The Tale Of My Purple and Red Striped Dress

I absolutely love thrifted/ vintage clothing finds. I love their uniqueness, I love hunting for them, I love wondering where they have come from and how they came to find me. Most of all I love taking a piece and making it over to give it a new lease on life as part of my wardrobe.

I found this dress at the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show (heaven on earth in my opinion), it was an absolute steal at $5.00 and I knew it would be any easy makeover, and seriously check out the potential of this dress!


The length of the skirt and sleeves was a bit on the frumpy side, as such they were the first to go under the scissors. Nothing like a quick hemming job to update a piece.








Once shortened I set to work adding a collar, because really what self-respecting dress would be seen without one.  Don’t you think the before picture looks like it is missing something?

* Sidenote I am in love with the label on this dress, it’s just so cute! *


Luckily I had lots of material to make a collar once I snipped some inches off of the skirt.





Adding a collar to the dress was easy. I just had to open up the seam, slip the collar I made inside and stitch it back up. Sometimes I feel like a plastic surgeon for clothes.



I’m really happy with end result of this dress, and that of course means photo shoot of the finished product!



While struggling through our post-Thanksgiving blues and trying desperately to find something to occupy ourselves we realized that it would be fitting time for our first blog post. Having gone all out in the DIY décor department we decided why not share our endeavors with all the soon to be followers of our soon to be great blogging effort.

Welcome to Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving table

….but let’s rewind a bit and breakdown our table-scaping.


The centre piece is always the main focal point of any festive table, we incorporated pillar candles, handmade maple leaf roses, and painted acorns. We used elements from nature to emulate the spirit of fall and create our lavish centre piece. Simple yet impressive.

Leaf roses

The handmade roses added some rustic elegance to our arrangement by incorporating all of the fall colours. Each rose is unique because of the different colour combinations of the leaves.  They look intricate but they are actually really easy and fun to make! The hardest part is finding maple leaves when you need them. I found this awesome idea from Design Sponge and you can find the whole tutorial there as well.  I opted not to make the stem on mine so that they would be able to poke in among the candles of our centre piece.


We have a new appreciation for acorns after being inspired by the painted acorns featured in Mod Podge Rocks Blog. Once again the hardest part was collecting the acorns, and not just any old acorn, but quality ones of a good size. Hours were spent foraging at the base of oak trees, but our hard work did pay off in the end.


Most of the acorns we painted red, yellow, and orange, but some we opted to leave natural because they were just as pretty that way.  We topped them all off with a coat of Mod Podge super gloss to add a bit of brilliance and dazzle.

Leaf place name Bill

The super gloss was used once again on the bigger leaves which were to be used as everyone’s place cards. Once the gloss dried we simply wrote on them with black sharpie and voila! Easy and seasonal place cards for our festive table.

Our favourite part about this years Thanksgiving decorating was bringing so much of the outside inside. Fall is such a beautiful season with so many brilliant colours it’s a shame to leave it all outside, don’t you think? Added bonus, it cost next to nothing to do!