Holiday Sparkle




Whatcha Wearing?
Vintage dress from Beacon's Closet 
Tights from H&M / Shoes from Crossroads Trading Co
Headband from Day-Lab / Vintage pins from various places

Here's the outfit I wore to the holiday party I went to over the weekend! Super fun and sparkly, right? Well, here's the story of this dress and why it's covered in brooches. It started it's life as a much wider, much longer maxi dress. Even though it didn't fit, it was love at first sight when I found it at Beacon's Closet that day years ago. I knew it would be the most complicated alteration I'd ever done, but I was up to the challenge! I had plans to wear it to a 60s soul dance party in the near future, so I got to work. First I hemmed the skirt up (easy). Both the bodice and skirt were then carefully removed from the waist section. After that the bodice and waist were both taken in a bit. Finally I connected everything back together. It actually worked! I had taken this beautiful thing apart and made it fit without ruining it!

There was just one tiny problem. The collar was creased a bit funny and it was really bothering me. Looking back I want to scream to myself "It doesn't matter! It looks fine!". But alas, I don't have this ability. I heated up my iron and pressed it against the neckline only to pull away a big melted piece of metallic polyester. And that, my friends, is why you see a cluster of brooches on this dress. The deer is perfectly hiding the patched hole I made that night. Always check your iron temperature before pressing a polyester dress you just spent hours altering!

I'm linking up with Rolled Up Pretty and Transatlantic Blonde.


  1. Beautiful dress! It looks wonderful on you :)

  2. Bummer on the iron. I have done that one too many times. Another reason why I try to avoid ironing altogether.

    I was going to say that I loved the trio of brooches...so there you go! : P I think they pick up the silver in the dress, which is stunning BTW. You did a wonderful job on the sewing part of the alteration because it looks like it fits like a glove.


    1. Thanks! I agree, the pins make it more fun anyway...

  3. Wow, that stinks! But you've hidden the damage beautifully! I really love the trio of brooches. You did a great job with the fit - it looks amazing on you!

    julee @ diylouisville.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks! It was challenging, but worth it!

  4. love this and those brooches! <3 soo cute! they're the best! i never wear pins. this makes me want to start, though. :D

    - Anna


    1. They're so easy to find for cheap at thrift stores and flea markets.

  5. Love the pretty vintage dress! And those brooches are the perfect holiday touch! Amazing job altering it!!

  6. Good post and blog. Lets follow each other?

  7. Oh it looks so good with the brooches, I would have never known. I burned a dress and had to get it tailored also. I was so annoyed with myself. I was using my in-laws iron which is totally different than mine. You look lovely in this light blue ensemble. I adore the brooche cluster

  8. Those brooches are to kill for
    Nice look !

  9. OHHHH! I bet that was painful..........like cry-worthy! BUT it's all good! I think the brooches are a great addition!

  10. You look gorgeous! Love the dress, headband and smokey eye! I was just thinking that brooches are really cool and I should get some. So don't worry, I would never have known there was an iron accident! I think the brooches look great!
    Jeans and a Teacup