Day 131. 234 days and $230 left to go.

This Thursday brought the sun and the warm again…holler!!  Windows were down, my Persols were on, Free Fallin’ played on the radio (thanks to 93.1/JACK FM for running that at just at the right time when there was NO traffic on the 10 freeway) and I was just cruising to the beach, er work.  Felt like summer, but I opted not to jump the gun and go full-out with the strapless minis and the maxi dresses just yet.  Wait though, it’s almost here and strapless dresses are most definitely my fave.

Day 131 - Before

Day 131 - Before

Today’s piece was a shiny, big, shoulder padded frock that belonged in the wardrobe closet for Designing Women.

Designing Women!!!!

Designing Women!!!!

I got the note from the lovely RN that I was working the Suzanne Sugarbaker vibe and I totally agreed.  That show was a favorite of mine back in the late 80s (um, did anyone else do the syndicated Lifetime eps too??) and honestly I think that me and Delta Burke are wearing the same dress.

I doubt that hers had this ish on the draped part at the waist though…

Spotty McGee

Spotty McGee

It was time to get crackin’ so first I got rid of this rust stain.  I folded up and hand stitched about an inch of fabric around the entire drapey waist section which totally hid the spot.

Next up I got rid of those shoulder pads!!  I was on a slight hiatus from the pads, as they hadn’t made an appearance for a little bit, but that didn’t stop me from giving them what they deserved.

Pad Plucking!

Pad Plucking!

They came…I conquered.

I tackled the length next and went from dress to top in 13 seconds by cutting off about a foot of fabric.  I opted to leave the edges raw as this fabric wasn’t pulling or fraying.  It saved a little bit of time, which I was all over!

Goodbye dress :)

Goodbye dress 🙂

Now, the body of the dress was still rather big, but I went with the pin trick for this one instead of sewing.  I gathered the waist from the back and took a vintage pin to clasp together the extra material.  It does the same trick as a belt, but gives a little more flair.  It also makes it a bit tricky to sit back in your car as you drive, but all a sacrifice for fashion, yes?

Shot from Behind...

Shot from Behind...

And the front, voila!

Day 131 -  After

Day 131 - After

My new top plucked me from the ATL set of Designing Women and dropped me off right in the middle of LA just in time to catch my funny friend LG perform her hilarious stand up set while ogling over her new bling.

 Here comes the bride!

Here comes the bride!

I hadn’t seen it in person (the pic circulated, but that’s just not the same) since Mr. MRC requested her to be his lady.  It’s even lowlier up close and personal!

TGIF friends!  The weekend awaits…xx M

*Just a little note of thanks to my friends at Craft Gossip for the love today 🙂  Grazie girls!

25 responses to “Day 131. 234 days and $230 left to go.

  1. Wow, I’m so thankful Craft Gossip gave you love yesterday! I stumbled on your blog and never looked back! I have just been starting to sew and reconstruct some of my items. I started at the beginning of your blog and kept reading. I also shared it with a friend and was so excited she had the same love. I am definitely going to try some of your ideas. What a great way to get a ton of cute summer dresses without paying an arm and a leg for a dress that will probably not fit well. Wow, I am way off topic. Much love on end. Can’t wait to see tutorials on dying and tie-dying. Keep up the amazing work!

    • I’m loving that you went through the entire thing!! Try out some of the ideas – you’ll have a closet full of summer dresses in no time and you won’t be spending too much cash. So happy you’re enjoying and thanks for sharing too!! xx M

  2. This is one of your prettier ’80’s inspired tops. Love the color…BUT I would definitely take it in so the back doesn’t look so bunched up. Just sayin’ 🙂

  3. love the pin! i watched DW alllll the time. delta rocks my socks.

  4. I’m starting to think you and I grew up with the same tv streaming in our households. I totally rocked the Lifetime re-runs in the early 90’s! Anthony was my first taste of fag-hag-dom.

    • Ha!! YES!! I feel like we totally were watching the same shows growing up. We have to have a viewing party at some point. I own the first season on Punky Brewster on DVD. Anthony in DW and in Mannequin – total first taste of fag-hag-dom for sure!!

  5. The front looks great!

  6. Hi there,
    I also stumbled across your blog on Craft Gossip! I feel totally inspired now. And I just got a new “refurbished” sewing machine! Also, it sounds like we might live in the same area. Do you happen to know of any thrift stores that sell baby clothes in the San Gabriel Valley?

  7. The picture in the middle made me laugh, because of the girl in the back who looks like she’s holding her boobs, LOL!

  8. Hi there Marisa, I just received a blogger Sunshine award and have passed it on to you!
    Check it ❤

  9. Just looked through everything you’ve made and I love them. You are so talented. Where do you buy those ugly clothes ?

    • Oh thank you Brenda! I find a lot of these things at this big pile sale held at the parking lot of a local vintage store in LA. Just imagine piles and piles and piles of pieces like these. I’m so happy you’re enjoying everything!

  10. OMG. That dress was SOOOO Designing Women. Hilarious!

    Katy
    http://www.lifefulfilledatlanta.blogspot.com

  11. I just found this blog, and so far I have only looked at the first page of your blog. You are very talented! I wish I were as crafty as you are. This dress–>shirt is my favorite on this page. I will go back and look at the other projects you have taken on.

  12. Well in honor of Designing Women, here is a link that all you ladies will appreciate

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100411/ap_on_en_tv/us_obit_dixie_carter

    Rest in peace.

  13. Thanks for the shout-out! And thanks for being so talented and amazing!!! 🙂

  14. I just found out about your blog today and I’m hooked! This is one of the most impressive changes I’ve seen! Love it!

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