Charity's NDAD Creation

Say hello to Miss Charity!  She sent in this fun pink piece and the color is making me happy while it's raining outside.  It seems to be perfectly sunny right here on the interwebs because of her project!

A while back a friend passed along this plain sleeveless dress to me – I liked the fabric, but when I put the dress on, I felt like a complete frump!!  Being inspired by reading through your entire archive, I decided to alter it.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycling - Vintage Dress

That's right, girl!!  Time to alter!

First, I chopped the dress to a reasonable length and then hemmed it. I cut the neck into a V shape, took the dress in (dramatically), and then finished off with a cinch-and-pinch.  I used the ties that I pulled from the sides of the dress.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycling - Vintage Dress

I wore it like this for a while, but it still wasn't exactly what I wanted, so I tried again.  This time I cut sleeves from the remainder of the dress, sewed them in place, removed the shoulder ties, and then lettuce-edged the hem and sleeves with a contrasting thread.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Upcycling - Vintage Dress

I also added a faux white layer under the neck, since I got tired of actually layering it. This time, I love it! 

In fact, I'm wearing it right now! I wrote about this shirt as my first blog post, HERE.   Thanks for the inspiration, Marisa!

When something doesn't work one way, just keep at it until you get it to just the right place - I love that Charity kept going until she got something she loved!  Kudos, girl!  (...and congrats on the little bebe on the way!)