Remake: Red Velour Nightgown

Mar 16, 2015 | 10 Comments

When you find a red velour nightgown on your thrifting adventures, you immediately think, “this is something 6-year-old me wore.”

Vintage nightgown - New Dress A Day

BEFORE

Seriously, this could be the adult version of my Christmas Eve jammy-jams.

Vintage nightgown - New Dress A Day

Ready for bed!

I feel like it’s my upcycling duty to make this piece work.

Vintage nightgown - New Dress A Day

PJs???

Because, there’s lots of potential here.

Vintage nightgown - New Dress A Day

Time to Transform!

Non-nightgown-y potential here, ya know?

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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.

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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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