Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!! - LBD & Simplicity 1325


Helloooo! I hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas and were able to spend it with the with people that you love and make you happy! I had an amazing day yesterday with my family and friends. The older I get, the less excited I am about holidays but I do appreciate having time off to just BE with my family. And I thank God for Jesus and all of the blessings that came with that gift alone :-D. 

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to make a dress for Christmas but I knew that I wouldn't have a lot of time. My mom and I were recently going through clothes and deciding what we could give away, when I came upon a stretch velvet little black dress that my mom had when she was my age. Just a basic tank dress. I decided to use it as an easy upcycle project and turn the dress from a basic LBD to something a bit more glamorous and appropriate for the season.

This:

To THIS:


 The fabric for the addition is from Fabric Mart. It's "Gold glitter on black stretch mesh". I believe I got it on one of their dollar/yd sales so I think it got all snatched up because I don't see it on their site.

I used Simplicity 1325 as a base for what I wanted to do. I used the t-shirt pattern from Simplicity 1325 to make the crop top for my Two-piece set so I knew that it would be hassle free. I just cut the front and back pattern pieces about 8 or nine inches from the bottom of the underarm. I didn't feel like wasting fabric by cutting the whole pieces out. I constructed the mesh "bodice" with french seams throughout. The only place I didn't use french seams is where the mesh connects to the dress. 1, because I was on a tight schedule lol, and 2, it was really trial and error deciding where to sew those particular seams.





I removed the straps from the dress and decided to use them as binding for the neck and sleeves.




It ended up working out perfectly because I only had 4 tiny pieces of the binding left.

 I topstitched along the seams where the mesh and dress met and that was it! I had a brand new and improved LBD!


This dress turned out to be one of my favorite makes of this year! I don't know when I'll wear it again but I'm sure I'll find something to go to lool

Me and my Mom :-*


add in my aunts

SQUUUAADDDD!
This Christmas I didn't ask for much (we did secret santa on one side of my family and I didn't tell the other side I wanted anything) so I was very surprised at the amount of gifts I did get and the thoughtfulness that was put into them.  Some people even got me sewing related things!... sn: someone is gonna need to teach me how to draw!!


Oh! and if you don't follow my instagram, you may realize I have a new hairstyle lool. I'll talk more about that LATERRRR!

I wish love and peace to you and everyone you come in contact with! I'll be back on here before the New Year. Today I'll be working on one of the 5 UFOs that need to be done before 2015 as well as sitting around doing NOTHING lol. See you soon!

Tasha

46 comments:

  1. Love the new dress! Your clever refashioning completely transformed it!

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  2. Beautiful up cycle, looks great and beautiful mom and family. Happy holidays :-) :-)

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  3. Your dress is gorgeous and very professionally done. Love the use of the leftover fabric on the collar and sleeves. It gives the dress a couture look--it's all about the details. Great family pics.

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  4. Love this dress on you and your design skills are great! Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you :-) Happy New Year to you too!

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  5. Just beautiful Tasha. Merry Christmas to you lovely lady.

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  6. So beautiful! I love the pictures. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Annie :-D Same to you!

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  7. What a lovely post. The dress is gorgeous - a really inspired piece of sewing. I bet you mum couldn't believe it. Merry Christmas to you all!

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  8. Beautiful,you and the dress!

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    1. Thanks, Candice. You're one to talk ;-)

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  9. tremendous dress magic! and your family-- awesome. especially that squad photo! happy holidays!!

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  10. That is so cool to upcycle your moms dress. You look really wow! Great family pics too!

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  11. What fun! The dress is simply perfect! I now see why you are so pretty ;)

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  12. Your new dress is current and fresh and is just lovely. It looks so much better than the original!

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  13. Beautiful! I am sure your Mom was proud!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, she loved it :-)

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  14. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday! Your re-designed dress is fabulous. xo

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    1. Thank you! and thanks for hosting!

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  15. Such a gorgeous dress! WOW Love the pics! Happy Holidays Tasha!

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  16. You are so cute and your dress is on point, BUT why does your mom look like your sister? Love it. You have great family genes.

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    1. hahahaha thank you! I'll pass the word along

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  17. Fashion upcycling - never heard of it but it looks amazing! So happy to have Found you on Visible Monday!
    http://ahhhsoneo.com

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  18. Happy New Year! What a beautiful dress! you did a wonderful job in re-creating this dress! I hope you enjoyed your time with family and friends during the holidays! It's the only way to "regenerate" a much needed and overworked brain! Good luck and much more sewing in 2015!

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    1. Thank you!! I definitely did enjoy my family! I hope you did as well :-)

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  19. Wow, you did such a marvelous job with that dress.

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  20. Just found your blog (via your comment on Sew and Style), scrolled down a bit and I'm already hooked. Consider me a follower from now on ;-)

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  21. What a wonderful way to save the dress! I love the new one so much more. Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

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    1. Thank you! I did, I hope you did as well :-)

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  22. Happy 2015...and hey I wanted to invite you to a party, just started, a new fashion link up for fridays, Fashion Caché Friday @SweetHaute love it if you'd come party each week. http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/01/fashion-cache-friday-1.html

    ~Be Sweet
    Christina at
    SWEET HAUTE
    sweethaute.blogspot.com

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  23. The dress looks great! You did a wonderful job! Happy New Year!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ USS Crafty

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  24. Beautiful dress! It looks great on you!!

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