39 Days to Go: Karen's NDAD Creation

Today's final wedding remake comes from Karen!

It is my honor and privilege to be a part of your blog experience!  Isn't this dress so gorgeous?  This is my pal's wedding dress and she was ready to release it to me for a makeover.  There are so many directions I could take it - I could not resist all the lace and of course the pink!  I wanted to make the lace really pop out and be noticed!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Karen's Project

Pink lace is right!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Lace Sleeve

What will Karen do with her friend's dress?

I decided to cut all the top lace off except for a v-shaped area by the neckline. I had plans to make the lace pop out and be noticed.  Major surgery here as I cut the dress into a long top.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Neckline Trim

Off came the sheer over-skirt and then the under part of the dress was a goner as well!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Trimming Under Layer

I carefully removed the long sleeves...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Sleeves Off

With the sleeves gone, this is what was left - delicate and swanky all in one fell swoop!  Now we're talking!!  I pinned the underarm seams so they wouldn't fray and sewed them down nice and delicately.

New Dress A Day - DIY - New Lace Sleeves

I envisioned the lace neckline being the rock star, so I gently peeled back the pink under-blouse so just the lace would show through.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Lace Underlay

Big oops here - I tried to iron the back of the creation and melted a bit of the lace.  Luckily I had salvaged the sleeves so I trimmed a portion of the lace from them and carefully covered the damage done.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Melty Lace!

Now I was ready to try the finished product on!  Check out these peekaboo sleeves!

New Dress A Day - DIY - New Sleeves!

The neckline with the lace became the focal point and the belt was made from the sheer castoff (formerly the skirt portion of the dress).  Now this dress-turned-tunic ushers in New Years Eve, not a long ago wedding!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Karen After

You have inspired me over and over and I always said, from the beginning that I would be first in line WHEN your book comes out, for a personal signed copy! 

Your dress-turned-long top turned out fantastic!!  I'm all about the peekaboo lace too!  Love how it really gives a dainty look at the sleeves as well as at the neck.  Such a gorgeous job Karen!  Thank you for sharing and thank you for your super kind words :)  I'm thrilled to have assisted in inspiration for upcycling other pieces!  See more from Karen here!