This was the weekend of getting things done! Consequently, those two days flew by like they were nothing. Saturday I reserved to meet with Daniel's grandmother and work on my Sundae dress, and we worked on it...for almost seven hours! There were many interruptions as there was a lot going on that day, but we managed to construct (almost) the entire dress and by the time I left I was exhausted. That night Daniel and I drove up to my friend Diana's house for snacks and movies, and in the morning I had grand plans to attack another project - my bike - by painting it into a rainbow! Sure, I had the concept down; but I really had no idea how much effort and time it would actually take. The painting part was pretty easy, but the whole taking the bike apart and putting it back together thing was a little more complicated. Luckily for me, I have an amazingly handy husband, so with our powers combined we were...captain Rainbow!!! Or something like that.. So here are some behind the scene pictures of the process (before it was so pretty!).1. Well, here it is upside down- looking pretty frumpy. First Daniel helped me to take the wheels off and lay everything in the grass behind our apartment complex. We then bagged the parts we didn't want to spray, like the seat, pedals and handle bars.
2. The second step was to sand off as much rust and dirt as we could in order to have a fresh surface for the spray paint!
3. Daniel and I lined up our spray paints in order of color and discussed placement of each color and then took turns spraying away (him on one side and I on the other) it really helps having one person on each side to spray the spots you can't see.
4. We waited a half hour and then applied a second coat of paint and touched up spots that still needed to be done. We also sprayed the inside of the tires and let them dry before putting them back together.
And then, we took her for a stroll around the neighborhood and snapped some photos!!
And boy, does she look magnificent!
I actually found this dress in my grandmother's hallway closet in my grandfather's house. She passed away about a decade ago now but my 92 year old grandfather still lives in the house, so a lot of her things are still around. I was ecstatic when I found it and a slew of other really beautiful vintage garments. It really means a lot to me to have some of her things to remember her by. I believe this one was actually something she purchased for my Aunt back in the day, as it appeared to be from the 70s and still contained the original tag and everything! It was a maxi, but I knew it would look great as a mini, I am really glad I found it and did the hem before the end of summer! Fall is quickly approaching...
Dress: Vintage, Grandma's closet, Pin & Necklace: Vintage, Tights: Target, Shoes: Modcloth.com, Bike: Newark Bike Project, self-painted!
And now the Sundae Dress...I am so excited about unveiling this! I have been working on this dress for so long, bit by bit over time, and I finally hunkered down and got it done last night. I am so happy with how the dress came out- and so glad that I saw it through. Now I can really begin to focus on my own textiles, and complete more garments. It will not be fast (or easy) but now I have the confidence to push forward and get it done. I can not thank Daniel's grandmother enough for all of her help!! (Especially on the zipper, which I had quite a time with!)
I am really in love with this fabric. Polka dots and Sundaes, does it get any better?!?
Sundae Dress: Self-made, cardigan: Forever 21, Headband: Claire's, Necklace: TopShop, Shoes: ModCloth
These are the flats that I swiped from the Cabin Fever Sale on Modcloth.com a few weeks ago. I have already gotten SO much wear out of these puppies, and they are holding up wonderfully! (I have lost one stud, but that's not bad considering how clumsy I am!). They seem to go wonderfully with so many of my outfits, the colors make them pretty versatile!
I have gotten a little behind on blogging these last few weeks, and am developing some sniffles (eeek seasonal cold coming??) but I will be sure to check out all of your blogs and get back to commenting soon. As always thanks for being wonderful friends and for reading my post! Have a lovely rest of your Monday!