Huzzah! It’s SPRING! Now ends the winter of my discontent! This winter ended on a lousy note, so I’m happy to say goodbye to the blah, and hello to lots of good & positive things that have come into the works since then. :)
Let’s start with a new refashion for the new season, shall we? I started with this $1 polyester number:
So sea foamy!
It also had a lining!
I like sea foam green. I also really liked that nice waist detail and wanted to bring it out a bit.
But first, I needed to get rid of those sleeves for a nice, super-warm day!
Then, I carefully snipped the rest of the sleeves from the neck part of the dress…
Now…remember how I said I liked the waist of this dress? I took a gamble and decided to dye the whole thing, in hopes that the thread at the waist was cotton. Here’s why: Cotton takes to dye really really well, and polyester doesn’t take to dye much at all. I was hoping for a nice contrast between the two.
In the Navy…
I wasn’t disappointed!
I didn’t feel like messing with the lining of this frock, so I snipped it out. Normally, when taking in the dress, I’d also take in the lining, but I was running late to meet up with friends. And this is why I have a nude slip to wear under such things. :)
I closed up those raw arm holes…
…and then totally forgot to snap any pics of the taking-in of this dress. Forgive me. I was in a hurry!
Hurried or no, I think the result is pretty swell!
My brunch companions liked it too!
Yes. My sunglasses make me look like a fly.
We had a really lovely day.
Saturday wine tasting crew!
We even picked up a few other folks in our travels around downtown!
Our numbers are growing.
Sorry for the lack of pics on this one! I promise to do better next time!
Hooray for warmth! South Carolina is finally hitting those magical temperatures that make you understand what Tennessee Williams meant by The Long, Hot Summer. I love it. I love not having to wear layers. I love how the heat makes everyone just a little crazy. I love going barefoot and feeling like I could drink the air because it’s so humid.
And I love fun summer frocks!
I’ve had this dress in my refashion stash for a long time, and figured I’d better do something with it.
I liked the loose coolness of this dress, but still wanted it to be just a smidge more fitted.
I was all done with work for the day, so that length needed to rise to new heights!
Now for that color! Don’t get me wrong. That lime hue is fun and all, but I’ve been just itching to dye something lately.
You can probably guess where this is going. First, I tossed in the remnants of one bottle of dye…
…then I tossed it a bit of another color as well (because mixing is fun)!
Poor mangled bottle. :(
I left my new dress in its dye bath for about 45 minutes or so. While it was bathing, I remembered this Tshirt someone handed to me at a chili cookoff:
Frankly I don’t think that’s any of your business!
This shirt is just dumb. And it invites awkward advances, which I just don’t enjoy.
But I sure liked that mustachioed pepper…so I stitched it down!
Hello Sergant Pepper!
Poor little pepper. :( Do you see what’s missing?
Big tin o’ buttons!
I’ll bet you didn’t know I can heal the blind. ;)
Just a little hand stitchery!
MUCH better! Whew!
Now my comfy new dress is ready for a casual movie night with friends! :)
The one thing I don’t like about this dress is how easily it wrinkles, but since it’s a casual dress, I suppose that’s okay. :)
They can’t all be perfect, can they little buddy?
I noticed that I kept getting a strange compliment while wearing my new dress.
You’ll never guess what it was.
At least three people looked at the pepper, and said, “Nice Banana.”
Tony here was one of said people.
If they had said, “Nice Banana Pepper,” they would have still been wrong, but at least they would have made a bit of sense. But that’s not what they said. :/
Allow me to demonstrate the difference between a mustachioed pepper and a banana.
It’s not that hard.
Just saying. ;)
When I found this dress by Forever 21 at one of my fave thrift shops, I was reminded that I’m an entire decade older than their target demographic. Yikes.
This is what I look like first thing in the morning.
Other than being shoddily constructed by an evil fast fashion giant (end of rant), this dress had a couple of other issues as well. It was about a size too big for me, it was really faded (hard to see in the pic), and it had a damaged zipper.
I’m starting to see why someone let this one go. :/
I decided to take care of that fading first. I grabbed a box of black dye…
…then took the dress and started folding it into a pitcher, sprinkling a bit of the dye powder into the folds as I went.
Keep it going!
Once the dress was completely wadded into the pitcher, I filled it with hot water.
When it was filled, it looked like this:
Kind of gross looking, actually.
I left the dress submerged for about 2 hours, then gave it a thorough rinse in my washing machine.
Okay…so the faded color was taken care of, but it still needed a bit of fitting.
Pin each side!
Then, Whirrrrrrr! :)
After a quick press, my dress was ready!
I still hadn’t fixed that zipper, and was running late to meet a friend for dinner. :/
So I did what any self-respecting refashionista would do and just used a pair of pliers to get zipped up!
I promise to go back and replace it later.
My friend managed to take a few really blurry photos of the “after”. ;)
This is not an Instagram filter.
But I snapped a couple of backups at home. No worries. ;)
It continues to be a good bit chilly here in SC, so I immersed myself in a massive cardigan!
My absolute favorite sweater in the world! :)
Hope you guys have a great weekend!