Keni's piece today rocks the use of some fabric dye, and we all know how much I adore some fabric dye! Check out her transformation...I think you're gonna like!
I received this dress for free from my sister, who got it from who knows...ha! I loved the lace, but it was just very bland looking. So, I decided to try out my skills and creativity!
I was going to a semi-formal event and thought that this dress had some serious potential for a roaring 20s look, however first I needed to dye it!
Ooh the dye time is right around the corner!
That cream color was not working for me, so I pulled out my polyester-safe black dye and got started. After dyeing it using the stove-top method (best for polyester mixed fabrics) the dress shrunk a bit...
This was too short for me and the event I was planning on going to (excuse my dirty mirror!), so I went to the fabric store and got a few extras (fringe!) to make this work!
I started by cutting the slip under the lace to a shorter length, about four inches shorter. It was sewn together with the lace so I had to use my seam ripper to detach it.
I used a light pink/nude colored fabric I picked up to add to the bottom of the slip, and had it hang a few inches below the lace hem. I sewed it all together and then added a fringe trim at the bottom of the lace. (Again, excuse the dirty mirror!)
It didn't quite look complete, so I added a small bead trim to the top of the fringe and then sewed all of the hems in place.
Post-sew, I had a brand new dress!!
I paired the dress with some cute nude and black heels, some string pearls, sported a low side-swept chignon, and I was ready for some martinis in a speakeasy! I hope you like what I did, cuz I love the way it turned out!!
Thanks for all you do Marisa, and all the inspiration you share!
KENI!!! I want to dress up in lace and fringe and go to the 30s party with you! The dress turned out divine. I loved that when you had a small road bump (the slight shrinkage) you overcame it with some thinking on the fly. Such gorgeous trim gave the dress a little somethin' somethin'. Looking forward to your next creation!