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Outfit Remake: Velvet Babydoll Dress

Happy January 6th, friends!! I took a little new year road trip break last week and headed to a place that I had never been to - the Grand Canyon!  It was magical!  I'm back in action now, woo (!!), and this one was brought on the road with me.  It also happens to be one of my favorite photo sequences.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

I saw this velvet babydoll dress in a pile of goodies and got it solely because of the rad lace collar and the pearly buttons.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

It was hard to tell in my hands that it was tiny, but once I put it on and tried to get it over my chestal area...we were having some issues.  No amount of sucking in was gonna get this bad boy on.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

The more I tried to get it on, the worse it was trying to take it off.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

I had some serious work on my hands!!

I wanted to maintain the parts of the piece that I loved the most, so in figuring out how this would work on me, I decided to cut the piece in two.  A top portion (that isn't getting used this go) and the bottom portion which is going to become my new skirt.

I used a rotary cutter to trim the piece in half...

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

...but left a bit of velvet at the top of the skirt part.  There were two ties attached to the seam of the velvet portion, so I left this area intact.  I was going to take off all the velvet and add accents at the pockets, but I liked that the velvet was going to look like a belt or sash.  I didn't need to add a button or zipper because the skirt fit over my head and the sashes cinched the waist, however adding either one of these would work well.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

I stitched down a new seam at the waist...

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

...and had a skirt ready for the first stop on my road trip to the GC!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

I paired my skirt with a white Ralph Lauren button-down that I've had for years, a pair of tights, and my most comfortable leopard flats (they were super easy to pack too!)

I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel (got a STEAL using the Hotel Tonight app - $40 for the night...) and loved that all of their elevators had quotes from songs with "elevator" in the lyrics.  I tried my best peace sign/sunglasses on at 9am look to shoot this one.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

It was the perfect thing to wear - the weather was just cool enough to make the tights and long sleeves comfortable without needing a jacket!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

I think my sunglasses stayed on the whole time.  That's what happens when you mix gambling (I met a rad group from TX and one of their names was actually Bradley Cooper - he also wore mismatched shoes on purpose, so there you go), people smoking inside, and lack of sleep for me :)

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

I must say, this Vegas trip was super tame - I made a sequined dress last time for the wedding of one of my BFFs at Madame Tussaud's and will have to bring the sequins back for my next LV trip!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage babydoll dress - velvet

Viva Las Vegas!!