Anyone who lives in South Carolina is well-acquainted with a bitter rivalry between these guys:
The Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers pretty much hate each other. I, personally, care nothing for sports or rivalries — But I knew I might be putting my life in danger if I stepped out of the house wearing this in Carolina Country! :/
I learned my lesson back in 2000, when I showed up for Freshman Orientation at USC. I had done absolutely NO research when choosing a college. My family moved to Greenville, so I decided to a school that was close but not too close to them. I had no clue about the whole Carolina/Clemson hatefest, hence why I showed up wearing a bright orange thrifted little league tee with “Tigers” written across the front.
I didn’t make many friends that day. :(
Okay…back to the dress at hand! It’s too big, and WAY too orange!
Luckily, I know how to take care of both of these issues!
First, I tossed my dress into a dye bath with a completely different color!
I was guessing that the blue and orange when mixed would make purple….
Check it out! the outside was transformed into a lovely purple hue, leaving only the lining in its original orange state. I think it looks pretty nifty!
They dyeing/drying process made the skirt of my new dress shrink up a little, revealing that orange lining. Not a big deal! I just snipped the lining a bit, and gave it a new hem!
Alright, so the skirt is fixed, the color is fabu, but the top is still too big! As this dress has boning that I really don’t want to get rid of in the sides, I folded the sides over, pinned them, then stitched them down right-side-out.
My sewing machine couldn’t get all the way to the edge of the boning, so I hand-stitched it down (otherwise, I’d look like I was sprouting fins!). :)
After a quick press, my pretty purple frock was ready to go!
I headed off to Conundrum Music Hall for the release party of the latest issue of Jasper Magazine! :)
…and will ya take a gander at this????
I’m in their “Jasper Fancies” column!!!! :)
Thanks so much to Jasper for putting me in your sweet mag! :)