Day 135. 230 days and $227 left to go.

I think I’ve mentioned my obsession with lace in the past…I’m a frilly gal and love, love, love the dainty fabric.  Now this piece wasn’t so dainty, but the lace was in full effect, and I mean FULL effect.

Day 135 - Before

Day 135 - Before

Bam!  A dress completely covered in maroon lace with a long vertical line of ruffles.  The idea was there, however it was a little too frumpy and looked like it was still vacationing in 1991.  As I tried to think of what I was going to do (a more fitted dress? a skirt? a top?) I thought that I’d make those ruffles pop a bit more, keep the length (this time!) and turn it into an overcoat.

First thing on the agenda was taking the seam out of the center and opening it up!

Dress Surgery!

Dress Surgery!

I totally feel like a resident at Seattle Grace except I performed a C-section on a dress and McDreamy actually saves lives.  In any event, my scrubs were on for this entire procedure.

Since there was no zipper for my coat, I turned to my trusty batch of amazing, vintage buttons…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons

The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons

…and took the two gold ones with rhinestones in the center (in the upper right hand corner) to use as little closures in the center of my new coat.  Kind of like what I did on Day 91 with my sweater-turned-cardi with button clasps.  (PS, That cameo pin above is just screaming to be used – will get to that soon enough!)

I hand sewed them to the middle of my new overcoat and took some elastic (made it into a figure 8) and secured the buttons with one side of the figure 8 around one button the other side around the other button.

New Button Closures!

New Button Closures!

After adding the buttons, I cut the sleeves, and went from the top of the new jacket all the way to the ground stitching a clean hem on each side to make sure there was no unraveling to be had.

Day 135 - After

Day 135 - After

And we’ve got a brand new long coat to throw over my jeans, tank and rain boots 🙂  I look like I could be a toreador, a drum major ready to take the band down 7th Ave. in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, or ready for a flamenco class.  It’s super dramatic and slightly costumey – two things that I love, costumes and drama.

I went for the Spanish dance look and started doing some hip moves while working the bottom of the jacket.

Mid-salsa moves!

Mid-salsa moves!

If I only had some castanets…

9 responses to “Day 135. 230 days and $227 left to go.

  1. You are my hero! I wish I could have the dedication to..
    1. Stick to something for a whole year
    2. Keep up with a website
    3. and, of course, give up “traditional” shopping.

    Ahh, maybe someday..

    • Thank you so much Katie!! The giving up shopping is tricky, but I have fun scouring stores and trying to do my own versions 🙂 You’ll do it! And, PS, your blog is awesome!!

  2. no way! I have those SAME EXACT buttons! haha that’s fun 🙂 You’ve got some great ones. I have a neverending button collection at home that’s amazing 🙂 I like it quite a bit. I usually don’t sew them on things, though. I generally glue them on cars and stuff. But maybe I will sew some onto various clothes just to add a little flare? who knows. 😀

  3. I clicked through here via the Home Ec 101 site and was tragically and immediately hooked. So much so that in the last three days I’ve read through the entire archive. (Tragic because I really can’t afford any new blog addictions – sigh.) But between your adorable writing style and fab outfits, how could I resist? I just got hooked on thrift shopping a few months ago, and now I’m going to go into the Sally Ann with a whole new pair of eyes.

    • Hi Fawn!! So glad you found me through Home Ec 101!! You rule for skimming through the entire thing!! Kudos 🙂 Keep up your thrifting! Sally Ann will keep you there for hours thinking about hte possibilities! xx M

  4. This is way impressive. I would have never thought to do that with that dress – it’s perfect. Way to go!

  5. LOVE IT! ooooo…i love maroon! I am actually new to this blog as well and i am so addicted and did exactly what Fawn did and am still looking through the whole collection….AND i went shopping today at the thrift stores around here and what amazing finds! although i dont think i can only spend $1 for items…cuz they are way more expensive here in Montana…But it was still fun and i can wait to email you some of my ideas for the items bought today. I am so going out again to replicate this jacket! Keep it up girl!

  6. If only I had some hips.

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