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Dye It: Mauve Maven Dress

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to refashion more work-friendly duds for my day job.  

While I work in a pretty casual office environment, I still want to look nice and put-together.  🙂

I thought this dress I thrifted for $1 would make a great work look!

dye it mauve maven refashion before
black & (yellowed) white!

It’s kind of hard to see in the picture, but the white part of this dress is sort of gross and yellowed, even after laundering.

I decided to totally ignore the “Dry Clean Only” tag and tossed it in a hot dye bath in my washing machine, following the instructions on the bottle.

It only cost me $1…so even if it got totally messed up, it wouldn’t be a massive tragedy. I mean…it’s not like it was very wearable as-is.

Fortune favors the brave!  :)
Fortune favors the bold! 🙂

The color I chose was a nice, dark Wine.

bottle of wine rit dye
Wine not? 🙂

Now, this dress made of synthetic fibers, which mean it isn’t going to take in much of the dye at all.  

Here’s why some fabrics absorb dye better than others if you’re curious!

No worries!  as long as that grody yellowed white was covered up, everything would be good!

Well…almost everything!

After my dress was dyed, rinsed, and dried, I used my seam ripper to remove those shoulder pads.

removed shoulder pads
Snip and snip!

I thought about shortening the hem of my new dress, but I actually like the longer length just fine!  🙂  

What do you think?

Dye It: Mauve Maven Dress after
Office Chic!

I love that subtle mauve hue!   I added on a slim obi belt, tights, and a pair of thrifted brogues to complete the look!

My new dress also worked rather well for an after-work drinky drink!

Unwinding after a long day!
Unwinding after a long day! 🙂

Cheers!  🙂

refashionista Dye It: Mauve Maven Dress before and after

First Ever Wannabe Wednesday!!!
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