Forever 31

Eileen's Reader ReFash
Wannabe Wednesday: Midnight Tide Edition

When I found this dress by Forever 21 at one of my fave thrift shops, I was reminded that I’m an entire decade older than their target demographic.  Yikes.

This is what I look like first thing in the morning.

Other than being shoddily constructed by an evil fast fashion giant (end of rant), this dress had a couple of other issues as well.  It was about a size too big for me, it was really faded (hard to see in the pic), and it had a damaged zipper.

I’m starting to see why someone let this one go. :/

I decided to take care of that fading first.  I grabbed a box of black dye…


…then took the dress and started folding it into a pitcher, sprinkling a bit of the dye powder into the folds as I went.

Sprinkle Sprinkle!


Keep it going!

Once the dress was completely wadded into the pitcher, I filled it with hot water.


When it was filled, it looked like this:

Kind of gross looking, actually.

I left the dress submerged for about 2 hours, then gave it a thorough rinse in my washing machine.

Okay…so the faded color was taken care of, but it still needed a bit of fitting.

Pin each side!
Then, Whirrrrrrr! :)

After a quick press, my dress was ready!

Well…almost ready.

I still hadn’t fixed that zipper, and was running late to meet a friend for dinner.  :/

So I did what any self-respecting refashionista would do and just used a pair of pliers to get zipped up!

I promise to go back and replace it later.

My friend managed to take a few really blurry photos of the “after”.  ;)

This is not an Instagram filter.

But I snapped a couple of backups at home.  No worries.  ;)

Sassy, no?

It continues to be a good bit chilly here in SC, so I immersed myself in a massive cardigan!

My absolute favorite sweater in the world! :)

Hope you guys have a great weekend!


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