Day 339: Miss Fix It Dress

Day 340: Hip Chicks do T-shirt Skirts!
Day 338: Spoleto Dress

A less observant refashionista might not have noticed anything amiss with today’s dress.

So what’s the big deal?

But look a little closer!

See it?

Some of the black stripes have bled onto the white stripes, making the whole thing look pretty shabby from close up.  Also, the length was just a tad too long for my tastes.

I got started by chopping off some of the bottom fabric.

Then, I started a dye bath with these guys:


Some of you are probably wondering what’s up with my color choice.  First off, the fabric of this dress is a cotton/polyester blend.  This means that it isn’t going to take on a very saturated hue.  I wanted to dye it a soft grey, but I hate flat grey.  Adding a bit of Kelly Green dye to the mix will give it a more complex and interesting color.

To make things even more interesting, I grabbed a few hair ties…

…because I don’t have any plain old rubber bands.

…and bunched up different parts of the skirt of my dress like so:

All tied up!

I dropped it into the bath for about 30 minutes, gave it a good rinse & dry, then put it on my dress form.

I grabbed the undyed bottom section, and pinned it to my new dress.

I started to stitch it down, and kept coming up with the same problem:  The upper thread kept breaking off!  :(

I re-threaded my machine, and switched out the needle.  No dice.  What to do?!?!

Thankfully, I have some very knowledgeable readers out there!  When I started having problems with my machine coming unthreaded, a few of you told me I needed to clean my machine.

Methinks they were right!

Eeeeeewwww!!!! How did all that crap get in there?!?!?!!
Finally finished!

I ran out the door to meet a friend for some celebratory sushi!

…and a bit of celebratory sake!
This calls for a toast with Mr. Mystery Hand! :)


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3 thoughts on “Day 339: Miss Fix It Dress

  1. I love the grey hue, I check out your refashions everyday and I am impressed with your perseverance to do one everyday. (and with the great results). But today I am compelled to leave a comment: what is the 6 you made with the undyed fabric? You seem to have enough material for a cute pocket or a double spiral (when you would split it).
    groetjes, Letitia (the Netherlands)

  2. Love the blog, but I have to say, sorry, but this one was a swing and a miss. I like the overall idea, but the piece of fabric at the bottom did nothing style wise, it was just there. And I didn’t really like the dye job. Sorry that I said that, but that’s just my opinion.

  3. me too, unless it just didnt photo well. but i would love you to post a dye tutorial with all of your tricks. i have always been afraid to dye but you are tempting me!

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