I saw this piece about a year ago and it always stuck with me. Maybe it was how it looked so comfortable, or how the price tag was $400? I had an insta-DIY moment where I knew right away I was going to make one of these. Just like it and WAY cheaper.
So, I finally found a hoodie with a color that looked super close to the Gryphon one! Guess how much this one was? $1.
If their baja hoodie was weaved of cashmere, then $400 makes sense, but for a piece you can literally get on the Venice Beach boardwalk, in Mexico, or at a garage sale, this was a no-brainer. Sidenote – the materials (thread/embroidery floss/yarn) might even be in your craft stash already, making this project cost whatever you snag the hoodie for.
Day Two of Bridesmaid Week begins here…
My guess for the wedding song today…The Monkees‚Äô ‚ÄúDaydream Believer.‚Äù
This 60s gown was pretty intense…aside from the big sheer sleeves that were a bit much and the thick black satin fabric (it was beyond thick), the beadwork was TDF!! (To Die For!!) That’s what hooked me…the blend of white pearls, clear crystal beads and rhinestones (which were all pretty much still intact, by the way) and I knew it had to be mine! The blend of black and white totally had me looking for other dresses that fit into this color palette.
These girls were totally into it…
So was Brenda Walsh… (She gets a special mention – I know it wasn’t for a wedding, but for Prom with Dylan McKay which actually trumps said wedding!)
I needed to get this up to date and that started first with taking off the sheer sleeves.
Took out the seam ripper and started working. There were multiple seams keeping this sleeve on so it took awhile to get this removed. Towards the end of the second sleeve I just got to tearing.
PS, those rips at the bottom were already there – the removal also assisted in not having to fix those
Check out the after…
Now that the sleeves have been removed, it was time to tweak the actual body of the dress. First thing’s first, we’ve GOTS to get rid of this length. If I really had a wedding to go to, I may have thought twice about this step, but as my schedule this week is wedding-free, there was no need to keep it black tie. I chose black tie optional, that’s for sure.
I cut off a good foot and a half of fabric from the bottom of the dress.
With the beadwork, I had to be careful as the beads were popping off right where I cut. I took some Scotch tape and taped the edges down for a makeshift stopper until I was ready to sew.
I prepped the bottom of the newly turned tunic with some pins and sewed a new hem at the bottom as well as stitching the armhole where the sheer sleeve was removed.
And because it was a bit large, I took it in a smidge on both sided to make it a little more fitted.
My night began at the ballpark…
Not Dodger Stadium but a lovely rec area in the val where I got to watch some of my favorite people play softball.
I stole a hat and one of their gloves and got tossing.
A little game of catch ensued…
…then I headed to the other entertainment portion of my night.
I had literally never watched this show until a marathon on MTV this Sunday changed all of that. Thanks to a little push from a friend I’ll call LC* I not only watched but recorded the entire season. I mean with the fast forward option on my remote, I got through 10 episodes in about an hour, but still…it was only to watch with LC this evening after I sported it out.
I remember Kristin Cavallari back from the Laguna Beach years (which I have NO problem fessing up to watching) but after Hills-ing it the past day, I’m totally not in her boat. I thought I saw all I needed to see with Heidi Montag’s surgery, but I was definitely wrong. Pretty much the entire show was addicting. The surge, however, was probably the best part of my viewing especially when those smart MTV folks paired it with clips of what she looked like four years ago. Oy vey
Another toast? I’m always down for toasting…here’s to a successful Day 2 and an even more successful Day 3!!
*Names have been changed to protect the innocent.