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Day 170. 195 days and $192 left to go.

This is what I’d like to call my marsupial dress.  I gots a big, big pouch attached but just no pockets to put the hands in.  If there were some sort of holders for my hands, I’d be a little less harsh.  But there are not, so guess what?  Hello harsh!

Day 170 - Before

Day 170 - Before

And let me say this – I don’t care how tiny or how big you are, a bulky amount of bubbly material around the waist is not something anyone really wants!  Don’t need the “are you preggo” question yet, so that fabric donut has to go 🙂

Day 170 - Before (from the back!)

Day 170 - Before (from the back!)

So first up on the agenda was taking the dress apart.

Beginning the cut...

Beginning the cut...

I cut the top off from the bottom bubbly skirt and was left with two separate pieces.

Post cut!

Post cut!

Once they were detached, I had to get rid of these…

Literally bigger than my hand!

Literally bigger than my hand!

After the pads were removed, I took the top part from the dress and stitched up the raw edging.  Next I turned it around so those fab…ric covered buttons were in the front and buttoned the top one.  Those bagalicious sleeves were pushed up over my elbows and a little bolero was created that worked perfectly over my tank top.

Day 170 - After

Day 170 - After

We went from Bubble City to Sleek Harbor all in a few easy steps.

Day 170 - After (from the back)

Day 170 - After (from the back)

No more Captain Kangaroo, that’s for sure!!

Day 160. 205 days and $202 left to go.

My pick for today was one that was feeling rather pioneer-y when I first came across it.  I showed a friend the before pic and the words that left their mouth…”you ready to start a fire without matches in that dress?”  Yeah, hard to mock as I totally agree.

Day 160 - Before

Day 160 - Before

Extremely plain and simpleton and I’m not really ready to do any log chopping.

First it’s time to get rid of that attached white fabric in the neck.  It’s like a faux camisole/T-shirt underneath the dress which is just not happening.  Kinda like these dickies…

I mean seriously!?!?

I mean seriously!?!?

…which I totally wore in middle school beneath my staple college sweatshirt wardrobe (I can literally see the grey Vanderbilt sweatshirt with one of these white puppies underneath).  Where were the fashion police then?  Better question – why couldn’t I just wear the entire turtleneck?  Still baffled by that one.

With my seam rippers, the fabric began to come loose.  (And, pardon the band-aid on my finger – a little battle wound from slicing up onions for Cinco.)

Detatch time!

Getting rid of the white patch!

Once the fabric came out, next came the lace collar.

And onto the crocheted collar

And onto the crocheted collar

As it was in between two layers of fabric, I took out the seam, removed the lace, pinned the fabric back together, and resewed a brand new seam, sans the lace.

We’re getting closer!!  Remember that large, super 80s belt that came with the dress?  Yeah, that wasn’t going to be used at all, so I had to get rid of the sewn on belt loops.

So long belt loops!

Later belt loops!

Once those were gone, and then the shoulder pads were snipped out…

Zee Remnants

Zee Remnants

…the outfit was totally ready to wear!

Day 160 - After

Day 160 - After

I left everything else as it was.  The sleeve length was lovely and the dress actually fit me rather nicely!  I had a deeper V working now and my hands were completely content resting in the fab pockets from a day of lots of thread removal.

TGIF!  Happy weekend friends :)

Day 142. 223 days and $220 left to go.

Today’s little number had bad news (and stripes) all over it!   Well hello teal!  I haven’t seen this much of you since I was in the bedroom that I grew up in…splashed (literally, there were paint splashes as that was the jam in the 80s) with some peach notes as well.  It’s lovely to make your acquaintance again today!

Aside from the teal ish, there were a bunch of other problems as well, but we’ll get to tackling those uno momento!  Here’s the before…

Day 140 - Before

Day 142 - Before

Long sleeves?  Yuck.  Definitely not attractive, so I cut them short and had them end at my elbows.   Length was kind of weird and as it was pleated, I was not feeling it at all.  Too elementary school teacher-y circa 1986 and I definitely don’t have my teaching credentials.

Cutting the bottom of the skirt!

Cutting the bottom of the skirt!

After cutting both, I rehemmed the sleeves and the edge of the skirt so no fraying would take place.  The body and rest of the leftover sleeves were definitely still problematic – a bit too big still so I took it in.  Let me say, it took me a couple of times to get it right.  The torso worked the first time, but the sleeves were still big.  Try two got the sleeves all good and tightened, but the skirt was still a bit too big.  I finally got the skirt on point and the dress was almost ready to wear.

Last problem…these puppies.

Teal pads!

Teal pads!

Took out those puffy pads and added them to the collection – looks like we’re ready to roll!

Day 140 - After

Day 142 - After

Don’t be confused friends – I know it looks like I’m doing the Irish jig.  The only time you may find me jigging is on St. Patty’s Day with my fellow Irishmen (and lasses) after a few Irish car bombs (those Bailey’s/Guinness concoctions are really only allowed on that holiday).  However tonight it was just a bit of posing in front of Jerry’s Liquor, like you do, post an NBA Finals eve full of Happy Hour nachos, sweet potato fries and Blue Moons (not at Jerry’s Liquor, but down the street…)

A little closer up...

A little closer up...

I added my vintage navy belt to break the teal up a bit and after a few buttons unbuttoned, my new dress had completed a 180.  Teal brought it today, that’s for sure, and I’m so glad it did!

Day 134. 231 days and $228 left to go.

Now I LOVE metallics – anything gold, silver, or shiny, sign me up.  And that’s across the board from shoes to purses to dresses.  One of my favorite tops is this grey Cynthia Vincent piece from a few years back with silver mesh sleeves…

Metallic sleeves rule!

Metallic sleeves rule!

Totally heart this, so when I first came across this puppy below, I knew it would be rocking in no time.

Day 134 - Before

Day 134 - Before

Here’s a little close up of the shoulder pad action as well…

Shiny pads!!

Shiny pads!!

Notice they match the fabric of the jacket.  This nondescript clothing brand was very meticulous with the creation of said pads.  Time and care to make the shoulders really pop…yep, there’s the pun!  I clearly had to take them out.

Taking out the shiny pads!

Taking out the shiny pads!

Next I took in the jacket a bit – hemmed the sleeves as well as the body of it to make it a little more fitted on me.

Taking it in...

Taking it in...

After that, I popped the jacket on top of my wife beater and was ready for a little errand running.

Day 134 - After

Day 134 - After

To the market for some ingredients for my cooking club on Tuesday eve.  It’s Japanese themed and I’ve got the veggies, so I’m crafting two 美味いです(that’s delicious in Japanese) side dishes involving wasabi and a miso glaze.  Yummers 🙂  If there aren’t any huge 失敗 (that’s flops in Japanese), pics will follow.

PS, little shoulder pad update!!!

Bin o'pads!

Bin o'pads!

It’s filling up friends!!  Woo hoo!  I smell a contest when it’s completely full – perhaps a little guessing action for a very fabulous prize?  There’s still time though…looks full, but those pads will smush down to the size of golf balls.  PS, congrats to Phil Mickelson for winning the Masters today.  That green jacket looks dashing on you!

Color of victory!

Color of victory!

Day 131. 234 days and $230 left to go.

This Thursday brought the sun and the warm again…holler!!  Windows were down, my Persols were on, Free Fallin’ played on the radio (thanks to 93.1/JACK FM for running that at just at the right time when there was NO traffic on the 10 freeway) and I was just cruising to the beach, er work.  Felt like summer, but I opted not to jump the gun and go full-out with the strapless minis and the maxi dresses just yet.  Wait though, it’s almost here and strapless dresses are most definitely my fave.

Day 131 - Before

Day 131 - Before

Today’s piece was a shiny, big, shoulder padded frock that belonged in the wardrobe closet for Designing Women.

Designing Women!!!!

Designing Women!!!!

I got the note from the lovely RN that I was working the Suzanne Sugarbaker vibe and I totally agreed.  That show was a favorite of mine back in the late 80s (um, did anyone else do the syndicated Lifetime eps too??) and honestly I think that me and Delta Burke are wearing the same dress.

I doubt that hers had this ish on the draped part at the waist though…

Spotty McGee

Spotty McGee

It was time to get crackin’ so first I got rid of this rust stain.  I folded up and hand stitched about an inch of fabric around the entire drapey waist section which totally hid the spot.

Next up I got rid of those shoulder pads!!  I was on a slight hiatus from the pads, as they hadn’t made an appearance for a little bit, but that didn’t stop me from giving them what they deserved.

Pad Plucking!

Pad Plucking!

They came…I conquered.

I tackled the length next and went from dress to top in 13 seconds by cutting off about a foot of fabric.  I opted to leave the edges raw as this fabric wasn’t pulling or fraying.  It saved a little bit of time, which I was all over!

Goodbye dress :)

Goodbye dress 🙂

Now, the body of the dress was still rather big, but I went with the pin trick for this one instead of sewing.  I gathered the waist from the back and took a vintage pin to clasp together the extra material.  It does the same trick as a belt, but gives a little more flair.  It also makes it a bit tricky to sit back in your car as you drive, but all a sacrifice for fashion, yes?

Shot from Behind...

Shot from Behind...

And the front, voila!

Day 131 -  After

Day 131 - After

My new top plucked me from the ATL set of Designing Women and dropped me off right in the middle of LA just in time to catch my funny friend LG perform her hilarious stand up set while ogling over her new bling.

 Here comes the bride!

Here comes the bride!

I hadn’t seen it in person (the pic circulated, but that’s just not the same) since Mr. MRC requested her to be his lady.  It’s even lowlier up close and personal!

TGIF friends!  The weekend awaits…xx M

*Just a little note of thanks to my friends at Craft Gossip for the love today 🙂  Grazie girls!

Day 96. 269 days and $265 left to go.

Now you can’t really see the extremeness of these shoulder pads, but let me tell you – large and in charge.  They were the bully to all the pairs that these eyes have seen before.  The others didn’t put up a fight when I was trying to remove them, but these…they were out for justice.  We’ll get to that in a moment.

Day 96 - Before

Day 96 - Before

Loved the electric blue hue of this silk dress.  It actually fit great around the waist, but I was unhappy with those pads and the length of it.  To make it work for me, I cut the dress as I thought that it would make a lovely top for the day.

Trim off the excess

Trim off the excess

Next it was time to snip off those shoulder pads.  As you can see, they were heinously big – a little too big for the dress they came on, but I was confident that I would be able to take them down.  And, take them down I did.

Trim the pads

Trim the pads

After the trimming was all said and done, I added my charcoal jeans, black boots, a black H&M beaded necklace from a few years back, a black lucite cuff (a total ebay score), and some daisies and we were ready for Thursday.

Day 96 - After

Day 96 - After

I love the blue/black/grey color combo and think I need to recreate this palette again soon.  And, the sun really helps too…

Hypercolor!!

Hypercolor!!

The rays were pretty much unbeatable today.

Ooh, and ps…because my collection is adding up, I decided to give them a place all their own.

PADS!!

PADS!!

We’ll keep on checking in on the status.  It’ll be overflowing soon enough.

Day 86. 279 days and $275 left to go.

It’s Blue Monday friends…click here for your listening pleasure – New Order will play in the background as we attempt to make this blue (it’s actually more turquoise, however this shot gives it a more royal blue hue) silk frock hot for the beginning of the work week.  As it stands, it ain’t looking so pretty…

Day 86 - Before

Day 86 - Before

Step one is to get rid of those shoulder pads!

More shoulder pads!!

More shoulder pads!!

These ones had morphed into the size of softballs, lopsided I must add, over the 20 years that this dress stayed hidden in someone’s closet, so we had to remove.  Next, I wanted to get rid of the high neck – I had an idea of where I was going and it wasn’t going to work with the neckline as it stood.

A little trimming of the neckline...

Cut that neck!!!

After trimming the neck, we had to trim the length as well – got out my Singer scissors, which are starting to get to the “must be sharpened” point, and chopped off the bottom.

Trim off the bottom

Trim off the bottom...

Now, in my head, it was all starting to come together.  I thought that with the excess fabric from the bottom of the dress, I would turn it into a fabulous bow. (I cut the excess fabric in half so it would be easy to tie)

I used to make bows for $$$ in college...

PS, I used to make bows like this for $$$ in college...

And with the assistance of a safety pin, I pinned this to the new neckline, added a black Lily McNeal 3/4″ sweater from my closet, some tights and flat boots, and the Monday was starting to look totally blue, in the most amazing way.

Day 86 - After

Day 86 - After

The deep cut of the sweater really allowed the dress to pop through and I hearted the new non-high neck!  This shot doesn’t really give that bow justice, however it looked pretty killer sashaying through the halls of the office today.  Just to give it a lil’ more love, here’s another pic.

Hello Bow :)

Bow Bye!