I received this lovely polka-dotted number from reader Cathy in NC.
The polka dot dress is one that I’ve kept for a while, although it is very dated with the padded shoulders, peplum skirt, print, etc. I really loved wearing it to church, weddings, etc. It was always fun so I know you’ll do something very fun with it. A hat was always a great accompaniment for this dress. Take care and keep posting!
She sent it my way to allow me to work out some upcycling magic on it!
There were three tiered layers as the skirt. The top one that felt super peplum-y to me…
…and the bottom two that went down below my knees.
I was still trying to figure out what I was going to do with the bottom, but I knew right away what I was going to do up top!!
I reworked this beauty to wear to a fun event I had over the weekend…
I’m editing the photos now and will have the remake up later today! Thoughts on which direction this will go? I have to say, it turned into something that I can’t wait to wear again!
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…
…(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).
The yarn was badly tea-stained…
…and there were a number of holes in the pattern.
I got in the NDAD mindset, and did something I would never have thought to do prior to meeting Maris! I decided to…
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…
…but also lots of spots! I knew that the spottage could be handled with a little assistance.
DYE! It’s going to be a tie dye kind of day for this piece!
Keni’s piece today rocks the use of some fabric dye, and we all know how much I adore some fabric dye! Check out her transformation…I think you’re gonna like!
I received this dress for free from my sister, who got it from who knows…ha! I loved the lace, but it was just very bland looking. So, I decided to try out my skills and creativity!
I was going to a semi-formal event and thought that this dress had some serious potential for a roaring 20s look, however first I needed to dye it!
Ooh the dye time is right around the corner!