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?

 

Cheers!

 

 

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