The rewind piece for today… Original post date: 5/7/10 (Click here for full project steps and original post!)
The Before Look:
The After Look:
It's crazy that this piece was worn over three years ago, on Day 160 into my first year's project. Two words: MIND. BLOWING. I forgot about the shoes that I wore too...I loved those Steve Maddens. (They had some suede-rippage-probs so I let them go. RIP, rad Steve Madden heels. You were awesome to my feet.)
For the second time around, I got snippy with it. (na na na na na na na, na na na na na na).
I started off by removing the sleeves.
It's too darn hot...
...to get away with these sleeves...
...so off they came!
I shortened the dress next and sewed all the rough edges.
Looking back at how I wore this the first time, I kept it super simple, however this go I'm going to give it a bit more flare. And nothing says flair more than RHINESTONES!!
I took these stones and gave them a little makeover by painting them with assorted bottles of Wet n Wild nail polish.
Post-paint, here were the colors I was working with...
These stones are going to be crafted into a belt for the dress!!!!
I wanted to bring out the pinks and purples in the floral print, so I went with these shades of polish I picked a rhinestone pattern and took a tan piece of grosgrain ribbon from my ribbon stash to be my belt's base and began to affix with E6000 glue.
With my new belt all dry...
It was time to get that dress on!!
I love this newer, summery version!
What do you guys think? You like the first or second wear better?
I think the belt totally makes the outfit!
I wore a pair of Max Studio wedges along with a Trina Turk clutch to bring out more of the beige and neutral colors. They pick up the grosgrain ribbon well too!
I had so much fun reworking this dress and love that this piece got two totally different makeovers.
It's a far cry from what the original piece looked like!
Because it was so hot out and I was getting down in my kitchen preparing my dish for cooking club, this dress assisted in the "no sweaty armpits for Marisa" operation. I made my asparagus and balsamic tomatoes with goat cheese without sweating through any sleeves.
Any time I'm not sweating through garments is always awesome for me, woo!! Even though I dream about humid weather (I know I'm crazy, especially for all those living in the humidity, however my skin LOVES the moisture and LA is so, very dry) today was a day that I'm thankful I didn't have to worry about it! I don't think the lack sleeves would have saved me! Stay cool, friends! We can all listen to that Ella Fitzgerald clip from above together.