Mom's NDAD Creation

I just got back home from my LA-SF road trip weekend where I got to hang out with some of my favorite people and meet a bunch of you guys!  I'll be doing a full rundown of all the signing parties next week, right before the holidays :)  Speaking of holidays, and all the fun holiday events/parties going on, today's remake comes from my mom (yay!!) who put together her own NDAD holiday piece to share.  I absolutely love it!!

I have been with you on this wonderful journey from the very beginning and being that I am a charter member of the NDAD club, I felt the urge to send you a creation of my own to share!  You have inspired me as well as thousands of others and I am overflowing with pride to see what you have accomplished through all of your hard work, dedication and perseverance.

I purchased the dress for my refashion from Goodwill and it was almost free with the senior discount I was given - 55 and older get 25% off on Tuesdays!  I was looking for something to make into a holiday piece and came across this too big, too long, pin-wale corduroy cranberry colored dress, which had a button missing.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress

After giving it some thought I decided to take it home and try to create a holiday top.  

What will my mom come up with????

The sleeves were shortened to become 3/4 length…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Sleeves

…and the bottom half of the skirt was removed.  

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Length Trim

(I can't wait to play with this excess material when I get to NC!!)

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - The Excess!

I removed the remaining buttons...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Button Removal

(The leftovers!!)

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Buttons!!

I took out the shoulder pads…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Pads!

(The pads!)

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Later Pads!

...and the black velveteen collar.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - No more velvet!!

In order to make it look more festive and glittery, I decided to add a pretty gold trim and gold buttons.  I left the neckline as it was once the collar was removed and sewed it back to the original facing.  

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - VELVET!!!

There were two ties sewed into back seams so I brought them around to the front and attached them with a button in the center. The top had to be taken in around the armholes and sides as well to give it a more fitted look.  My favorite earrings that I like to wear during the holidays (I call them my Christmas tree earrings because they are in the shape of a tree and have these colorful crystals hanging down) looked fabulous with my new top!  

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Mom - After

From a distance the corduroy fabric has the look of velveteen.  I can wear this top with pants, a skirt or even jeans depending on the occasion.  Bring on the holidays - Thanksgiving through New Year's = my favorite time of the year!! 

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - ECU!!

One of the best gifts of the season is having you visit us for a few weeks!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - I Miss You Too!!

Congratulations on your book, sweetie - what an accomplishment!!  I can still remember the day we went to see Julie and Julia!! It has been a joy to be by your side on this tremendous and exciting adventure and I feel so blessed and honored to have you for a daughter!  Love always, Mom

Aww, how cute are you Mom??  Thank you for sharing this with everyone!!  You look gorge :)

I'm looking forward to family time and I'm totally heading to Goodwill with my mom to reap her 25% off benefits!!  I can guarantee that there will be lots of projects going on in late December.