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diy denim dress refashion!

I actually had another blog post in mind for today but I am just too excited not to blog about my foray into sewing clothes. I am a sewing beginner for sure, so it came to everyone’s surprise (especially me) how this turned out.

Background story: I bought this horrible muumuu type denim dress at Goodwill last October as part of a Halloween costume (‘Big Love’ was the theme and several female coworkers and I dressed as sister-wives and a male coworker dressed as our ‘husband’…yes, very un-PC). Anyway, I didn’t want to just donate it back to Goodwill thinking that I could reuse the dress somehow. Well, I recently saw THIS refashion and I was just smitten. The gears in my head started turning and I was inspired to take out that muumuu and start sewing.

Here’s what happened…behold the transformation!

transformation diy denim dress refashionVoila!

transformation diy denim dress refashion

Sewing Details:
-the refashioned dress front is actually the old dress’ back. You’ll notice 1 button if you look at the refashioned dress’ back and that’s left over from the front of the muumuu. Because of this, I had to cut out and sew up the side pockets because they were facing the wrong way.
-I didn’t sew in a zipper. The original waist was a little loose so I sewed in 2 strips of thick elastic inside the back of the refashioned dress; you’ll notice a gather in the back
-The original front pockets were sewn together to turn them into a bow! I turned the bow into a pin so it can be worn wherever!
-I used pre-made trim to sew across the sweetheart neckline. I was thinking of also trimming the bottom hem. Not sure yet.
-The halter straps were made from the original sleeves.

Outfit Details:
-Frumpy denim muumuu dress, thrifted $4.59
-Polka dot sash that I used as a belt and as a headband, thrifted $1
-Sole Society suede peeptoe pumps, Sole Society OLD
-Vintage yellow/white beaded necklace, ebay $5
-Bow pin made by me
-Sewing supplies $10
Total: not too shabby!

What do you think, dear readers?!


Manic Monday Shoe Post: MELISSA shoes!

Mel/Melissa Shoes


I am a huge fan of Mel by Melissa as well as Melissa shoes (their higher-end brand). They’re really cute scented plastic shoes made in Brazil and reminiscent of those adorable jelly sandals we wore in the 80s. I already have a pair of flats + pumps but am hankering for Melissa sandals for this wet, rainy summer.

Here are some of my favorite Melissa and Mel shoes for you to enjoy 🙂

Happy Monday!

What I’d buy if I had a lot of money…and no bills.

What I'd buy if I had a lot of money...and no bills.

Melissa sling back shoes
$185 – the-dressingroom.com

Cole haan pumps

Karen millen

Melissa sling back shoes
$185 – vanmildert.com

Michael michael kors tote
$565 – net-a-porter.com


I’ve been craving beige pumps, bow heels, and that awesome studded Michael Kors bag 🙂

What do you think of my list?

Blog turns 2 + I’m ready for spring!

Today sandpaper kisses blog turns 2! Wow I can’t believe it’s been that long…thanks to all you readers!

On another note,  I am so ready for spring.  We just got back from our vacation in warm sunny Miami and it’s cold in NC.

I really wanted to wear this dress today even though its a little too cold for short dresses. I paired the summery dress with my classy black blazer to make it more weather and work appropriate.

And I wanted to make silly faces.

Outfit details:
Dress: sharagano noir tan/white ponte striped beaded sheath, ebay for under $5.
Jacket: chaus black blazer from Nordstrom,  splurge
Shoes: melissa + Vivienne Westwood bow flats, used from Poshmark
Jewelry: melinda maria mini moon star necklace from ebay

I hope you are all keeping warm! Vacation pix to come (if people even want to see them, not sure how interesting they will be).


manic monday shoe find

I am a tried and true lover of all things nautical themed. These Sole Society wedges remind me very much of that theme, with the blue and white stripes and the knot. I can’t wait for spring… it’s almost here! These Wendi wedges would look great with a solid colored dress or maxi skirt and top.

Sole Society Wendi Wedge
Sole Society Wendi Wedge || $50

What do you thin of Wendi? Oh, and happy monday!!