Day 130. 235 days and $231 left to go.

I know a lot of you were feeling the warm today!  It was in the 80s here in LA and I heard from friends in a bunch of other parts how it felt like summer.  Sorry Chicago, I don’t think you were a part of this group today, but don’t worry…heat and humidity will be showing their hot and sticky faces soon 🙂

I was thrilled to get the piece below ready for some non-tights or boots wearing action.  Hello sandals, please find your way onto my feet today.

Day 130 - Before

Day 130 - Before

A pastel candy-striper is the look right now.  Slightly like Lisa Turtle in that Saved by the Bell ep where she was a candy striper at the hospital where her mom worked when Zack was admitted to fix his knee?  Remember?  Yeah, a little like that, so I needed to make some amends.

Let’s begin with that left sleeve which had some dirt or something gross on it…

Cutting that dirrrrrty sleeve

Cutting that dirrrrrty sleeve

Not so hot, so I decided to cut both sleeves off.  I gave each sleeve a brand new, dirt-free hem as well.  Wasn’t really into the length either, so it worked out perfectly to go short on the sleeves. Speaking of short, the skirt came next.  I brought it up a good six inches to make it more of a mini.

There was also this lining that made the top of the dress a little pouffier.  It was very 80s, and I’m not just talking about the weather here. I took my scissors and cut it all out.

Getting rid of weird lining

Getting rid of weird lining

I still had to get to taking the whole dress in, but I got sucked into the Yankee/Red Sox game.  Honestly, I had no idea what was actually going on at this moment as I was completely entranced by the Dunkin Donut Coolatta signage behind the action.  It was so hot and all I wanted was some cool, deliciousness which I can’t have because DD has boycotted the West Coast for some reason I cannot grasp.  Chick-Fil-A figured it out and set up shop in Manhattan Beach, why can DD do the same?  Anyway, the signage quickly changed to UTZ potato chips (Salt & Vinegar!!) and I got back to focusing on both the game and my dress.



I took in the sleeves, body and skirt to make it fit me to a T and it was ready for the rays.

Day 130 - After

Day 130 - After

Short and sweet.  I got to catch up with my gals H & A with Mr. C over iced teas before remembering that today was the day the money I owed to the government from ’09 was going to be withdrawn from my account.  Oh 1099’s.  Single tear.

Kickin' it on the curb!

Kickin' it on the curb...accepting donations.

Let’s hope that this coming year (for all of us) provides a lovely little refund…we’ll rendezvous in Vegas or Hartford, CT, it doesn’t matter, as long as there is a Dunkin Donuts waiting.


29 responses to “Day 130. 235 days and $231 left to go.

  1. Hiya,

    another lovely dress. a question for you, do you buy a new one every day or did you buy loads at once?

    well done and keep up the good work you are an insperation

    • Thank you Sophie! I’ve been grabbing a bunch of things at once, so I have a batch on hand to prep. I’ve been sewing more daily, but the shopping happens on the weekend 😉

  2. This is my new favorite that you’ve done!!! Excellent job!

  3. That dress is awesome!!!!

  4. it’s cool and it’s hot!

  5. this is brilliant! I’m so glad I found your blog. I’m having a couple of items too that I found at thriftstores. I’ll be checking the rest of your posts for ideas.

  6. that dress is perfect, I love love it! And I’ll enjoy a DD Iced Coffee for you here on the East coast my dear! =)

  7. Love the final look! And, hey! As I recall Lisa learned a valuable lesson about compassion that episode when Zack had to fight for his life…over knee surgery. …yeah. Anyway, hope your new frock brings you enlightenment!

  8. Well: respect. This one is an actual dress, and not something worn over leggings or jeans or….
    And looks good.

  9. Dude, you’re funny! I don’t know what I like better, your refashions (very rad) or your commentary (seriously!). I go from LOL’ing to “whoa!” in 2 seconds flat.

    Keep up the good work!

  10. You are so creative… love your challenge and will be following along. It’s inspiring to know one can be fashionable by just altering a bit old things… you should write a book 🙂

  11. There are no more Dunkin Donuts shops where I live here in Salem, OR 😦 I was so sad when I realized this. But at least I think Albany has one. 🙂 I LOVE this one so much! The light colors and fun-ness of the whole thing are too awesome for the sunny day!

  12. this one might be my favorite, but it is so hard to choose, because they are all rad

  13. this is really my favourite too, the fit is fab after you altered it, and the prints seem like they were MADE for that purpose! 😉

  14. Totally Awesome!! you are a very clever girl!! 😉 Very talented too!

  15. I’ve been scouring over the past several months of refashioning, and, despite the fact that the color pink practically makes me break out into hives, this dress is by far my favorite! I wish I could tailor that well!!

  16. OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!
    im in love with all suit/business looking clothes, and this has that feel but yet youthful and pretty so that u can wear on the streets or work depending 😀

  17. Ummm, that is so random you mentioned Hartford CT. I live right outside the capital! I have discovered your blog and sifting thru past posts. Soooo many amazing outfits! If you’re roaming around CT, I hope I run into you and one of your creations 🙂

  18. gorgeous!! you look great in it!

  19. Wow. I just found your site and spent a six hour car ride looking at your handy work. You are so talented!! This dress was my favorite. When I saw the before picture I thought there was no way anyone could make it look cute but the after picture is amazing and my favorite of all of them. I also enjoy hearing about your outings. You seem to be a very fun person who enjoys life and people. Keep up the terrific work!

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