasted true rib glory at Smitty’s in Lockhart, TX this past year.  Those were the best ribs I had ever tasted and these ones in Indian Land, SC came in a close second.

I’m currently in a food coma, so tomorrow will be fun to get back on the sewing wagon!!

In Uncategorized