flea market finds

Flea Market Find: Glitter Golden Girls Dress

New Dress A Day - vintage glitter dress

New Dress A Day - vintage glitter dress

I came across a total winner this weekend in my shopping excursions. Let's say that this one is something that Blanche Devereux would most definitely wear. And for $1, I couldn't resist. I will become a Golden Girl. :) f

Thoughts, friends?

Also, the glittery bits all over the dress are actual glued clumps of glitter! So one must be careful with the taking on and off of this dress because those clumps of glitter hurt when rubbed against one's body. Let's just say I have a few scratches thanks so these shimmery pals.

But, I've got some plans for this before I wear it Saturday night!

Ninutschka's NDAD Creation

My girl Ninutschka in Germany submitted the cutest remake! The pattern is so fun and she totally worked it into something that suits her. It started off a bit frumpy, but check out her upcycling magic...

Some weeks ago I discovered your blog and was so impressed by all your great ideas. I am a vintage-lover too, and often customize my clothes. I found this simple, green printed dress at a flea market. The pattern is quite fun but the fabric is super full, so I wanted to create something else out of it.

New Dress A Day - vintage outdated dress

The dress was at least two sizes too big and this was especially apparent in the chest area. It is hand-sewn and I knew that I could work with the existing seams to make adjustments.

Check out the after look on Ninutschka (and her FAB shoes)...

First I edited the side seams respectively and took in about 5 centimeters. Next, I had to adjust the shoulder area as well as the chest with darts. This was a bit trickier :)

I stitched a 2 centimeter seam down the entire front of the dress from the collar-bone to the waist over the bust dart to reduce the material wealth. This worked quite well so far.

New Dress A Day - vintage upcycled dress

Finally I sewed an elastic waist, so that the dress can automatically adjust in this area.

It's not totally perfect yet, because there's still room to add a few braids, buttons or lace, but with the sporty turquoise cotton belt and wonderful to the bright yellow clogs (a find from my last flea market trip), I'm thrilled with the result!

New Dress A Day - vintage dress

I LOVE your outfit, Ninutschka! The dress color is perfect with those fabulous yellow shoes!! I need those shoes in my collection :) Way to take this flea market find and turn it into a dress that fits you like a charm! The entire look is simply adorable!! I would wear this entire look right now AND any time you want to swap, let me know :)

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Michael's NDAD Creation

When I saw this piece from Michael come in, I was in love with it. He went with a vintage pattern to get his sew on and it's making me want to make a version of my own. Check out what he did...

I'm disappointed in the selection of clothing for my daughter so I figured, I'm an ironworker and I can build darn near anything, why not sew? I used to watch my mother and grandmother sew, so how hard could it be? I first tried to create a blind hem, as I'm very good at three-dimensional thinking, however fabric is a whole new world and the sewing machine mocked me. I tried another time and then I purchased a pattern - this vintage Du Barry, at the flea market.

New Dress A Day - DIY - how to sew a dress - vintage pattern - DuBarry


What will Michael's finished product turn out looking like??

With this pattern, I created a dress for my daughter.

New Dress A Day - DIY - how to sew a dress - vintage pattern - DuBarry Dress

The fabric, along with the buttons and facing, was probably about $40, tops. It's the second dress that I've made for her. The first was more of a 'testing the waters' affair and it inspired me to purchase a few old and new sewing reference books.

New Dress A Day - DIY - how to sew a dress - vintage pattern - DuBarry Dress

A dear friend gave me a sweet Kenmore sewing machine., so next up will be a dress for the wife and a pair of pants for my son.

I love what you made, Michael! How incredible does it feel to have such a sewing success? Your daughter looks great and that vintage pattern is just so chic. I would totally make this dress in my size! Hope that Kenmore machine is treating you well - I look forward to seeing how the dress for your wife and pants for your son turn out...make sure to send them along!!