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Day 194. 171 days and $169 left to go.

It’s a dress day today friends!!  Workin’ the stripes…”Yipes, Stripes, Fruit Stripe Gum” style stripes.  A little red and a little purple stripe-age action which totally happen to be my favorite fruity cherry and grape flavors also.  I saw the potential in this immediately, so I grabbed it.

Day 194 - Before

Day 194 - Before

I loved the top as it was a stretchy cotton fabric and the skirt was easy, breezy with some rockstar pockets!  I just wasn’t digging the length for either part of it.  Before we get to shortening, first thing’s first…shoulder pads out!!

Velcro Pads!!

Velcro Pads!!

Luckily for me these pads were attached with velcro, so I didn’t even need to get out my seam ripper to take them out.

Next comes the shortening and I don’t mean the Crisco kind.  I grabbed some scissors and began to cut about five inches away from the bottom.  I wanted it to fall a little above my knees, so this was going to be the perfect length.

Trim Time!!

Trim Time!!

Now that the skirt was at my ideal length, I had to take care of the sleeves.  Short sleevies, here we come!  I cut off about 30 stripes (close to about a foot of fabric)…

Trim Time Continues!!

Trim Time Continues!!

…and then played with the excess.

Hmmmm...arm gear??

Hmmmm...arm gear??

This is just a skosh of what you guys miss not actually being around me as I do this…I got up and did a little dance too, however that picture did not make it to print.

Next, the raw edges of the sleeves got pinned under and got treated to a brand new, stitched edge.  My dress was now ready to go!

Day 194 - After

Day 194 - After

With the addition of my vintage belt, my newly shortened ensemble was ready for its’ closeup in front of the marquis.  It had a similar feel to the UK brand Iska’s version…

Stripes by Iska

Stripes by Iska

…except mine was a fraction of the cost.  The above piece was 40 pounds and I was trying to currency convert in my head how much I saved for a minute…

Pensive M

Pensive M

…but then my glass of wine arrived 🙂

Day 130. 235 days and $231 left to go.

I know a lot of you were feeling the warm today!  It was in the 80s here in LA and I heard from friends in a bunch of other parts how it felt like summer.  Sorry Chicago, I don’t think you were a part of this group today, but don’t worry…heat and humidity will be showing their hot and sticky faces soon 🙂

I was thrilled to get the piece below ready for some non-tights or boots wearing action.  Hello sandals, please find your way onto my feet today.

Day 130 - Before

Day 130 - Before

A pastel candy-striper is the look right now.  Slightly like Lisa Turtle in that Saved by the Bell ep where she was a candy striper at the hospital where her mom worked when Zack was admitted to fix his knee?  Remember?  Yeah, a little like that, so I needed to make some amends.

Let’s begin with that left sleeve which had some dirt or something gross on it…

Cutting that dirrrrrty sleeve

Cutting that dirrrrrty sleeve

Not so hot, so I decided to cut both sleeves off.  I gave each sleeve a brand new, dirt-free hem as well.  Wasn’t really into the length either, so it worked out perfectly to go short on the sleeves. Speaking of short, the skirt came next.  I brought it up a good six inches to make it more of a mini.

There was also this lining that made the top of the dress a little pouffier.  It was very 80s, and I’m not just talking about the weather here. I took my scissors and cut it all out.

Getting rid of weird lining

Getting rid of weird lining

I still had to get to taking the whole dress in, but I got sucked into the Yankee/Red Sox game.  Honestly, I had no idea what was actually going on at this moment as I was completely entranced by the Dunkin Donut Coolatta signage behind the action.  It was so hot and all I wanted was some cool, deliciousness which I can’t have because DD has boycotted the West Coast for some reason I cannot grasp.  Chick-Fil-A figured it out and set up shop in Manhattan Beach, why can DD do the same?  Anyway, the signage quickly changed to UTZ potato chips (Salt & Vinegar!!) and I got back to focusing on both the game and my dress.

Coffee!!!

Coffee!!!

I took in the sleeves, body and skirt to make it fit me to a T and it was ready for the rays.

Day 130 - After

Day 130 - After

Short and sweet.  I got to catch up with my gals H & A with Mr. C over iced teas before remembering that today was the day the money I owed to the government from ’09 was going to be withdrawn from my account.  Oh 1099’s.  Single tear.

Kickin' it on the curb!

Kickin' it on the curb...accepting donations.

Let’s hope that this coming year (for all of us) provides a lovely little refund…we’ll rendezvous in Vegas or Hartford, CT, it doesn’t matter, as long as there is a Dunkin Donuts waiting.