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Day 92. 273 days and $269 left to go.

Happy Sunday/end of Olympics/Canada win over USA in hockey.  To celebrate the closest thing to real snow I’ve seen in a bit (thank you Vancouver) I decided to choose a white ensemble to signify the cold which I’m not having right now.

Day 92 - Before

Day 92 - Before

Hello white silky dress that has a big, heinous bib on the front and back.  See those ties there that I’m holding up?  Yeah, we’re going to have to get rid of those puppies, because there is no way that I can roll anywhere wearing those.

First thing first…remove the bib!!  PS, I could totally make my own Olympic pennant/bib with these…a little red/blue tye-dying and I’m the Flying Strawberry Blonde 🙂

Removal: Success

Removal: Success

Second, after taking those bibbies off, I decided that I’d move forward in a blouse direction as opposed to a dress.  I cut a mild V from the sleeves to the middle of the front of the bibless dress and sewed down the edges.  I then took off a little over a foot in fabric at the bottom to make it more blouse worthy.

Cutting a foot off the bottom

Cutting a foot off the bottom

Before getting ready to toss it on, I grabbed a pin from my collection and put it on the tip of the V.  With jeans, boots and a hand and armful of jewelry that got me called Edie Falco in her Carmela Soprano years, my outfit was complete.

Day 92 - After

Day 92 - After

And wearing a white top totally called for a B&W pic to be taken.

B/W shot!

B&W shot!

Day 85. 280 days and $276 left to go.

For a Sunday ensemble perfect for brunching, thrifting, and watching the US Olympic hockey team beat Canada I went with something that would work as a tunic so that yes, I could get out my leggings.  It was a little cooler today with some rains here and there, so the staple comfy leg-coverings made an appearance.  So did this…

Day 85 - Before

Day 85 - Before

I found a Barong – thanks to REF for the verification that it is indeed the traditional Filipino male wedding shirt 🙂 – and wanted to make it work on me.  I’m not a Filipino male but had every intention to rock it out as they do at their celebrations!  Because it was a little larger on me, I took in the sleeves a bit as well as the width.  I love the embroidery – the detail is absolutely stunning and I wanted to make it pop, so I grabbed my trusty box of dyes and went with a purple shade.  After, you ask?  It looked like this.

Day 85 - After

Day 85 - After

The perfect little tunic over my leggings and a black cami!  I rolled up the sleeves and took my fave toad clasped belt to cinch the waist in a little more.

ECU! (Embroidery Close Up!)

ECU! (Embroidery Close Up!)

Chic, yes.  And, the most comfy, colorful outfit to spend Sunday in?  Yes to that as well.

Day 83. 282 days and $278 left to go.

Muumuu Friday!!  That’s right friends, the muumuu is making an appearance today.  I came across a pretty fab one last weekend and was saving it as a treat to end the work week with.  With the amount of birthdays that were had over the past few days (DL, JH, EC, MR) I figured I could treat myself to a big, baggy, ripped under one sleeve present, right?

Day 84 - Before

Day 84 - Before

I didn’t take a pic, but underneath the right sleeve, the seam is completely ripped.  Would be perf over the summer, as a little built-in air vent for your armpits, however it’s not that hot yet.  Will perhaps try to make that look rock in August though…

I thought that instead of just reworking the muum (my new nickname for the muumuu, ps…) into a shorter, changed sleeve, new neck, added slit dress, I was going to make it work as top, of sorts.  So first, I decided to cut the piece right down the middle.

Stuck in the middle with you!

Stuck in the middle with you!

After I cut a slit down the front of the muum, I pinned the jagged edges of both sides down underneath and sewed new seams.  I wanted to make the sleeves a little tighter, so I took them in a few inches – this also assisted in fixing the hole under the right arm, as the new hem solved that ish immediately.  I took the leftover fabric from Day 73 and made a sash from it to tie around my waist and we were ready to roll!

Day 83 - After

Day 83 - After

It’s a jackety-top now!  During the day, I wore it with flip-flops and as it got cooler (literally and via Olympics viewing) I threw on my boots and my green hoodie and was ready for a night in LA or Vancouver 🙂

Day 83 - After (From the back!)

Day 83 - After (From the back!)

This was such a fun and comfy piece for the day that I may have to do something similar with my next muum find.

Party in the USA!

Party in the USA!

Unfortunately that caption from the pic above is in reference to that Miley Cyrus song that the Olympics can’t seem to stop playing when US athletes are snowboarding or skiing…it’s been on rotation (at least a double axel) in my head for the past few days.  Too bad, ANY other artist didn’t come up with a USA themed song this year because I’m kind of close to sewing a needle through my finger 🙂  Happy weekend!  xx M

Day 78. 287 days and $283 left to go.

Spring fever arrived yesterday and is continuing its reign in Southern California.  I can’t deny these lovely temperatures, so I just have to go with it.  I am watching the Olympics and slightly jealous that I’m not in a blue USA puffy jacket – Ralph Lauren did well with the Opening Ceremony gear this go around!  Anyway, back to how I’m sweating sitting in my car…that means, short and airy paired with flip-flops.  Yes, the Havaianas have returned, even though they haven’t really been put away all that long.

Day 78 - Before

Day 78 - Before

I kind of felt like I was wearing doctor scrubs, but in dress form.  This nightgowny/housedress was shapeless, had a high collar and had just ONE pocket.  I don’t understand these one pocket puppies, as I’ve come across a bunch of them in my scouring journey.  It needed to be brought in a bunch and I wanted to change the neckline as it wasn’t flattering.  That was my first tweak.

I cut a slit down the center of the dress from the neckline as I wanted to create a V neck.  I pinned each side under and got them ready for a new hem to be created.  See the steps below…

One side pinned down!!

Step 1: Pin down each side (post-trim down the center) to turn into a V neck!!

After both sides got pinned, I stitched brand new seams on them…

One side sewed, one to go!

Step 2: One side sewed down, one more to go!

Once the sides of the neckline were stitched and a V was created, I grabbed some scissors and trimmed off about six inches from the bottom.

Make it short!!

Make it short!!

After the bottom was hiked up a smidge and rehemmed, I brought in the sleeves and the rest of the dress to make it fit me a little better.  Now as much as I heart pockets, I had to say goodbye to the one that came on the dress.  It was just too big and honestly, because there was just one pocket to begin with, it wasn’t that difficult making that decision.  It’s just too weird to have a spot for my left hand to hang out in and not for my right.  I didn’t want to play favorites, especially not on Valentine’s Day.

Day 78 - After

Day 78 - After

Post-stitching, I came out with a rocking dress.  Something cool and breezy enough to enjoy some warm weather, garage sale-ing, Olympic/All Star Game viewing, coffeeing, and even a bbq.

FebBQ!!

FebBQ!!

Yep, the dress was the perfect lazy Sunday ensemble (or actually more like a lazy Saturday one since tomorrow is the bookend to our 3-day weekend)!  Woo hoo that I don’t have to worry about waking up thinking it’s still the weekend like I tend to do on Monday mornings.  I often hit the snooze button on my Blackberry alarm more than I should hoping that an NBA game or repeats of Saved by the Bell will be on instead of the traffic report during the Today Show. I just get to look forward to that next week!

Pucker Up!

Pucker Up!

Mwah and Happy V-day!.  I have officially chosen you lovely friends as my Valentine this year – if I knew where you all lived, I’d send a box of those delicious Conversation Hearts your way to thank you for all your support and hearting of the blog.  Instead, this link will have to do…it’s a little gift from me (and 30 Rock) to you this year!  It never gets old…HAPPY VALENTIME’S DAY!!

XOXO Marisa

Day 32. 333 days and $329 left to go.

Now when I found this puppy, it looked like it could have been an figure skating ensemble in a past life. Clearly way longer than any Olympic regulated costume I’ve ever seen and it was without a speck of flare – I mean, what’s a costume without feathers, sequins, brightly colored lighting bolts and flames? I envisioned Dorothy Hamill, a pair of skates, and a bowl hair cut and wanted to get as far away from that picture as possible.

Day 32 - Before

Day 32 - Before

What sold me on this piece wasn’t the unflattering center seam that ran all the way down the front of the dress from the top to the bottom, it was the amazing buttons and ruching on the back of the neck. That in itself was worth the $1 – I knew that I could always turn that into some fun accessory if the rest of the piece didn’t work, but nah…I had faith in myself that something dope would prevail.

Day 32 - Neck & Button Detail

Day 32 - Neck & Button Detail

I pondered a bit over which direction to take this, and in the end I decided to chop it all off! Because the center seam was so unflattering, any sort of dress (mini or knee-length) would have still looked just as heinous. I scratched the dress idea and went solely with the turtleneck.  I loved the final product and added one of my fave ebay vintage gold tassel necklaces to accompany.  I guess you could say that was my couples partner this evening.

Day 32 - After

Day 32 - After

I couldn’t wait to take the newly completely piece out for a double axel or triple lutz (ie. Blue Moon’s during the happiest of hours with SZ). The fans in the stands (ie. the men sitting at the bar watching Wisconsin beat the Hurricanes) gave me 10s (ie. “I like the way that looks”) so I left very happy with my gold medal status (ie. smiles and nods). The Olympics are right around the corner and clearly I’m getting excited.