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…

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

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

BEFORE

 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

BEFORE

…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

BEFORE

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

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress

Spots!!

…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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