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Remake: Metallic Brocade Dress

Hey friends! It's been a VERY long time since my last post and I apologize profusely for the delay. I've been hard at work on a brand new site that will be launching in about two weeks! Eeeeeeee!!!! I couldn't be more excited to share it with you. It's been many months in the making and it's almost ready to reveal. There's going to be a lot of what you've seen on NDAD since 2009, however there's going to be lots of new stuff too. It's a new year and time for a bit of a refresh, you know?

I'll share more about everything as we get closer...lots of amazing little treats are in store for you in less than a month. Wooooooooo!!

Today's remake is one of my most FAVORITE pieces I've worked on in a while. It involves metallics... *mic drop.

Check this lovely out...

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

A neighbor of mine has an incredible vintage collection and has been having sales to downsize her racks of goodies. I hopped on this dress as soon as I tried it on.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

It was $10, so the beaded neck, heavy brocade, and metallic threads came home with me.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

So did those robot moves which shockingly must have come with the dress!!

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

I had a segment on GMA to plan for and I thought this piece would be the perfect on-camera look! There was a LOT of work to be done, however...

When I first tried the dress on, it was so much heavier than I expected. I thought, how could someone actually wear this all night as a dress? It didn't seem feasible in my mind. So that thought really helped solidify what I was going to make.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

I began with that zipper down the back and started to remove it.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

I won't need it to keep the dress together anymore because I'm turning it into a coat! Flipping the puppy around and wearing that back as the front!

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

Once the zipper was removed, I continued to open the center seam down the back of the jacket until I hit the hem. This seam was located directly under the zipper, right around the hip area.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

Once the back was completely open, I tried the jacket on to see progress. I was actually envisioning keeping it as a long coat, however it felt way too dramatic, like the metallic version of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat! I know I was going to be shooting my segment on Broadway, but this was a bit too literal. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

I decided to go a bit shorter with the length - something that would hit around the knees.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

I did a little post-cut/post-pin check in to see how the jacket was coming along. Once I saw the new length, I was totally sold and ready to move on and complete it. (PS, this was all going down in the hotel room across the street from the studio! You can see my opened suitcase and mess in the background.)

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

I spent the next few hours working some magic on the coat including a whole lot of hand stitching before heading to set at 5am.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

It was showtime, and my jacket was totally ready to go!

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

NY wasn't as cold when this was shot as it is now, so the jacket was the perfect thing to wear without any crazy layers or scarf action.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

If you want to see the whole segment on winter hacks, click here!

I was a bit hesitant to return the mic because I had such a great time. Hey GMA, need another correspondent??

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

This piece totally screams winter - winter whites and metallic are my fave - and the perfect seasonal piece for me here on the West Coast.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

I'm tank toppin' it because it's in the 60s right now, otherwise I'd be in a turtleneck sweater, for SURE!

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

I must say, every time I look at the embellished neck close up, I get super excited. That was one of the first things that drew me to the piece. The beadwork and rhinestones were in perfect condition.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

It's like I got a free necklace with this frock!

The more I wear the jacket, the more I've been finding out that it doesn't matter what I'm wearing underneath!! Old T shirts, workout gear...I can basically wear anything and the only thing that's focused on is the jacket.

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

New Dress A Day - Metallic Dress

That's a total score in my book!

Remake: Pink Striped Dress

Hello friends! I've got another remake for you today :) Apologies for the delays - a bigger post is to come to discuss, but thanks for all your emails and patience! There's a brand new site coming your way as well, with a fun little project to boot, all which will be shared shortly! LA can be 80 degrees one day and 62 another - this dress was worn on one of those warm wintery days here! β„οΈβ˜€οΈ

I just loved this striped mix of colors!

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

It was a bit too big...

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

...but those pleats made me SO happy!

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

I knew there was room to make this outfit work!

First off, I LOVE that the brand is secretly printed on this dress! It was something that I didn't even notice until I started working on it. Subliminal messaging at its finest, La moda Goji.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

I began with removing the sleeves and the shoulder pads. Because of the cool pleats at the shoulder, taking off the sleeve gave the piece a cool cap-style look.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

The other sleeve came off next...

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

...and it was time to stitch the edges up.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

With the top of the dress pretty much good to go, it was now getting the rest of it to fit! I toyed with the idea of taking it in, but after playing around with belt options, it was easier just to cinch!

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

A little vintage navy belt action saves the day!

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

The pleats feel super Marilyn Monroe to me.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

After walking in my hood, I found some flowers that matched my look!

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

Nothing like bright reddish/pinks to make it feel like summer in December!

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

It's a fun date night look...

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

...that was perfect to wear to a cooking class!! I just removed those heels though...brought my Toms with me, as closed toe shoes make the most sense in a kitchen environment filled with sharp knives and tasting spoons holding hot curry sauce.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

I love this transformation. Super sleek and simple, but a piece I'd wear to anything!

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

New Dress A Day - Vintage Pink Dress

Remake: Blue Checkered Ruffled Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Hi you guys!! Today's piece is SO good. The dress looked like it was straight out of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

I went straight into musical theater mode and gave my best "I'm getting the vapors" look.

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

But, look at those SLEEVES!

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

That collar too...

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

This piece needed some serious help to turn it into something that you don't need to be on a stage to wear!

Before we start, I saw this lovely little tag inside the piece - love when there are little hints of who wore this before me!

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

If I only had time to tag my clothes too...

I started off with the sleeves! Took them a bit shorter and got rid of the tightly cuffed wrist area.

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Next came that skirt!

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

That major ruffle at the bottom was definitely coming off.

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Once the length and arms were shortened, I prepped all of the raw edges before sewing new seams and a new hem.

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

We're almost there! The collar came next. I just wasn't into the lace trimmed edging...

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

...so with a seam ripper, I took off both sides of the collar. One side down...

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

...and now they're completely off!

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

I pinned the collar back together and stitched a basic seam around the edges to keep it in place before I began to craft a new neckline.

I trimmed a straight line down the center of the piece, using the edge of the square pattern as a guide, then pinned under my trimmed area to form a V, before sewing everything in place.

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Ready for the reveal???

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

From dowdy to fun summer dress!

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

I paired this with some tan booties, my FAVE safari purse (as I like to call it) that my mom found at Goodwill in Charlotte, a vintage belt that came from my dad's high school collection, and a pair of aviators!

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

A big patterned piece made super wearable by pairing it with more neutral shades. It was just the thing for a little summer dinner party complete with brownies.

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

They totally matched my color palette!

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

So did the rosΓ©. I feel like rosΓ© matches everything :)

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

I have to say that I really love the fluttery sleeves the most. Now only if the dress came with pockets!

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Vintage Blue Checkered Dress

Maybe that will be the next addition to this piece because pockets always make things better!