Michelle’s NDAD Creation

Jul 20, 2014 | 7 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!

DIY: Upcycled Kitchen Towel

Jul 16, 2014 | 10 Comments

This project was a first for me! I love dyeing anything and everything, but I hadn’t ever played with a resist of sorts (outside of rubber bands while tie dyeing) until today. And who knew…Elmer’s Blue Gel was going to be MVP?!

New Dress A Day - Rit Dye Washing Machine

Upcycled towel, here we come!

Not sure about you, but most (er, 98%) of my kitchen hand towels are spotty and stained. I thought this would be a practical and cute way to upcycle those old towels into something a little fresher instead of going out and grabbing new ones. The most fun part of this is that you not only get to become creative with your color choices, but you can personalize the towels! You can pick a word, children’s initials, the family surname, etc. to be what gets stenciled onto the towel. I worked with Rit Dye on this project, so the color options were going to be on point as well~

I chose the word “HOT”, knowing that this towel would be hanging from the stove. Yeah, just had to go literal on this one!

Using painter’s tape or duct tape, create letter stencils (like I did), use ready-made iron-on or adhesive stencils, or even print out on a sheet of paper to put underneath the towel to trace, for alternate stencil options.

New Dress A Day - Stenciled Letters

Taped stencil time!

Once the stencils are affixed to the towels…

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Remake: Zebra Print Shirt

Jul 13, 2014 | 24 Comments

When I first saw this zebra shirt at a garage sale, I totally passed it up. It was on a garment rack with a slew of other polyester shirts and I just wasn’t having any of them.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Zebra Shirt


However I kept walking by it and started thinking about how fun zebra print is. The more I thought about it, I realized that this could be a piece that could work well…

New Dress A Day - Vintage Zebra Shirt

Just a smidge too big!

…with the right styling and a good fit.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Zebra Shirt

Safari shirt!

I guess it’s good that I tend to linger at garage sales – gives me just enough time to turn a “no” into a “yes”. And, when I brought it to the sellers to pay for (along with the other goodies I found), they just gave it to me (thanks guys!!). I think they had seen enough of it and was ready to say goodbye.

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