Copycat: Hudson Brit Punk Jeans

Jan 27, 2014 | 25 Comments

I haven’t done a fun denim DIY in a little while, so when I found these rocker jeans by Hudson I had to add them to the list!! I saw them being worn by Lucy Hale (Aria) on Pretty Little Liars (yes, I’ve started to get a little sucked in!) and the wheels started turning. (For those Pretty Little Liars fans, you can head over here to HelloGiggles to read the post with the full TV tie in!)

New Dress A Day - Hudson Jeans Copycat - DIY - dyed jeans

Me & Lucy

The actual jeans on Lucy are by Hudson and they’re an ode to the Union Jack flag, in a deconstructed way. It’s Brit punk, fo sho, and I wanted to try my hand at remaking them!

The key to remaking this piece is the base….

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DIY: Floral Headpiece

Jan 17, 2014 | 14 Comments

Because it was a CRAZY 80 degrees today in Southern California, I felt the need to get into the summer spirit!!  When January gives you 80 degrees, you dye paper flowers and make floral headpieces, obviously :)

I started off with my materials…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Paper Flower Headpiece - Rit Dye


I wanted to make a headpiece using elastic, but then had a headband base that I thought I’d use as well!  This project would also work wonders, turning the flowers into pins with adhesive pin backs too if you’d like to go that route.  The final piece of this sunny day DIY are paper flowers, these coming from Prima Marketing.

I sorted through an assortment of shaded of Rit Dye...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Paper Flower Headpiece - Rit Dye

Spray bottle options

…and got to spritzing!

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My Mother’s Attic: November

Dec 6, 2013 | 31 Comments

I’m loving Ash’s post for this month because she uses one of my favorite tricks! I think you guys are going to like…

One weekend in November, my husband took my two little girls and our new puppy on a trip to visit his parents. I had to hang back because of some photography gigs, but I didn’t mind the rare opportunity to spend time at my own home without any dependents. The uninterrupted sleep was an added bonus.

One evening, I did what any solo mama would do on a treasured night alone… I played dress up! I pulled racks of vintage dresses of my mom’s, grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s that I’ve got stashed in our basement and spent an hour or so trying on various pieces that hadn’t seen the light of day in years. Sadly, many of the extremely old and delicate pieces are ripped or stained or torn in ways that aren’t salvageable for everyday use. But I have a grand vision of some of these dresses from the ’20s from my great-grandmother being hung on a wall in a bedroom to showcase this history. Here is the snap from Instagram I shared of this flapper dress…

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Vintage love

(the silk is torn in so many places, but it is a treasure!) that is by far my favorite (despite the tears). I’ll definitely share photos if/when I make that dress wall happen!

Among that pile of dresses was this knit, cream dress that my mother claims was her Momo’s (my great-grandmother who was born in 1901).

New Dress A Day - vintage dress - My Mother's Attic


 The yarn was badly tea-stained…

New Dress A Day - vintage dress - My Mother's Attic

What to do?

…and there were a number of holes in the pattern.

New Dress A Day - vintage dress - My Mother's Attic

Holey Moley!

I got in the NDAD mindset, and did something I would never have thought to do prior to meeting Maris! I decided to…

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Remake: White Cotton Beach Dress

Dec 3, 2013 | 16 Comments

Happy Tuesday!! How was everyone’s Thanksgiving/weekend/Monday back at work?? I hope you all enjoyed a little R&R!

I just got back from a little holiday retreat in Costa Rica where I had fish (!!!) on Thanksgiving! Such a welcomed break for a few days, but now it’s back to business. I’ve got some fun holiday posts coming up soon, but in the interim we’re going to have a few posts with some beachy retreat remakes! First up was this fab white cotton dress – my gal AA gave this one to me and it was perfect for summer! Lots of lace and layers…

New Dress A Day - DIY - White Linen Dress - Tie Dye


…but also lots of spots! I knew that the spottage could be handled with a little assistance.

New Dress A Day - DIY - White Linen Dress - Tie Dye

Spotty, spot, spots!

DYE! It’s going to be a tie dye kind of day for this piece!

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Remake: Ivory Striped Dress

Oct 22, 2013 | 30 Comments

I got this ivory dress from a girlfriend who was moving to NY in hopes of giving it a fix.  It was stunning, however there were some slight issues.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress


There were lots of these faded, brownish spots at the bottom of the dress…

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress


…as well no sort of straps to keep the halter up.  I ended up pinning it to the hanger to get a full view.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress

No straps!

To maintain the ivory color I tried washing the piece, however there was still a substantial amount of discoloration at the bottom.  To fully hide the marks, I thought a color change would do the trick!

What color would you go with??

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