Contact Me!

Would love to hear your thoughts or any comments you may have on my yearlong endeavor!Β  Contact me at

xxx Marisa

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  1. This is so inspiring & wonderful! My friend told me about your blog & now I check it everyday to see what new vintage outfit you come up with! It’s my cheap thrill for the day! Keep it up girl!

    • You’re fabulous!

    • I found your blog via Yahoo! when they did a plug about your fabulous blog. I think its a wonderfully creative outlet, and some of the items you’ve been able to make from tired items is marvelous. i even got one of my office mates hooked on your reading about your adventures!
      Keep it up! πŸ™‚

    • Your project is just cool! I love it! Keeping my fingers crossed πŸ™‚

    • I found out about you via yahoo. I’ve lately been in love with vintage clothing expecially fifties style and have started making my own skirts (patterns). then i saw what you were doing and completly fell in love. I check your posts daily between checking my email and checking my bank account. Its my little excitement for the day to see what you have created. Thanks for the inspiration. I already bought my muu muu and im ready to get started.

  2. definitely check out the ‘Thank You Mart’ in the Westwood Village at 1138 Westwood Blvd. Found the most amazing dresses there; everything in the store is $1. xo

  3. hey girl…been doing what youΒ΄re doing for years, and i absolutely LOVE IT!!! keep up the good work, i especially love the way you turned that historical dress into a jacket. what a great blog.

  4. OMG I luff your blog – I already love scouring garage sales and op shops for interesting pieces but I normally take them to a tailor to sort them out. You’ve inspired me to learn to sew so that I can do it all myself!

    • Yay Renee!! You can totally be your own tailor to your fab garage sale finds! Hand stitching or safety pins work wonders too if you’re sans a sewing machine…

      • You’ve aquired so many shoulder pads…. Perhaps you should do a project with them. For funzies -I’d like to see what can be done with those things πŸ™‚

  5. I agree this is a very inspiring venture! I have just tuned in but will keep checking, you are very clever. Your wardrobe will be bursting at the seams by the end of the year! Love it.

  6. I wasn’t able to comment on one of your posts, but I loved the Mummu post. The after is so fabulous.

    I am in love with your blog. You are making really great pieces out of these crazy thrift finds. Though I’m not this advanced of a sewer, I’m learning a lot of tips, so thanks!

  7. Absolutely brilliant – I just went through every single post in a sitting – loved it.

    I wish I were that creative – you’re going to have an amazing wardrobe by the end of it – jealous!

  8. My friend Alena and I love to op -shop, (Australian term for charity shops) and I must say you have inspired me to actually take sewing classes, and to follow through with some things I want to do this year. You’ve made things look amazing, good work!

  9. Hey Marisa,
    Having a great time following your adventure, very entertaining, it seems like a great way to spend a year. I actually saw the movie “Julie and Julia” and really enjoyed it (if you repeat that I will deny it). Your blog has reminded me of another movie, what with all the puppies and Disney references. Please tell me that your final project isn’t a white fur coat with black spots!

    • Ha! So glad you’re enjoying it! Hmm, a Cruella De Vil fur jacket with spots could be perfect. I may have to keep that in mind for this coming Halloween… PS, your Julie and Julia viewing will never be repeated!! πŸ™‚

  10. You are SUCH an inspiration! I used to go trolling for pieces that were exactly my size or something that I would wear as is. Now, I am finding so much that I can work with!
    I’m wearing my first NDAD inspired creation to work today, and all the girls inthe office follow your blog now!
    Keep up the good work!

    • Woo hoo!! I’m so glad you’re wearing a NDAD inspired piece to work today! I would love to see a pic of it πŸ™‚ You and the office girls will have to keep me posted on your creations! xx Marisa

  11. You are an inspiration! I, too, like to scavenge and treasure hunt. You are making the ultimate fashion commitment and sacrifice. Hold Your Space in the place of Ease. You Go Girl!!

    • Aww, thank you Pam!! Scavenging is such a delight especially when you find little golden nuggets amidst junk. I appreciate your words – thank you so much for your support!! It truly means the world! xx Marisa

  12. Hi Kristen, please please please help me. I am a regular visitor of your site. When my bolero jacket was stained with coffee ground extracts, and minutes later, red dye from cellophane wrapper of a bathroom deodoriser, i thought of you. I love this mint green bolero so much. Now it is ruined. Tried kerosene, baking soda, vinegar, acetone, alcohol, on the spots (coffee stain is too large yet light, red cellophane dye is small but bright). I thought of dyeing it grey. But do not know how. please help me…

    • Arrah, if you still have the jacket, with stains, let me know. I received a “recipe” from a vintage linens dealer that removes any stain from any natural fiber. So, if the jacket is made of a natural fiber fabric, email me at and I can give it to you. I’d write it now, but I don’t have it with me.

  13. Dear Marisa,

    i cannot tell you how IMPRESSED i am πŸ™‚ brilliant idea and you manage to make it work all the time – even the desperately old fashioned ones. your wardrobe will be overflowing by the end of the year… πŸ™‚ do you have any plans yet what you gonna do afterwards?

    auction them on ebay?
    start an etsy store where you post your puppies (with size etc.) and people could buy their Marisa-chic version?

    my favourite Jack Johnson is singing now the 3R song (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) – and you definitely are the champ of these principles!

    xox from Paris,


    • Yay KaTT!! Love that you’re on board with my project πŸ™‚ I think I’m going to do one, big auction at the end of the year and sync up with a charity, but that’s still being figured out. Working on an etsy store too with some other goodies, so I will most definitely keep you posted. I heart Jack Johnson and will totally have to listen to 3R. You’re so lovely – thanks for all your kind words!! xx Marisa

  14. Loved the black/paisley number! You rock!

  15. Do you accept dress/clothing donations for your creative cause? Let me know..I am clearing and sorting through my closet and since you are on a budget…it could help. Unless, of course you may be braving the challenge of your $$$ plan!!!

  16. what a funny idea. And your clothes turn out so great! may i introduce you to my readers and link back to you? maybe with one before/after?
    greetings from germany, Anja

    • Hi Anja! So happy you like! Please introduce me to your readers…would love that!! Let me know if you need any pics πŸ™‚ Germany is one of my favorite places – I have family in Austria and need to make another trip over soon! xx Marisa

  17. Please advise! I am upgrading from a broken 10 year old sewing machine and would like to invest in a new one. Do you have any reccomendations for a good quality (won’t die out on after a few months) sewing machine. My old one was a kenmore.

  18. Hey,

    Can you PLEASE do a little RIT dye tutorial. I have tried to dye things in the past and have failed. I know it should be super simple, but I’m am some how successful-dying-averse.

    What are the best materials to dye, what should you NEVER dye? Can you ever do two items at once? Any secrets (example: today, you used salt to make it more bold).

    Help a sister out!


    • Hey Melanie! Yes, I will totally do a RIT dye tutorial. Let me gather a bunch of pieces to test out and I’ll try to have it up soon! Even for me it’s always a hit or miss situation as some fabrics absorb the dye beautifully and others don’t really at all. You can definitely do multiple items at once – the more the merrier, I say!!

  19. Just found your blog! Brilliant!!! I have been sewing my daughter dresses for about a year…I’m going to have to repurpose some of her old clothes as well as some of mine πŸ™‚

  20. Marisa…you are truly INSPIRING!

    I love reading your blog and seeing your latest creations! ROYGBIV week…very clever, so fun!

    I keep waiting to see you on Oprah, The View, or the latest, craziest reality show! You are absolutely amazing!

    Send my love to your parents and brother. Please do let us know when you are out on the East Coast again!

    Would love to visit!



  21. Hi M! You’re still inspiring me to comb my local thrift stores and my wardrobe is increasing exponentially. No one can believe some of the outfits I’m coming up with are from a thrift store…in a good way!

    You’ve also inspired me to create my own decorating-themed blog (and you get a shout out in my very first post!). Check it out:

    Take care,

    • I will totally check out your blog today Sarina! That’s amazing – congrats!! I’m so happy that you’re increasing your wardrobe with thrift store finds. You’ll have to send me pics!!

  22. M-
    WOW! I just stumbled onto your site and am sooo impressed with your creative eye. You inspire me and I am heading to the closest Goodwill right after work.

  23. Just wanted to drop you a line to tell you that I think you are freakin’ amazing! I’m intimidated by repurposing clothing but you are definitely making me wanna go for it!

    • Don’t be afraid Angie!! Go pick up some cheapy pieces, so if it doesn’t come out the way you like, then it was worth the few bucks. Do it!! It feels awesome when you end up wearing something reinvented πŸ™‚

  24. Love your blog! Found via CraftGossip. So creative!

  25. Hey Marisa,

    Lovin’ this blog. You are so creative. Found you from CraftGossip, another fav. Have you tried turning any of these dresses into skirts? I especially luv what you do with the MooMoos! Keep bringing the great ideas!

    • Hiya Cathy!! So happy you clicked on over from CG πŸ™‚ I have a dress-turned-skirt on the horizon, so stay posted. The muumuus are my favorite to change up! Thrilled you’re on board.

  26. Marisa – I found your blog this morning & was VERY impressed. I featured you an my own sewing blog >>>( Check it out! Keep up the good work! You are AMAZING!! πŸ˜€

    • Rebecca, YOU are amazing πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the lovely, lovely link. Your blog is fantastic – can’t wait to continue reading yours too. I’m thrilled to be a featured Friday blogess πŸ™‚

  27. Okay, I officially want to steal your life πŸ™‚ It would such a dream to create a refashion every day!! ahhh I want to come live with you and thrift shop and do sewing projects all day! Okay, now I sound like a creeper. I love your site. Best re-fashion site I’ve seen. Did you ever do wardrobe refashion?

    • Ha!! Come and hang! If you’re ever in LA-we’ll do some weekend thrifting and have a sewing party πŸ™‚ PS, I like to say “creepah” – an ode to my NYness and you’re totally not! Never did wardrobe refashion aside from on my own, and it’s been the most amazing thing! Love that you’re loving!!

  28. This is amazing!! I am so inspired!! Keep it up.

  29. This is absolutely amazing! I love your posts and everything about this blog: your process, the design, everything. Can’t wait for your BOOK. I’d buy that in a second.

  30. Marisa!!! WOW you remember me when I have 13 yrs old and cut out many of my moms dress then re -stylished them and wear them, this is so cool and inspiring and good in a GREEN way, keep doing it, you can do it, you will make it,
    donΒ΄t doubt it, Im going to follow you, definelly, cheers!!!

    Gina F

  31. As a die-hard thrift store shopper, I have read just about every entry you’ve put up thus far. LOL! I just must say you are brilliant!!! My daughter is 11 and is getting more and more into clothing as she gets older. She has a banquet coming up and, in the spirit of your blog, we got her a $4 100% silk Ralph Lauren dress from Sally’s (on half-price day, of course!). In one evening, we got over the sheer panic of cutting 14 inches of this pretty (but ill-fitting) dress, put on a slight ruffle on the bottom, and bravely attack altering the underarm areas to get rid of the bulkiness. My daughter is now thrilled that she has a dress that is obviously a great fit and one-of-a-kind. And it’s no small task to impress a tween with secondhand clothes! Thanks so much for giving me the “courage” to see the beauty in something that started off…. well… not being so beautiful. LOL!

  32. Hey, this blog is really inspirational. It reminds me of the time I turned a pair of skorts into a cute tartin mini, although it was far from a bargan- despite being second hand, it cost me 40$ for the peice… thankyou Japanese thrift shops.

    Anyway, looking through your creations makes me envious- I’m not sure I could pull off anything as well- I even found myself wondering if you would offer any of them for sale- there is some I’d pay 20-40$ for- which, considering you spent $1 on them in the first place is a huge profit. πŸ™‚ (If you do decide you are willing to sell any of them… let me know)

    Keep up the brilliant work!

  33. You have to do a book after you are finished. i would buy it for sure.

  34. This is amazing! I’ve gotten so many ideas and it’s a great way to cultivate creativity. πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  35. I LOVE this blog! It took me a few days, but I’m now current. Can’t wait to read more. Two questions:
    1. Where in God’s name do you keep all these clothes? You must have an enormous closet (or three).
    2. What are you doing with all your creations when you’re done?

  36. Marisa, thanks for the inspiration! Last year I bought an authentic Asian dress at Goodwill. When I put it on at home and sat down, hubby and I immediately agreed that the side slits were sharing bodily TMI! I cut it tunic length and hemmed it- love it! Wearing it today, in fact.
    I have a new sewing machine, and I am about to have another new tunic top. I will send you pics when I am done with it. A dress I bought on ebay, and it is just too much BRIGHT PINK and too plunging in the front for 9-5. As soon as I buy some ballpoint needles, the dress is going tunic with an uneven hemline, thanks to the idea in a Sunday department store sales flyer. I also plan to bling it a bit.
    Thanks again for helping me see my current wardrobe from a fresh perspective! I look forward to your daily emails!

  37. LOVE your blog! So much, I gave you a shout out today πŸ™‚

  38. I REALLY love this site and all of your creations. They inspire me.

    I went to look for dresses I could change up for myself and realized that there’s an advantage to being as little as YOU are….if I am going to buy a dress to change up a lot I have to look in the super plus section so I have some room to work with. Oh well. I haven’t given up yet though.

    Keep up the fun blogs. We love them!

  39. Hello
    I love your page!! I too was inspired by the film. I was wondering, do you have experience with sewing, or do you just figure it out as you go along?

  40. Wow. I found this through another blog (oops – i don’t remember which one!) and wow, you’re posts are inspiring. These are some fantastic alterations!
    I’d love to try my hand at it, and maybe I actually will now!

    I do wonder though, what do you do with all those shoulder pads? I could totally see them being used for fabric-covered brooches and little plushies.

  41. I just found your blog, and I am totally obsessed – you are so talented! I don’t even know how to hem a pair of pants.

    Like you, I was inspired by Julie & Julia to spice up my life and do something new – I have two goals: to run a 10 mile race and to cook my way through a healthy living cookbook. I hope you’ll check out my blog sometime πŸ™‚

  42. I love the idea! Everything you’ve done so far is really impressive and inspiring. I have just gone through my closet to get rid of a ton of stuff I don’t wear anymore but you’ve inspired me to take a second look and see what I can create. And it’s a great way to work on my sewing and design skills w/o wasting money! Love it!

  43. I stumbled across your website one day and now I’m hooked. I hope you find another hobby after this because you’re damn funny to read every day!

  44. Hi Marisa,
    Just a quick note to let you know how much I love your blog! You must have great eye to search through the op shops and turn some nasty looking pieces into great little numbers! Your blog is one of the first things I check out before I start my working day.
    Keep up the great work!!

  45. Hey Marisa,

    I just wanted to let you know that I found your website a couple months ago via “The Green Bag Lady” and I love what you are doing!! πŸ™‚

    I have told quite a few of my friends about your blog and just recently I told my mom….we are trying to come up with a cool “college t-shirt” dress type of a thing and so I thought your blog might give her a little inspiration!

    Well, she is a teacher and forwarded it on to the “family/consumer science” teacher (aka…home ec….fancy name now!) and she loves it! I bet she will be showing some before and afters next year in some of her lessons!

    Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  46. Hi,
    I think your project is fantastic. It’s so fun to follow it!

    Perhaps you’re interested in our project, how to reinvent and redecorate your garments to make them last longer… Check it out and become a fan on Facebook if you like. Lots of Love!

  47. Hi! I found your blog by accident by following the blogs of other bloggers and looking up the blogs they followed (did that make sense? o.O) Anyway, I love how you transform all of those old dresses into such cool, new, and wearable pieces. I’d been thinking about altering a few things that don’t fit me right, and a few of my mom’s dresses, but I don’t know how to go about it! I tried finding videos online or someone that had a similar vision; without luck. I had given up finding anything when I stumbled on a couple of really cool bloggers, yourself included. Now I feel more confident that it can be done (I had thought that maybe it was a little to far-fetched to try to get anything wearable out of my mom’s old dresses; pretty fabrics, but outdated forms), and that it is 100% possible to do it! Thanks for the inspiration ^_^

    • YAY!!! I so love when that happens. I’m a bloghopper myself, so it makes me happy you found me and read along! Take your mom’s dresses and begin to recreate. You’ll have some rockin’ pieces to add to your wardrobe in no time! Take some pics and send along πŸ™‚

  48. How long have you been sewing? I started sewing over a year ago and am still very dependent on patterns. I would love to restyle clothes like you do.

  49. Loved your blog and what you are doing!!
    I think it’s a wonderful idea. I do sort of the same thing, only I dont make clothes for me, I transform what I find into notebooks. I use the cool fabrics for the covers and stuff.
    It’s nice to recycle!!
    Anyway, kudos!

  50. Nightingale Tamar

    Not sure if i’m bragging or complaining about my lasck of leftover time today, but I’ve now FINISHED reading Your ENTIRE site, Marissa~ love your refashionista ideas, and have been a fan for a couple of weeks…. my little in between mommying spare time spent now thinking… “huh. how could i rip that apart and make it different.” Love it. Thanks you for fighting for fashion freedom and NO Fear sewing on the machine.. I loathe the whole “but I cna’t take that apart, I might mess it up” concept many of my friends have. I love refashioning, and would lvoe it if I was half as photogenic ass you are! xxoo-tamar

  51. pretty much all of these say you have inspired them to do the same thing and thats exactly what i was going to say but you really have made me feel enthusiastic about my life again this is what i have been doing for years but have recently gotten in a rut with my life and seeing this actually took my breathe away again i know it sound extreme but i absolutely live for the patterns and the creativity you have to have and the challenge of things like this. so basically without me even having to ramble on about all that nonsense you dont care about i just wanted to say thank you for pulling me out of my rut.

  52. You’re my idol. I’m going to have to update all of my online personalties to reflect that you are my new idol. Everything is soooo creative and you look adorable in it all.

  53. LOVE LOVE LOVE the blog! I am an artist as well as a former fashion executive (17years) and now teach at a local junior college in Dallas Texas. I teach Color Theory and Design Principles for the fashion students and am an avid internet hunter and gatherer. When I found your site I was hooked and am planning to share with the students upon return this fall.
    They will for sure be inspired !
    What will you do after Dec. 31st??? We will all be wondering. IF ever in Dallas , we’d love to hear you speak!
    Michelle the Muse

  54. I love how just shortening a dress will completely transform it and maybe you’ve already answered this question, but, do you have any plans for all that fabric you’ve removed from hems? Seems like so far you must be swimming is leftovers! Perhaps some accessories? Love your work, you’ve inspired me to hack up some of moms old dresses! Keep it up girl!

  55. Lovely, lovely ideas – We will definately try something similare –

  56. What do you do with all these dresses after you wear them? There’s no way you could be keeping all 365 of them! Where on Earth would you put them all?!?

  57. As a die-hard thrift store shopper, I have read just about every entry you’ve put up thus far. LOL! I just must say you are brilliant!!! My daughter is 11 and is getting more and more into clothing as she gets older. She has a banquet coming up and, in the spirit of your blog, we got her a $4 100% silk Ralph Lauren dress from Sally’s (on half-price day, of course!). In one evening, we got over the sheer panic of cutting 14 inches of this pretty (but ill-fitting) dress, put on a slight ruffle on the bottom, and bravely attack altering the underarm areas to get rid of the bulkiness. My daughter is now thrilled that she has a dress that is obviously a great fit and one-of-a-kind. And it’s no small task to impress a tween with secondhand clothes! Thanks so much for giving me the “courage” to see the beauty in something that started off…. well… not being so beautiful. LOL!

  58. Alicia DiBlasio

    Love this blog! I have shared it with everyone I know. I sew for a living and live a very eco-concious lifestyle. Your blog motivated me to start making things for myself again in a “green” and inexpensive way. I added 3 new peices to my summer wardrobe just today!!

  59. Amaaaaaazing! Love it. I dapple in altering, but this is a whole new level.
    Have recommended you to all our Consumerholics Anonymous. Any advice you can provide them with much appreciated:

  60. Hey Marisa.. i randomly came across your site and now i visit everyday to see your beautiful and creative work.. i live in the u.k and have always been a fan of charity shops, but you are an inspiration on the art of thrifty-ness..i am totally in awe!! πŸ™‚ Dxxx

  61. you should try consigning some of your remade stuff or putting a sign up in a shop that says you’ll remake clothes.
    You’re a wizard with that!

  62. I love this!!! New clothes can be expensive and ethically and environmentally questionable, this is such a great way to address a modern conundrum. I’ve been wanting to do something like this forever, you’re inspiring me to finally get it together and go for it. yay!!!!!

  63. you are brilliant! i love how you make such chic outfits. i have an addiction to thrift store clothing and follow the same recycling philosophy. can we also email you photos of found dresses for ideas on how to remake them?

  64. Lis Valdemarsen

    This is good great. This inspires me to want to sew, sew, sew. Thank you. Now all I need is some sewing lessons to get something like this done. Just know a little sewing stuff.

  65. What kind of sewing machine do you have? I love your blog and have introduced many friends to it. We are going to have a “Tailoring Party” – starting out with a trip to Goodwill first! However, I don’t have a sewing machine and don’t know what I need for my first one!

  66. Hey Marisa,

    LOVE your blog, and love the concept. And that said, I would LOVE to interview you for our website,!

    Please shoot me an email with your contact information if you’re interested.

    Hope to hear from you!


  67. I just found your blog and I LOVE IT!!! What a great concept!! I’ve been altering clothes for as long as I can remember, but you’re taking this to a whole new level. You’re sooo creative! I can’t believe what you can get out from the stuff you get… wow!!

  68. WOW! You are BRILLIANT.

    You should put some of these items on eBay at the end of the year! =)

  69. Listen- about your poor finger – make sure to keep it slathered with anti-biotic ointment (neosporin).It’s very important to keep it clean and keep it from becoming infected. Your instincts were right -to remove the broken part carefully. Everyone who sews should know to remove the needle and any broken parts completely and keep the puncture clean. On a cheerier note, I’ve been enjoying your blog and your cool ideas and hope to turn some young teens on to sewing this summer – we’ll check you out for inspiration. Thanks.

  70. This blog is ADORABLE!!!!!! I’m in love!!! And I have my mom to thank for sending me the link! I’ll be a daily follower…. Thanks for the fun!

    Also– I’m posting about your site tomorrow so all my friends can start following you too!

  71. hey Marisa! Thanks for letting me brag (blog) about you!


  72. You are inspirational to so many secondhand loving fashionistas out there, I love your idea, and your blog is just brilliant. I have written about you on my blog, hope you dont mind

  73. What a great job you have done with old dresses.
    Very talented an artist in your own rite!!!!!

    Keep up the good work!!!!!


  74. Hi Marisa!

    I’ve spent the last hour or so going through every entry you’ve already posted. Great ideas, you’ve inspired me so much!

    Great work!

  75. Hi Marisa,

    I am truly inspired by you’r work. Its incredible how you do this, I admire you’r fantasic sewing skills!

    Amazing Work,


  76. This website is simply fantastic! I loved your idea and will try to do the same here in Brazil, but I’m afraid of not having the same ability as you have to sew. rs

    Loved your clothes, congrats!

  77. AAAAAAMEEII !! HII , I’M From Brasil , and i saw your blog on a brazilian site , i really loved !!!!!
    man … congratlashs !!!!


  78. Hello! you are very creative! It has several of these clothes I would wear! Made me want to learn to sew and make like you. You study fashion? I’ll hire you as my seamstress! Unfortunately we are far away, I’m from Brazil and I saw your work on a site here:,, EMI152733 ,00-17 111-A CLOTHES + + + NEW PER DAY + + COM + US.html. Congratulations! Ah, any error in writing, sorry, I’m still learning!

  79. Admiradora e agora seguidora desse blog lindo!
    Te mandei uma mensagem no meu outro e-mail,!

  80. Hey, Marisa!

    I was thinking I’d write your first genuinely Brazilian congratulations message but i’ve just read a couple of other excited comments from other Brazilian girls who have probably also read about u in a magazine called Criativa! I’d just like to tell you ur a big hit around here now and say that I’m just totally completely addicted to your blog ! Ur doing an amazing job! Congrats!

    • Thanks so much Mariana!! I’m thrilled to have been featured over there – I love it! One of my BF’s is from Brazil, so I will have to go with her next time she goes home to visit. Thank you so much for being addicted πŸ™‚

  81. You are amazing! I can’t believe what you come up with…and your social life…I don’t know when you find the time!

    I passed on a blog award to you.

  82. I found your blog in a brazilian website (I’m brazilian) and you totally inspired me! I’m VERY impressed! For how long you sew? Is that difficult, I would love to start sewing! I live in Florida and we have soooo many brechos/consignment stores here! Keep your good work, you are amazing girl! xoxo Barbara

    • Oh, totally do it Barbara! I learned how to sew in home ec back in middle school, but I’m no seasoned sewer. Take a class at a community college and you’ll be stitching away in no time! The brechos in FL are probably incredible! xx

  83. OMG! I stumbled upon your blog and I am in awe!!I just read every single post. I should be sleeping as I have a newborn but I couldn’t stop hhahahah

    Well done. You are doing a fantastic job. I love your creativity. You have totally inspired me πŸ™‚


  84. hey I’m going to college in a month and this is a great idea to make myself a new wardrobe for cheap! I was just wondering if in the past you had a job or experience sewing or is it something you just picked up? and what essentials do u think every person needs to have to follow in your steps

    • No!! Go take a sewing class at a community college or even watch clips on youtube – I learned the basics in Home Ec in middle school but haven’t had formal training. Grab a great pair of scissors – that’s key!! You can cut anything while you’re at school – shorten length or sleeves. Easy breezy!! Have fun next month!!

  85. Hi Marisa,

    Love what you’re doing here and really enjoy following along. I’d love to have your talent and creative eye!

    I noticed you mentioned turning 30. I, too, took on a project for my thirtieth. I’m celebrating Thirty Days of Turning Thirty (30dot30) and having a ball!

    I’m keeping an eye out for special inspiration for new festivity attire here.

    Keep up the brilliant work (and entertaining posts)!


  86. Michelle Gatti

    Hello. I’m from Brazil, working as a stylist and love what you do.
    Congratulations on working

  87. Yes Marisa, the brechos in FL are unique! ha
    I live in Boca Raton area , I love going “brecho hunting”, wow from clothes to furniture, I love all! Next time I go “brecho hunting” I will take some pics and send to you! xoxo Barb

  88. After I saw your blog, my intention was to get the clothes from my grandmother and my mother and cutting out! Your work is marvelous! Congratulations! I’m having so much fun with your blog! Sorry for bad English, I am Brazilian and I speak very little (English)

  89. kimberlybowman

    Just stumbled onto the blog and love it. I’m not a sew-er so am pretty blown away by your creativity. Will be subscribing – keep at it!

  90. You are amazing. I love you!!

  91. Marisa, you rock!!! I have read every single post in your blog and am so inspired. I started to buy second hand clothes myself and redid them a little bit – so much fun.
    The only thing I find is, that most of the fun vintage clothes with nice patterns are made from … POLYESTER!!! Do you find that, too? I have spent hours of reworking a piece and dying to wear it – and when I finally got to wear it, I smelled like a wet dog after an hour 😦
    Any advice?
    Or is it just German clothes? (I live in Germany)
    Keep going, your work is awesome!!!

  92. I work in a vintage clothing store on the East coast, and I often find myself wishing that people would see the potential in something rather than focusing on the flaws. This blog is great, I really enjoy reading it!!

  93. i am so impressed with you , its not even funny, keep up the great work girl!!!


  94. Hey, I was wondering how do you find time to do all this sewing and blogging? I’m amazed at what you can do with an ugly dress!! You work your magic and it’s a thing of beauty. Great work!

  95. Love your blog! I found it a couple months ago and am totally addicted…and inspired by your creativity. Where do you find your dresses?

  96. You are AWESOME! Keep up the great work!

  97. Ok, I just stumbled on your blog and am working my way backwards (I’m on day 189) so I apologize if you’ve already done this…. But what about having sort of a reader particpation post of some sort? Like a “what do you think I should do with this mumu/jumper/bridesmaid dress/top/skort”. Just a thought. I play that myself and love the scroll down…. to see if we had the same thought etc.

  98. ps. I know how to spell “participation”. Sometimes more less than other times.

  99. Dear Marisa,
    I wanted to thank you for sharing this amazing project. Your creative, eco-chic dresses have really inspired me! I love your blog and have featured it on mine:

    thank you again for getting my creative juices flowing!

  100. This is so cool, I wish i had your creative mind, you have inspired me to get my sewing machine out of storage.

  101. So Inspired by you again πŸ™‚ I decided to just make myself a dress πŸ™‚ Which actually came out pretty cute considering I am a plus size gal. But I had a question and maybe you never run into this. But, I have… well boobs ok, not huge but they are there and my dress in front is higher than back and since I can’t fix it while wearing it, whats the best way? Any tips?

  102. you should def. get this published. you will make a lot of money!

  103. This is amazing. I think you’re my hero.

  104. I don’t want this year to end. You do such a fantastic job from creativity, laying it out nice w/ good pic’s & hilarious writing. My friend’s daughter told me about your site, she’s college age and I’ve been spreading the word. You were the talk of our 4th of July party out here in NH. Keep up the great work and making it so much fun. I’m a huge Project Runway fan and this is just as good!!!

  105. Really enjoying all your handy work over the last few months, so very creative as well. Do you mind my asking whether you just picked up sewing, or have taken many classes? And do you use patterns much or prefer to reinvent clothing designs?

    Thank you!

  106. Love the new items you’ve made from used clothes. They are creative and beautiful.

  107. Hi Marisa,

    I saw your project on CNN and I am so inspired…only thing is I don’t know how to sew and I don’t have a sewing machine. But I am poor so I think I qualify. I’ve seen a bunch of places (I live in the SF Bay area) advertise sewing lessons but do you think it’s worth it? I guess I am curious how you learned to look at a garment and know how to make it fit you.

    I really love all of your creations! I feel like everyone should do this to learn about how best to dress themselves (instead of trying to squeeze into badly fitting off the rack frocks)!



  108. Hi Marisa,

    My friend posted to my FB a link to your blog and I got the happy chance to read your featured article in Your project is so inspiring! I had to write a blog post on what you are doing, I hope you do not mind. I can’t wait to see what else you are going to create! I still have to see all of the wonderful project you have done since you started! Thanks for being such an inspiration. Your work is beautiful and I love your sense of humor πŸ™‚


  109. I am absolutely in love with this blog. I’ve told all my friends (and strangers for that matter). I just signed on recently due to seeing it in a Bust magazine I happened to pick up at work. While I feel their fashion picks are far beyond the reaches of the working class, yours are definitely right up that alley.
    I’m so inspired! I too am a thrift junkie, but I never thought about how I could sass stuff up. My sewing skills are minimal, but I’ve already made a few sweet pieces thanks to your site. I think my sewing machine is loving the attention. Any recommendations for the novice sewer regarding the tension knob?

  110. I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but this blog is incredibly inspiring! Some of the things you buy and transform into wearable wonders started as items I wouldn’t have picked up in the first place (or would have picked up just to have a laugh over).

    A friend sent me the link to your blog yesterday. I poured over months worth of creations, then went straight to the thrift store, bought an extra large shirt and made a mini dress out of it for this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  111. soooo cool. very inspirational. now if i was as good as you are… but patience one day i guess.

  112. Hi Marisa. I’m from Brazil and I wanted to let you know that I feel very inspired by what you are doing here. Every day, I can’t wait to see what you came up with! And I also want to thank you for sharing your corage and your art with us. Love your blog!

  113. I hope that I am sening this comment to the correct place for the August 11 random drawing. I just recently signed up for your blog. You are truly amazing and very creative, also inspirational. I really am enjoying this blog. Thanks!

  114. I want you to know that I love your blog. It is a highlight of my day to see the amazing piece you have made. Please don’t stop after 365. You’ve made me look at the thrift stores in a new light.

  115. You are my daily dose of fun! BTW…..what is happening to all your designs?

  116. You need to do a book!

  117. Hey Marisa,

    I just bought a sewing machine to putz around with, and your blog has become a huge source of inspiration! I can’t believe how amazing your finished products look. Also, your writing style is so refreshing and familiar. Keep it up, I am looking forward to seeing what you do next!!!

  118. Love what you are doing! Totally look forward to each days new post. A suggestion for the end: put all your before and after photos in a slide show. It would be interesting to see your finished looks all together. Toot! Toot! thats me cheering you on to the finish line πŸ™‚

  119. love love love what you are doing. but please dont forget to do a full length of the finished dress.

  120. Waow ! This is all soooooo amazing :o)
    I’m French, and people here also talk about your fabulous project !
    Congratulations !!

  121. Hello, I was one of the winners from the four totes and I was just wondering how and win I would be receiving one? Do you need my address or a phone number? Also I love seeing your creations everyday when I set down at my desk for work! What will you do when all the days are done? Kepp up the good work πŸ™‚

  122. Hello!
    I’m a student from Germany and I absolutely love your page. Just wanted to tell you that your page made it to Germany as well. Don’t know if that is news to you but anyways: Great work!!
    lots of love

  123. marisa, i think what your doing is totally awesome. i commend you for turning a misfortune into a positive. i understand the loss of a job and feeling like there nothing for you, keep up the good work, you never know you might get a job doing costumes for a major studio. may you have continued success. troy

  124. Hi Marisa,
    I saw your link on yahoo and went to your website. You are so creative and the outfits you make are amazing. I would like to see the before and after photos next to each other if possible as I had to keep scolling up and down to compare. Other than that, I love your website and will be checking in every day now. Good luck!

  125. Aww. yur my hero…thanks for being you & for giving this to all of us. I like the way you use so many big bright flowers…style on forevahhh!

  126. you inspired me

  127. you’re fabulous, inspiring and humbling. i am glad i found your blog!

  128. Hey there Marisa,

    I just read about you on Yahoo.
    I had to sign up to your blog. Love what your doing. So awesome!!!
    Much love from Houston, TX.


  129. Hi,
    I just read an article about your blog today and I must say, it’s amazing!!! You have such a talent for making these outfits look great!! keep it up! (I think you should make a career out of this! I know I would love to have someone make a not so cute article of clothing into a great outfit!)

  130. Came across your page on Yahoo. What you are doing is AWESOME! SO many think they needs hundreds for fashionable clothes, you show them all they need is $1 and a sowing machine. You’ve got talent, if you don’t see any hits for fashion/clothing jobs the right people must now be paying attention! Good luck to you and keep up the inspiration!

  131. One of the best blogs I have seen in a long time! It’s very inspiring to do something new everyday. Most of us don’t see the potential of a bad situation as well as you do!

  132. Claire from Denton, TX

    What is the name and address of the store in LA where you buy the duds?

  133. ZOUNDS! Your creations are fantastic!

  134. Can I just say, and this is the first 5 minutes of me looking at your blog, but I absolutely positively LOVE your blog! A) I’ve had fantasies about doing this because I am a thrift store shopper but I don’t have the skill. You are fabulous! B) My mom had the skills to do this but she doesn’t have the discipline nor the style or flare…lol no hard feelings, I love my mom but she style lol and C) SO creative, artsy, beautiful, awesome and everything in between.
    Keep up em coming chica!

  135. I just discovered your blog, I’ve never really followed a blog before, but I think yours is great! Being a frugal gal myself I’ve done the ugly dress transformation for all my Halloween costumes. I once made an awesome I Dream of Jeanie costume out of two scary thrift store buys. Thanks for sharing your creations!

  136. You are a living doll! Your creative use of old dresses and your blog is wonderful! It made me wish I had more time for sewing… I wish you much success.

  137. Wow…
    I read your story on Yahoo today, and was instantly inspired…I love the idea of giving something old new life!

    If you are looking for great $1 finds you should check out Studio Vintage in Studio City…they have a $1 grab bin on Sundays in Front of the store, and you can check out the farmer’s market as well then! I sell my handmade rings there to, and Sivan (the owner) is super cool!

    Thank you for being a super creative inspiration for so many young women!

  138. i was wondering do you measure yourself?? And can u do the same looks for plus size??

  139. Ok, I have to admit, this is SO COOL!!! But one thing I gotta know…Are you gonna sale any of these dresses afterward? They are all so cute πŸ™‚

  140. hi, i just think what ur doing is sooo great!!! you seem to be very creative and optomistic!!! πŸ™‚ now i want to turn something ugly into something glamorous!!! THanks

  141. This is FABULOUS! I live near Fairfax and Olympic and LOVE to sew. Make just about everything. Turned my dining room into a sewing room. I’m a recovering actress/screenwriter/singer. Now finally making enough money to support and cabaret and designing habit. So much fun to see someone else so inventive and who spreads the word about how much FUN it is to sew.

  142. Your blog really inspired me! It was always my dream to be a designer and this alone really gave me the boost I needed. Even if I were just to design my own stuff for myself it would be fulfilling .

  143. Thought I’d say: Your Rock!

  144. All I can say is wow. You have inspied me to learn how to sew, and not to throw out any type of clothing, just to bring it up to date. I’m only 15, and you really inspired me. I will send you an e-mail asking a very important question. Please respond. πŸ™‚

  145. Whoops… YOU rock!

  146. You are awesome! I don’t know how you do it! You must have a great imagination to see potential in those thrift store finds! I wish I had your vision AND your sewing skills. I also like how the before pictures are of you with your hair up and then for the after you jazz it up! You rock!

  147. Oh my goodness! I never want to buy anything over $1 again! I applaud you–and you must feel so productive! How wonderful! Congratulations, and thank you for so much inspiration!

  148. your AMAZING!
    not just with the project which is stunning, but the way your living your life! if only everyone would follow their dreams and be a free spirit like you πŸ™‚
    very inspiring

  149. You are so chic and inventive! The recreations are amazing by themselves, but to see what you had to work with – wow! Also, you remind me of my 7th grade french teacher (she was really cool!); I would be really proud if I were you

  150. LOVE this concept. Fun and frugal and SO creative. Wish I had your eye and sewing skills!

  151. what a great idea, you are so creative! i just saw your blog mentioned on a yahoo article ( that’s so cool! best wishes to you!

  152. what an amazing and talent young woman you are…. you can be such an inspirition to soo many….. you have inspired me…know i just have figure out what gift i have , besides the one gab…(lol) like u i also lost my job and have gotten ill so i am in dire straits…. but i have hope and faith and and someone like you who has inspired me to find something to do….so thank will hope to talk more with you maybe become long distance friends (who knows) what life brings you keep moving forward i will too….thank you have a great and day.

  153. OMG !!!! i think i LOVE YOU!!!!
    you are so creative and i have had so many things that i love and are too big or love and are too small or things i would like to put together to make one thing to wear thats creative….i just didnt have enough guts!!! You are so creative and a cleaver and whimsical girl!! thanks for sharing all you are doing. What a break from the usual blog and so inspiring too!!

  154. You remind me of the movie Julie and Julia. 365 blog of something that you enjoy. You are truly amazing at what you do. I’m rather jealous of some of the wonderful, beautiful clothes you’ve created. I think you should make think into a profession for yourself. I myself would buy almost all of the clothes that I have seen so far. Congratulations. I look forward to seeing what your creative mind comes up with next.

    Great work Marisa~!!!! I hope all your friends and family love what your doing

    Amber T of Las Vegas, Nevada

  155. This is FANTASTIC! You are extremely talented and this is such a novel idea! Great job!

  156. You go girl!!!

  157. I just saw your blog on Yahoo! Such a big deal to be on there – congrats!! I love your site and your super cute creations!

  158. I’ve been sewing since I was 5….barbie clothes by hand, from old clothing scraps…..I was the youngest of 6 kids, and making things frugally was a necessity. YOU are my new hero!

  159. you-are-FANTASTIC ! I rarely, ( okay, never) comment on blog-sites…but I couldnt help myself from stopping in and saying what an INTERESTING and ENTERTAINING blog you have ! Congrats on the amazing transformations… You should be so proud of yourself. You should think about donating the dresses to charity- I’m involved with a group that gives dresses to girls in foster care and severely low-income families, dresses to wear to prom and special events.. I love what you do and if you’d ever consider parting with any of your great creations for a phenomenal cause please get in touch with me !
    All my best,
    Catherine O

  160. This is amazing! Such amazing talent πŸ™‚ Great work. I would soo purchase these dresses with their complete transformation.
    God bless you!

  161. Oh My Goodness….this is so amazing!! I have lots of dresses of my grandmother’s and great-grandmothers that I could not bear throw away…now I know how to use them, you are so inspiring and daring. Your blog gives me the confidence I needed to start on these old pieces and bring to life. THANKS!

  162. Girl!!!! you totally rock!!! You are sooooo fashion forward and have great vision!!!! Awesome

  163. This is truely inspiring!!! I saw the movie “Julie and Julia” as well and it was great! Good Luck and I will continue to check everyday into your progress. This is a great way to save money!! If only more of us were more creative!!

  164. I love your Ideas your are very creative keep stitching!

  165. Wow! I love your pieces – you’ve got a great sense of style, a sweet sense of humor that comes out in your writing (which is really good, btw), and a talent for making those pretty designs appear in real life using those (what would look) hopeless dresses… that doesn’t even make sense, does it? I especially loved that gold brocade dress that looked like Blair’s from Gossip Girl – totally red-carpet-worthy. Anyway, loved your site – keep it up!! =)

  166. You’re an amazing inspiration! I’m digging all your cool creations! I’m also very much looking forward to seeing what you continue to come up with! πŸ˜€ Keep rockin’ it, girl!

  167. absolutely adorable, creative and so fun………..never even read a blog before, and i hate to sew

  168. Dear Marisa,
    Thanks so much for sharing your adventures in creating great outfits!
    Here’s a challenge for you for next year:
    dresses for orphans in Ethiopia!
    My friend Cyndi has adopted from Ethiopia and her husband and her have a passion for helping the children there. Read her article below from facebook and get inspired to sew for a great cause!!
    “Sometimes, a new outfit can change your day. For some in Ethiopia, a new outfit can change their year!

    Did you know that it is almost New Year’s in Ethiopia? On September 11, they will be celebrating “Enkutatash,” the start of the new year in Ethiopia. To begin the new year, it is very important to them to have a new dress (or new pants and shirt for boys.) Families will often go without basic necessities such as food or other needs prior to the new year just to afford new clothing for their families to begin the new year.

    International Hope and Heritage would like to invite you to help some kids in Ethiopia usher in the new year without having to do without basic needs. Following the basic pillow case pattern shown on the amazing website/ministry blog for “Little Dresses for Africa”, ( you can make a simple dress that could change a little girl’s life.

    We will be sending as many girl dresses and boy outfits we can collect to our partner pastor in Bole Bulbulla, an impoverished village just down the hill from the airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Most of the children are in single or no-parent households, with very little clothing and basic resources. The nearest water is an average of 3 kilometers away. We are partnering with a wonderful pastor who runs an “aftercare” type of program which serves over 100 children. What a blessing it would be for these kids to receive a new outfit for the new year!

    Please consider sewing a dress, or a simple pants/shirt outfit for a boy. We will collecting dresses/outfits during the month of August, with the goal of shipping them August 26th.

    More info will be posted soon for how we will collect the dresses/clothes. Thank you so much for participating!

    Cyndi Krawietz
    β€Ž***MAILING INFO*****

    PO Box 2196
    Rockwall, TX 75087-5096″

    • Cyndi,
      Thanks so much for posting this information. I am going to pass this on to several friends that sew, including some from my church that may want to get involved. Also, would like to pass on some info to you that could help fund your endeavors. Will send you some info to your address today with my contact info. I will also be in Dallas in a couple of weeks if that is close to you and would love to get together for lunch (my treat)!

  169. Wow! What a great, creative idea!!! Love it! I love old patterns and vintage clothes, but never thought of “making it work” for me. You just inspired me… I may have to come out to Cali to shop for bargains!!! haha! Love this and thanks for sharing!!

  170. Wow, I really loved that movie “Julie and Julia”…but being completely honest…I find this way more interesting!!

  171. I love what you are doing. I saw that movie julie and julie as well and it made me think about whatI could to help others and myself. I am an army wife and do the whole supporting my country and wife stuff that goes along with it. But when ur husband is gone a year at a time and u are alone in a crumy mood that makes you feel like you are at the bottom of the barrel looking makes you wonder what you can do to get out of it. Your page really brought a smile to my face and I made sure all my friends knew about your page as well. Good luck keep up the awesome work!

  172. wow your really good at changing clothes have you ever thought of having a profession in fashion?

  173. Hi Marisa! Found out about your blog at yahoo green today and let me just say how amazing you are along with the rest of the world! Let me wish you good luck and just continue to have faith in your talents! You’ve just earned a new admirer in me and I’ll only pray for more blessings to come your way in return for being such an inspiration to many! Best regards! =)

  174. hey, you are soooooooooo amazing!
    I love your blog and your handy work!
    I decided to do something special work as you.

  175. Interesting and Original. Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  176. I love what your doing! I’m sending your page to my friends and mom! What you’re doing is inspiring and thrifty. Your own sense of style and who you are comes through which is so much better then buying a mass produced piece!

  177. You are amazing! I would not be at all surprised if some big name designer offered you a job. These dresses are horrible and your creativity kicks in and voilΓ –something gorgeous comes out!

    Hey Marisa–you rock!

  178. I read on Yahoo! about what you were doing. I just wanna say: Good for you! Awesome, that you are keeping yourself occupied and even thinking about auctioning these clothes then donating the proceeds. It’s so nice to read about something nice people are doing in the world, when you read about crimes, how bad the economy is and what not πŸ™‚ Again I really enjoyed reading about what you do. Good luck in all of your endeavors! πŸ™‚

    Marlene from Texas

  179. Heyy, so I just wanted to let you know that I totally love your dresses and tops and everything! I love how you can take something and make something really cool out of it and it has really inspired me to be more creative. I’m actually going to go to my local thrift store and get something for a dollar and see what I can do with it. Keep going cause you’re doing a great job!!

  180. Hi!I love watching Julie & Julia so much and was in awe that u depict her in real life.Thanks to Yahoo! for bringin me to ur blog.I hope you know you inspire people from different corners of the world.Keep up doing the amazing things that you do.U amp up my motivation dear!

  181. Love your site! You are so clever with your finds and their reconstruction! It’s great that you also document the process step by step for those not as sewing savvy as yourself! and I love the event show and tell of where the item gets its unveiling! You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work-

  182. Amazing work woman! I wish I had your skill! Kudos to you for turning trash to treasure- how very green of you!

  183. PS- YOU ROCK!

  184. Clicked on your link from the yahoo home page. You are sooooo talented & have a great eye!

  185. Hi Marisa!
    I saw your article in Yahoo! and I found it so inspiring, as I am sure many people did. Good for you for doing something so positive.
    Maybe you can open your own boutique? I really love the “mumu” dress and blue shirt you made.
    best wishes =) Krissie

  186. I am amazed by your creativity! I used to be creative like that when I was a young mother, but have gotten slothy these days. I thoroughly enjoy your blog, and am so glad you did this! So refreshing. Thanks!

  187. I “heart” your blog! Fabulous idea! This Chicago girl will continue to follow for ideas. I made a similar attempt this year with a 60’s brocade, tinsel explosion of a dress and an old singer that runs like a champ. What are your suggestions for people just learning to sew? classes? experimentation? I appreciate your sewing tips!

  188. You are very talented! Wish I had your skill b/c it’s hard for me to find clothes that fit. I’m curvy but have a small waist,and am short. Maybe you can be my personal tailor. Do you happen to make bras or bathing suits? πŸ™‚

  189. Some of your dresses are ADORABLE. I was thinking if you knew how to make a romper? You should try it! Especially with those floral vintage designed dresses. I think you would look cute. Well, I mean.. AFTER you finished your year long New-Dress-A-Day project! Rompers aren’t dresses, of course.. lol.

    Congratz on making it on the Yahoo! homepage. That’s where I discovered you.

  190. You are my hero literally! I’m going to try the fixing the mumu tomorrow! I’m already crafty but seriously you gave me this new hobby idea! I hope a can make as many amazing pieces as you!!

  191. Masterful! You are an artist! Hats off to you and keep up the good work! You’re an inspiration and I could only dream to be so creative…..=)

  192. wow, i just found your page and its pretty amazing what you are doing with these otherwise, not-so-pretty frocks! im pregnant with my 3rd child and i HATE buying maternity clothes! you only wear them for a little while and they are so expensive..i wish i had your talent, i would start scouting out garage sales and thrift stores! u should write a how-to book, i would buy it! πŸ™‚

  193. I’ve been doing something like this for other people for quite a while. I have an overlock machine which cuts some sewing time down if I use the four-thread setting. I find it hard to fit myself as I feel so petite yet the mirror says I’m really a size 14 on a very good day! Enjoy your challenge, you are absolutely great, very creative and have a great figure to show off your creations!!!

  194. Hi Marisa,
    YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!! I grew up going to thrift stores with my grandmother. I still continue to shop at thrift stores especially since I lost my good paying job. I found another but make about half the pay. I think it is fun because you never know what you will find. Anyway at one law firm I worked at I would get compliments from my co-workers on some of my thrift store finds. So, I started telling them how much I paid for my clothes. They were floored. So, whenever I got a compliment I would ask them “How much do you think I paid for this?” They started telling me jokingly they didn’t want to know. I hope a fashion designer gives you a job. You have done wonders!!!

  195. Hi!
    I am from Singapore. Woah! My first word when i saw your blog ! U’r a genius . Keep it up . Ur designs are cool, pretty and creative. Great job!

  196. my mom is a great sewing and she thinks my sister and i are totally crazy because sometimes we buy clothes that doesn’t fit us perfect and we ask her to fit it ans make it work for us, or sometimes we clean our wardrobe and try to have here redesign of of uour clothes she laughts at us and call us crazy at the end she always make it work and makes great things for us. we work as a team asn put together ideas but yours is great for $1!!! i have to say what a great and inspired way to work for a year, i am sure great things would come to you. at least now i know that my sister, my mom and i are not the only crazy girls that like to play wiht the sewing machine

  197. You are amazing! This is what green living really is all about — not hybrid cars and counting your carbon footprint! Great idea + Terrific Execution = hard combination to come by. Excellent (and FUN) work!

  198. I just saw all your amazing creations. You are so awesome!! I’m a full -time student and a single mom of 4 little girls and sometimes money is really tight, so you have inspired me to go out with them and make them dresses and shirts for school this year instead of buying them all their clothes for school(of course some clothes will be bought, just not all). I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this before. Thanks. again you’re awesome

  199. I love your blog! My mom is a dressmaker so I’ve had the sewing bug pretty much my entire life and I have an obsession with thrift store “re-imaginings”. Good luck on the rest of your year! I’m also in the middle of a 365 day challenge (365 adventures in 365 days) which I started in my 29th birthday =) Blog on!
    Your fellow blogger,
    (of Rebecca’s Big Adventure!

  200. hey marisa!

    so i saw you on the yahoo! website and your story immediately caught my attention that i had to check out your blog asap. WOW! i love thrift shops, i love cute clothes, i only wish i could make my own thrifty, cute clothes! you definitely give me inspiration to just do it πŸ™‚ stay cool!

    peace love and sale racks.

  201. Saw this and believe you have a great gift! I have been wanting to learn how to sew for some time now. Any pointers? What machine should a beginner get, and what fabric is the easiest to learn on?? Should I learn how to sew by hand first then move to machine or does it matter?? Get back to me. Blessings..

  202. OMG! What a wonderful idea full of inspiration and creativity. I pounced on your story while checking mail on Yahoo. I have been glued to my computer screen for the last hour….might I add while… Keep up the good work girl. Its awesome. I look forward to seeing what snazzy outfit comes next!

  203. Hi
    saw the article on Yahoo about this blog and love it, its soooo me. I do this, though not as much as i used to. I have been buying vintage in london for years, though I didnt always have to cut em up, i used to. Now i’m i live in the usa, i’m looking around ( i’m in michigan) for some thrift stores, I know its gonna be good. I’m inspired to get back on it. its the best way to find clothes that are you,without paying exorbitant prices for them. keep it up, i’m subscribing.

    • primafromlondonnowindetroit

      oh and congrats on all the love you have got today, I looked at my little note here and thought wow i’m so original, until i looked back today and realised that I wasnt the only one. Oh and to those who think you cant do this if you are plus sized, its absolutely the opposite, you can tailor the dress to fit you so long as it is bigger than you are currently, has enough give at the hem/seams, and that cutting it wont cause the shape of it to warp. if you spend a dollar on a dress truly you can experiment, we spend more than that on underwear. all the best….

  204. I love your website! I just came out with a clothing line mostly dresses that i think you would be very interested in. I redue them also. Please check it out. and email me with feedback and such:) Thank you so much!

    xoxo.Charity Jewell

  205. Have you checked out Berda Paradise on Sunset? (All proceeds go to Sunset Hollywood Free Clinic) Berda is a good friend and a trip to hang out with – you can find some good stuff.


  206. You are amazing πŸ™‚ What a wonderful adventure. I saw an article about your project on yahoo and now I just have to follow! It reminds me of the quote…when life hands you lemons make LEMONADE! Congrats on making something so wonderful out of a tought time!

  207. I forgot to ask – what do you do with all the fabrics you cut off? I’m thinking they could make a great quilt.

  208. All I can say is wow! You’re like the dress Julie & Julia. What’s cool is that you now have this wardrobe full of colorful and fun dresses for the whole year. Hope you finish all of them :)!

  209. Incredible work!! Have you thought of selling your “afters” and/or are willing to sell any?

  210. Hi. I NEVER look at blogs but I was logging onto my email and there was a blip about you on yahoomail. I saw Julie and Julia and was intrigued. I checked out your site and ended up glued to my computer for hours looking at your daily creations. I just wanted to let you know that I think what you are doing is something inspiring. So many people saw that movie and finished it by saying “I want to do that” but went about the rest of their year doing the same ol’ thing. I am a psychologist and I work with people every day that struggle to make a commitment and to find a passion for things, let alone find a way to fit those two together as you have. Kudos to you for your perseverance. FYI…you have a fun fun fun sense of style!
    Keep it up!

  211. I love your website! Just saw it on featured articles. I think what you are doing is so wonderful, creative, fashionable and cute. I literally said out loud “oh hey she’s not finished!” in happiness and surprise that you still have 101 days to go. I will be a faithful reader for those next 101 days. πŸ™‚

  212. Hi Marissa,
    I’m sure U’ll get a million emails now that U were on Yahoo 2day…But I have a few quick ?s

    1.) How R U & Ur dad so white?? I grew up in Covina & I was always tan….Now I live in the PNW (Pacific NoWest) I’m pretty much butt white–yuck–not diggin’ that…But it works 4 U….I’ve known other red heads w/ fair skin & its a good look 4 them. I’m Brunette & had Olive skin when I lived in Cali.

    2.) Anyway, if U lost Ur job, how can U afford 2 give stuff away??

    3.) I thought of creating a blog someday….not sure on what yet….But do U have to use a certian web-site orsoftware….

    4.) Nice idea….Glad U use Ginger scissors…they’re the best…I don’t sew as much as I used 2…

    Anyway, many Blessings 2 U! I will pray U get a good job! I need one 2 & to figure out where 2 move back 2 Cali in the next 2 months….Can’t take the rain & perverts up here….I didn’t wear shorts for the past 2 summers…just didn’t feel comfortable….Thank God for the REI Wick Away Clothes! Woo Hoo!

  213. So I found your blog via Yahoo Green. I think what you are doing is completely brilliant and absolutely inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with the rest of the world. You rate as one of the coolest people in my book. Blessings to you, darling.

  214. Hi! The article about you on the Yahoo main web page was AMAZING! I’m so glad they wrote a piece on the work you do- it’s fabulous and so artsy! I wish I could be as creative as you are with clothes- it would save me so much money on my wardrobe!

    Great blog keep it up!

  215. What a stellar idea you had! Brilliant. Just lovely and fun. Thank you for sharing your writing, creations and all the pics.
    All the best!

  216. Hi! I’m wondering if you are thinking about selling any of these? I’m a dancer in NYC, so I don’t have a lot to spend on clothes, but if I had any seamstress talent (even a fraction of yours), I would love to turn something bleak into something chic!! I also love that they’re modest, but not unattractive. I find it so challenging to find a sweet dress without a plunging neckline or longer than my panty line!!

  217. Great idea and well executed. Hope it brings you more than just the satisfaction of a job well done…… Maybe a book or even movie….. Hmmm who will play you, and who will play the required love interest??? πŸ™‚


  218. Hey! I just saw your blog talked about on my Yahoo! Homepage! When I saw it, I immediately clicked on it! I’m real interested in what you’re doing! I think it’s incredible! I can’t wait to see more, and keep it up!


  219. Just found your blog on Yahoo. Everything you are doing is toooo cute. Love the concept.

  220. Hi there. My name’s Danyell, and I’m 16 years old. I just started reading your blog and I’ve got to say it is AMAZING!! So I was thinking, I might be able to send you a few dresses I have. They could be cute, but one has big bell sleeves and the other I cant wear because it looks like a maternity dress on me >_< So I was just wondering if you were accepting things like that. E-mail me, find me on facebook, deviantART (sORRYbUTnO is my username), anything πŸ™‚

  221. Just wanted to say you are an awesome seamstress and most of these looks are great!

    Best Regards!

  222. WOAH! i love your work! i always wanted to sew my old clothes into sexier ones.

  223. Hello there! I just want you to know that this page is absolutely and completely exquisite. Not to mention slightly inspiring. And by slightly I mean immensely. Thanks to you, I’m looking up classes to learn how to sew.

  224. I don’t know what to envy first, your figure or your ability to make clothes! I love the before and after. I wish I knew how to sew and be this creative or at least have a friend who did so I could bribe her to make me clothes lol Wow I would totally wear a lot of these outfits. Amazing! I want to know what are your favorite outfits so far? Blows my mind. You should have a local business, bring thrift store clothes and you’ll transform it ha

  225. I really enjoyed your blog πŸ™‚ Super very creative


  226. Hello! I am so impressed by all of your creations, and kudos to you for taking on such a massive project on such a small budget. Keep up the great work!

  227. I just wanted to say what an inspiration you are…. all of your creations are absolutely gorgeous! I’m not much of a person to read blogs religiously but yours I will because of how great it is! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!


  228. Hi, I’m one of the new fans you made today as a result of your mention on Yahoo. I’ve got to say, I’m loving the idea and the creativity behind your site.


  229. Your blog is amazing! It’s amazing how you can take one of the most repulsive things I’ve ever seen and turn it into a masterpiece! Are you selling any of your pieces, because if you’re not you should and i wold gladly be a customer!
    I absolutely love the pieces from day 259,253,248 and 189! Your transformations are spectacular and your approach is ingenious! Keep up the good work!

  230. Kristen Goodson


  231. You’re flat out awesome, and I love the dresses you’ve been recreating. Keep going girl!

  232. You’re so clever and talented! I don’t know you but am proud of you. Keep it up, Girl!

  233. Fantastic blog and inspiring project!!! I also saw the movie Julie and Julia and was tempted to do the same – hmm – but the budget was too much (forget about the time issue). I am also an avid seamstress and my personal pledge, although not time limited, is to use ALL the fabric I have in my cupboards…

    Two questions: where do you keep all the dresses you made? and what do you do with all the offcuts? Store them to make an awesome quilt after?

    Thank you for the inspiration and greetings from South Africa!!!

  234. Hey,

    I’ve enjoyed your blog so much and now it’s became the thing I check out every morning. How did you learn to make all those articles of clothing? Do you make your own patterns? I’m so amazed at your skill and determination. Keep it up. You Go Girl!

  235. Irina from Russia

    I love your blog, this is just great source, you are so creative!!

  236. You should sell some of the clothes you made. Id totally buy most of them! I LOVE IT!

  237. I love what you are doing and I’ll be following you ’til your project is finished! I saw the yahoo article about you just now, and had to see it for myself. I am also featuring you on my newly created blog. You can check it out here:

    G’luck! =)

  238. I love what you’re doing. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this on my blog.

  239. this is super great, and your blog is super fun!! keep up the good work, can’t wait to check your next project. yeeebahhh!!!!

  240. I adore your sparkle and this inspirational project. Maybe I will finally do the pillowcases I started a year ago. Keep it uP!


  241. Hi! I just found out about your 365 days challenge and wanted to say how inspiring, creative, and oh so fashionable you are :)! You’ve truly reassured my passion for fashion! And through alot of trial and error I hope I will be able to transform an extra large frumpy thing to a beautiful garment like you!

  242. Hi I’m following you from South Africa. Discovered your blog via yahoo and i will be checking you out every day until you reach $0. I think you should start your own company selling your creations. Enjoy and keep having fun.

  243. I absolutely adore your style and what you have done with all those clothing. I really would like to do the same thing you are doing, though I don’t know how to sew or have any creative thinking like you do. I hope one day I could follow your footsteps πŸ™‚ cause I love thrift stores and often times I would see a cute dress that beautiful patterns or have potential to be a really cute outfit, too bad I don’t have the ability to bring into the way I wanted it to look like. So if you can give me some advice on how I should start and maybe do tutorials on how to cuts dresses please. Thank you.

  244. Just by chance I read the article posted on Yahoo and I was very much impressed by it and by you!

    Michael from Israel..

  245. I am totally inspired by your creativities here, and totally staying up waaaayyy too late as I am enticed to look from blog to blog to blog post. Yes, my three little ones will certainly make me aware it was a late night when morning breaks, but I am so inspired!! Are you opposed to others trying your revamping ideas? You’ve got me wanting to run out to the local goodwill to see what I can find. Also, I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it (though I’m sure they probably have) but you can TOTALLY turn this experiment into a book. I’m hoping you’re talking to publishers already. This would be such a fascinating book to have. Anyways, that’s my idea. I’m going to go post your blogsite on my fb page to share the love with my other creative friendies. Anyways, thanks for posting this and inspiring me with your creativity! I can totally see this opening doors for you that you never imagined when this experiment was conceived. πŸ™‚ I hope that’s the case. props to you! Good luck with your inventions to come!

  246. You are one amazing lady! All the best Marisa.

  247. I found your blog via the post on Yahoo. Once I started reading I could not stop until I read your entire blog. What a talented person you are. I love what you have done. You are so inspiring! Funny thing is I am in CA and my daughter is in NC and she was looking at it at the same time. I had to send my sister a link to it also! Your fabulous personality shows through too, you are a doll. It is amazing what beautiful, creative and crazy things you have come up with, especially looking at your looking at your stock. Some of those clothing items (before you started working) made me laugh! I look forward to following a long and prosperous career for you. You are absolutely adorable. Keep up the fabulous and inspirational work!!!! Rhonda

  248. can you visit me here and sew the dresses for me, envious eh? Kidding aside, you’re a genius. i so love your creative mind. keep it up! –

  249. PERFECT.. in times like this.. you make the not so fab to Fabulous.. i found your blog via yahoo.. and now i’m so inspired.. i hope you can teach me some of the sewing magic you do.. God bless.. across the seas from the Philippines you spread your creativity and wonders..

  250. I kinda stubbled on your site and all i can say is WOW girl that is awsome! Ok im a thrift store junkie and i see all these beautiful dresses from way back when but the style is old. If i send u a pic of this 50 style dress could u give me idea to waht o do wit it? It would mean the alot cause id like to actually wear it,lol,but the way it look now no way!

  251. Hi, Marisa! I just saw your blog featured on Yahoo, and I think you’re the coolest person I’ve ever seen! First, you’re incrediably talented, and I think it’s just awesome that you’re not doing this to make a quick buck- you’re busting your butt at a regular job and planning on giving any procedes from the dresses to charity! You’re amazing! God bless you!

  252. I came across your blog yesterday, and you totally inspired me! I have so many things in my closet that just sit there because they are a bit out of fashion. I sat right down (after spending about an hour looking at your site) and made over a dress in 20 minutes. Thanks for the wonderful ideas and creativity! I hope you get a book deal out of this!

  253. You have amazing talent! I love the fact that you’re recycling and doing it so beautifully. Oh, how I wish I could sew!! For now though, I’ll just admire your creations! Thanks for sharing with the world. πŸ™‚

  254. What a great idea….you have inspired me.
    I had an aunt that I miss very much and my father had told me once that they had grown up poor and Alice wanted to do nothing more than sew. She made a pattern out of old news paper so she could make a dress she wanted. There was nothing she could not make. Keep doing what you love!!

  255. I think this is a terrific idea!!! Kudos to you for taking the initiative to show people that we do NOT have to be the disposable society that we have turned into!!!!

  256. this is the first blog I have ever posted to! I love all the dresses!! you have such an amazing talent!

    I have sent your blog list to my little sister, who loves to sew and makes gowns and what not, as an inspiration.

  257. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for your passion and creativity shared herein. I found this today and look forward to what the rest of the year holds for you and us as a result of your ingenuity. Have a fabulous day!

  258. Marisa – I love your blog. I am a huge repurposer too – mainly furniture and home deco stuff. You have inspired me!

  259. Love your 365 day idea! You are an inspiration..really! Keep up the good work, you are an amazingly talented seamstress! Congrats on the Yahoo coverage…which is how I found you! Angie

  260. Holy smoke! Creative, smart, savvy and with looks to boot. I am bothered since you at the same time inspire me as well as make me jeaouls. πŸ˜‰ Simply put…Attagirl!!

  261. Just read the article about you on Yahoo and decided to check out your website…what you have done is truly have serious talent…best of luck to you!

  262. Yuo have very beautiful feet! I love how your toes are painted red all the time!

  263. What a great idea! What a neat blog!
    Keep up the good work with your dress making!
    My grandmother would be smiling if she saw what you are doing.
    She was very crafty and loved to sew. She made cool things from recycled materials, such as purses that converted into doll beds for me and my sis.
    They were made out of Ivory dish soap bottles.
    She made foot stools by covering cans of Hawaiian punch with old fabric scraps from her sewing projects. She also helped me to make chair pockets.
    Will definitely subscribe and look forward to your other creations.
    Hope that you will pop by to see my blog, too.
    I need to do that for my sons’ clothes, as they grow like weeds.
    Have a great week.

  264. I never knew the story behind New Dress A Day until today. I so know how you feel. I’ve been going to something similar but different. πŸ™‚ Back in December, I was in nursing school with only 6 months left before I was done when my daughter got Scarlet Fever. Because I had to stay home for an entire week to care for her, I was told I had to drop out. Ugh…drop out… but my little girl needed me. πŸ™‚ She bounced back after about a week and a half…YAY…but there I was, back on a super long waiting list to get back into school, my daycare assistance was dropped almost immediately, and I was feeling pretty durn bad…boo. ANYWAYS, I knew I had to shake it off. My family needed me. So to help me “heal” I started making bags. I made crocheted bags out of plarn, twine, jute, fused plastic, fabric bags out of swatches found during dumpster diving after the furniture market was done…the list goes on. I’m still making them and I do have to say, sewing everyday has allowed me to grow as a sewer << is that the right word? Oh, nevermind, you get what I'm saying. Lol Anyways, I am now working on my own line of bags, with the help of my 4 girls, and one day we hope to open our own little shop online. Sometimes life throws your a curveball. You can either stand there and get hit in the face or smash the durn thing and run like nobody's business. I chose to run with it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing a little bit of you with us.

  265. I think it is great what you are doing and it makes me so inspired to go out and try something new. I have always loved taking old things and making them new and your blog has really made me wish that I had a talent to sew. Great job!

  266. Hi Marisa,

    I just wanted to say I saw your article on yahoo this morning at work. It’s very inspiring and you’ve made some very cute fashions!! You are truly talented. I think you need to have your own clothing line?! πŸ™‚

    – Elizabeth

  267. WOW!!! I just saw a post about your blog on yahoo. And I am soo inspired!! When I read what you were doing it really moved me to see such hidious clothing being turned into these beautiful dresses hand made and for a buck. KeeP up the great work I am truly inspired and I will hit the thrift store today to see if I can whip up something as well. Thank You So much!!!

  268. GREAT WORK loved it.!!! you did awesome job on all the ugly dressess..!!

  269. DARLING! Found you featured on Yahoo this morning. You’ve gone big time. Such a practical application of Pretty in Pink and LOVE that you can get your generation interested in the sewing and construction fun part of fashion. The most darling way I’ve seen yet to put this green revolution into motion. You creativity and thought process is an inspiration….and isn’t that the goal of an artist? kuddos.

  270. You are phenomenal. I came to your blog through a Yahoo article, and I was skeptical, but what you’ve done has blown me away! Your design/creation talent is amazing, but your blog is a great read, too. Very entertaining! Good luck to you, some amazing fashion house is going to be very lucky when they pick you up.

  271. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas. Now i know what to do with my old clothes instead of giving them away.. hope you’ll share more with us..Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

  272. Love what you are doing! Wanna make me a new wardrobe???

  273. alright so I’m a guy and have no fashion sense (work 10 to 12 hours a day only uniforms)my idea of dressing up is a clean pair of jeans and a shirt without to many holes in it..but your talent to see what is possible by lookin at a inspire people and show them how to make use of what they have..forget it is about being frugal..makin do with what you have…keep up the good work

  274. This site is my new guilty pleasure—I’m not an avid seamstress at all, but you inspire me to do something, not sure what that is yet. I’m not going to transform dresses, but I’m certainly going to dust off my machine and start sewing again, it’s very therapeutic, but I never seem to find the time! I work an 8-5 job, staring down the big 4-0 trying to buy myself a few more months, one child who is in college and every excuse in the book to stay stuck in my rut. I live in Texas, not as glamorous as the girls in SATC, and not as adventurous at EPL, but I figure if you can do it….IT, being something that inspires you, then I can do “IT” too. Thanks for sharing your new passion with us!

  275. this is beautiful
    I saw you on yahoo and you instantly became my muse the second i read the words old dresses turned new.
    Honestly, I’ve always wanted to be a fashion designer since I was in middle school. I did the drawings, the colors, and everything–but they were never put into actuality.
    I completely admire three things: cheapness, recycled, and design. all bundled up into one amazing project.

    I went from wanting to be a fashion designer to wanting to be an environmentalist so seeing people like you reusing materials that many would throw away for a wonderfully cheap price (i’m asian, what can you say? xD) and making these beautiful things

    thank you for inspiring a girl like me

  276. Marisa – Thanks to Yahoo! for my stumbling upon your “mission”. I’m getting off my computer now to get my sewing room in order…so I can get my mending done before I get my embroidery machine going. Hmmm…maybe “embroidery-a-day” is in the works?!

  277. OMG! You are so awesome. I think you are very inspiring. I so wish I had the skills like you to do the things that you do. Keep it up!

    -Ava Jo

  278. Wow!. you are great at what yo do. Keep up the good work, your loss of a job will soon you blessing due to your talent,. I would love to see more of your pieces

  279. Ok, I’m just a random dude who saw an article on Yahoo! about you. Thought it was kinda cool and came here to check out your web site. And I gotta say, what you’ve done is just amazing. You should be very proud of yourself. Despite being someone who has no personal interest (or aptitude for that matter!) in something like this, I can’t help but recognize the hard work, creativity, and drive needed to do this. All of the clothes you’ve made honestly look really great! Well done!

    Sam from Pittsburgh

  280. Penelope Rajczyk

    Hi there, just want found your blog and I think what you’re doing is awesome. Congratulations on coming up with a cool, unique, eco-friendly, and inspiring idea! Keep up the great work!

  281. What a great idea! Your creations are soooo cute, I love it! Can’t wait to see what you make next.

  282. hi -i’m pretty new to this. how do i save your blog as a favorite? thanks for your time, c.lynette

  283. Wow! I love what you’ve done. So very creative and FUN!! I have but one burning question for you…what ARE you going to do with all those leftover shoulder pads?
    Thank you for sharing your adventure!

  284. Marisa,
    You are amazing!!! I am so inspired by you and will be dusting off the sewing machine soon to start making purses like I used too.
    Take care and stay inspired:)


  285. Love your blog. What a great idea and you have quite a sense of style and skill!

  286. So has Lady Gaga contacted you yet to be her new personal fashion designer? LOL! Seriously, this is awesome and I can’t wait to see what else is in store!

  287. i love your blog after seeing it on yahoo i am a 15 year old who wants to be a fashion designer and i got very inspired by your blog i now know you don’t have to have expensive clothes to be trendy and classy. How did you learn how to sew? do you just know the basics to be able to alter an outfit i know how to sew but very very little can you please put up a post on how to sew i would really like to learn how to hem and maybe alter sleeve lengths and dress lengths like you so i can turn some of my hideous things in my closet into beautiful thanks and your blog is soooo awesome

  288. I know you have probably heard it a million times but you really should go into being a designer cause you could really make some money doing what your doing with your talent. If I had half your talent I would have done taken some of the clothing to big for me and made them updated and fit. πŸ™‚
    You have a wonderful talent and I think you will go far with it. I think you have just found your new job and one that you love doing. Get your patent and go with it. Thank you for sharing your story I really enjoyed reading and seeing all you have done so far.
    Best Blessings to you and yours Always,

  289. You are such an inspiration! Saw your info on Yahoo today and though I’ve never really followed a blog before, definitely will now! I grew up in VT and since my dad died when I was 6, our mom taught both my sister and I to sew and I used to sew all my own clothes, though haven’t in a while. But we had clothes given to us all the time and my favorite places to go are thrift stores and 2nd hand stores, cuz you never know what treasures you can find! Though I’ve never re-created something that was ugly or frumpy to the absolutely gorgeous and beautiful creations you have made! What a talent and gift you have! Seriously, this is why every American should own their own business, even those who have a full time job, so they can take control of their future and ultimately their destiny! You are having so much fun and that is awesome! You should definitely start your own business – you are soooo talented!

    And if you are thinking of auctioning off your dresses and donating the proceeds to a charity, please take a look at this website at – which is about “The Ranch of Rescued Dreams” where neglected & abused horses are rescued, brought back to health and then neglected and abused children are brought there. Oh, the miracles that God is doing in these children’s lives thru the horses! Amazing!

    Seriously, you have inspired me to go back to sewing and going to those thrift stores and look for bargains to re-create. Thanks, thanks and thanks! Have a blessed day!

  290. This is LOVELY! What a great project! Keep up the good work!!!

  291. This is the type of thing I always wanted to do but never did because I did not have the guts. I have bought paints and said I am going to paint everyday or taken my daughters old clothes and said iI would make something from them, but didn’t follow through. I have a half empty journal, though I used to write like a mad woman, it has been waiting to be filled for a few years now. I don’t know why, I guess I have always thought people would think I am a little cooky for saying leave me alone for a bit, I am going to go paint now. It is kind of difficult with two kids, but I must say you have got my wheels spinning again. Thank you for the reminder that being creative is not just about being all artsy fartsy, but also, and MAINLY about having fun and enjoying your life. Something I definitely need to be doing more of. You are my Eat Pray Love moment today! Thanks and all the best:)

    Bethany (Ohio)

  292. When you are through with your year-long endeavor, you should totally set up a blog to teach other people (mainly, me πŸ˜€ ) how to sew. You obviously have a great talent for fabric! Look forward to seeing all your other fixes!

  293. I think what you are doing is absolutely inspiring! I cannot wait to show my 19 year old your blog! She is so fashion savvy and loves to get the BEST deal. She has talent I envy! I know she will benefit from your experience. Thank you for sharing! I also think that if you are considering a charity…maybe abused women shelters would not only benefit from the proceeds, but from your dresses as well! Maybe even showing them how you do what you do, so they can better their wardrobe on a dime. Keep up the good work girl! And Congrats!

  294. What a great inspiration to us all! I love that fact that you are upcycling and saving the world from fashion nightmares one dress at a time. Where do you find these $1 marvels? I am inspired to try this myself, however I am a novice sewer, but your pictures and captions are very helpful. Cant wait to try this out for myself. Thanks!

  295. I came across your blog while looking at Wow you are amazing that you can make all these chic outfits from clothing that is more or less, unappealing. You have inspired me to tap into my creative side and try this out. I have no sewing experience though….any suggestions/tips/advice. Keep it up!!! You are very inspiring and entertaining πŸ™‚

  296. Great Minds think alike! My mom told me about the article on Yahoo! I just bought my frst sewing machine and have been filling unemployed time with reworking shirts and clothes in my closet! Yesterday I went to the Goodwill and bought some more shirts and reworked them and Left a dress behind that I wasn’t sure about. Now I have to go back and get it(if it’s still there)! You have inspired me! Thank you! I hope you find a job in fashion because you have a great eye!

  297. You have inspired me to get that sewing machine I bought 2 years ago out of storage! I’ve always wanted to learn to sew (had a class waaaaay back in the day– high school homeEc) so I bought the machine thinking I would be able to jump right into a sewing frenzie. Alas…somewhere along the way I lost my inspiration. I never really thought of ‘re-purposing” garments! I LOVE the blog….the clothes…the comments…the recipes! I can’t wait to see the next garment!

  298. Your an inspiration!!! Your ambition and heart is truly something to admire!!! Love your work and you should be a fashion designer! Look forward to seeing your future work πŸ™‚

  299. Awesome! I came across your site through I think this is amazing..i love to see the transformations πŸ™‚

  300. Hi Marisa,
    Love what your doing! I just sent you an email as well about selling some of your incredible creations at my Boutique in Northern CA πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to hearing from you!


  301. what an inspiration, i think you are fab! everyone in the world could & should take notice to your example and get off their lazy bums and do something with their lives! best of luck with your life πŸ™‚

  302. Marisa, what a fabulous idea. I admire you so much! I just sent your website/blog to my sister and sister-in-law so we can share your blog with more people. I think you are an inspiration to all those who have lost their job and need to come up with a way to reinvent themselves. Keep up the great work! Bernice – Wenatchee, Wa

  303. What a great blog. Love the looks and can’t enough. Sat for a long time scrolling through all the interesting finds and amazing results! Congratulations for be featured on Yahoo.

  304. Have you ever watched Project runway? It’s a show on Lifetime. You should watch it and consider trying out. I bet it would open up some great oportunities for you.

  305. You are so talented! Keep it up.

  306. Natasha Campbell

    I LOVE your blog!!! Very creative and something I wish I could do!!! My grandmother was a professional seamstress and I so wish I had learned her art before she passed. I have always had a secret desire to revamp every bit of clothing that comes into my closet. At 36, I feel like I am right smack in the middle of two fashion worlds colliding. I feel I am too old for all the young looks on today’s market, but too young for places people my age are “supposed” to be shopping….if that makes any sense. So that being said, you have inspired me to alter my things up quite a bit!!!! I am excited to see what you have done next!!!! And I think I will finally take that sewing class I have been wanting to do, but never made time for!!! Thanks so much!!! Keep on sewing!!

  307. Absolutely wonderful! I used to do projects like this all the time. Some how I got away from that, but I think perhaps I should go raid goodwill. I hope you will check out my blog and my shop on etsy. I will follow your progress and admire your creative skills.

  308. You should totaly go out for Project Runway! It would be fun to see what you can make on that show for more than $1! You’d blow every other contestant out of the water! You’re creative!

  309. I am completely inspired by you! I got kicked out of my sewing class in junior high for f=jamming up the machines (I can’t sew to save my life, and I COME from generations of sewers) but dang if I don’t wanna take another stab at it!

  310. I think this is wonderful!!! Have you ever thought about selling creations? Or do you do them for your friends?????

  311. I think you are amazing! You have inspired me to get out my sewing machine and start creating.

  312. OMG!! This is fabulous!! I would soooo love if you made clothes for me! You style is so awesome! LOVE IT!

  313. I love the idea and the prints you choose. Make those hems shorter! You totally have the legs to pull it off!

  314. OMG – I was reading your story on yahoo, and had to check more of what you have done. All I can say is WOW. You have a a gift that I would love to have. You should really looking it going into some kind a online business with this. I know I would love to find someone in my area who could take something and turn it into a fashion statement. Thank you for sharing you wonderful story and talent with us.

  315. I can’t say which one I like the best, but I’m in awe of them all.

    Have you considered holding a charity auction/raffle for your dresses? Maybe eBay would have interest in matching whatever you earn and sponsoring the raffle. They would get a tax write-off and good press and you would get your name out there and raise some money for a worthy cause.

    I also think that any of the fashion institutes would be lucky to have you as a guest speaker for your entrepreneurial spirit.

    Keep up the great work!

  316. What you did is truly amazing! to come up with all of those ideas! Wow! Where did you find all these dresses for so cheap?

  317. Chikie you are an amazing designer! Seriously! Love your work sooo much!!!

  318. a black girl named megan

    you are phenomenol! awesome job! i wish you coud make me a dress!

  319. I have never wanted to learn how to sew until seeing your blog! You are an inspirational person with an amazing talent. I love how you take something that was once pretty to someone else (to each their own, right?) and refurbish it to fit your own needs and make it beautiful in your eyes (and quite fashionable!). I think I might have my Mom teach me how to sew. πŸ™‚

  320. Hey!!
    I kno you have received millions of comments…so lemme me the millionth n 1!!!….i think wat ur doing is awesome!!!!…creative and inspiring!!…keep it up!!!…

  321. I worked in fashion for years and loved it, but when the economy took a downturn I had to consider other options to be financially stable. I have a great job now in another industry, but I miss the creative outlet you get in fashion. I miss making other people (and sometimes myself) look and feel great about themselves.
    Thank you for posting your project for us all to see! I am going to continue to do the job that pays the bills and I am going to continue to pursue fashion in my free time. I know that I can make some great pieces for myself and my friends in my free time and for very little money. Maybe not one a day, but enough to sustain my creative appetite! I am going to rush home today and dust off my sewing machine. I feel so inspired! Thanks again!

  322. Thanks for this!!! You are so talented!!! I’m waiting for my aha moment…seems to be taking a while!! Did you always know how to sew??

  323. Just wanted to leave a post saying Love IT!!! Have a beautifully blessed day!

  324. Your creations are so amazing! You are really talented and creative. I really enjoy reading your blog. Looking at all your entries, I can only imagine you have a huge bin full of shoulder pads!

  325. I absolutely love your site (read about it on yahoo this morning) and all of your creations! I seriously see things and think about what I could do with them, but don’t have the sewing skills…took a beginner class but am still very under par! Always envisioning things in my head though and I love that you bring them to life! Kudos!

  326. i love what you’re doing! it’s an inspiration especially given the economic situation and having to do more with less. regardless of the economy, fashion should Always be a statment. it doesn’t have to be costly or a brand name. it should be about the person wearing it. what makes them comfortable and look & feel good! not to mention it’s an original and the Only one in the world like it.

    i Love creating different looks and have never believed in only having to belong to One group or style based on how you dress. my sewing skills are limited, but i enjoy reconstructing pieces as well. i definitely need to practice, but like i said before, you truly are an inspiration! you have very creative ideas and i can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

    p.s. i also enjoy your additional posts on food; etc… i will be making the chocolate mug cake tonight πŸ˜€

  327. Marisa – I just read the article on Yahoo about you, your sewing adventures and the blog – How wonderful!! Reminds me so much of my Mom and the way she would transform things into new school clothes for my sister and me – thank you for bringing those memories back to me. I am going to read every word of your blog! You are amazing – keep it up!! God Bless you….Janet

  328. Did you know you’re on the front page of Yahoo this morning? I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks and just noticed your blog was featured this morning on Yahoo, on the top of the page. Congrats!

  329. awesome! awesome! awesome! all of this needs to be in a book!

  330. In a world of knit jersey maxi dresses you’ve been a rebel and a leader for those in need of…well…more! Thanks to you, I’ll be taking those thrift shop projects and altering them into cute Fall sensations! When I am at Goodwill I won’t pass up everything I can’t just throw a belt over to make it wearable. Thank you for liberating me from the shackles of disposable clothing!

    xoxo Naomi

  331. I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon your website and you should be so proud of yourself. Your kids are going to have the cutest clothes, you should do something with an ugly wedding dress when this project is over. That would be so cool if you could transform ugly wedding dresses into chic ones. I would wear most of these dresses myself. Congrats and keep it up.

  332. I think it is so awesome how you turned something so drastic like losing your job, into something so lovely and wonderful. I admire you and creativity, and also the fact that you stayed positive through a tough situation and turned it into something so amazing. Bravo.

  333. Stumbled on your blog. This is amazing. I love what you’re doing. So inspiring and so creative!! Let’s be friends. Pretty please ❀

  334. You are absolutely amazing. Your creativity is genious. I am so inspired. Thank you for sharing.

  335. I just read of your mission through Yahoo! news, and I have to say, you are amazing and an inspiration for me. I want so badly to do exactly what you are doing and have been for a while…a new sewing machine is on my Christmas wish-list and hopefully after the holidays I will follow in your footsteps and begin creating fabulous pieces from old, vintage clotheing too. Keep up the good work, I’m excited to start following your blog to see what the remainder of the year has in store for us.

  336. Wow, this is great. My mom used to make my clothes in grade school and we’d shop at second hand shops and Goodwill, and I hated it. Now, I hit her up whenever I come across fabric on clearance and Goodwill is my saving grace for work clothes! Too bad I can’t sew too. Keep it up!

  337. Homepage of Yahoo! That’s awesome! I love love love your blog, I check every morning while I’m doing my rounds and always look forward to your posts πŸ™‚ congrats on all of your success!

  338. Holy smokes, girl! Way to get creative and inspire others. I want to beef up my sewing skills…today. Good luck to you and keep up the beautiful work. πŸ™‚

  339. Ohmigoodness! I just started reading this blog after I read about the hype on Yahoo. It’s totally amazing! I hate it when I find something totally cute that’s $50. Now, I only spend around $1 and get to make it fit me however I want! Thank you so much Marisa!

  340. You were blessed with creativity. I’m having so much fun following you and your next creation. you encouraged me to get going on upholstering an old chair that I bought from the thrift store. I can’t wait to get to the fabric store. Thank you !

  341. A friend sent me your site today. You are absolutely genius! I wish you much success in everything you do!

  342. OMG, what you are doing is such an amazing project. You really find some UGLY stuff to transform… you should be very proud to take on this like you are. i just came across your story today, at my desk at work and i like ” i have to see what she has done so far…”
    Alot of what you did added flare and poersonality to the ugly before pics, my favorite had to be that kimono thing, it ws TOO CUTE…. keep up the amazing work and i am so excited to see it all come to an end. I say that because you have really opened up my mind to different possibilities about life and what you are capable of doing if you just put your mind and heart to it… i cant wait to see the last outfit. it should be something sexy and stylish, who knows… good luck!

  343. So when are you going to sell or auction these outfits? Come on girl…time to make some money!!

  344. Thank Babygirl. For bring me back to sewing. So busy. I have not sew since 2003. THX for inspiration & revival..

  345. I love this and think you are so clever. I love watching reality tv where a product is made such as on Project Runway and Work of Art. I think you would do very well on there and would teach some a thing or two about sewing. I love the frugality and the resourcefulness of recycling your materials. It just goes to show that you can do anything you put your mind to–I hope you are not pairing your $1 shirts with $200 jeans. That would alter my opinion quite a bit…good luck with the rest of the year.

  346. I love what you are doing and can’t wait to see what’s next. I hope you belong to the American Sewing Guild, if not check for a chapter near you at The annual guild conference will be in Los Angeles in 2011. You would be an inspiration to everyone! Now I’m going to go look at all the ugly things in my closet and see if any are “makeover worthy.”

  347. Annette (Wisconsin)

    Innovative! I am getting ready to get rid of clothes to a consignment store…maybe I need to rethink it! Like Tim Gunn says…”MAKE IT WORK!”

  348. Jennifer E. Mier

    I really love your dresses !!
    Can i have some?
    hehehe… joke..
    anyways, I will be following your journey starting today…
    keep up the good work and take care..


  349. Finding your website put a smile on my face. You adventures in sewing are super inspiring!

  350. What an amazing journey you are on! Your work has inspired me to get out there, learn to sew, and get creative! Keep up the awesome work.


  351. I just stumbled across this on Yahoo! this morning. Even if I’d never sewed a stitch, I’d follow this. Totally inspired… and inspiring. It isn’t just the transformation of the clothing that grabbed me, though that alone shows your talent (you’re turning embarrassments into haute couture!). I’m also enjoying your wry comments on culture and life. Are you going to wrap the whole project up with something spectacular? I can’t wait to see.

  352. I’m so excited that I came across your blog today. It’s so inspirational to me (I’ve been in a creative rut lately) and I really really really want to get creating. Mix that in with the fact that I’m facing surgery next month that will keep me off my feet for a little while, plus the fact that I’ve lost a lot of weight and need to replace my fall/winter wardrobe… and I’m hooked! Your project is amazing and I’m in awe of your style and creativity! Keep up the fantastic work!!

  353. I love your blog, I saw it on and was so inspired! I don’t know how to sew but I want to learn thanks to you.

  354. I love this! I put your link on my blog. πŸ™‚

  355. I don’t know if anyone has given you any ideas on what to do with all of those shoulder pads but, I have one. I always cut them out and save them for blister causing shoes. I always get flats in a 1/2 size bigger than mine and take two pads cut them to fit the back and hand sew them in place. No blisters and no football player shoulders. Win-Win!

  356. I love vintage clothing, and i have always wondered how to do what you’re doing. I think that it is so fascination and exciting. If you decide to auction any of these, i would be so so so elated to be able to buy one..

  357. HI!!!! So I just recently found your blog and it is AMAZING! I am 15 years old, and as a teenager always looking for cool things to wear and such. you are such an inspiration and i cant wait for more!!!

  358. I ADORE this blog!!! I am a new fan and spent an hour or so early this morning going through your posts. I LOVE to sew and LOVE what you have done with these clothes. Can’t wait to see what else you have up your fabulous sleeves!!!

  359. i love your work, dedication, creativity and commitment just to have fun and enjoy being yourself!! you just made my day i stayed for i don’t know how long watching every old post, i just couldn’t stop. i’m turning 30 in 10 days and i’m in the middle of a creative and existential crisis. i really got inspired by your work! thanks for sharing this experience and for all the bright color!! i think you are my julia!! keep it up girl!!

  360. I actually have a degree and Fashion Design and had to learn to sew during my 3 year program! Since graduation (2006) I have been scared to take what I’ve learned further. I think what you are doing is great! Even if you don’t want to go buy the stuff, plenty of ppl have stuff in their closet that doesn’t fit or can be updated! You have really inspired me to stop being scared of my sewing machine and try new things.

  361. Marisa:

    i just wantd to say OMG, i admire you, turning someone’s trash into sumthing amazing. i am a thrift store shopper, and omg, reading your blog has inspired to keep doing what i do and find amazing deals and turn it into something amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i really love ur blog and i am so interested in all your finds! keep doing what u do! wishing u the best!

  362. Wow I am totally inspired by you makeing fashion for clothes most people wouldn’t be caught dead in

  363. OMG! I absolutely love your website! Such artistic inspirations you have. You paint a new canvas every day! I found out about you through Yahoo! and so glad I did. I will be checking in every day to see what creation you have made.

  364. I couldn’t stop pressing the “next page” button until I finally arrived to the first page!! I don’t know anything about sewing but creative and fashionable I can tell! I wish I could do something with my wedding dress, it’s rotting away somewhere in my closet…..^^;; You wanna help me? Anyways, I’ll be waiting for your next post!!

  365. I’m going to try that Coffee Mug Cake! Sounds delicous!

  366. Ok…so I came across your blog through Yahoo’s homepage. I hardly ever look at ANY blog…but I really really enjoy your idea! It’s very unique and I’m sure you get many compliments on your clothes asking where you bought it. Can’t wait to see the rest of your clothes!

  367. I loved the article on Yahoo…you have a wonderful gift and a great eye for fashion. Congratulations and only the best of luck and joy for your future.

  368. Oh my goodness! I heard about you today courtesy of Yahoo and finally got around to looking at your site this morning. DEFINITELY not going to help in my endeavor to spend less time on my computer πŸ˜‰ Love your site~~thanks for the laughs~~hope you’re having a blast !!!!!!
    Ramona in Connecticut

  369. Love love love your blog!

    Please tho! Can you post side by side pics of the before and after? I hate scrolling up and down. Silly, I know.


  370. Hi, found your website from the Yahoo link. I am loving the catch up, but I wonder if you have a quick way to go to the beginning? I have been working backwards, but how much more fun it would be to start from the beginning. If not, no worries, I will do what I must to follow along. You are ain inspiration–and you had best give thought to who will play you in the movie πŸ™‚
    And as an Army wife thank you for your shout out to Veterans on Memorial Day (I am only in May so you may have said other things). It means a lot that people remember.


  371. OMG. I saw your story on Yahoo today and I am so excited for what you’re doing! I wish I could sew more than a button, LOL. Keep it up, all your creations look great.

  372. You are truly and inspiration! Your creations are wonderful, and take re-purposing to new levels. I look forward to seeing all your upcoming creations.

  373. I would just like to say you are a dress goddess! I saw you on tumblr and I was in total awww! I am totaly inspired and im going and doing this!

  374. Love your blog you have such great style!! My mother sews but I never learned how to I just give her things to make for me, but after reading your blog I’m inspired to learn how to sew for myself!!

  375. OMG! this is like sooooooooo amazing and i cant believe you are doing this! i looovee fashion and want to start my own line and already have tons of sketches! this is so inspiring! ((((:

  376. Sweet Marisa. I have worn some of those god-awful outfits, new off the rack. Thank you for giving me a reason to take them out of the time-warp closet, and give them to my grand-daughter. You are brilliant!

  377. I just browsed your site here at work, and let me tell you, I cannot WAIT to get home and read EVERY SINGLE POST! Just looking at your beautiful creations has inspired me to get out of this funk and start DOING! Thank you for sharing your fun with all of us!

    Wish you the best,

  378. Your idea is so cool! I love making some of mine and my little sister’s old clothes into something a little more modern and a little more cute. My sister hates it though cause I always use her as my model and she really isn’t all that into clothes and things like that so I usually have to bribe her. But she loves wearing the end result to school. I don’t have a lot of time with school and everything but I try to spend about 3 to 4 hours a week on a new outfit but it takes me forever to finish, but that may be because, as my sister puts it, I’m a perfectionist and I refuse to let my current project out of my room without my seal of approval. I’m really impressed on how you get everything done so fast and with so little time for each one and yet they still come out amazing. I loved looking at your pictures and reading your blog! Keep up the good work!!!

  379. Hey, It must be my lucky day.. I’ve just found you in Yahoo! and you’re soooo inspirational!
    Well, u said u wanna go to Bali.. and actually, I stay in Bali..
    You should come here! I’ll be glad to meet you here..

  380. no joke. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.
    all of the dresses you made are amazing.
    Most girls I go to school complain about their parents didn’t want to pay $70-$80 for a dress or shirt they found, you proved why. With a little dedication to learning a new talent you can make your own happiness. Thank you so much, mainly just for proving that. πŸ™‚

  381. Hey Marisa,
    I was very inspired by your creative talent. I stayed up to 3 am last night just reading your blog. It was amazing!!!!

    I LOVE fashion and creativity, but I am not talented when it comes to sewing. Is there a chance that I can redesign and breathe new life into cool thrift store finds, without doing any heavy-duty sewing??

  382. Just out of curiousity, are you willing to sell any of the pieces that you have made. I just love them so much. Im so inspired by your blog. Ive already started taking sewing lessons.! thanks so much for the inspiration, keep up the creative, fashion forward adventure!!

  383. I saw the article about you on! This is amazing! most of it on a economic crissis like the one we are facing now. You are creative and talented and have gave me ideas on how to re-arrange my closet and save money at the same time, instead of buying so many unecessary clothes to look different.
    Road to Success! Best Wishes for You

  384. This is Awesome

  385. Hi I just had to tell you I was very impress with what I saw you were doing as a mother of 2 teenager daughters I can only wish I had your sewing savy..I have a sewing machine I can stitch a straight line ( ha ha sometimes) after seeing you blog I am taking a sewing class and so are my girls just called to sign the 3 of us up.. thanks you are truly an inspiration

  386. I never thought you could take something so gross or disgusting looking and make it look fabulous, but you changed that thought for me completely. after a while of reading and looking through your posts i would even begin to look at the before picture and say to myself what i would do to fix that item for myself. you trully are a magnificient person, and an inspiration,with lots of potencial. pleace continue posting these things even after you are done. i truely enjoy watching these spectacular transformations.
    -age 16

  387. I love that you’ve created a great way to bring attention to recycling by transforming unattractive clothing into something fresh and useable!! Very impressed with you and your work, keep it up! I hope you’re video documenting as well . . . it would make a cool documentary πŸ˜‰

  388. umm..Project Runway..?
    you are so inventive and I give kudos to how you are bringing these clothes to a much better light, on a budget!

  389. Marissa,

    Just discovered your blog TODAY and I’m so disappointed that I haven’t known about it all this time. I am completely inspired by your mission. This is my favorite hobby; I wish I had more time to do it. I have numerous pieces in my wardrobe that I have improved in some way. I feel true pride when I receive compliments on them.

    Couple of questions… Where do you find your before outfits? I sometimes have trouble finding good patterns or starting with something I think I can flip. Do you ever work with garments where the closing feature (i.e. zipper, buttons, etc) gets in the way? What do you do when you come across this?

  390. I love your blog. You really inspire me to get into fashion.

  391. You Marisa are an amzing woman! You go girl…..
    I just read your story on Yahoo, and am impressed. So I am at least gonna share what I read with a few friends. I’ll post more later…..
    Keep up the great work Marisa πŸ™‚

  392. Hello there! Yahooooo is awesome for sharing your story with the world! Your ideas are awesome and your talent is amazing. I love what you did to the bridesmaid dresses — I do have a question. Do you keep everything you make and do you plan on wearing the items again? I am sure many are wondering about your plans for the future. Maybe a reality or craft show? Thanks for sharing such an interesting concept and blog! Mary H


  394. Howdy!
    Kudos on making lemonaide after life handed you lemons. You rock girl!
    I would love to be included in your August random giveaway but didn’t see how to post to your page (I am not very tech savy). Anyway,it doesn’t really matter, since I never win anything.
    I will continue to watch your site daily to see your newest creation.
    You are an inspiration, thank you!

  395. I love it, I love it, I love it.
    Saw this on Yahoo and decided to check it out.

    I bought a sewing machine 3 years ago and it’s been sitting in my garage ever since. It was my dream to do what you’re doing, but after many failed attempts and not enough time, I gave up!

    Total inspiration to start up again. You’re my hero!

    Aloha, from Rachel in Hawaii.

  396. This is amazing! Its so great you can make your own clothes and cheap too! I would try this if I had any skills with a sewing machine.. Thanks for doing this, its really inspiring to know that there are ways to get good clothing cheap!

  397. ~β™₯Hi! I found your blog on yahoo, and I instantly fell in love with it! I think what your doing is awesome!I’ve always wanted to do this. To make something out of clothing that aren’t so great! My mom always has the clothes that are…hmm outdated! And so I know what to do with them now!You are really creative and just inspiring and I love your style! Thank you! Hope all the best for you!God Bless!β™₯~

  398. Totally amazing!! I love all of your pieces and you have totally inspired me!! Great work!

    LOVE IT!

  399. I think your stuff is amazing!!!! but i was wondering how do you know what to do with all of the peices, i would love to be able to make great clothes but kinda suck at the sewing machine. How do you know what to do? and did you take a class? have you thought of showing step by step instructions cause i would love that? what are you going to do after the year is done?

  400. You are truly inspirational. Altho I am now too old to wear your creations, I can still appreciate them. Please continue what you have started…I would much rather see this than Vogue’s $500.00 rendition of torn jeans.

  401. I was really inspired by your work. After this whole crazy drop in the economy, my family has a little less money to work with for back to school stuff. I’m going into 10th grade and I want to make a good impression. So when I found your blog it gave me the confadence to get my sewing machine out and take old ugly clothes from thift stores and goodwill and turn it in to cute , beautiful clothes I can be proud of.

  402. i read about this on yahoo today and followed the linkk…honeyy you’re downright fantimazing(:
    i see project runway? reality tv show? for you in the future
    keep up the sexcellent work dollface(:

  403. I absolutely love your upcycling idea. It’s fantastic! Great idea and great job – and a lovely wardrobe afterwards πŸ™‚

  404. This is FANTASTIC. You are so inspirational!
    My grandmother — a fabulous, stylish woman in her time — passed away in a tragic accident last month and we’re left with several opera costumes, evening gowns and muumuus of hers. Of course, we wanted to keep them, but had no idea what to do with them besides storing them away. You’ve inspired me to simply refashion them into fabulous pieces for all of “her girls.” Her costumes are too awesome to touch, but the muumuus are fair game! She wore them everywhere in her later years. It’s such an appropriate way to pay homage to her: sewing stylish pieces out of her own fabric.
    Thank you for the awesome idea!

  405. Natalie Roback Schrimpl

    you are amazing! thank you for being an inspiration! i totally admire you and think you are so adorable…(i have a single brother in LA who i think you should meet sometime…lol, but seriously). πŸ™‚ best of luck and best wishes to you! πŸ™‚

  406. I love treasure hunting for all kinds of things. My mom and & I used to go to thrift stores so often (she passed in 2000) and enjoyed ourselves immensly. I often saw things that I thought had potential for updating, but, alas, I don’t know how to sew much; mostly just mends. Maybe I could give it a go. You look like you’re having a blast. I am looking forward to following your progress. I hope you keep going even after the year is up. I also loved Julia Julia. I know you will likely get millions of hits now that you have been featured on Yahoo, but I just wanted to tell you anyway that I admire what you are doing and wish you the best.

  407. Gretchen Wretched

    O. M. G. This is, like, totally amazing! I saw this on Yahoo today and it was the best thing I’ve seen on there, like, ever! Rock on, dude!

    G.W. (Santa Monica)

  408. One word . . . AMAZING! I actually sat here with my 8 year old son and we looked at each and every day. He just kept saying, “She’s amazing!” We both think you need to have a fashion show when you have completed all 365 pieces – each model should come busting through a giant “before picture” while wearing the new piece! You are such an inspiration for creativity and bringing the past into the present in a beautiful, hip, classy way! Thanks for sharing!!

  409. i just found your web site. i love what you are doing here! this is such a wonderful idea! if i ad the dresses kicking around i would be right next to you designing new styles. keep on cutting!!! you are such an inspiration to those of us who are looking for something to complete our lives.

  410. hey cool thing you are doing, it makes me want to go out to the store get somthing for a 1$ and make it cool. you should try out for project runway (favorite show ever) yoou are really good i wish i could do the same, keep it up

  411. you are awesome at thiss! you should reallly become a designer for a living[: i know i would buy some of those things!

  412. Your blog has inspired me so much! I’ve been feeling the creative bug lately and thought I’d begin jewelry making but came across your blog and I am utterly blown away. Because of you I picked up a 1961 Better Homes & Garden How to Sew book from my local thrift store for $.50. Someday I want to be able to sew/transform my own pieces but for now I think I will try to learn how to get my skirts more fitted and hem my own pants. :/

  413. YOUR AMAZING! I’m 16 and going to college in 2 years and i wanna do something in art. Your my hero! Seriously you are a crazy creative person! I love it!!!

  414. this blog is really amazing Marisa. really, i am not fond of reading blogs but when i saw your article posted in Yahoo yesterday, i was like “wow, this one looks so cooool, let me see” πŸ™‚ and then aha! i love to check this site to see new results of your creativity. πŸ™‚

  415. OMGeeeeee I absolutely love it!!!! Did you know how to use a sewing machine prior to starting this blog? This may sound silly but can anyone do this without having any prior training?

  416. what you’re doing is so cool!!! i know my closet is big enough for 365 dressses, it probably can’t fit 20! i was just wondering where you put all these dresses.

  417. linda(stitch193)

    What a great job and imagination. I have sewed on and off since 7th grade and now 55 and have never thought of designs like you have.I just spent over 2 hours reading every one of your designs, one yes you should publish and if you aren’t in design you should be,you could do the same with a piece of cloth I think.Your still young and have a great future with all that you have done so far.PURSUE!!! PURSUE!!!!!

  418. Marissa…
    You’ve got it all babe! I’m so happy (and excited) for you… you are so freakin talented! I hope this success is everything you dreamed!

  419. My neice sent me a link to your blog and I couldn’t get away from it all day. LOL I really have enjoyed each outfit. Your creativity is amazing. I often had to go back and look at the dress it was so unbelievable.

  420. OMG!!! You have GREAT Talent! You should definitely write a book about it like Julie & Julia and maybe you never know they might just put your talent and blogging into a book deal or movie:) Hey, definitely worth a shot right! πŸ™‚
    Keep up the great work! Am definitely rooting for you πŸ™‚ AMAZING AMAZING!!!

  421. So great to read such an inspiring and fun story on yahoo…had to come to your page and subscribe. Would love to own one of your creations some day! Huge life ahead of you, girl. Rock on Marisa!!! Will look forward to your daily posts!

  422. I saw your story on Yahoo and checked out your blog and although I just really quickly glanced at it I had to write to tell you I think the outfits are adorable and that I hope this lands you an amazing job. I just forwarded it to my mom because she’s the family seamstress and is always buying vintage dresses (although she rarely did anything with them absent a few pillows) but I knew she’d enjoy following your adventures as well. Keep up the good work!!!

  423. So, I just saw the article about you on Yahoo [and then your shout-out about Yahoo on your latest blog lol] and I’ve got to admit, when I first saw the title, i was like no way, this chick has got to be crazy. But, after reading some of your posts and looking at the pictures, all I cant think is that you are absolutely amazing! You have inspired me to be creative and to not hold back, no matter how hard things may be. Thank you!!!

    P.S. I will now be reading your blog every day! I love it!

  424. This is such a cool idea! I saw the link on the Yahoo homepage, and I’m definately a fan now. If you do end up raffling off dresses, sign me up!

  425. Hello Marisa,

    I found your blog on the front page of Yahoo News. I must say, you should be on the next Project Runway!
    Good luck with the rest of your designs!


  426. This is awesome!!! I am so impressed. Glad I found your story on Yahoo!

  427. i appreciate people seeing the value of what would otherwise have been tossed away. I’m impressed as to how you convert them into fashion! Mine is all about making ‘knick knacks’ out of them.
    Keep up your creativity and your passion! I’m inspired!

  428. This is such a amazing work!
    You’re a real designer of america.
    I saw your blog in South Korea. You’re internationally famous now. Lol
    Keep going and make a legend of fashion!

  429. wow honey those are really something else how good do you have to be to sew? i just lost 200 pounds and i swear some of those look like they come out of my closet but nw if i could do have of that to my clothes it would save me a million I hope someone sees how good you are or helps to open your own design shop because you are great. i cant believe you did all those with just a machine and not a magic wand too… im going to keep watching this is one of my favorite sites right up there with julia julia…. keep on cuttin and pasting

  430. This is absolutely inspirational! Not only does it inspire me to go out there and do what you do with clothes, but this also makes me feel like I can do anything if I really put my mind to it. Thanks a bunch for making a blog like this! Ladies from any age group can definitely learn a thing or two from you. Good luck with the rest of your project. =)

  431. Saw this on yahoo and thought that your concept is pretty cool. Very ala Julia and Julie as well but great that it is being applied to clothes. I love clothes but can’t sew so let me know if you start taking orders. I am sure a lot of people would be interested.

  432. This is the best blog I have read in years. I read every entry of your blog over the past 2 days. I’m so glad Yahoo decided to spotlight you, you have a follower in me. I can’t wait to see what else you’ll create.

    You are such an inspiration, I love shopping thrift stores to find things I can recreate on the cheap. I’ve never been lucky enough to find $1 deals though, but I am inspired to go get some RIT dye now, and fix some things in my own closet. I also now won’t be intimidated by turning tent like muu muus into something wearable. I have to admit some of the before pictures make me laugh but the end result has always been stunning. Keep up the creativity!

  433. Hey Marisa,
    I am a Kenyan, just under age 30 and I am so inspired by your blog! Wow!!! I watched the movie too, and loved it, but didn’t even come close to thinking of doing something about it like you. Kudos!

  434. It’s so much fun following this because I try to predict what you’re going to do with a piece of clothing before scrolling down and seeing what you actually ended up doing! This seems like it’s turning out to be an awesome project and everyone around you should be very proud of you. Especially for those sewing skills. I really liked Julie and Julia too and this was an awesome offshoot of the concept. High five.

  435. LOVE your blog….flying into Los Angeles this Saturday, would love to find the shops you find your creations at!!! Thanks!! You’ve inspired me!

  436. I’ve been reading your blog, look at the pictures of the dresses you have improved! I like it a lot! I’ve been thinking of starting to learn how sew, and create clothes that I like! You inspired me. Through your creative project, I decided to buy my own sewing machine and start my own project! I’m really excited about this. Thanks for sharing!

  437. I found your blog when someone mentioned it. As a seamstress myself I find this really inspirational. As someone who is unemployed and struggling with finding clothing to wear after a baby, quite hopeful now that something I have maybe can be altered!

    One of my daughters LOVES fashion. I hope to show her this site today and see what she thinks. Keep it up!

  438. Hey Marisa,

    I just turned 30 so I know how you feel!! I really like what you have done with your dresses. I might try this myself it would definitely save me money and make me more creative! This is something that can be done forever you never know what you can find for a $1!!!

  439. You are so great!
    I mean really great, sorry for my english, but i have no words to describe it.
    I thought, that i have big imagination.. I used to divide for pieces my mothers clothing, and then using fabrics, create new.. But what you do – is fantastic.
    Inspired a lot.
    Thank you.
    Gotta go, cause “hands are scratching”=) (don’t know if there is such saying in english)

  440. I am so excited about this blog! Last month I started taking formal sewing lessons from a local seamstress. I also picked up some books by Wendy Mullin that expalin sewing in easy-to-understand language. I just found out about you and your projects yesterday!!! This has to be fate! I had a huge bag of stuff I was about to load into my trunk and drop off but last night I looked through the bag again with “new eyes”. I was so hyped about the possibilities. I especially like the way you show how easy it is to transform these pieces. I lost 20 pounds and I was going to just give my stuff away! Noooo! Now I will transform them, bring them in, add embellishments… I can’t thank you enough. Keep it up!

  441. I love this – and then I went back and reread the yahoo article and realized it wasn’t just a fashion project it was an eco project.
    oh. duh.
    so I was wondering if I could ask you a favor? My husband’s company, DataXstream LLC, is hosting a ‘go green’ project contest to help promote the green behind virtualization (over rooms full of servers) and they are asking people around the country to send in their going green projects. Winners receive a donation in their name to a green organization.
    more about the contest is listed at:

  442. I just have to say that you are amazing!

  443. Marisa,
    As an astrologer, I was delighted to find out you have a mid October birthday.
    Everyone can learn the million dollar lesson from you Libra Goddess! When you TAKE THE INITIATIVE and put your passion in motion, the Universe responds twenty fold, as it has for you! You were laid off (which I believe means your brilliance needs a different voice), and reinvented the energy into something JOYOUS! As Marianne Williamson wrote: “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” This is the essence of YOU! Keep shining your Light Marisa!

    p.s. I happen to love the thrifty shop too and the trip to fashion past. We have some great ones in Chicago.

  444. How AWESOME are you!!!!! I adore doing my own thing with clothing…however, I have no sewing skills….watching what you can do is inspiring and very entertaining. You look happy and are very talented. I pray many blessings for you and may something BIG arise from this for you!!! Wish you were my buddy so I could get some cool frocks…Keep your sunshine always.

  445. I stumbled upon your blog today, and I immediately love, love, loved it!! This is so inspiring and wonderful and a thousand other fantastic adjectives and nouns and what-cha-ma-callits. You totally brightened up my day today, and this has given me the push, I think, to start writing again. Thank you, and keep up the stunning work!

  446. i love what u r doing wish i could sew, i would do the same thing. good luck.

  447. hey chica, awesome work!

  448. I am frugal on clothes to begin with and have always had a desire to do my own style/clothes. Amazing. You have inspired me! I have a new hobby and I am getting a sewing machine. =) Thanks!

  449. “I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E- Do you know what that means?” (I hope you know the rap song by webbie or that just made no sense, haha). Your blog and mission is super incredible! You should do this for your career! You seem to have a good heart and that shows in your talent!!!

  450. Stephanie Sendek

    Hi Marisa.
    You are a true inspiration. I just read about you on Yahoo and eagerly looked through all of your creations. I was fun to see how much you have grown. You are very creative and I think you should be on Project Runway. You seem to be really enjoying yourself as well. Good for you and keep up the good work. Who knew there were so many hideous dresses that could be made into beautiful pieces!

  451. Love your blog. First blog ever looked at. Like what you have done with all the clothing and wondered if you have done something with the left over fabric? What about a quilt or something like it for a chairity fund raiser? I loved most all the fabrics of your finds. Keep up the good work. God Bless.

  452. Thank you Yahoo! I would have never known about you! I’ve read all your entries over the last 2 days. I also spent $20 on “new” clothes to work on! So inspiring!

  453. Just found your website a few days ago (on Yahoo!) and just finished looking at all your outfits you’ve created. I’ve never been interested in sewing (or fashion)… until now. Your blog makes me wanna go out, buy a sewing machine and make something cute to wear. I go yard saling every weekend and I think I will look at clothing in a whole new way now. Thanks πŸ™‚ Jenn

  454. This is soo inspiring! I actually learned about your blog from the homepage on Yahoo! I just learned to sew and finished my first dress in July. Instead of picking a new pattern to start, I am going to take a page from your book and hit the thrift stores and find a uber cute patterned dress and get to snipping and sewing. Thanks for this πŸ™‚ and good luck to finishing this 365 out strong (not that you need it :))!

  455. I have not read all your posts, so MAYBE someone has already said this, BUT, I love what you are doing. Is there a possibility that you could do something with or for little girls? I mean grade school types. You have such good ideas that a lot of moms may like to use if you sort of started them.

  456. I came in late on the blog, but I already caught up on all your past posts. You have a great eye for this! I’m definitely going to try it out. I love the dresses you’ve made with the sweetheart top and cinced straps. I’ve been putting the word out to frieds to check you out! Awesome!

  457. Marisa,
    You are such a remarkable young lady. I was completely amazed by your creative talents. Thank you for shring your second hand creations that you have re-made into uniqe fashion statements. May you continue in lasting success and inspiring new ideas. Your fan,
    Sara Belle

  458. WOW, I love what you can do with a mumu or a frumpy Amish looking dress. I showed your site to my 10 year old daughter last night and she spent hours looking through each page. She loves to take old clothes come up with a new design and have me sew it for her, one day she will do it her self. She was awe struck by your creative designs. Way to go, what a great project!

  459. Wow I love your blog. I know, same thing everyone else says haha. I’m not on the computer often lately so I just stumbled upon it yesterday and sat here going through every single post. Your ability to make something out of things such as your muumuu finds….I’m a total dress-fein and know how to sew so your blog has inspired me to stop spending so much on dresses and scour the local thrift stores. My friend heather and I are about to head out doing that now. I’m def going to be a daily follower now. Good luck with future finds! -tabitha

  460. Hi,
    I heard about your blog through an article about you on I loved the few examples they showed and of how you got the idea after watching “Julie & Julia” so decided to check your blog out. I have now added it under my favs and am slowly making my way through all of your posts (doing it on my lunch break at work!). It amazes me what you do. You turn the baggiest, craziest looking thing into something so cool! I love your ideas. Makes me wish I could do it but I don’t know how to sew or even how to go about learning much less where to go to find the kind of bargains you find. Like you I would have to be on a budget but I know of no place around where I live (Texas) that has clothing for a $1. Not even the many retail shops we have around has that great of deals!
    I was wondering do you keep all the clothes you make as well as all the excess material you cut off from each article of clothing? My biggest question is do you offer any of the clothes you have done so far for sell and do you take requests?! lol I wished you lived in Tx b/c I would so be willing to pay for you to teach me what you do not to mention create some fantastic clothes!
    I hope once the yr is up that you don’t stop this. It’s great!!

    Newfound fan,

    P.S.I really love the detailed descriptions you give and the many pics. For a non sewing novice like me it really helps! πŸ™‚

  461. I saw your website yesterday 8-18-10 and scrolled back through the entries.
    I was amazed at the pretty dresses you were able to make from such losers. I tried the cake in a mug think it would be a gooey mess. I loved it! It is just the right size to satisfy my cravings for cake without having to eat the rest for a week. I really appreciate the information. Good luck with the rest of your creations.

  462. Hey!!! I just heard about this yesterday, and I spent the entire night (Well, untill my mom took the computer) looking at everything. It all looks sooo cool!!! I wish I could do something like this. keep up the inspiring work.
    Best wishes,

  463. I just discovered this the other day and am a tad obsessed! I don’t want it to end after 365, so I decided I am going to use this inspired feeling and try it out myself! My favorites are all the little tunic and dress tops that you make, it is hard to find shirts these days that fall in a flattering way and don’t ride up… You totally inspired me!

  464. Wow! I love what you are doing! I have been doing it myself for a while now, but I love that you are getting the word out and really being creative. Your work is definately inspiring! Keep up the fantastic blog! Good Luck!

  465. You rock lady! I have always wished I was artistically talentend….fashion, photography, music. art, etc. , but I’m not. I envy your talent and wish you all the best with your project. Again….you rock!
    From Philly, PA.,


  467. Hi, I really enjoyed the journey with your everyday new dress. But there was one thing that I was concerned about. It seems you drink a LOT. You appear to be such a nice person, I would not want you to go to waist. Do you know Jesus as LORD and Savior. Now, don’t get all caught up in what I’m asking. I am not some fanatic. I just wanted you to know Him. And the things you do will bring Him honor and glory. If you don’t mind, send me a replay. I would be glad to tell you what I know about Him. Because the bible tells us that what we “sow” (take on your sewing) we shall also reap. I hope you are a sister in Christ. Nice to have met you, Fae

  468. I’ve gotta say, you are a total inspiration. While others resort to heavy alcoholism and other completely negative behaviors to get themselves out of their ruts, you turn to creativity. I love it! I only wish I knew how to do the things you do!
    Best of luck, can’t wait to see all the dresses!

  469. I love your blog! It’s so fun and inspiring! I would have never dreamed you could do to outdated items what you do! πŸ˜€

  470. Hello! I found your blog via Yahoo’s article about you, and I was intrigued so I checked it out. I’m now totally addicted to your awesome creations. I’m busy reading all your older posts, and I just love the way you transform stuff that looks totally unwearable for anyone (especially a cutie like you!) and make it completely stylish & adorable. Also, I would like to let you know that you inspired me in some of my own shopping. Today I bought a shirt with rouching on the shoulders! =) Thanks for creating a great blog and great outfits. Good luck in the future!

  471. Hi! Like many others, I found you through the Yahoo main page and have spent hours looking at all of your wonderful work! Your definately an inspiration! I do have a question that I couldn’t find the answer too. Where are you? I’m guessing your in the US but are you on the West coast? East Coast? Great job with your creativity and keep up the good work!
    Good Luck!

  472. I too discovered your blog on yahoo and its my new obsession!!! I really want to learn how to sew so I can make my own outfits too!!! keep up the amzing work!!!

  473. I love your blog, were do you get your dresses, I would love to redesign/remake some dresses 2.

  474. This is really wonderful, so inspiring! good work.

  475. this is wonderful, so inspiring! good work.

  476. Hi Marisa!

    I’m from Manila, Phils. and my sis introduced me to your blog 2 days ago. I got hooked since then. But it was only now that I read your “About” section and found that we share a lot in common: creative who loves fashion, finding heaven in scouring vintage/flea markets, 30 yrs of age, not working for months now (in my case, I resigned due to unbearable pressure from work), has limited budget for shopping (my favorite thing in the world!) …. it’s great to find people like me who looks everything in life as an opportunity to “make it work”. And I’m talking about whatever situation you’re in. I’m so charged up by your blog that I would also like to make my own project. Continue inspiring people!

  477. Wow Marisa

    your Blog is so inspiring and I love your creations!!!

    Any Idea what you do when the last Post (No. 365) is written?

    Greatings from Zurich!

  478. I saw your blog on Yahoo and I had to send it automatically to my mom. My grandma is so used to taking her old things and making them into new things–so much so that she’s reused the same shirts that had holes in them into something different. (It’s the result of living in a country for a long time where they had little to nothing.) My mom used to make my halloween costumes for a long time–Pippi Longstockings, Madeline, and Mary Poppins are one of the few. It used to be a lot of fun, but as I grew older, we had less time for this stuff. Lately I’ve been trying to find something for some photos that I want to do, and I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Then I found your blog, and it has made me determined to make outfits for my photos–before I would just use what I had or one of my friends had as a substitute.

  479. Ok……I hate to see all of this creativity go to waste! You have talent, and you are not making any money from your venture! You should “at least” be selling ads on your blog….or starting your own business! Find a way to make some $$$ from this activity!! Good luck!

  480. WOW! What a great idea and a true inspiration!! How do you find the time to design and alter a new piece every day?!

    I love your blog and just spent 2 hours checking out the last 35 days of threads. I only wish I was still in CA, I would look you up and buy you a drink~

    Janese Maricelli, your newest fan

  481. Hi! Saw the lovely creation you made this a.m. Love your dreams but you are too lovely and talented to wait until 50 to get married to the man of your dreams-you will definitely do it sooner.

  482. My friend emailed me your blogg because I create & sell children’s clothes so sewing is an everyday thing for me. You are sooooo….creative! and so very talented. Do you have training as a designer? Can hardly wait to see the 365th outfit!

  483. OMG! Love the hot pink top! I can’t sew a stitch and yet I am inspired!

  484. I found your blog quite by accident…and just love it. Thank you for sharing your creations and personality with us. I am a bit (LOT) older than you but have shopped in your stores for years…and, oh my!!!…what new worlds you open to my mind. πŸ™‚

  485. wow!! this is truly inspiring! i came across this via yahoo and i looked through all your posts. im fourteen and want to be a fashion designer but fabric is so expensive these days! so i looked through all of my old theater dresses and spent a day transforming a plain amish- style into a cute summer halter dress using all of the sewing materials i already had! i am more than pleased with the results! thank you so much!! (:

  486. Hi, I love your blog – it’s addictive, inspirational and makes me wish I could sew! I hope you will keep this up next year, because this is wonderful. Look forward to seeing your new creations.

  487. Marissa – You’re freakin’ fantastic! I’m crazy about what you are doing and had to share it on my blog today. Please check it out!
    I hope that this brings even more exposure to your wonderful project. If you would like to follow me, please see my about page. You can even snag a “I’m on the Hidden List” button, if you like!
    Keep it goin’ girl!

  488. I love the idea and the dresses you create are gorgeous! Are you taking orders? I was given a dress that would be perfect. The patterns cute. It has definite potential, but there are some hideous parts. I can’t sew to save my life.

  489. Dang, you’re positively Picasso with a needle..each creation unique, modern and totally chic! You go, girl!

  490. You are truly an inspiration! I too am jobless (teacher jobs are sooo hard to come by these days), and you have made me want to look into starting a hobby that I love. Thank you!

  491. Hey! I NEED YOUR HELP! I have a dress, and I know it might not be hideous, but its too wedding-like. I want to try making it more modern chic, something for like prom. This dress is TOO POOFY!!! It looks a little something like this, just about 4 times poofier on the bottom (literally no-joke)

    HELP! I’d like to make it a one shoulder, but for anything else, my inspiration is blocked!!!!

  492. Hi Marisa!
    I really enjoy your blog and your idea. I wanted to follow you, but realized it is not feasable here, in Russia. One dress costs approximately 7 dollars and those colors… Your dresses are much prettier. Do you realized how fortunate you are to have such second hand shops? And climate is good also for such a project.
    I have several questions:
    Do you really need so many dresses – one dress a day? What do you with the rest of these dresses – throw away? Do you think that those quantities of dresses – even recycled – are quud for the environment?
    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy your project, these are questions that pop into my head when I’m reading your blog
    Thank you

  493. I heard of your site from a friend and it’s so inspiring! I’m a hugeeee shopaholic and seeing this makes me see that there really is no excuse for overspending. All I have to do is put my mind to it and use my creativity. I will continue to follow you!

  494. Just went through all of the before & afters and they were so great! Is there any chance that you might do another 365 dresses? Would love to follow that from the very beginnng.

  495. Hi, sorry I didn’t read all the way to the bottom. I sent you an email directly. Hope you get it. You so inspired me, that I have made three dresses in three days! But not for myself. I have a maternity wear resale store and have revamped out-of-date dresses (maternity) that I would normally donate, into new, cute, summer dresses. Have already sold one!!! What a fun opportunity you’ve created! Thanks! Will be watching for tomorrow’s creation!

  496. Oh, I also took home three very cute shirts, with stains, and will be trying the whole dye thing tomorrow! Can’t wait to see if it works on these. Thanks again!

  497. We are soooo inspired!! Elizabeth (age 10) and I (Mommy aged) made out first trip to the thrift store!! We made a lot of good finds and discovered that Elizabeth has a good eye for an outfits potential. Thanks for sharing your creativity and thriftiness!!

  498. I too have been in a creative slump for some time now but creativity is my career so sometimes the fun is sucked out .
    I’m not that well accustomed to sewing I’m ashamed to say as it wasn’t something anyone has ever taught me to do but you have shown how simple it can be to achieve something good and have inspired me to give sewing a try.
    I’m feeling very excited and creative again right now and thats thanks to you πŸ˜€ keep up the good work your an inspiration x

  499. You are such an inspiration. I can’t say that I can’t afford to sew because I can’t afford to buy the fabrics anymore. Your blog was so much fun to go through. This would make a great television reality show. Much better than project runway.

  500. Stephanie Phillips

    Hey Mairsa,
    My friend told me about your blog and so intreged by it! Im a seamstress from lil ol’ New Zealand and i do this for a living, in Clothing Alterations and Tailoring, but the clothes in 2nd hand shops are more expensive than a 1 dollar, and costs more to alter! I love altering that treasure into something beautiful, esp 80s clothes! Thank you for sharing with me and cant’ wait to see more as the days go by, love STEF

  501. Stephanie Phillips

    Hey Marisa,
    My friend told me about you blog, and was so intreged by it!
    I am Seamstress, and run a Clothing Alterations and Tailoring Shop in wee New Zealand, so i do what you do, all the time. Unfortunatly 2nd hand clothes aren’t really a dollar more like 8 dollars up!! and can cost you more to alter. I love getting pre loved clothes and altering them to me, espically 80s!! Thanks you for sharing, and can’t wait till the days go by, and see more new creations!! Love STEF

  502. I just ran across your blog and I am addicted! You are very talented and I can’t wait for the next post. Thanks for sharing!

  503. Awesomeness M!! I found out about your blog on Yahoo a few days ago and i’ve already caught up on everything!!… I have a sewing machine but never learned how to sew…but seeing that there isn’t a whole lot to fixing pieces vs. making your own, i’m now on the hunt for fab items to make my own.
    I even told my hubby about it and he thinks it pretty neat himself.
    So i’m just (st)itching to get going!!….-Rita

  504. You are an inspiration for me!!!
    I am learning to sewing, and, I love your ideas, thanks for sharing with us.
    I am from Argentina

  505. What an inspiration, you’ve totally kicked my butt into high gear, I’m pulling out the sewing machine and going to start playing around with some G&W Boutique (that’s Goodwill lol) finds and doing the same for myself. To think a new outfit everyday for $1 or less is amazing. I’m in awe of your skill and creativity, can’t wait to get started!

  506. Your blog is my new fav. Obsession!! I love your ability to look at something so ugly and give it new life!!! You make me want to run out to salvation army and scour for some items and begin creating!! Do you sell any items, And how do you pick your items? Sometimes older clothes are made with such horrible fabric πŸ™‚
    Keep posting, and teaching, My husband is going to hate you, I have too many clothes as is, but this inspires me to create more!!
    LOVE IT!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!!

  507. I found out about your blog through Yahoo last week and I have to tell you that I was sooo impressed and sooo inspired! My bf’s mom has been teaching me how to sew and I’ve been really enjoying it but now after seeing your blog I can break free from the world of patterns and make great designs out of my old clothes and new finds! Thank you for sharing! Keep it up, girl!

  508. We met today outside of the studio w/ my two friends πŸ™‚ It was so random and cool how it all happened! I was looking at your dress and knew you looked so familiar and then it clicked! After that it was a matter of how to approach you lol.. but it all worked out! Can’t wait to see the pics. Congradulations! This project has exploded into sooo many opportunities for you it’s sooo awesome πŸ™‚ I could hear you screaming w/ excitement when we were waiting and I couldn’t help but to scream a little too haha.. Best wishes for you!*

  509. Hi there,
    could you explain to me your inspiration. I have tried to fix clothing; a piece that is really big, but after fixing it, it still looks home-made. Do you know what I mean? How do you get rid of that hokey kind of home-made look and keep it looking like it was bought from a store.
    Also, 2 1/2 years ago, I was tiny like you only 99 lbs but I was ill. I am better now but gained 63 dollars. How can I determine what to fix if I weight more and am older now.
    thanks so much

  510. I loveeee reading about your daily adventures and dress DIY. You are super inspiring and make me want to take up my old hobbies again. You’re like the essence of self-exploration. If you can make a new outfit every day, I feel like I can do anything! Kudos on actually doing something creative with your days.

  511. it is very amazing that u can transform ugly dresses into stunning ones…i wish that i have sewing skills. but i am lazy to learn. πŸ˜›

  512. OMG! My sis recommended me this site and I’m totally inspired! I can’t exactly sew but I’m inspired by your passion for what you’re doing and making it into a project. Good luck! Cheers

  513. Hi there,
    Its wonderful to read your posts everyday… I am following you since, i dont know when… I dont even remember how I stumbled across your blog… I think I’ll start something similar next year… but not with clothes… I’ll try my hand at reinventing broken things from a huge godown that we have behind our house… But an year full of commitment is frightening at this moment… Wow! I appreciate you not just for your skill (thats something I have absolutely no doubt about) but also for your consistency… Its just wonderful…
    Cheers from India

  514. Received your website link from a friend, and spent a couple hours catching up. While the concept is interesting, after a few weeks of blog, it started to sound pretty much the same…take out the shoulder pad, take the garment in at the sides, lop it off, grab a belt. Don’t get me wrong, I love bright prints and the idea of remaking an otherwise unwearable item. Still, it would be interesting to see you challenge yourself and your sewing skills to use the endeavor to expand your sewing horizons. For example, learn how to use the sewing machine’s blind hem feature instead of just rolling the hem. Or, use pintucks, darts, gathers, pleats or other features to reduce the width of the garment while adding a design element; use a facing or bias binding at a redesigned neckline or armhole, or even simply broomstick crinkle a garment. There are a limited number of hours in a day to do some of these, understandably. Will you continue to sew after the challenge is over?

  515. I’m so excited to stumble upon this blog! I adore vintage, reconstruction, and upcycling. Just curious, will you be selling any of these designs? I can already tell you I want (need!) day #263.

  516. Hi πŸ™‚ I love what you are doing.
    I have recently started sewing skirts. I bought a sewing machine & I can make a simple, high-waisted cotton skirt for merely $3! My question is, with the raw edges, do you just do a zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying?

  517. Hi,Marisa! I’m from Malaysia and I’ve got to know abt yr blog through Twitter.
    I love the way you transform a dress to a different style of top/dress. I was so shocked that I’ve found someone who has the same taste of dressing as me.
    Love it so much!
    I would like to know if just only hand-sewing is enough to transform a dress/top?As I’m not good in using a sewing machine and dun have one.

  518. Hi M!
    I would just LOVE for you to have your own shop- your own boutique where you have not-so-nice dresses lined up on the racks and clients come in to pick from the lineup, or bring their own-then you make the magical transformation!
    It’s like Extreme Makeover clothes edition (I know, I’m kinda good at this ..what can I say?) hehe
    oh hey..a Reality Show..? The possibilities are endless..!


  519. Hi, I just wanna say it’s so cool what you are doing, I wish I could sew or I would totally do this too! My mom has sewn since before I was born 26 years ago and she usually does my sewing for me but she is getting older & has health problems so she doesn’t sew that much anymore & she’s tried to teach me several times but I can barely thread a needle and it seems I don’t have much patience for it! I will keep checking your blog, looking forward to all you do! xx K

  520. hi!

    i`m writting you from croatia… just wanna say NICE JOB πŸ™‚ here in croatia was one artical about your story and i am amazed.
    my message to you don`t stop because you are doing some amazing stuff and if we were closer i would love to buy some dresses πŸ™‚

    greetings from croatia

  521. hi marisa, i am big fan of your work. its so inspiring and refreshing. you are very creative. your finished product always leave me at awe as to how could you have come up with that idea for each of the dresses you made over.

  522. Marisa, I love your blog. I’ve been talking about and sharing your site to all of my friends, and a few of us were so inspired we actually had a “Marisa night” recently! We went to our local goodwill, grabbed a few items each, and got together for some reinventing. I look forward to seeing your new creation each day, and I dare to say I’m now a reformed shopper – I’ll be trading a lot my trips to the local mall for thrift stores and garage sales now. πŸ™‚

  523. Ever since i read your review on yahoo i am obssesed with your blog. when i grow up i want to design clothes, so when i saw like 2 blogs of yours i had to go run and search through my closet and find a dress i could change.
    i found a black dress with white pokadots of my moms and i turned it into a very simple but cute dress/shirt or at least i think its cute πŸ™‚ i hope one day i am as good at fixing up clothes as you. you are my inspiration now. πŸ™‚ thanks

  524. R u ok? Didn’t see your blog this morning.

  525. You are an inspiration & hope… Best wishes!
    Cheers from Zagreb (Croatia).
    p.s. ‘Eat Pray Love’ is next on my list of books to read!

  526. Happy Saturday! I’m going to NYC soon. What’s the name of the street in Queens where the Goodwill Outlet is where everything is $1.69 a pound? Love your work!

  527. Hi Marisa,
    Where do you find the fabulous oversized ethnic themed dresses???? I want some!!!!! LOL Seriously though.

  528. Hello,
    I am so happy I found your blog. I am enjoying each posting and today was particularly impressed with the handpainted tunic top with handkerchief sleeves. Lovely transformation!

    Thank you for sharing this project.

  529. Marisa,

    LOVE your blog. I’m not much of a seamstress but you’ve inspired me to dig around the local thrift stores in search of cool finds – even ones the ones that need minor help.

    Have you ever considered having your readers send you their favorite finds to see what you can do with them? I swear I walk through the local shops and find something I wouldn’t dare try to improve upon but think about how cute you could make it. Just curious. I hope you continue to do something past your one year! This is so much fun to check out every day.

  530. Hi there! Contact me regarding a radio show interview. Let’s chat about your blog & how it came about! Radio show is live every Tuesday @ 12 noon EST
    Love, Leslie

  531. OMG, you are so brilliant & creative.

  532. How long does it usually take you to make an outfit?

  533. Love what you’re doing! I had an old dress from my mom that I absolutely adored but I never thought it looked good on me and it was a little outdated. I shortened it into a top, added some great jewelry and everyone loved it. That’s when someone told me about your site. Now I wish that I hadn’t gotten rid of a lot of my mom’s beautiful clothes recently. However I have to tell you that many of those vintage styles that you’re finding, I’ve actually worn. I’m 55 years young and not so slender so I’m not interested in wearing my shirts short again like you do (already did the mini skirts in the 70’s) but you’re making me take a second look at some of these items I was about to get rid of. Thanks and keep encouraging other women to think creatively and stop spending every dime they have on new expensive clothes.

  534. Marisa — just discovered your blog, thanks to a friend forwarding me the link — love, love, LOVE what you’re doing!! I realize you must be up to your eyeballs sewing every day, but…I would love to have you as a guest on my new podcast, which is devoted to refashioning and eco-friendly sewing practices? Would love to have you on for 20 minutes or so – if you’re interested, let me know and I can e-mail you questions and/or discussion topics in advance. Thanks so much for considering appearing on GreenStitch!

  535. OMG I am so addicted to your blog! Favorite project by far is the handpainted tunic top with handkerchief sleeves from just a few days ago. Please, please, please tell me that I may have a chance to purchase one of these beauties when your year long project is finished.

  536. Hi Marissa, I found your blog when it was feaured on yahoo and it was so refreshing then and still is when I get to read your new posts. As a lot of the ladies here, you have inspired me, I’m taking my first sewing class on the 20th of Sep. and will be buying my first sewing maching soon. Thank you πŸ™‚

  537. this blog so makes me smile especially todays outfit i was a cheer leading coach never a cheer leader and always wanted my own little outfit i think i am gonna take up sewing..

  538. Love your blog! I have been seeing a lot of plaid in fall fashion this year. Could you do something in plaid.
    My grandma gave me a coupl of old plaid shirts recently, and I would love to see what ideas that you have for things to do with them to make them more fashionable.

  539. cute, cute, cute!! Congrats for the magazine article!! You are so inspiring!
    Have a great day!

  540. Hi,
    Miracle and I am 13th yrs.old I dream one day to be a fashion designer.
    My mom and I being shopping in vintage for most of my life. I look in magazines outfits I love, cut the clips and of to create the same designs but only shopping in garage sale and thrift shops. Ilove it . I want you to know I looove your work. Thank you for sharing your gift with me. You are amazing!

  541. Looking at these makes me wonder what you’re going to do with them all after you finish out the year. If interested in selling any, let me know.

  542. You are so amazingly creative!
    Cheers from Aruba!

  543. Hi,
    To celebrate the 5th Blog Day, I am recommending you to BlogDay 2010.
    You are incredibly creative and talented!
    Good luck with the rest.

  544. Marisa,
    You are so inspiring and creative. AND you make it look so easy! Have you considered creating a workshop/class via YouTube or some other medium? I would love to learn to do what you do! You are empowering! πŸ™‚


  545. Where are you buying your dollar items at? I live in LA on the westside and the only decent thrift store I know of is Goodwill in Santa Monica. Any other places I should check out?


  546. Absolutely wonderful!!
    I love the idea and the blog! very inspiring!
    I wish i could buy the dress in Day 267 πŸ™‚
    Good luck with what ever comes your way
    Daniel from Israel

  547. Hey! Me and my Mom recently found you online and thought your idea of upcycling dresses into shirts and other dresss was such a good idea. Here is my first attempt at making a dress. I plan on a making a shirt next!



    • I just viewed your pics – Marisa would be proud!!!! You did a fantastic job and are just as cute as Marisa is. Keep up the good work!!!!

  548. β™₯β™₯β™₯ So, I found your site when Yahoo did a plug for it and I have been addicted ever since. I am a avid thrifter, although most of my finds are $0.25 novels or cute handbags or accessories. I am however, also a cosplayer, and I love the tips, tricks and technical details you include in your posts. I’m surprised some fashion house hasn’t just scooped you up because everything you make is so gorgeous. β™₯β™₯β™₯

  549. I just wanted to stop by to tell you I love what you are doing with this. I have a bag full of cool clothes that need work in my closet and I’m just about to be inspired enough to pull it out! The tutorials are a big help as well. I had an idea I thought i’d share for one last endeavor you could take this crazy train on, selling the dresses at the end of the year to the highest bidder! You might be attached to them (especially my favorite, the kimono) but it will certainly make room for a whole new year of dresses!

    Thanks again for this great idea & inspiration!


  550. Hi Maria. I’ve been checking out on your posts and like what everybody says, it’s a cheap thrill. It makes me excited too to see the outcome of every vintage clothes that you buy from thrift stores. Due to excitement, I made a blog about it. I hope you can check it out and would be really pleased if you can leave a comment, too. Well, I’m a new blogger, you know πŸ˜‰ Thank you for inspiring us. God Bless You! πŸ™‚

    Princess Abbie

  551. You are just so talented and amazing~

  552. I love your blog and you are preciosa! I posted a link on my own blog Who wouldn’t need a fabulous dress to wear to create the perfect Wine and Kissing story. Brava!

  553. I went to the Salvation Army today 50% off blue tagged item so I bought 2
    dresses I’m going to try to turn into tops. You have inspried me. This project would make a wonderful book!!

  554. I have enjoyed seeing what you do tos reuse your great fines. But when you pose of your pictures to show off your great creation, YOU always slouch, which doesn’t show the item the best or you. I’ve sent this site to many young girls to show them what can be done to their own styles.

  555. You are awesome! I haven’t sewn since high school, but you’ve inspired me to get a machine =o). I hope you have something fun planned for once the year is up… I’d hate to stop seeing your awesome creations =o(

  556. Love your blog! Super creative and very interesting! I added a link to your blog from mine. I do hope that is agreeable to you. You have also inspired me to follow through on something I have been planning on doing for a while, blog about some of my vintage clothing finds. Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the super work!

  557. Hi Marisa,

    FYI, I’ve gotten my whole office completly addicted to your blog. We can’t start our admin work till we peek at what dress you’ve made for the day. Just want you to know that you have a loyal following in Peachtree City, Georgia!!!

    Much love and affection,

    Rachel Locke

    Dispatcher Extraordinaire

  558. Hi Marrisa!
    A friend of mine told me about this website and I’m totally digging it!!! My hubby is in the military and gone right now (our longest time apart since we met four years ago!), and your blog is a tremendous comfort on lonely, sleepless nights!! It’s totally inspiring and you have some amazing talent chica!
    Quick question: how did you get so good at it? I know a lot of it is just natural talent, but have you been sewing since you were a child, take it up as a hobby, go to fashion school, etc? Just wondering because I’m quite…”frugal” and would love to do something like this, but my tailoring skills end at hand sewing…seriously, I can’t even remember how to properly thread a sewing machine! but I’d love to learn some basic skills!

  559. Aloha Marissa,
    I was raised by my Dad since I was three… my Mom left us with little money and so my Dad quickly became a firm believer in iron on patches and thrift stores. My clothes were so hidious that I always got picked on and even got asked for my dress to be used for “Granny” in a play. To this day I am a thrift store shopper, but I haven’t a clue how to sew. My husband and I are now stationed in Hawaii, (“Land of Moo Moo’s”). Today I have “go moo moo shopping” written on my to-do list…. all because of you. Scissors, packaging tape, and safety pins… I don’t have a sewing machine, but hope to someday give it a fair chance. Thanks for your inspiration! πŸ™‚

  560. Hi Sweet Thing,
    I’ve offered you some of my horrid dresses (no charge or mailing costs) and haven’t heard from you. So tomorrow they get tossed. Gotta get my warehouse of vintage clothes organized, which means purging. No day better than Labor Day.
    I love what you do with what you do! Will keep watching your blog for more fun and fabulous make-overs.

  561. Girl you have just completely made my day! and have inspired me to start a search for random clothing that i can redesign and make my own! you are boss.

  562. You are just amazing. All of these dresses were just ugly and you made them all into something cute.
    If I could sow I would totally try this.
    But yes, you’re a hero.

  563. I’ve been following you since I saw your online “Yahoo” story–I enjoyed going back and reading every entry πŸ™‚ You are such an inspiration! I’ve had a lot of health problems for the past several years and get exhausted easily. Your site has become my daily place to go to cheer myself up. Thank you, Marisa!!! BTW, I’ve only touched a sewing machine a few times, but after reading your column I’m very tempted to buy a machine and start using it to get creative. Will have to get back to you on that. Meanwhile, I hope you stick around past the one-year point.

  564. your concept is awesome! so awesome, that we are featuring you in today’s article on our website. in honor of Labor Day, we felt your hard work needed to be known. check it out anytime:

    Top 20 Fashion Transformations for the GirlyNerd with 365 Dresses

    featured on


  565. I have to say that you inspired me!! My 5-year old son decided he wanted a football jersey with his name on it. Missing out on the school ordering, I had to take matters into my own hands. We found an over-sized jersey at a thrift store. A little big, but it would have to do. I had to take the “old” name off the back. Found new letters at the craft store. New name on!! Had to take the sleeves in a bit and make a new hem. After a little pressing, the finished project was a “new” jersey fit for a kid!! And he LOVED it!!! A little more than $1, but worth every cent of the $7 I spent. Thanks!!!!!!!

  566. I have found your endeavors inspirational–thank you. Most of what you’ve designed is very flattering on you,. The lavendar one most recently…not so much. Read the Science of Sexy (which should really be called the Science of Proportion!) as I think you’d find it helpful with a few of the more difficult outfits. Thanks again. I love read the news each day of your creative juice!

  567. I am one of many who have been inspired by your blog. I began to look in my closet and make some changes to mix up a few pieces of my wardrobe. Then it was off to garage sales and so far have bought a few great items to dye, to cut and sew, to re-create. Thank you again. I am relearning how to sew and loving (except when the bobbin thread does this funky spidery thing…). Anyway just so you know you have a fan for life and you have given me a new avenue to use my creative bent on life. It is NEVER too late to find another reason to get up in the morning! Thank you Thank You Thank You!

  568. You are so good! Today’s dress is adorable!

  569. i have finally gotten through! i check your blog on my phone, but when i try to comment, it ususally says “not found”. i just wanted to say, your creations are very cute! i love your ideas you come up with for the muumuus. you’re so creative!

  570. Hi there!
    I am creating a website and a blog on clothing.
    Can I add you onto my website?
    Also, I found a dress that is great, and I would love to send you a picture of it. Perhaps you could make it. It is really really cool!
    Where if you would’t mind, could I send you the picture?

  571. You inspire me! Don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! I have tatoos onmy upper arms I’m not allowed to show at work and I”m always having problems finding shirts that I LIKE to cover them up. I love thrifts stores..I’m gonna try this this weekend!

  572. hi, my name is Alan, I live in Brazil, Sao Paulo, I access your blog almost every day, I study business administration and my final project for the course is inspired by your blog, I created a store that sells custom clothes . I think your blog is fantastic, his ideas are very creative, innovative and perfect. I’d like you to respond to this comment so I can show with my work, your comment will be included as a reference, since it is what you and your blog mean for my project … thank you and a big kiss and await response!

  573. i love saturdays dress!

  574. Hey girl, I like the cut of your jib…..or bib (pun intended). I was raised in the thrifty art of thrift store shopping. Momma took us girls on outings even through our teens and we were thrilled to stock our wardrobes with funky army khaki, vintage hawaiian print shirts, awesome denim….with human- produced holes and tears, and of course the occasional cool italian shoe! Not to mention household items. The thrill of the reusable extended itself to curbside finds and rummage sales. I am a zealous devotee!!!! My best find to date is a Bassett furniture leather club chair found in the rain at the green dumpsters.
    So, what you are doing I totally get and admire and believe in! I don’t even want to THINK of the year end…. Amy

  575. oh my gosh! you are so inspiring! i have been trying to do something similar to your adventure! i like sewing too but im having a hard time picking a machine out! any suggestions?

  576. Hey there! I don’t have anything different to say than anyone else. This is awesome and makes me regret having no sewing skills. You totally have to make a hoodie! Even a thin pullover one like with the dress on day 282. Peace and God speed!

  577. You are so adorable!
    I really look forward to your posts and creations. Post 289; B & W sleeveless dress was marvelous!
    What will we do without you in 77 days?
    Best wishes,

  578. I find your blog very inspiring! I am a little bit larger around the midsection then you are but hey anyone can fit in a mumu! (and trim it to fit properly of coarse) Ive only ever made pj pants and shorts. Recently I did make a tank top without a pattern which I was pretty proud of!(its on my blog if youd like to see it) Ive been wanting to make a dress for a while now but havent really found a pattern that I like and do not want to buy all that yardage! Im a quilter so I know good fabric is expensive! plus any scraps from the extra mumu material can go into my bin for some fun scrappy quilts!

    thanks again for the inspiration! sorry Im so long winded πŸ™‚

    happy stitching ~candace

  579. Hi Marisa! Used to do similar stuff with thrift stores items in college, but wasn’t quite as ambitious as you are. You are quite amazing girlfriend! I do remember tie-dying a faded jea jacket that turned out AMAZING, that I wore for several years. And I redid a multi-layer dress that looked a bit like the one Natalie Portman rocked in Toronto Natalie’s dress.

    Keep up the great and super-creative work!

  580. So, after reading about your project in some magazine(bad memory!!!erghh sorry) I happened upon your lovely website and I COULDN’T STOP LOOKING AT YOUR PICTURES!!! I swear it’s like a disease, it’s so addicting-just seeing the before and after is enough for me!
    And then I read a little more and I discovered that you love all the things I love: food, fashion, Glee, and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!!!!(My family groans every time I watch it on netflix which is part of the reason why I’m only on the third season…erghh… AGAIN)And I got to thinking, I could be just like you in ten years! (I’m 17…but u don’t look that old) I mean you are my hero-because of you I am now in the process of revamping a floral A line skirt I got at Goodwill. The only problem is I don’t know how to do this…so I was wondering, if you weren’t totally SWAMPED with requests if you could help me with this. And I could send you the picture and everything so all you would have to do is tell me what to do. But anyways let me know…or not… honestly i would still think you’re cool even if you don’t respond!

  581. Wow, Marisa, this is a seriously awesome blog. As with many of the other commentators, reading your daily installment is my thrill for the day. It’s astonishing how many, let’s face it, completely icky garments you have turned into cute, I-would-totally-pay-big-bucks-for-that items. I do hope you will do two things. 1) make a book from this year and 2) continue to do the same next year! Please? I would miss this if it wasn’t available.

  582. Stephanie Enojado

    so ive been lookin at your website almost everyday now and i absolutely loveee what you do!! but i was wondering, can you make jackets too??? Because i usually see dresses…

  583. i love your blog and everything that you are doing to make great tops and dresses i also love to shop at thirft stores and the salvation army but no matter where i go i can’t find any clothing that is under $5-8 a dress i live syracuse ny (go orangemen) if any of you viewers live in this area please let me know where to go to get a better deal. thanks and keep up the good work!

  584. Just stopped here for a while and I’m absolutely impressed with your job… Nowadays it must be amazing for your pocket! Congratulations for the blog and I will check it often!

  585. Hi Marisa,
    My sister forwarded me your site and I immediately fell in love with everything!!!. I have been sketching ang sewing since highschool then life happened. Your story moved me and inspired me to start sewing again. I love how you transformed the tent dresses into awesome fashionable pieces!!!! They’re gorgeous!!! Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration!!! You’re SEW SEW awesome!!! Thank you!!! =)
    Take care,

  586. Hello Marisa,
    Loved the show – I kept telling m,y kids about it since I have been following in your footsteps, garage sale-ing and dying and sewing. Still learning in all areas but it has been so much fun. Thank you for your ideas and your attitude is so engaging. Can’t wait for the dye tutor. I have made some real doozies with the dye but because I only spend a dollar or less, no biggie! I see a book in the works, I’d be the first in line with the book signing. Congratulations on all your success, you inspire me and bring tears and smiles both !

  587. Not your Average Jo

    Ever since you went to the new website I haven’t been able to open your site!! AT ALL!! i’m going through w/drawls! Please get it to where i can look at it! I don’t know what’s going on!

  588. I really appreciate your blog I think it extremely creative …
    bye kharmelita

  589. Love your blog. Could you post an additional ‘before’ photo next to the ‘after’ photo? I love to compare them and it would save a lot of scrolling.

  590. I absolutely LOVE your blog! My sister sent the link to me a few weeks ago because I love to redesign thrift store finds and old clothes in my closet πŸ™‚ I”m doing a 365 project as well this year (just with hair) so it’s great to see someone else that has stuck with their project as well!

  591. I am so impressed with your createivity and can do attitude. I started sewing as a kid trying to make spending money. I used to take the tandy leather catolog to old folks homes and talk people into letting me make them things like wallets, purses, and mocossins. It is a shame that in todays society you would be foolish to let your kid do the things we took for granted back in the day. I am probably the only man in my nieghborhood with more than one sewing machine. Keep up the good work you will make a great catch for anyone. Bob

  592. Wow….I am blown away by your talent and creativity.
    I looked through each and every before and after, and you certainly chose some challenging “befores”. Your fashion sense is fantastic. I love your ability to see potential in some of the most bizarre and outdated items. It’s great how you take pieces that would no longer work for anyone and make them fun and current. You are really an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.
    I cannot imagine how you are able to complete one a day?? How is that even possible?

  593. Continuo admirandote!!! Brillantes tus creaciones.

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