Pop it, Lock it, Polkadot it

I have a love/hate affair with this polkadot dress. It’s a tad bit short for me to wear as a dress and I better wear a bodycon skirt underneath if I don’t want any Marilyn moments. On the other hand it is really cute. While deciding if I was going to throw it out it suddenly hit me. “I can totally tuck it in my jeans!” I thought. I love how it looks and if I find a way to hem the sheer fabric, I might just turn it into a top. Any tips on how to do this? 
I got an email from a curious reader who wanted to know what it was that I got for the boyfriends birthday last week. We all know how the love of a man goes through his stomach, right? So I thought I’d give him a Vivabox that he could spend on a dinner (for two, ofcourse!) with Spanish tapa’s! He loved it and is now trying to get me to cook some of the tapa’s that are in the little cookbook that came with the box. I am not a kitchen princess at.all. so I hope I don’t get him sick or something, haha. Wish me luck!
XO Nikki

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  1. 15 March 2012 / 19:58

    Love this! the purple cardigan looks awesome with your red hair!

  2. 15 March 2012 / 20:10

    So cute! Love how you got creative and tucked it in – looks great. And Tapas sound amazing 🙂

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

  3. 15 March 2012 / 20:39

    cute! what a great idea! it's so cute as a shirt 🙂

    loveeee purple and polka dots!

  4. 15 March 2012 / 21:03

    I really don't know how to shorten a dress, but I know the problem you have: there are so many things that are/should be dresses, but look like a tunique on me… well… And I also already wore one as a top!

    xxx Anita

  5. 15 March 2012 / 21:05

    I'm digging the Hannah Montana reference

  6. 15 March 2012 / 23:58

    The polka dot dress turned into a top is so cute, I love the purple cardi too. I don't know how to hem it though, I usually just tuck it under and then safety pin it.

  7. 16 March 2012 / 00:38

    I love how you wore that polka dot dress as a top. It looks so pretty with the purple cardigan!

  8. 16 March 2012 / 02:36

    You look stunning!! Great way to wear the dress.

  9. 16 March 2012 / 04:36

    Great way to reform your dress! I love it as a top! But then again I'm a sucker for anything polka dotted 😉 You look great!

  10. 16 March 2012 / 06:06

    love this! I understand what you mean though with short/awkward pieces. but you dressed this up nicely. andddd…you are so thin and tall! you have a model figure! goodness…

    -kim
    found the route

  11. 16 March 2012 / 06:30

    I love the combo of the dress and jeans, you look like a model! I do like polka dots you just need to be so careful with how you wear them!! Great pix!

  12. 16 March 2012 / 12:23

    Cute! Glad you kept it, it looks great as a top with this purple cardi 🙂

    GOod luck with the tapas!

  13. 16 March 2012 / 13:27

    I love redefining garments like this!
    You look adorable 🙂
    I wish I had some tips on hemming for you! I'm looking to buy a sewing machine soon so I can learn to mend and alter a few of my own dresses.

  14. 16 March 2012 / 14:19

    I took some dresses up using bondaweb, its like tape that you put between two layers or fabric, give it a good iron, and voila, they are stuck together.

    The scariest bit is cutting it to the size you want, I think I used a 1.5cm hem so you have to allow 3.5 cm (the extra 0.5 so you can tuck that in, otherwise it might start fraying).

    I hope that makes sense, if not message me back or leave a comment on my blog http://www.lucyslilworld.blogspot.com and I will try and help more 🙂

  15. 16 March 2012 / 14:40

    Hellooo miss!!! I have just stumbled across your lovely blog, its so lovely!!! You are very lucky to have such lovely lovely ginger hair 🙂 xxxxx

  16. 16 March 2012 / 17:43

    So pretty!

    PS. We’ve a $100 Giveaway to Vantage Point Vintage on our blog! Check it out, if you’d like 🙂

    ox from NYC!
    davie+erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

  17. 16 March 2012 / 18:21

    I love how you turned the dress into a top by tucking it into your jeans! It looks wonderful. Although I can sew, I generally take most of my garments to a tailor to get altered. It's worth it, especially if it is something you really love.

  18. 16 March 2012 / 20:05

    Great idea and really lovely look! Polka dots are always a winner!
    Hope Kenneth will enjoy preparing tapas for you! A good present for yourself too! 🙂

    Entirely different topic: I was thinking about you when I heard of the bus tragedy… So sad… You're so kind to remember them in a post.

  19. 16 March 2012 / 21:34

    Love the polka dot dress (shirt)! 🙂 It's fun remixing clothes. Makes you feel like you own more.

    The easiest way to hem sheer fabric is to hand sew it by using a 'whip stitch'. It's very easy. Writing about it will probably confuse you, but there are excellent videos on youtube showing the process. <3

    toni

  20. 17 March 2012 / 04:06

    looove the polka dots. you always look so darling hun! sometimes I'll wear a dress as a top if it's too short or what-not too, then you don't have to throw it away! way to rework your closet 🙂 love it all!

    The House of Shoes

  21. 17 March 2012 / 07:08

    Ik vind polkadots super schattig, vind het wel een goed idee van je om het jurkje in je blouse te stoppen, ziet er echt goed uit! En wat een leuk verjaardagscadeau voor je vriend, ben benieuwd naar het keukenavontuur 😀 !

  22. 17 March 2012 / 17:28

    Polkadots never get old, do they 🙂

    Love,
    Shanah.

  23. 18 March 2012 / 15:06

    It does look totally cute as a top! I'd say your best bet is to take it to a professional, chiffon is not an easy fabric to work with.

    Chic on the Cheap

  24. 18 March 2012 / 21:10

    Adorable Pictures! 🙂

    xoxo,
    Taylor

    taylormorgandesign.blogspot.com

  25. 18 March 2012 / 21:55

    Adorable polka dot top! (:

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  26. 18 March 2012 / 22:37

    I've actually tried on this very same dress at Forever21! I liked it quite a lot, as well, but it was awfully short…it looks lovely as a blouse though ♥

  27. 18 March 2012 / 22:40

    I always find Forever 21 dresses come up really short, especially after you wash them a couple times! 🙁 I loved the way you styled it as a top though, and that cardigan is just the most perfect colour! 🙂

  28. 18 March 2012 / 23:57

    This is soooooo cute. I always love polka dots, but right now I'm definitely on a huge dot kick.

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