Day 231. 134 days and $133 left to go.

Bridesmaid Week!

Bridesmaid Week!

Day Six of Bridesmaid Week begins here…

My guess for the wedding song today…Hootie and the Blowfish “I Only Wanna Be With You”

Day 231 - Before

Day 231 - Before

This is totally and completely a Jessica McClintock dress…who had one of these puppies in the late 80s/early 90s, be it a bridesmaid dress or a prom one?  I laughed out loud when I found it because it was like THE brand of dresses for my middle school dances.  I remember getting one for my eighth grade formal and then found out that another girlfriend of mine had the same one.  I immediately returned it to Macy’s and got something completely different to wear, and then showed up to the dance and saw five separate girls wearing it in black, green and blue.

We were all suckers for that lace detail!!

 Jessica McClintock!!!

Jessica McClintock!!!

OK, so speaking of the lace detail, I’m going to tweak this one just a bit.

Lace!

Lace!

The mesh that sits behind the lace is coming out!!  I began by taking the seams out.

Extra mesh...goodbye!

Extra mesh...goodbye!

And then just trimmed it out all the way.  I wanted it to be completely sheer under the lace so you could see skin, not hidden skin by that meshy material!

Trim it out!

Trim it out!

Ooh, and it wouldn’t be a Jessica McClintock garb without these…

Buh-bye time!

Buh-bye time!

…which I clearly took out!

I hit the sleeves next – the length was not happening (and it’s hot as a sauna outside!!) so I took my seam ripper and went to town.  I detached it on the seam around the elbow…

Sleeve Shortening!

Sleeve Shortening!

…and then cut it shorter so it would be more of a cap style.

Sleeve Shortening Continues!!

Sleeve Shortening Continues!!

Finally, before I got the sewing machine out to clean up all the raw edging, I cut off the skirt part right underneath the scalloped trim of the top.

And finally, the skirt!

And finally, the skirt!

Love those faux two piece set lookalikes!!

Post tweaks, this is what I got…

Day 231 - After

Day 231 - After

Loves it!!!  So does my fave RM and Miss Meryl Streep 🙂  Went to see RM’s show, Streep Tease, which was eight fabulous dudes channeling their inner Meryl Streep by doing monologues from some of her classics.  Such a fun night that ended with rendition of “Mamma Mia” on stage, and a proposal in the lobby.

Oscar worthy proposal?

Oscar worthy proposal?

OK, a faux proposal.  Clearly it was just for the cameras… We tried this shot a few times and nailed it on the last one.  I totally felt like Meryl after taking direction for our multiple tries!

Ooh, and my favorite part of the top…

From the back!

From the back!

…the fabu open back!!  Let me say how perfect open backs are for hot summer nights!!  Extra (and much appreciated) breezes are key to not melting in the heat.

Not only were the Meryl faces key components to the show, they also worked smashingly well as fans.

Meryl & Marisa

Meryl & Marisa

PS,  I should totally be the ninth cast member…my rendition of Julie and Julia would be spot on 🙂

Bridesmaid week continues…last day is around the corner!!

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18 responses to “Day 231. 134 days and $133 left to go.

  1. This is excellent, love the back! xx

  2. love that open back! and i totes had a JM for my prom, in peach, and it was fabulous! but where in the world are you finding these for only $1? here in MA those babies would be at least 5-6$ a piece! score!

  3. ha ha haaaa hootie and the blowfish. Love it.

  4. I had a dark green JM dress with giant rosettes on the shoulders in sixth grade. It was my last real Christmas dress. It was hideous!

  5. Stunning transformation! Love it!

  6. Amazing! I can’t believe you made a hot little number out of that! Go seamripper! No fear.

    Ha.

    The same thing happened to me at my high school prom. My best friend and I, respectively, described the same dress as “cream” and “yellow.”

    Then it all came down to who was filling the cups better. Of course.

  7. I love all your transformations. I wish I were as imaginative as you.

  8. You brought out a swan from this ugly duckling!

    Lovelovelove it!

  9. This one is just great!!! I just made my first dress for a wedding, I’m so happy! :
    http://domingosnopatio.blogspot.com/2010/07/aos-domingos-no-patio-aventura-de-fazer.html

  10. Yarn Happiness

    woah! that turned out really cute!
    I love how the lace looks now 🙂

  11. i love this one! the lace and the scalloped edges are fantastic

  12. Letícia Vilela

    i’m in love! your blog is amaaaaaaaaaazing! love it!

  13. Yay for more vintage blouses *and* open backs! And lawd knows I’ve wanted a Jessica McClintock prom dress back in the day, too.

    Sidenote: When I saw the link to “Only Wanna Be With You,” I thought you had posted the original video, with the band doing a SportsCenter parody with the late-’90s anchors. I actually braced myself for that brief glimpse of Keith Olbermann back when he wasn’t crazy (and, um, kinda hot) in the beginning of the clip… but thankfully, it didn’t happen. 😉

  14. WOW! Who’da thought that that dress would come out so good. It makes me want to visit all the op-shops just to find a dress similar and try it myself.

  15. Unbelievable transformation–if you were a miner you’d be finding huge diamonds in chunks of dirt– the way you find such gems in these really clunky dresses!

  16. um wow… ok i actually want to own this one! i insist you start mass producing some of these items! haha

  17. Wow! I enjoy all your clothing transformations, but this one is particularly impressive. It is beautiful.

    P.S. My husband (ever the entrepreneur) thinks you should sell your daily creations.

  18. Just found your blog thanks to the Yahoo story, and I am loving it! Had to remark on this one because my 8th grade prom dress was a peach and lace Jessica McClintock number. Ha!

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