All the Southern Ladies (All the Southern Ladies)! 1
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All the Southern Ladies (All the Southern Ladies)!

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It’s not always easy being a Southern Lady.

Huh?  What lady?
Huh? What lady?

No no no!  Not me!  The dress!

I do declayah!  :)
I do declayah! 🙂

I like the pattern of this dress, and that neck tie thingy is actually pretty cool.  But it’s a bit frou frou, and I don’t really like pale pink that much.  Sadly, the washing instructions label had been cut out, and I wasn’t quite certain of the fabric content for this frock.

I decided to give dyeing it a go anyways!

This should muddy up that pink a bit!
This should muddy up that pink a bit!
Hmmmmnnnn...I dunno...
Hmmmmnnnn…I dunno…

Sadly, this Southern Lady didn’t really take much of the dye at all.  :/  Oh well…I had to try!

I noticed several small ink stains on the bottom half of my new dress.  Southern Ladies can be a so spotty!

See what I mean?
See what I mean?

I decided to just forgo the whole dress idea and make myself a new top instead!

First, I made a cut right above where the ink stains started.

Alrighty!
Alrighty!

While the brown dye didn’t do much to change the color of my new dress, it certainly brought out the discoloration of the armpits!  :/  No worries!  I had to take it in a couple of inches, so that effectively removed the stained parts!  Whew!

Just a smidge!
Just a smidge!

Each side went under the needle!

Whirrrrrrr!
Whirrrrrrr!

I cut off the excess material with my pinking shears, then closed up that bottom raw edge.

Pin it!
Pin it!
Sew it!
Sew it!

After a quick press, I was ready to head off and acquire some awesome local art!

Pretty, eh?
Pretty, eh?
View from above!
The view from above!

I really like this top!  It’s quite versatile too!  While I’ve styled it with jeans and simple flats for its maiden voyage, I could easily pair it with a pencil skirt and heels for work.  🙂

I wore my new top to meet up with Michael Krajewski to pick up an awesome commissioned painting.  🙂

Of course it's a sewing machine!  ;)
Of course it’s a sewing machine! 😉

After that, Dan and I met up to pick up a drawing by the very talented Emilee Harper!

She's pretty great.  :)
She’s pretty great. 🙂

What’s that?  You’d like a closer look?  Okay!

Caw!  Caw!
Caw! Caw!

Dan and I were quite pleased with our new acquisitions!

He's not a communist, I promise.
He’s not a communist, I promise.

We ran into other friends as well…

'Ello!
‘Ello!

…and shirt-swapping commenced!

What the what?!?!
What the what?!?!

I, of course, was waaaay to fond of my new top to give it up that easily!

It's just you and me, top!  :)
It’s just you and me, top! 🙂

Cheers!

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