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Day 252. 113 days and $114 left to go.

I am totally loving this nightgown that I found at my local pile sale for a buck.  The floral pattern was lovely and I’m totally into purple!  The funny thing is is that someone actually wore this to sleep at one time.  I never really got the ruffle action on these bad boys and why that made something you would sleep in more comfortable.

Day 252 - Before

Day 252 - Before

I think it may have been created directly from this McCall’s pattern…

I do love those bracelets, however...

I remember a nightgown I had when I was a kid that had ruffles, lace at the neck, elastic at the wrist (that always dug in, like when you wear a ponytail holder too long) and ribbons…not really the most comfortable thing and I always remember it being so tight at the neck.  I’m good with a cozy cami and some yoga pants to head off to dreamland.

Even though I’m not wearing this to sleep, I’m still going to get rid of those ruffles.

Going short!

Going short!

I wanted to get away from the nightgown note, so I began by taking my seam rippers and unstitching the ribbon and rose trim that was sewed down at the top of it.

Later rosy trim!

Later rosy trim!

After getting rid of all that trim…

Trim be gone!!

Trim be gone!!

…I prepped the new hem at the bottom of my new dress.

Hem time!

Hem time!

After a little sewing, unbuttoning of a few of the buttons, throwing on a purple cami (which perhaps I may even fall asleep in) and my wedges, my dress was ready for the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

Day 252 - After

Day 252 - After

Specifically a trip to Würstkuche for the below.

Sausage Heaven!

Sausage Heaven!

Beers, check.  Sausages from every kind of animal, check. (Seriously, there is even rattlesnake.)  Heaven, check.  I nearly passed out waiting in the line that went around the corner just in anticipation.

There was a lot of sharing going on…

Light emanating from the glorious sausage!!

Light emanating from the glorious sausage!!

…and my fave was the Alligator & Pork (yep, I said gator) that came with some caramelized onions and sweet peppers.  The only thing alligator-esque I’ve ever eaten were these puppies…

Mmm, Chocodiles!

Mmm, Chocodiles!

…so my first real foray into the gator world was amazing.  And just in case you don’t believe me, check it out!!

Yep...Gator!

That's right, Gator!

Cannot wait for a return trip…I think I may have to throw my birthday party here 🙂

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Day 84. 281 days and $277 left to go.

Now I think today’s piece is one that goes to the fave list.  It started out as the below…

Day 84 - Before

Day 84 - Before

It totally has the feel of an Olympic skier uniform, aside from the big, billowy skirt part – high neck, long and tight sleeves, kinda shiny…I know, I know – my mind has been stuck on the Winter Games, but it is totally reminiscent, n’est ce pas?  We did need to fix that as there’s no way I’m toting along ski poles tonight.  I wanted to open it up a bit on top and make it a tad shorter as well, so I began with seam ripping the three main seams on the top of  the dress…

Seam Rippin'

Seam Rippin'

and when I opened the top up enough for just a little exposure,

Unseam!

Unseam!

I trimmed the fabric off and stitched down some new hems along the edges of my newly made neckline.  I also turned the long sleeves into 3/4 sleeves with just a little trimming and cutting off action as well.

3/4th-ing the sleeves!

3/4th-ing the sleeves!

I also cut off about a foot of fabric from the bottom of the skirt and rehemmed it to a length that was a little higher than my knee.  I snipped a small piece from that excess material and used it as a belt to gather and give a little more shape to the dress.

Day 84 - After

Day 84 - After

Hello new dress!!  I have to be completely honest…when I was trying to figure out what to do with this puppy I wasn’t sure if opening up the top was going to work – the seams were in the perfect spots to make unhemming and rehemming easy but I thought it may look super 90s.  It was worth a shot and when I started to see where it was going, I totally fell in love.

Kinda More Close Up

More Close-ish Up!

The high neck stayed intact and the new opening on the top of the dress ended up being a nice, little, breezy treat as we tore up the dance floor for JS’s birthday.

Me et JS

Me et JS

And to give you a better view, here is a closer up shot of my chestal area…

ECU!! (Extreme Close Up!!)

ECU!! (Extreme Close Up!!)

This one for sure goes on my “I Heart” list…many thanks to the lovely JS for assisting in making that happen because if it were not for her birthday celebratory eve full of tapas, wine and strawberry muddled cocktails tonight, this may not have come to fruition.  She is also added to the “I Heart” list as well 🙂

Day 81. 284 days and $280 left to go.

I LOVED this color palette when I first came across it.  A blend of soft greens, yellows, pinks…reminiscent of a spring day, laying on the grass, reading a great book, snacking on treats (ie. apple slices or homemade hummus) from the Farmer’s Market.  I told you a few days ago…I gots the Spring Fever – that’s what happens when it’s 80 degrees outside, so I’m dressing like it’s May!

Day 81 - Before

Day 81 - Before

Serious issues exist here friends!  I probably don’t need to point them out, but I’m gonna go ahead and do it anyway.  Length – I’m stepping on it and width – I’m swimming in it.  I had to figure those issues out, as this fabric was simply the color palette of my dreams.  There were two ties on each side of the waist that were there to pull to the back and tie into a bow which acts as an attached belt.  Unfortunately the dress was too big for those to work, yet I did still want to use them, so I took them out of their sewed spots…

Original tie - pre adjustment

Hello original tie in your pre-adjustment stage

(with some seam ripping action, I took the ties out on both sides…)

The hole where the tie used to sit...

The hole where the tie used to sit...

…hemmed both sides of the dress to a perfectly fitting state and reattached those ties after taking in a few inches.  (FYI – In the pic below, the seam to the way right is the original and the one to its’ left is the new one I created)

Newly taken in sides of the dress

Newly taken in sides of the dress

And all that was left was a little length fixing!  Shortened the puppy a smidge as I didn’t want it to sweep the floor, but didn’t want it a mini either.

Cutting the bottom!

Cutting the bottom!

The finale my friends…

Day 81 - After

Day 81 - After

BAM!!  Dress that totally satiated that Spring Fever, outside in the sun, would even do yard work craving.  However, when the sun went down, there was another craving I received. That one was for sugar…

Cupcakes!!

Cupcakes!!

So I baked some delish cupcakes (and by baked I mean bought some baawesome varieties at Crumbs Bakery) to curb my sugar fix and to celebrate my fab father’s birthday!  If I had time I would have baked the Chocolate Snowball (me and my dad’s fave), Peanut Butter Cup, and Half Baked cupcakes myself, but I just left it to my friends at Crumbs today to save me a little bit of time 🙂

Anything Oreo - Key to my heart!

Anything Oreo - Key to my heart!

Birthdays are awesome just like my dad!!  Happy, happy!!

Day 33. 332 days and $328 left to go.

I had an extremely important dinner on my agenda for this evening that clearly was going to require an excellent ensemble. Nothing less for a night out with the BFF, right?

Day 33 - Before

Day 33 - Before

This dress was an all in all mess when I came across it in a pile of vintage toss aways.  The color was eh, the length was eh, the collar was eh, but the best part was the shimmery thread that made vertical lines throughout the piece.  Shockingly, that was the best (and only) part of the dress that I liked.  Clearly it was time to get crackin!

I decided to cut it shorter and make it more of a tunic. That solved the length issue, but there was still work to be done. I couldn’t really change the color, however I could change the way it fit and that I did!  Because I was keeping the color intact, I grabbed my fave vintage 60s chestnut belt along with my brown Oxford’s to make the brownish color scheme work. Chcck it out…

Day 33 - After

Day 33 - After

After some delish food – burrata, a full-bodied Cab, some ridiculous mushroom gnocchi and some bread pudding, on top of a convo that was one for the history books, me and my LB grabbed s’more cocktails with some friends down the street. Said friend included this pal…

Day 33 - After with my new mannequin BFF

Day 33 - After with my new mannequin BFF

…who wasn’t much of a talker. He left that to me and LB – we talked so much at our belated bday dinner that we were the last people standing, or sitting rather, in the restaurant. I received the BGE (best gift ever) – a DVD full of Swans Crossing episodes, which for most wouldn’t ring any sort of bell, but to us (and the other 14 people across the country who were obsessed) was literally like pennies falling from heaven. It’s the simple things that make this girl smile. Thanks LB – I’m gonna be smiling for a long time!!! xoxo