Monday Remake: White Lace Dress

Aug 5, 2013 | One Comment

Today’s dress comes from one of my lovely friends, AA, who before she moved back to Chicago, handed me a bag of clothes to have some fun with.  This dress was in that bag…

New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress

BEFORE

It’s got a lovely lace-ish overlay on top of an ivory lining, however there were small areas of discoloration.

New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress

Spots!

This dress fit well, however the spots were problematic.

New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress

New Color Time!!

I knew that this was a job for some fabric dye!!  I decided to dye the dress…

DENIM BLUE!!

 New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress - RIT Dye - Denim Blue

Hey, dye!!

Now for a dress like this, I knew that the color wasn’t going to turn out this dark.  (FYI, if it were 100% made up of natural fibers, then the color would be closer to that of the shade on the packaging.)  I was really looking forward to seeing how the lace dyed!

After a dip in the washing machine with the dye, my new dress was looking A-OK!!

 New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress - RIT Dye - Denim Blue

AFTER

The flowers are more pronounced now and you can actually see their form on the dress.  The slip part dyed a little lighter, however that matched with the darker lace on top is a perfect pair!

 New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress - RIT Dye - Denim Blue

One of my fave London purchases, that clutch!

I pulled out a clutch that I got in London 10 years ago to continue the floral trend.  This bag is completely hand beaded with pops of fuchsia, gold, and mint green – kind of my perfect color palette.

 New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress - RIT Dye - Denim Blue

New shade rules!

I paired the dress with my navy Candies mules…

 New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress - RIT Dye - Denim Blue

Party time!

…and packed up a bag filled with snacks and sweatshirts to bring to an outdoor screening of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”.

 New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress - RIT Dye - Denim Blue

M’accessories

It was such a treat to see a classic that I hadn’t seen before while enjoying a spread of cheesesteaks, strawberries, and gummy Haribo cokes.  Picnic trifecta, perhaps?

 New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - DIY - spotted white dress - RIT Dye - Denim Blue

Picnic!!

The new dress was a total hit – maybe I should have dyed it pink to match Marilyn in the movie?

 New Dress A Day - thrift store shopping - Marilyn Monroe - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn!

There’s always next time…

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

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  • Natalee Bilyeu-Smith

    Thank You for this cause we are doing a lace dress very close to yours, it
    started white lace and need it plum.