Day 10: Coral Reef Skirt

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Today’s skirt turned out differently than I planned, which happens a lot in refashioning, amirite?  It began as a pretty white cotton skirt, originally from JCrew.

Pretty!

Not bad, eh?  But take a closer look…

See Spot?

The spot reminded me of that Seinfeld episode where George gives Elaine a discounted cashmere sweater with a tiny red dot on it that everyone’s eyes are instantly drawn to.

"I see a very cheap man holding a damaged sweater, trying to get away with something. That's my overview. "

This spot was juuuuust like that…lurking right on the front of the skirt.

Since I liked the skirt, and it fit me fine, I decided to throw it in some dye to hide the spot.  :)

"Great balls of fire. Don't bother me anymore, and don't call me sugar."

My plan was to dye the skirt a lovely red in support of the Columbia Quad Squad, a roller derby team I was going to see play that night.  I followed the instructions in the box by the letter.

Into the dye bath it goes!

I left the skirt in the bath for 30 minutes, once again…just doing that the instructions said would be sufficient.

…*sigh*  And ended up with a lovely coral skirt.  I didn’t have time to dwell on my dyeing failure, as I had to rush out the door to make it to a friend’s baby shower!

Definitely NOT scarlet!
The lovely Mom-to-Be!!!!

A friend of mine who uses dye all the time to make costumes and such told me that to get the true color on the box, I should leave the clothing in the dye bath for TWO HOURS.  Whoa.

Even though I wasn’t able to wear red that night, (except for my faux garnet earrings), my roller derby friends were full of compliments for my *sigh* coral skirt.  :)

Roller Derby Tailgate!
Thrill Kill Jill and Poison, Reunited!

The bout was awesome!  Columbia Quadsquad beat the Texas Rollergirls soundly.  I’m beginning to wonder if there’s anyone they can’t beat.

Cheers!

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