Today’s piece that Cathy submitted is one that turned out so gorgeous. It looks like something I’d see at DVF. She worked wonders and I just can’t wait for you to see the outcome. Cathy, I would totally wear this in a heartbeat!! Anytime you’re willing to share…
My name is Cathy and I live in England. I have been following your blog for a while now and have been itching to have a go at a dress transformation. You’ve always made it sound like this was something anyone could do so I was encouraged to try it out for myself. My opportunity came when I got this dress on ebay for £10. The seller said it was a ‘Vintage Wisteria Print’ dress, but there was no label on the dress so I don’t know who made it or when.
What I do know is that it has a beautiful purple print and cute pleats in the skirt.
And I know that I would not wear it in a million years unless I made some some dramatic changes!
Time to see Cathy’s dramatic changes!!!
I worked with Rit Dye on this project and my goal was to get an outfit ready to wear for this holiday weekend! I love July 4th and always need to have a patriotic outfit (as well as some nails) to help with the celebration!
Start with a basic cotton t-shirt (grab one from your collection!), a handful of rubber bands, and Scarlet and Royal Blue Rit Dye.
Add both shades of dye into plastic bottles – this will make it easier to apply dye to the t-shirt in specific areas.
Fold or twist the shirt to prep for tie dyeing! I went with a horizontal accordion fold that would give me a vertical stripe with the dyes. I folded, rubber banded sections, and started to apply the dye on each side of the rubber bands, alternating colors.
Let the shirt soak and dry (I waited about 6 hours), remove the rubber bands, and unfold the shirt. Rinse the shirt under cold water until the dye runs clear. Toss the tee into the dryer until it’s fully dry.
The shirt is complete! With some sleeve rolls, it was time to ring in the 4th á la Bruce Springsteen!!
I couldn’t just stop there. (This step is totally optional. If you love the tee as is, stop once the shirt has been washed/dried.) I loved how the dye turned out, but I like to cut up my tees before actually wearing them. I removed the ribbed neck, the sleeves, and cut a four-inch slit at the center-bottom of the back of the shirt
New, refashioned shirt in just a few quick snippy steps!
Here’s a close up of that knotted back…
I’m ready to celebrate ‘Merica in my red, white, and blue!! Nothing like some tie dye to feel patriotic!
Cue The Star Spangled Banner!!
Happy 4th of July, friends!!!
Adrienne’s piece for today is one of my faves! She used one of my go-to methods for when a vintage dress is just a little too bold or the pattern is super overwhelming. You can simplify and make it rock with just one easy step. Check out Adrienne’s piece…
I have been reading your blog for some time now, after I discovered (and bought) the book! I have always been an aspiring DIYer, but didn’t really know how to get started. Your book and blog have given me a lot of inspiration and ideas, so when some friends and I decided to go out thrifting, I dared them to find me something awful so I could make it into something wearable. This dress is the one we all agreed on.
It was a silk faux wrap dress, and was about 5 sizes too large! I actually loved the fact that it was silk, and the pattern, though, a bit VIVID, was too much for me for a whole dress.
I love how Michelle and her gorgeous little kiddo Mikhayla took an outgrown garment and turned it into something so cool and practical! This is something that you can craft for yourself, for your kids, for your office and I can’t wait to get started on one myself! Check out what the terrific team of M&M created…
Hi! I have a crafty project made out of an outgrown garment to show you! Mikhayla had a cute little sweatshirt that had our favorite thing in the world on the front of it – SPARKLES! We couldn’t just throw it away!
See how Michelle and Mikhayla crafted this sparkly piece into something fabulous!
When Kitty submitted this project, I knew that it would be perfect to feature this weekend for Father’s Day! How about some repurposing of men’s pieces? I think you’re going to love what she created when you see it!
I love, love, love your blog! You’ve really inspired me to refashion my thrift store finds. I volunteer at the Humane Society Thrift Store in Boulder, CO so I have lots of clothes to choose from! Donations that can’t be sold in the store are sometimes generously given to volunteers and I snagged a brand new pair of men’s boxer shorts. (We don’t sell underwear at the store.) These boxers had a 44 inch waist and were free to me.
There’s no better price than free! See Kitty’s amazing transformation…