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Basil Dress: Dyeing Over a Printed Fabric

From Housecoat to Heavenly
The World's End Top

Here’s a sad & faded frock I’ve had on my refashion rack for a few months:

Refashionista Basil Dress: Dyeing Over a Printed Fabric before
Osad. :/

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.

shoulder pads
You’ll make a lovely sunglasses case!

Since the colors on this dress were oh-so-faded, I knew I needed to dip into some dye!

green rit dye
You two will do nicely!

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!

cutting off sleeve
Snip #1!

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!

pinned dress on dress form
Dress Forms: Get You One!
sewing side of dress
Sewing Machines: Get You One!

After cutting off that excess fabric with my pinking shears (Get You Some!), I still had a bit more snippage to do!

cutting off bottom of dress
Snip #2!

We’re in the home stretch, folks!  Those raw edges needed to be tended to, and that’s exactly what I did!

pinned hem of dress
Pin a hem!
sewing hem of dress
Stitch a hem!

Now for the sleeves!  This is a 2 part process.

First, I got rid of those raw edges…

sewing sleeve hem

…then I folded the top part of each sleeve over itself, like so:

gathering sleeve
Pin it, then stitch it down!

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?

refashionista Basil Dress: Dyeing Over a Printed Fabric after
See my veggies in the background? 🙂
refashionista Basil Dress: Dyeing Over a Printed Fabric after 2
I’m quite pleased with them! 🙂

My new dress had fun at an apartment-warming party for a good friend who just moved to Columbia!  🙂

cole and jillian
Cole is one of the best people you will ever meet. 🙂

Of course, I didn’t come empty-handed.

jillian holding a basil plant
A basil plant…for you!

My friends and I look forward to hanging out at Cole’s new digs, which we have coined “The Cole Train Depot”.  😉

jillian with friends in apartment
We look great here.
david and jillian
That’s just ginger ale by the way…
cole phillip and jillian
Rabid selfie!

So happy to have another lovely friend living in this swell city.  🙂


refashionista Basil Dress: Dyeing Over a Printed Fabric before and after
From Housecoat to Heavenly
The World's End Top