Day 225. 140 days and $139 left to go.

OK, let’s just begin by saying how heinous this piece is right now.  I’ll definitely give it up.

Day 225 - Before

Day 225 - Before

Now there was definitely something that I liked about the fabric, however it looked pretty atrosh the way it was.  There were fun destination locations printed on it along with random old-fashioned looking men and women in pink and green printed as well. Check it out!

Look at that fabric!!

Look at that fabric!!

Now there is just way too much of this fabric – for something super thick and a little overly patterned, I’m going to cut it down a bit.

Too much heavy, thick fabric!!!

Too much heavy, thick fabric!!!

Chopped off about nine inches!  We’re getting there…  Arms next.  There is no way we’re keeping the 3/4 length especially when there is a cuff as well.  Time to go cap sleeved!

Shorten up those puppies!!

Shorten up those puppies!!

After the sleeve and length trimming, out came the sewing machine to get to stitching.  Sleeves, done.



Hem, done.  And while it was turned inside out, I took an inch in on each side, to make it just a smidge more fitted.

No more dress!!

No more dress!!

Paired with a large hat, some wedges and jeans, I thought my city-covered fabric tunic would be fun to wear on a little trip.

Day 225 - After

Day 225 - After

PS, little sidenote – I’m feeling a little like Sharon Tate right now.

The lovely ST

The lovely ST

(Definitely taking a cue from the fabulous SF in my huge hat and glasses.)

OK, with my luggage in tow, I’m off to the terminal.



Well not really.  I mean I was at the airport, yes, but not to actually go anywhere.  Were friends there with pieces of luggage that I pretended were my own, yes.

But wait, I guess you could technically say I traveled a bit today…

Viva España!

Viva España!

…to the lovely Joburg (via an HDTV) to watch Spain take the World Cup.

And, I guess I was secretly rooting all day…


Madrid & Marbella (which I didn't pick out until writing this right now!)

Among the Aspen’s, Nice’s, and Cannes’ on the fabric, Madrid and Marbella sat there as well….

Totally sad that the games have ended…until the next Cup in Rio, 2014 🙂


30 responses to “Day 225. 140 days and $139 left to go.

  1. Refurbishedowl

    Fabu print! Adorable tunic on an even more adorable girl! The remnants of that fabric would make a SWEET bag… I’m thinking a clutch. Cheers to another FANTASTIC creation!

  2. Hi, don’t know how you do it, but you do it so well! Really enjoying following your blog.

  3. You Will be Welcome in Rio !!!!
    Till 2014 here !!!!

  4. Wow! Totally chic refashion!!! Love it!

  5. awesome, I noticed the print right away for Madrdi hehehe

  6. Hi Marisa! Brazil is such a fashionable country, you will be impressed if you come to visit! I live in FL but I’m from Rio, I will be there for Word Cup ( well I will be there before WCup too), will be a pleasure to show you the city of Rio de Janeiro! I work with fashion too and I know you will love the fashion in Rio, it’s all about creativity! You are amazing talented and created , keep your good work! 😉 xoxo Barb

  7. Marina Camargo

    Hey sweetie, all the outfits are adorable because you are in them. hahaha

    I’m bazilian and proud to welcome you in 2014.
    see ya’!

  8. You are just amazing! LOVE IT!

  9. Cute top! Love the hat as well 🙂

  10. I stumbled upon your web page and I love you! You are so talented and funny! I can’t wait to get your updates.

  11. Lea's Suitcase

    love the hat… reminds me of a peruvian farmer hat 🙂

  12. Love the top and love your hat too. Have a fun week xx

  13. i have to say… this is the first dress I’ve been smitten with enough to comment–it’s fabulous! It may be the link to the sports industry in it that I love… but i think you did a great job on day 225!
    I also think RefurbishedOwl has a great point–the extra fabric would definitely make a smart clutch!

  14. This is great!
    I didn’t know this blog! You are so funny..

    MAKE ..IT ..WORK!

  15. Hey, I follow you each day, love your work! I think I’ve maybe commented once or twice…or maybe not. I’m better at lurking than anything on the blogosphere. That being said, you should check out this girl’s blog and participate in her Fashion Week: Everyone’s posting their fashion each day for a week, and since you do that anyways, you could just join in the fun and see others and have new viewers on your own blog. Fun times! Keep up the fantastic sewing projects!

  16. Well, didn’t that just turn out amazing. I need to know where you’ve found all your dresses for only $1 each! You continue to impress me with your creativity.

  17. just discovered your blog!

    your too cute…love your creations.

  18. Wow- that was a pretty gruesome before shot! I love that fabric, you rock it.

  19. Like it, great for a bit of travelling!

    Daisy Dayz Home

  20. Love it. You make all the outfits amazingly well. Your writing is fun. So look forward to your posts.

  21. Hi Marisa… having stumbled on your site, i am so inspired again to pull out the sewing machine and just give it a go. Im in love with op shops, and am fortunate to have one within walking distance. Im so inspired now… Keep up the wonderful, and inspiring work.
    Pippi from Australia

  22. i want to visit Spain wearing a shirt like that!

  23. I really need to learn to sew!! That tunic is to die for!! My daughter who is 14 is very good with updating older clothing into something trendy so I have her signed up for your updates to keep her inspired.

  24. ohhhh, viva españa!!! oe,oe,oeeeee

    perfect outfit!!!


  25. ooooo..this is my fave so far! and i love that hat!

  26. So cute! I find awful dresses made out of the coolest dresses at thrift stores all the time.
    I may have a new passtime.

  27. I love how this one turned out! 🙂

  28. Very cute! You are so clever in what you come up with. I would take one look at something like that and send it right back to Goodwill. 🙂

  29. I saw an online article about your blog a few minutes ago. I love your vision and talent. I’m still in the middle of checking out all the before/after creations — you are quite an impressive sewing master!

  30. Just when I see a piece that couldnt possibly be “saved”, you turn that baby into something very cool and wearable.
    Thats it, I’m dusting off my sewing machine. The possibilities are endless.
    But I have to know, has there been an ugly dress that has left you stumped?

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