Here’s a sad & faded frock I’ve had on my refashion rack for a few months:
At least it has pockets? I don’t know. This is a lousy dress, folks. As I’m not a church lady from the 1980’s, this isn’t working for me…yet!
When I encounter a dress like this that I’m not quite sure what I want to do with, I’ve found that any step forward is probably in the right direction.
I started with those ghastly pads.
Since the colors on this dress were oh-so-faded, I knew I needed to dip into some dye!
Now, I didn’t use two whole bottles on one garment, as that would just be insane. I only had a little bit of the Kelly Green leftover, and I tossed in about 1/4 of the Dark Green as well. After about 40 minutes in the dye bath, I rinsed and dried my newly-dyed frock. 🙂
Sadly, I was still far from done. :/
It was time for some snippage! First those sleeves needed to be made shorter & sweeter!
Next, I needed to make it actually fit me. Don’t worry! The pockets were left in tact, but made just a little bit smaller!
After cutting off that excess fabric with my pinking shears (Get You Some!), I still had a bit more snippage to do!
We’re in the home stretch, folks! Those raw edges needed to be tended to, and that’s exactly what I did!
Now for the sleeves! This is a 2 part process.
First, I got rid of those raw edges…
…then I folded the top part of each sleeve over itself, like so:
This little trick makes my poufy sleeves more fitted, but a little poufier at the top. Usually that’s a little twee for me, but I thought it worked well for this dress.
What do you think?
My new dress had fun at an apartment-warming party for a good friend who just moved to Columbia! 🙂
Of course, I didn’t come empty-handed.
My friends and I look forward to hanging out at Cole’s new digs, which we have coined “The Cole Train Depot”. 😉
So happy to have another lovely friend living in this swell city. 🙂