Claire's NDAD Creation

It's St. Patrick's Day, so I'm all about a little plaid.  Claire crafted something so fab...check it out!

Hi, Marisa!  I've been following your blog for a couple of months now, and I've gotten a lot of great ideas about what to do with my old clothes. I was getting ready for the holidays, making some "upcycled" hats and mittens out of old sweaters for some special people on my list, when I fell in love with a cute, Christmas-y jumper from the Unique Vintage catalogue.

Here’s that dress Claire loved…

New Dress A Day - Plaid Dress - DIY - Goodwill

The retail price? $86!  So, obviously, I decided to make my own version, from a $5 dress I found at the Salvation Army. 

New Dress A Day - Plaid Dress - DIY - Goodwill

So I guess we know what route Claire is going!  Time to see how she got there!

After removing the shoulder pads, buttons and sleeves, I cut about 4 inches off the bottom, so it would hit just above my knees once it was hemmed.  Next, I took in the sides by about 2 inches for a better fit, leaving one side seam open for a zipper. 

New Dress A Day - Plaid Dress - DIY - Goodwill

After I sewed all my new seams, I wrapped one side over the other, to cover the button holes.  Finally, I cut off the velvet trim from the neckline, and replaced it with a turtleneck collar that I got off a sweater I had used in another project. 

The result?  An adorable "mod" jumper I could wear for Christmas Eve!

New Dress A Day - Plaid Dress - DIY - Goodwill

I’m a plaid girl so this is right up my alley too!!  Holiday appropriate, for sure, but I’d wear this on the regular.  I love how you styled this because I totally would pair this dress with opaque black tights and ankle boots too!  Keep ‘em coming, Claire!