Day 275. 90 days and $91 left to go.

I totally loved this blue and white frock that I ended up using for the dress for the day.

Day 275 - Before

Day 275 - Before

The bold palm leaves were what drew me in, but it was a bit too busy right now.  The contrasting striped material was a slight headache as well, but it’s going to definitely get to a non=headachey spot soon…

To begin getting rid of the annoying fabric contrast, I began by trimming out the striped V that sat on the chest.

Trim out that collar!

Trim out that collar!

I really disliked the two toned nature up here, so sniptime was around the bend.

It's gone!!!

It's gone!!!

In a hot second, the two toned material went from attached to adios!!

Clearly the pads had to go next…



…and lastly it was all about making this into a top.  I trimmed right below the waist and cut on one of the striped lines that sat at my hips.

Going Short!!

Going Short!!

I was left with this excess which I will be reusing in no time!!



I paired the new top with an olive green tank, a wooden beaded necklace (thanks to a trip to the Melrose Trading Post Flea Market), and a pair of skinny jeans for the day.

Day 275 - After

Day 275 - After

I loved the way this looked now – just a few easy tweaks to go from overwhelming to A-OK.

I went to a quick dinner with JS at Doughboys where we went a little splitsville in ordering (always the best because it’s always SO difficult to make a dinner decision) right before she gave me one of the coolest gifts ever…

To share with you guys, I was just featured in this month’s Los Angeles Magazine as their September tastemaker (woo hoo for being in a September issue!!)!

Best Present Ever!!

Best Present Ever!!

To commemorate the issue which just came out, JS did a little framing action of page 84 where I was featured…

My September issue!!

My September issue!!

Now I’m a total scrapbooker, so clearly this was going to be included, however the whole framing idea was the icing on the cake.

Speaking of icing, a low-key night with the best company you could ask for was just perfect, but this was the kicker…

Red Velvet!!

BOOM!! Red Velvet!!

Courtesy of a lovely picture I found posted by jleighb on flickr, this is how we ended the dinner.  I was overwhelmed by the frosting so I clearly lost my mind in not remembering to document this on my own camera.

There was a total food coma post this treat, but rightfully so and so worth it!!


95 responses to “Day 275. 90 days and $91 left to go.

  1. Love this top, so cute! Congrats on being featured in a magazine!! I am loving your blog all the way in Rome!

  2. Beautiful top.. You are absolutely amazing!!! And congrats on the magazine you deserve it 😉

  3. Same here, loving your blog all the way from Brussels!!

  4. Congratulations om the magazine’s featured!
    love the top! what will you do with the leftover, I wonder…

  5. Congrats! That is so awesome! I am loving your blog! I’m sure it will find its way into my classroom at some point. I am a big fan of recycled art, and your wearable creations are always fantastic!

  6. Same as yesterday

    WOW! Now *this* is more like it. I was worried that you were slipping, but this one is wonderful and you’re back to top form. Stay with it… you have a brilliant gift.

  7. Congratulations o the magazine spread. It’s great that you are so recognised.
    Today’s top is great, beautiful colours. You have such a good eye for these changes.
    Well done.

  8. Amazing!!!
    Congrats to you…
    You’re getting really famous now… You go girl! 🙂

  9. Thank you for not wacking off the sleves! I like the olive shirt under too, it takes some of the “wow that’s a big blue leaf” out of it. My favorite so far.

  10. Congrats on the article in the LA Magazine! I really enjoy your blog all the way in Madrid!! Makes me want to get a sewing machine! Cheers!!

  11. Loving this.
    Marisa, congrats on the magazine page. You go girl.

  12. This is such an amazing project! I write a column for the National Examiner online and like to feature crafts that include upcycling. I would love to do a feature on you! Please let me know if you’re interested, thanks!

  13. Congratulations on the article. I hope this blog leads to many good things for you in your life. You deserve it!!!!

  14. Hi!! I started reading your blog about 3 weeks ago and I love love love it!! I’m all the way from Johannesburg in South Africa. I’ve had this top for a while but hated the sleeves, so this morning I tried your signature pinch and cinch move and it worked beautifully!! I even got a couple of compliments!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with tomorrow!

  15. I’m a scrapbooker too!! I sell stuff!! Check out my website!
    I absolutely love the clothes you come up with! and congrats on the Magazine article!

  16. LOVE the top, and congrats on the magazine coverage!

  17. Congratulations on LA Magazine. That’s wonderful!

  18. Congrats on the magazine feature!! you sooooo deserve it! you are amazing. wish there were more people like you. If you ever want to plan a trip to New Orleans let me know. I will show you the town.

  19. Congrats on your very own September Issue! Great photo BTW; you look gorgeous 🙂

  20. Wow! What a great spread in LA Mag! Fab photo! Here’s to many more!

    I have so much fun following your blog! Love today’s color palette!

    Sending love from Chicago! 🙂

  21. So I found your blog two weeks ago since the yahoo article came out and I have been LOVING it!

    Congrats on the magazine spread!

    You have really inspired me!

  22. Marisa, you are looking exceptionally adorable in that magazine photo! Congratulations!

  23. Hello, I’ve been reading your blog from my cubical for the last several weeks, and it’s SO extremely inspiring, I’ve wanted to try making a few outfits myself. It’s now a new game of mine to look at the outfit and try to predict what you’re going to make out of it. So far, you’ve surprised me everytime. Plus, I always appreciate your totally positive attitude over an originally hideous piece, you always see potential. Keep it up, girl!

  24. Congrats on the mag feature. You totally deserve recognition for your creativity and in hard times like this we need more people like you around!

  25. Congrats on your September issue, you are an inspiration! And hooray for red velvet cupcakes!

  26. It truly is amazing when you step out with faith and determination you can rise into a new spotlight! You just keep shining Marisa! Love your work!

  27. I’ve been following your blog for a while, but haven’t posted before now. You’re absolutely inspirational! I’ve enjoyed your creations so much and have been absolutely astonished by some of them. Thanks to you, I’ve even taken to trying my hand at rescuing a few unfortunate items. I’ve now got a great new shirt dress that used to scream ‘schoolmarm.’ Congrats on the mag and all the acclaim you’ve received, you surely deserve it! 🙂 (Oh, and red velvet, YES!)

  28. I love this one! Another one for the “top ten”! Congratulations on being featured in the magazine! How awesome is that?! Gorgeous photo too, btw!

  29. This is so not fair! Not only are you extremely talented but you seem to eat out all the time and still keep your figure! I am now going off to sulk, but will be back tomorrow lol.

  30. Congrats on the magazine article! You deserve it. Keep up the great work.

  31. Congrats on being featured! As a resident of Kansas, we don’t get that magazine out here (duh)…is there anywhere online that I could read your article? Thanks! Jen

  32. Marisa, congratulations on the magazine feature! I totally love your blog and what you do! When I was an undergrad I used to do exactly what you do and by reading your blogs I’ve decided to pull out my sewing machine and once again my imagination and creativity!

  33. Congratulations on being featured in the LA Mag! Way to go girly. Of course the top is adorable too 🙂

  34. congrats marisa! you’re taking over L.A.

  35. how lovely to be featured!!!!

    you’re blog and your creativity rock. i look forward to your daily posts to see what you’ve transformed that day.

  36. I am enjoying your daily dress transformations so much! My daughter came home with a dress for a play she is going to be in . It was much too large at the top but I didn’t panic. I headed straight for my stash of safety pins. I did the “cinchy thing” at at the shoulders that you use so much and she now truly looks like a princess. Thanks for the inspiration!

  37. Congrats on the magazine article!! How exciting!!
    I have really enjoyed looking at all your re-purposed outfits! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  38. A September issue – you have reached the majors! Huge kudos on the write-up… and on the whole journey!

  39. I am enjoying this so much, I have decided to go and buy a new sewing machine. The last one I had was sold in a garage sale (tear). All though haven’t sewn since high school, you have me inspired. Congratulations on the magazine feature and fab photo. Since you are famous now I checked to see if you had a Wikipage, not just yet but you are Googalicious so the Wikipage is not far behind. Can’t wait to see what’s next…….

  40. Silvia Oseguera

    LA MAGAZINE???!!!! That is no small achievement.

  41. Congrats, Ms. September! As a senior citizen who learned only basic sewing in junior high, I am inspired by your skills and vision . Glad I discovered your site; I look forward to each new creation!

  42. Jeanne & Samantha

    Congratulations on th article. We love the top!!

  43. Yayyyy for YOU!! I wonder if you ever envisioned yourself being featured in a magazine AND becoming so wildly popular??! Your creativity is very inspiring and I look forward to your post every day. Look how many people are whipping out their sewing machines all because of YOU! 🙂

    Congrats on the feature!!

  44. Congratulations on the mag spread! I’m so happy for you!!!

  45. I knew there was something I liked about you… besides your cool Dress a Day… you are a fellow scrapbooker, too! 😉 CONGRATS on the magazine feature!!! That is SO WELL DESERVED!

  46. Awesome! Reminds me of china plates, but tropical. Grats on the magazine!

  47. This top is my favorite so far! I look forward to your new ideas every day and get an inspiration to work on my own projects.
    Awesome job! Thank you for sharing your work with us.
    Congrats on the magazine!

  48. Just wanted to say Congrats!!! You do amazing things with your $1.00 finds and you deserve the recognition.

  49. Way 2 Go!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! Marisa rocks major big time, maybe the movie will be next!!!!! Heck I can see Amy playing you and you in the background teaching us how to make the “perfect” red velvet cupcake to go along with that really cute “re-purposed” new apron!!! U took those lemons and made super lemonade. Bet they are kicking themselves u know where for letting you go from your former employment/job.

  50. Loving the top 🙂 LOVING the write-up, and that pic of you is completely stunning! Is that one of your made-over dresses too?

    Which date was the pink dress? Don’t think I ever saw that one but would love to! 🙂

  51. Phew…..I just finally got caught up to the current date! I must say that I love what you are doing. It is truely amazing! Congrats on the magazine feature! You definitely deserve it!
    My acronym for you….
    M-A-R-I-S-A= Marvelous Artist of Recycled Inexpensive Suitable Attire!!!
    Keep it up–you are inspiring many many peeps!

  52. Lovely! I hope you turn the bottom half into a skirt- I love the pleats! Congrats on making it into a September issue.

  53. Congratulations on your well deserved newspaper feature. This blog is such a great idea. I have no idea how you have time to do all this shopping, sewing and blogging.

  54. Congratulations! Hope that you get a tv show. I would definitely watch it. You are so creative!

  55. Woohoo! Congrats on your magazine limelight! Your blog definitely deserves to be featured for the world to see! I get a kick out of seeing your creations every day. Kudos and keep up the great work!

  56. Congrats on the magazine feature!!!! =) I love the dress as a shirt it def tones it done love print too!

  57. Congrats on the feature! Love the blog!! Love the shirt as well!! 🙂

  58. How wonderful! So happy that you were featured in the magazine! Something I created for someone was once featured in a magazine – not because I made it but because a photographer used it in her advertisement. Still, published is published, right? I took apart a friend’s wedding dress and made a wrap for her daughter to wear on her wedding day…very sentimental…keep up the GREAT work!

  59. Yaaaayyyyy Maris!!!!! It’s about time someone in the mag world realized your amazing-ness!!! Congrats, you deserve it!! I’m just waiting for the day you have this easy, breezy show on tv or are this world-famous designer and we’ll all say….”oh, I remember her when….!” 🙂

  60. Hey, it’d be cool if you posted the before and after pic side by side at the bottom of your blog for easier comparisons…………..just a thought! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE following your blog!

  61. Congrats on the September issue–a fashionista’s dream! Woo! Just a note to say thanks for the blog–it cheers me up every time a post arrives in my inbox. Cheers!

  62. you look gorgeous in the magazine, maris! wow, how awesome is that?! congrats 🙂

  63. Congrats on the mag cover! I have to say that that dress before alterations SCREAMED “The Sound of Music” to me!! Remember the “play clothes” made from Maria’s drapes?!?
    “….the hills are alive with the sound of muuuuuuuusic!”

  64. YAY! Marissa! So proud of you! Teresa

  65. Hi Marisa,
    Congratulations on your feature in Los Angeles Magazine! Fan-freaking-tastic! You’re on to something big (as if you didn’t already know), and I wish you all the best. I alerted a friend of mine to your project (Jenny Doh at, and I believe she’s reached out to you. I hope its a “love connection”. I know the two of you could do great things together!

    Warm regards,

  66. That top is great,love how you accessorized it. You’re doing great,congrats on the mag also.

  67. First, Doughboys is back?!? Holy crap! Second, great makeover on the dress. Third, congrats on being in the magazine!!!!! Just found your blog today, having fun looking through it, very cool project you’ve got going on.

  68. Love the monstera print and what you did with it! Congrats on being in the mag. Of course, there will be many more articles in your bright, bright future. Well done Marisa. You totally deserve it!

  69. Congratulations on making the LA Magazine. The blue material worked out great as a top.

    Like Pua said (comment above), the pattern is not palm leaves but split leaf philodendron or monstera deliciosa We have them all over the place as landscaping plants in South Florida.

  70. Congratulations not only on your magazine feature but, your amazing accomplishment of making your new dress a day idea a reality. You have shown the rest of us it is possible to follow your dreams and show the world just who you are. Keep that creative torch lit for all to see!

  71. Congrats on the mag article! you are an inspiration for sure!! I an many others would like to read it, but I cannot find it online. are you able to post the article?

  72. Congrats on the article. Are you going to create your 365 posts into a book? You totally should. I’d buy it in a second.

    Obsessed. As always.


  73. Wow!Congrats! I can see more publishers asking you to be featured in their magzzzz…

  74. Someone may have already said this at some point…but, please, oh please, oh please tell me that near the end you are going to do something super cool with your mountain of shoulder pads?! Project Runway challenge!

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  76. Love the top and love the mag. feature! 😀 Congrats!! Your creative little self deserves it!

  77. Wow! Congratulations on your magazine feature! Btw, red velvet cake is the best cake in the world!

  78. Congrats! & loving what you’re doing!


  79. congrats! beautiful pic of you – and one of my fav dresses of yours 😛 🙂

  80. GREAT rework. SOOOO much better! Congrats on the magazine!

  81. Kudos to you Marisa! That is so fabulous. You are awesome. Keep up the great work 🙂

  82. You are an inspiration! Congrats on the article!

  83. Congratulations to you, Marisa! I have been wondering where you will go from here, any ideas?

  84. Congrats on the magazine feature! So deserving…so loving this blog…inspirations for so many! Keep up the great work!

  85. look at you all famous!! so proud of you and happy for you!

  86. ooh, i love this one!

  87. Congratulations, dahling!!! You deserve many a red velvet cupcake to celebrate your fabulosity!!!

    P.S. Your navy and white top reminded me of a recent Michael Kors top I bought. Can’t seem to find a great photo of it online. Ugh. It looks super chic tucked in, with the blousey sleeves and all– very similar to your own creation, but not as thrifty, I’m afraid.

  88. Where is the first 200 days if i want to see, i recently caught on to what your doing. I’d like to see them all. Love what your doing, i wish i knew how to sew. my fav is the embroydered night gown gone shirt. I would totally wear that. What are your plans in 91 days? Are you going to continue? I bet your getting job offers now huh? Good luck! I hope your keep at it. Small suggestion…… a photo of the back too for your before and after pics.

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