Day 249. 116 days and $116 left to go.

OK, we’re looking like a straight up Pioneer Woman today.  Not like the chic Ree Drummond, but the “I’m ready to go panning looking for gold, ya hear” type of broad.  Not really feeling it, so we’re going to leave the Gold Rush and cruise control our way into the new millenium, aka 2010!!

Day 249 - Before

Day 249 - Before

I  highly dislike a lot of what’s going on here.  Big part of the dislike is the white trim on both the collar and cuffs…so looks like I’m just going to have to get rid of both!

Collar, buh bye!

Collar, almost buh bye!

Got the seam rippers out and took off the collar.

Collar, buh bye!

Collar, buh bye!

I’ll hold onto those if I decide to go the pilgrim route this Halloween like I did when I was four.  (My mom made my pilgrim costume back in nursery school…everyone else got to be princesses and I was a pilgrim.  At the time I was less than thrilled, but looking back, my mom rules for creating one of the best costumes ever.  Will have to scan that at some point to show…)

Now to the white cuffs.  Instead of seam ripping, I just cut the whole thing off!

Sleeves, buh bye!

Sleeves, buh bye!

Next came the pair of shoulder pads – this top will not be needing them any longer, so I snipped them out and added them to my collection!

Pads, buh bye!

Pads, buh bye!

I did use my seam ripper to take off the sashes that were originally found underneath the collar.  I’m holding onto them for just a bit as they’ll be returning really soon!

Sashes, buh bye!

Sashes, buh bye!

I next took my scissors and trimmed the seams at the shoulders to create two separate pieces.

Cut the top at the shoulders! Two pieces!!

Cut the top at the shoulders! Two pieces!!

I folded one side under and then got to the other side…

Folding under time!

Folding under time!

…and pinned it into place.  My new dress top is progressing!!

Let's get pinned!

Let's get pinned!

Now, those sashes I put to the side earlier, it’s time to bring them back!  They’re just not going to come back as traditional sashes anymore but straps for my new dress!!

New straps!

New straps!

I pinned my straps into place on the front of the dress (no stitching on the back as we’re going to make this halter-ish!) and then got to stitching down all the rest of my pinned areas on the dress.



And the outcome??

Day 249 - After

Day 249 - After

Brand new, fab, non-collared, non-pioneery dress that is totally working for summer.  I don’t look like I belong next to Yosemite Sam anymore!

When I say Woah!!

Ultimate Pioneer!!

Ooh, and the back?

From the back!

From the back!

I love the little halter-esque action we’ve got going on.  The two sashes are the perfect length for tying into a bow.  Dainty and comfortable.  Two of my fave qualities!


38 responses to “Day 249. 116 days and $116 left to go.

  1. Very chic with the lovely bow at the back!

  2. Su -u-per cute! I think this is my favorite dress so far!

  3. It just amazes me how you can see the potential in all these losers. You are just awesome!

  4. Ditto what Laura said. Your imagination rocks!

  5. I love it!!!

  6. Love this one!

  7. I love this! My favorite so far. You’re so talented.

  8. That’s so pretty. I love the halter neck with the tie in the back. You are an excellent model!

  9. I have this vision that someday you’re going to combine all those liberated shoulder pads into some kind of strange, king-size puffy quilt. 🙂

  10. Nice! I love the back, and the fit on the top kind of reminds me of a romper.

  11. My daughters and I are engrossed each day in your posts. It’s great to watch them grow in their imaginations at such a young age (8, 4, 2) right along with your daily entries. Thanks! You are inspiring the future generation as well as the current.

  12. I was wondering – are you wearing any of these dresses and shrugs and things more than once?

  13. Can’t wait to see what you have planned for the collection of shoulder pads! LOL

  14. I agree–could you show a picture of the shoulder pad collection??

  15. Very easy breezy and cool! One of my top 5 favs!

  16. Oh my goodness .. I only just came across your blog because of an article on
    Wow! This is such a great project, how brave of you!!
    I love everything you’ve created. Must be pretty nice being able to create such beautiful pieces from some rather “peculiar” pieces.

    1060xo, Fernanda Lucila

  17. i run the blog that provides instructions for clothing refashions and somehow i came across the blog. i luv it! thanks so much for taking the time to write it!

  18. My dearest daughter, this is my very first comment! I want you to know that I am very, very proud of you! I get so much joy reading your blog every day – you always bring a smile to my face! Thank you for remembering the cutest costume that I ever made for you! I was thinking ahead because you also wore it to the Thanksgiving feast! It is wonderful to see how many people are enjoying your work and how you have been an inspiration to them.

  19. Barb Severance

    Dear Marisa, You are so funny and talented. I am using a lot of your ideas, like with taking dresses in, using xtra material for sashes or bows. I have been forwarding many of my fam and friends your site. Congrats for the NY Times! I am writing mostly because why haven’t you wrote DAY 250? I bet your many other followers are concerned about u too!’
    Barb from Jackson, Wisconsin

  20. Fresh and fun 🙂

  21. Really glad I found this! You’ve inspired me to take all the ideas I had for altering the stuff that’s already in my closet and finally do it 🙂 Thanks to you, I’ve tweaked a skirt so it looks much better and am about to finish my dress-made-from-a-robe (not as scary as it sounds, I promise).

  22. ah.
    great transformation.
    one of my faves.

  23. Very cute.

    So, what size are you and are you going to sell any of these dresses?

  24. You’re my hero. That dress is amazing! (I have to admit that I’m now a bit obsessed with you. )



  25. Hmmmm…possibly a new favorite! Awesome job, yet again Marisa 🙂

  26. I look at your blog everyday to see what you come up with next! I love love love what you do!!! You are such an inspiration!

  27. Definitely adding this to my list of “to buy” if you ever sell your creations.

  28. I love vintage, but this “non-pioneery” version u made… hmmm, I like it so much more. 😉

  29. Wow. I am stunned. I thought to myself, “There’s no way she’ll be able to do anything with that God-awful pattern.” But, WOW! Congrats. You’re inspiring. First time visit to the site today, and I’m loving it so far. I want to go out and create!

  30. I would EASILY buy this dress…. the pattern is adorable!! Now I feel like sewing my own dresses! Thanks for ther inspiration!
    PS: Shoot me an email if you feel like selling that dress!! haha 🙂

  31. Very cute!

  32. I cannot wait to see what you do with all these shoulder pads. CANNOT WAIT.

  33. I AM LOVING what you did with this!!!! Wanna sell it??? I wish I was creative enough to do things like this………………….

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