A few weeks ago I took a shopping trip to Anthropologie where I tried on the Stitched Chambray Vest. I ended up passing on it, but decided to try my hand at doing my own DIY version of it since I loved it so much.
Rather than doing a step by step post, I am just showing you the before and after because it was that simple. For the base of this garment, I purchased this Old Navy chambray wrap dress off of Poshmark from Mary Beth (seller name mbcongilose) for a great deal. I then cut about 14″ off the bottom and hemmed it. To simulate the gorgeous embroidery, I chose to go the easy route and try my hand at faux stitching the X’s along the front neckline and belt with white puffy paint. Yes, puffy paint! I am a product of growing up in the 80s and 90s when everything was bedazzled and I owned a bedazzeler. There was not a tee or sweatshirt in sight that I did not embellish.
The result was even better than I expected. It took me about an hour to do the whole thing! (Minus paint drying time of course.) My version does have a collar, pockets, and a thinner belt, but I think that the look is very reminiscent of it’s inspiration.
For it’s debut wear I layered it over a tan tank with my cropped white denim pants (I really can’t get enough of these!) Whenever I put together looks that are very neutral in color, I know it is my opportunity to break out a colorful handbag. The Mogador Island Clutch from Charming Charlie fit my need for a punch. FYI-It is on sale for only $6.99!
Luke was so fascinated with the pom poms that he thought it was a toy. Can you see the concentration on his face here? About 2 seconds later he lunged for them! No damage done though, just some puppy fun.
A big ‘ol golden medallion necklace added a little bit of drama to what could come off as a super sweet outfit. I scored this piece on Poshmark too from Tashia (seller name purplepotion). Overall, I could not be more pleased with this little ReFashion transformation. It was a lot of fun for me to fix too. It has been a while since I have broken out the sewing machine, so it was a great excuse to do a few more projects I have been putting off.
Today’s Postivity Note
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