I found a pretty white sheath dress on sale for an outrageously hard-to-pass-up price at Van Heusen last month, and I was so happy with the way it looked on me, I went back and bought another one. (These days, I rarely find clothes that don’t make me feel self-conscious, let alone actually happy with the way I look, so it was easy to justify buying a second.)
What could I do with two identical white dresses? I wonder…
As it turns out, here is what I did:
I hung them both up in the closet and left them there for three weeks.
Then last week, in the middle of being completely overwhelmed with other tasks, I decided to throw one of the dresses in a dye bath, while I simultaneously got a load of laundry done. Multitasking is a way of life around here sometimes.
I picked out one of the yummiest colors ever of Dharma Trading Company’s procion dye (I happen to keep a nice little stash of these for such on-a-whim dying as this): #15 Sea Foam.
I set up the dye bath as instructed. “As instructed” is a big deal for me – I usually just throw it together from memory, not being too concerned with the end results. In this case, though, I really wanted a professional-looking finish, so I paid attention. This meant a lot of babysitting the dye bath and a whole lot of stirring.
So much stirring, that I set up a little distraction for myself while I stood there.
I rinsed out the dye, and washed the dress.
And voila! A before and after shot. It is quite handy to have two identical dresses for the before and after shot, I must say.
I had hoped that dying this dress would produce some interesting results. Specifically, I had hoped that the dye would take differently to the lining, the main material of the dress, and the embroidery, so that the embroidered pattern would really pop. In the end, the lining turned out much lighter, but the rest of the dress took the dye equally. So no popping pattern. Nevertheless, I am happy.
I plan to wear it tomorrow to my sister-in-law’s bridal shower, along with white sandals and a white 3/4-sleeve sweater (the sweater only if it’s chilly, though). I’m not wearing the crocheted sweater I initially made for this occasion. I’m liking that more for everyday use. In fact, I am wearing it today. To run errands and blog. So there you go.
Yes, I paused Stephen Colbert in mid-sentence to have a little fashion photo shoot. And I didn’t clean up the room behind me, either. This is what is known as “keeping it real,” folks.
Ahem. Anyway. I love how 45 minutes of stirring and a little bit of color can really transform a garment. I consider it time well spent, especially when the end result is this professional-looking. It could have come right off the rack like this.
Except it didn’t, and nobody but me will have one 🙂