Violet Femme Dress

Vista Lights Dress
Sleepwalk Right Through It Dress

Hello there!  Sorry for being so long absent.  I’ve been extremely busy coughing up my weight in phlegm for the past month.  :/ I don’t know or understand the cause of my grody lung gunk funk.  But now, it appears that I might actually be getting better!  Huzzah!  :D

Of course, the best thing about feeling better and no longer being stuck in bed is getting back to refashioning!  :)

While digging through my big bin o’ refashionables, I stumbled upon this yellowed white dress that I never managed to get around to revamping over the summer.

I look like one of the sisters in The Virgin Suicides.

As anyone who knows me can attest, I cannot wear white for more than 5 minutes without spilling something on myself.  My day is actually just a long cycle of accidentally sloshing different beverages and sauces upon myself, but luckily my wardrobe consists mostly of dark colors, so ha!  It’s my little secret (which I just foolishly shared with all of you).  This dress isn’t all bad.  I love the pleats, but I don’t like the dropped waist or the length.

I knew I didn’t want to leave this dress white, so I reached for a bottle of blue!

You’ll do!

I set up a dye bath in my machine, and let my dress toss around in it for about 45 minutes.

Hmmmmnnn…looks more purple than navy…

After my dress was dyed & dried, I saw that it actually ended up being more purple than navy.  No big.  All I wanted was to make it not white, and I like the color purple too.

Nononono! As in Purple, The Color. I actually can’t stand this movie. :/

To fix the length, I made a chop!

Spock is giving my choppage the evil eye!

Then, my new dress got a new hem!



…annnd hemming!

I’m not done!  To give that dropped waist a little more definition, I needed to make something…

…a SASH! :)

I turned my fabric tube right-side-out and then sewed up the ends.  After a good press, my new dress is no longer in distress (hot rhyming action!)

Pretty in Purple!

I just rolled up the sleeves to take care of their awkward length.  Now I’m all set for a lovely & warm afternoon!

Why, hello there! ;)
From this angle, my head looks huge! :)


59 thoughts on “Violet Femme Dress

  1. Stinkin adorable!!!! Missed ya!! Funny cause i got on your blog today cause i thought i had missed ya!! Then POW…. Here u are!! :)

  2. So glad you are back! You look well anyway, lovely haircut. I got onto your blog a fortnight ago and love it; you have inspired me to return to my inventive childhood where I was always making something out of nothing. Thank you!

  3. Thanks to Pinterest I franticly went trough all your refashions the last few weeks, pinned a lot for inspiration and was soo disappointed to find out I could’n’t get a daily update anymore as your year already passed… You were the final push to buy that sewing machine and give it a try soon!!! So I am glad you’re back and I love this dress. On the pictures it has a slight denim look by the way which I love.

  4. Yay! So glad you’re better. I love what you did to this dress. You are so gifted. That face you’re making in the before photo is priceless.

  5. Love the perfect shade of purple! This is one of my favorite refashions! Missed you this past month! Glad your feeling better!

  6. Happy to hear you’re feeling better. I love this dress and I just wanted to say thank you for helping me realize that I can make cool clothes out of hideous ones. Since I first came to your site last week I’ve refashioned 5 new outfits out of some of my old clothes :)

  7. Probably one of my favorite refashions you’ve done and I NEVER comment. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Great job! (And welcome back!)

  8. the dress turned out amazing! it really suits you…but how do you manage to look so gorgeous for someone who has been unwell?! glad you’re feeling better doll xo

  9. Is there any type of fabric that you cannot dye with Rit Dye? My friend might dye her old ballet costume (It’s white) but it’s a weird fabric and I’m not sure if it would work to dye it. And what is your dying process?
    Thanks so much!

  10. What a pleasant surprise!!! I clicked on my quick button at the top of my browser out of habit, not really expecting to see anything new. So glad you are feeling better & you are still with us!!! We have missed you dearly! Great job on the dress! I love it!

  11. I was having such a frustrating day. I feel so much better now that I read your post. You always cheer me up with your humor and amazing refashions. I love the purple dress. I hope you completely recover soon.

  12. Can you dye any type of cloth with Rit Dye? I have something that I would like to dye (it’s white) but the fabric is really different and I have no idea if it will work. Any tips for that?
    Thanks and great refashion today–love it! :)

  13. I absolutely LOVE this purple dress. The accent color of the thread just sets it off. This is my all time FAVORITE. It is spectacular, and sooo flattering on you! Great job!

  14. I just love all that you do with fashion. So inspiring! One little snip and a new dress is born. I am inspired more than ever to go through my closet and change a few things. Thank you!

    1. I hate to post spoilers for those starting my blog from the beginning…but my ex-fiancee got to keep her when we broke up. I miss that sweet little cat.

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