Day 235. 130 days and $129 left to go.

“Summer, summer, summertime…time to sit back and unwind.”

That is exactly the mood I’m in today, so I’m going for something to wear out in the sun. Wait scratch that, I’m going for something to wear as I enjoy looking at the sun from my office window 🙂

Day 235 - Before

Day 235 - Before

Flower power!! This is one baggy bouquet of roses! We’re going to make them perk up with my own version of Miracle Grow, i.e. scissors and a sewing machine!

I just had to get rid of those sleeves (which I flat-out cut off) and then snipped the tops of the leftover straps, which was going to assist in heading down the strapless road.

Cut them straps!!

Cut them straps!!

I folded under the raw edging and pinned the fabric down.

Pin that raw edge!!

Pin that raw edge!!

…and then stitched away.  I gave the top of my dress a brand new seam (so nice and so clean, clean!), but it was still large, so I had to take it in from the sides as well.  I brought it in about three or so inches, but had to make sure that it fit me around my chest as I couldn’t have any slippage.

Stitchy Time!!!

Stitchy Time!!!

It took me a few tries to get it exactly to the perfectly fitted spot, but I succeeded! I paired the dress with a strapless bra, my vintage bamboo belt and some braided sandals and summertime arrived!

I grabbed myself a burrito bowl at Chipotle for dinner, and snagged myself a picture in the parking lot, courtesy of the very kind girl who parked next to me.

Day 235 - After

Day 235 - After

I realized I didn’t have a photog set for the day, so I charmingly asked another chips and guac fan to do the honors.

When I got home I set my camera on a timer to shoot a close up 🙂

Close Up!!

Close Up!!

I think I did Will Smith’s anthem well.

16 responses to “Day 235. 130 days and $129 left to go.

  1. I love it! it looks fantastic and summery xx

  2. gorgeous pattern and perfectly suits to ypu ;D

  3. Cute! MUCH Better than the original!

  4. Hi! I´m from Brazil, my city is São José do Rio Preto-SP, and I love your blog! Sorry for my english, but I needed write to you! Congratulations for yours inspirations and your talent for fashion design. You are great!Kisses!

  5. It´s Great !!!! I Love this kind of dress.. I have many of this rsrsr I Loved the flowers and the color…
    I have a curious idea : Will you sell theses dress and other things some day ????? rsrrsrs
    Kisses a lot

  6. I adore this one! I am determined to get to a goodwill today and find a dress to alter. Something bright and cheery like this one to celebrate summer! Though apparently florals are in for the fall too.

  7. I love this one! So feminine and fun!

  8. I love this one. It’s so beautiful and feminine.
    You inspire me, I’m taking sewing lessons because of you.
    Thank you for the great ideas and amazing outfits. I wish you the best on your project and I hope you don’t quit it after completing one year.
    Hugs from a brazilian fan.

  9. Very cute! One of your better outfits!

  10. Hello!! Congratulations for your amazing job. Loved this, very cute!

  11. This was a good one! I would love you to explain a little more just how you do the transformation. This one, for example, seems to be a pull on type no zipper dress. Did you run elastic around the top to keep it in place?

  12. How do you keep it up where its supposed to be without any elastic/zipper? Very cute refashion!

  13. Hey! I think I used to own that dress. LOL

  14. It is so beautiful! It no longer look like granny’s dress.

  15. OH, MY! You’re adorable and I just love this idea! I’m a big thrift/vintage shopper, and am constantly seeing items that I want to reinvent. Alas… my sewing skills limit me to hemming and slightly tweaking – but you are genius! Love it! Keep up the amazing work.


  16. What a great dress, well done.
    I have just come across your blog and am totally amazed.

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