Day 244. 121 days and $121 left to go.

Hello vest from the 80s!! I had a tablecloth that looked a lot like this vest that sat over my three-legged nightstand when I was growing up. It’s classic, so when I found it at a garage sale I knew I was going to bring it back to life!

Day 243 - Before

Day 243 - Before

But wait, there’s more…

Day 243 - Before (from the back!!)

Day 243 - Before (from the back!!)

Now, the first thing that I did was get rid of those long, hanging straps. I took my seam ripper and detached them before I tossed this into a vat of RIT dye on my stove top. (I used a little bit of aubergine for this go and when I took it out it looked a little like this.

Adding some beadwork!!

Adding some beadwork!!

Without leaving it just this shade of purple, I took it a little further.  I decided to embellish the piece just a tad!  Out came my bead collection and I added some brown glass beads into the middle of each of the embroidered flowers on the vest.

Newly Beaded!!

Newly Beaded!!

When my handy stitching was complete, I threw on a khaki-ish tank top, a vintage brass and fuchsia beaded necklace, and some  jeans and my outfit was complete for the 80 degree day.

Day 243 - After

Day 243 - After

It was a pretty little accent piece that was easy to put on and gave a little bit of flair to an ordinary piece that looked like this in the beginning.

Yikes!

Yikes!

No bueno!! My version came out looking a little more boho and I loved when the sun picked up the shiny beadwork too.  Gave it an extra bit of glam on this Friday!

Vest

Vest

TGIF!  Happy weekend friends :)

14 responses to “Day 244. 121 days and $121 left to go.

  1. Loved reading the article Sew Hip did about you!

  2. Fantastic work! Glad you are back at the equal number of days and dollars. Exciting!

  3. Love the colour! You have inspired me to get dyeing!!

  4. You have such amazing talent and your blog is always so fun to read!!

    Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

  5. Taking a page from your book…I am repurposing some things into baby clothes

  6. Very interesting, as ever…

  7. Me likey! I am too wimpy to dye things, but I am increasingly tempted to try… 🙂

  8. Great !!!!!!!!!!
    I love this color !!!!!!

  9. This is really cool!

  10. Isn’t that called Battenberg Lace? not 100 percent sure.

  11. great idea! for some reason, i’ve never thought about dying my clothes ha….thanks! 🙂

  12. Am I the only one who liked it white?

  13. White or dyed, it is a great idea. I like it either way. Way to go, congratulations on your blog, wish you all the succes on your journey.

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