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DIY: Lace Embellished Dress

It’s warm outside and the summer soirees and (bridal/baby) showers are in full effect! Even though I have plenty to wear, I was excited to craft a dress for a girlfriend’s baby shower! She’s having a boy, so I went with something blue to tie into the theme. I hopped over to JOANN to grab all the accoutrements to craft my dress! 

I was inspired by a blue Dolce & Gabbana lace dress from 2012 and knew this was the piece I wanted to recreate. I started with a cotton dress base. (I had this one in my closet and it needed a refresh! Go with something you own or pop into a thrift store to score the perfect piece)

White Cotton Dress - Before

You'll also need:

Beads (Mix it up! They’re for the center of the flowers and I went with some shinier black ones.)
Fabric Dye (I picked two shades of RIT - Evening Blue and Royal Blue.)
Thread (Something that matches the beads or dress shade.)
Appliqués or Ribbon (Flower shaped lace or appliqués are perfect for this piece!)

Dress Supplies

It’s dye time! Begin by rinsing your dress and appliqués in water to fully saturate before adding into your dye bath or washing machine.

Soak Dress in Water - Dye Process

Next add them into your dye bath. You can do this on the stove top in a pot or use your washing machine and the amount of dye used is dependent on how dark or light you want your piece to be. I wanted a light blue shade, so I put in two capfuls of Evening Blue with a few drops of Royal Blue in hopes for something lightish blue.

Dye Choices


I always get so excited to see how the color turns out post-wash

I was especially excited to see the appliqués because they’re made of all different kinds of materials (polyesters, cottons, linens, oh my!

Dyed Appliqués

Now that the dress and appliqués are dyed, it’s time to stitch the beads to the center of the floral appliques. String a bead onto a piece of thread attached to a needle and weave through the center of the floral appliques and out the bottom. Tie a knot to hold into place. (I went with 1-3 for each flower depending on size.) Continue until all flowers have center beads.

Create beaded centers on appliqués

Now place the beaded appliqués onto the dress!

Garden of beaded flowers

Scatter them around or place them in groups - totally up to you! With the dress covered in flowers, it’s time to put it on!

After Look - 1

I really loved how the different shades of blue complimented the dress!

After Look 2

Nothing like florals to make me smile!

After Look 3

Fabric dye has a way of giving an old garment a whole new look!

After Look 4

It’s more fun, more flirty, and the just the thing to wear to the baby shower!

After Look 5

Bye old dress! Hello new look!

Before / After Look - Blue Flower Appliqués

25 Days Til I Do!

It's Day 25!!! Today's project turned out a little differently than the rest so far which you'll soon see! 

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress

The dress was gorgeous...

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress 5

...but I couldn't quite figure out the added fabric on the right side of the dress...

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress 2

It just felt so out of place and overly pouffy.

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress 3

While I have plans for the rest of the dress, I'm going to tackle this extra bit of fabric today. I removed it from the dress and knew that I could make something fab!!

I added it to a dye bath and did some serious hand stitching.

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress Upcycle Steps

Any thoughts where this is going???????

HELLO new accessory ⬇️⬇️⬇️

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress turned into a bag

I folded the fabric in half and stitched the sides of it to make a cute satchel! 

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress turned bag 2

And PS, check out that LACE!!!!!! How incredible is that shade??

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress turned bag 2

You might see me at Trader Joe's toting this to bring home my coffee, Babybels, and chocolate covered almonds !!

NDAD - Day 25 - Vintage Wedding Dress turned bag 3

For some excess fabric, I am totally digging the outcome of this one!

NDAD - Day 25 - Before/After

25 Days Til I Do!

Remake: Ivory Button Down Dress

I loved the style of this dress and the fit of this was just perfect. 

Vintage Ivory Button Down Dress

Cute pockets (woo, pocketssssss!!) but no belt (that's easily fixable!)...

Vintage Ivory Button Down Dress 2

...and some funky purplish stains all over. Check it out closer below!

Vintage Ivory Button Down Dress 3

That wasn't going to be enough to keep me from making this dress the awesomest dress it can be!!

Vintage Ivory Button Down Dress 3

Ready to head to Awesometown in ONE easy step.

Fabric Dye

That's one BIG bottle of dye 💙!

I took my dress, tossed it into the washing machine with a full bottle of Rit Dye, and out it came looking brand, spankin' new!

Vintage Blue Button Down Dress

I loved the shade of blue it came out post-wash!!

Vintage Blue Button Down Dress 2

You can't even tell there were spots there to begin with!

Vintage Blue Button Down Dress 3

It was just the thing to wear for a night out in the city!

Vintage Blue Button Down Dress 4

I paired it with a floral belt from a previous remake from 2011 (woah, that's a LONG time ago!) that added some extra pastels to the mix! 🌷🌸🌷

Vintage Blue Button Down Dress 5

This was for sure, one of those "kick your heels up" kinda nights!

Vintage Blue Button Down Dress 6

From stained and eh, to new tailored staple. Oh, what a little dye can do!

Before & After - 12.27.16