Purple Skies Dress

One Dress, Three Ways!
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.


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.


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 more there!


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


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!


Then some pinnage!


Then some stitchery!


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


I bought it in bulk!


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! :)


Hi Erin!


My meal consisted entirely of cheese.


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!  :)


I think I’m due for another vacation, right?





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