I found this gloriously vintage dress for .99 cents. Words cannot describe how much I love it!
I’ve had this for nearly a year. I was going to wear it last Halloween but then Hubs and I decided on “The gatekeeper & Keymaster” instead 🙂
…then I was going to wear it for Easter; just shorten it a bit and wear practically as-is to church. But, God help me, I loved it too much to change it. Isn’t that hilarious? I finally decided I needed to just do it. What good was it doing in my refash stash?
After some debate I decided to dye it. This is polyester at its finest so I knew the color wouldn’t “stick” very well. I gave it a LONG bath in some deep wine RIT dye and this is what happened:
I am running dangerously low on “space” for my pictures, so I’m going to have to really modify this post, y’all. I’ve got to figure out how I can get more space for my pictures without paying for it 🙂
I cut a few inches off the sleeves as well and gave it and the bottom a 1″ hem. Then I found a HORRIBLE stain on the back left shoulder. When I tried to get it out, it ended up bleeding the dye and making it worse
I found, of all things, a pair of black lace undies that I hated (wearing). I’m not a cheeky kind of gal. Bikinis or thongs for me, not to be TMI. I thought the black lace might come in handy. I mean, you can’t donate underwear. Gross. Why not save the material for a situation such as this?
Why yes, yes that is the former waistband of a pair of my undies! 🙂 Why not?? You can’t see the stain (well, you probably can because you know it’s there and are therefore looking for it…).
For lack of a better word or skill, let’s just say it, I appliqued the lace with a simple straight stitch.
My orthopedic inserts make ballet shoes doable 🙂 This shirt is too cute for sketchers.
If there’s one lesson I learned from this experience: don’t give up! Use your noggin’. You can finish a refashion gone wrong if you really want to. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this new favorite 🙂