Purple Skies Dress

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A Patriotic Pinup Dress

Let me just take a moment to say the weather in Columbia SC is absolutely perfect lately, and you really should just be here.  It’s in that lovely perfect warm-but-not-too-warm place that probably won’t last very long.

I had just the thing to wear for the evening!

It's…a thing.
It’s…a thing.

 

You’re looking at an early 90’s beach cover-upish thing!  Can you guess what my first step was to transform this one?

You probably guessed correctly.
You probably guessed correctly.

 

I grabbed a pitcher and a box of black powdered dye.  Bit by bit, I folded my new frock into the pitcher, sprinkling the dye on it as I went.

A little here...
A little here…

 

…a little more there!
…a little more there!

 

After my dress was totally folded up into the pitcher, I filled it with hot water.

 

Just fill it up!
Just fill it up!

 

I let it sit for about an hour, then rinsed it in my washing machine.  Once it was rinsed and dyed, I still had a bit more work to do!

 

First a chop!
First a chop!

 

Then some pinnage!
Then some pinnage!

 

Then some stitchery!
Then some stitchery!

 

I made sure to leave enough of a gap to thread elastic through its new casing.

 

I bought it in bulk!
I bought it in bulk!

 

Just thread it through, then stitch that last little bit down!
Just thread it through, then stitch that last little bit down!

 

After throwing on an obi belt, my funkily-dyed dress was ready to meet a good friend for dinner!  :)

 

I love how it took on a purple hue!  :)
I love how it took on a purple hue! :)

 

Hi Erin!
Hi Erin!

 

My meal consisted entirely of cheese.

 

Whatever.  I'm not ashamed!
Whatever. I’m not ashamed!

 

I must say, I dig my funky summery frock, and can’t wait to wear it to the beach sometime soon!  :)

 

Til then, I'll just gorge myself on cheese!
I think I’m due for another vacation, right?

 

Cheers!

 

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