Remake: Black, White, & Tan Polyester Shirt

Mar 8, 2015 | 10 Comments

The pattern of this top is what sold me from the get go!

New Dress A Day - polyester shirt

BEFORE

The size was wrong, seams were undone, and the sleeves were too big because the elastic was worn out.

New Dress A Day - polyester shirt

Big sleeves!

Because I can’t ever turn away from a good pattern, I knew this shirt could be salvaged into something I could wear all the time!

New Dress A Day - polyester shirt

Smidge too big

Ya hear? ALL. THE. TIME.

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Red Velour Nightgown & Sewing Goodies Giveaway

Mar 3, 2015 | 67 Comments

I spent the weekend in bed with a cold, so in-between copious amounts of Nyquil and AlkaSeltzer Severe Sinus Congestion pills (who knew AlkaSeltzer made cold meds? I quickly found out during a trip to CVS where I hopefully did not infect the pharmacists…sorry pals!) I was trying to get apartment and outfit inspiration on Pinterest….

New Dress A Day - mini sewing machine

Mini Sewing Machine!!

…while getting work done on that velour nightgown!!

Vintage nightgown - New Dress A Day

PJs?

Hey zippy, zippy!

New Dress A Day - velour nightgown

Zip, zip, zipping away!

Progress was made…

New Dress A Day - velour nightgown

Sleeve: I’ma coming to get you! Marisa: NIGHTMARES!!!

…but it hasn’t fully made it to completion. We’re almost there!!

In the interim of my nose blowing, tea sipping, working the day job from home, I’m offering a little stay crafty, but most importantly STAY WARM goodie stash for a lucky reader.

New Dress A Day - Giveaway

Warm, cozy, & crafty!

A Dritz kit with all the sewing necessities and a cozy handmade ear warmer that will come in super handy for the bitter cold that is still plaguing the country! (The mini sewing machine is yours too, if you so choose to take it!)

Leave a comment below with an activity you love doing while stuck indoors. Maybe it’s catching up on housework, or maybe it’s watching ALL OF HOUSE OF CARDS‘ SEASON THREE EPISODES THAT JUST CAME OUT ON NETFLIX!!! (That’s not me…yet, but that is how a large group of people I know spent their weekend.) A winner will be chosen next week (3/13!!) so get those activities listed.

Also, big congrats to the winner of the Rafe purse giveaway, Jessica :) Fringe is on Spring’s must list, so that bag is going to be the hit accessory staple of your wardrobe! Send pictures – can’t wait to see how you style it!

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Upcoming Outfits!

Feb 25, 2015 | 3 Comments

I’ve been playing around with a bunch of fun pieces that you’ll see over the next few days!!

This one looks like something that I would have worn when I was six as my nightgown. This is like the grown-up, adult version! PS, it’s velour!!!

Vintage nightgown - New Dress A Day

PJs?

This one feels like I should be in Annie. You know, if Annie gets remade again and it’s all adults playing the orphaned kids?

Vintage red and white collar dress - New Dress A Day

Annie-esque?

And this might be the piéce de resistance. HELLO, too big jumpsuit!!! The before shots that go along with this one are AMAZING. Just you wait…

Vintage Jumpsuit - New Dress A Day

ULTIMATE JUMPSUIT

All coming soon to a screen near you!! Stay tuned :)

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Remake: Vintage Purple Pleated Dress

Feb 19, 2015 | 20 Comments

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than a tight neck!

New Dress A Day - vintage dress

Tight neck!

I feel like I get neck-claustrophobia (yeah, that’s a word I just made up) when I wear things like this. The color was fab…

New Dress a Day - Vintage Dress

Make me more fun!

…but the dress needed a little more something added to it, you know?

New Dress A Day - vintage dress

Hey, now!

Plus there were some major shoulder pads that needed to get removed.

New Dress A Day - vintage dress

Shoulder pads!!

I should stuff new pillows with all of the pads that I’ve accumulated :) Ready to see how this dress looks now??

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Boxes O’Vintage & Purple Satin Dress Teaser

Feb 17, 2015 | 3 Comments

I’ve unearthed a few of my boxes labeled vintage (yay!!!) and it was like Christmas all over again as I began to unpack. I’m only one extra-large Home Depot box in, and already it’s a season’s worth of remakes.

New Dress A Day - box of vintage clothes!

Box o’vintage

It’s also solidifying the fact that my memory isn’t serving me as well as it used to because a half of the pieces I don’t even recall purchasing :) Is there such a thing as “moving brain?” Because if so, I’m self-diagnosing myself with just that.

Didn’t remember this cute top…

New Dress A Day -  vintage clothes!

Perfect summer top!

Same goes with this 60s dress with an amazingly sick collar!! (Love me some collars.)

New Dress A Day - vintage clothes!

Dye job on the horizon for this one?? What are your thoughts???

Totally forgot about this aqua dress…

New Dress A Day - vintage clothes!

Love that applique!

…as well as this French polyester shirt with “bonbons” and “Paris” written all over it. Definitely not sure what my original intention was for this one, but I’m determined to make it work!

New Dress A Day - vintage clothes!

Oui Oui!

I shot a bunch of pieces before I moved, so the before looks are pretty much ready to go. Tomorrow, I’m going to turn this dress into something a little more updated!

New Dress A Day - vintage dress

Tight neck!

And preferably something with some more room at the neck!

Those shoulder pads are going to get removed as well…

New Dress A Day - vintage dress

Shoulder pads!!

Stay tuned!

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