Once again I’m working on another upcycled dress that I purchased at the $1 Jet Rag Sunday Sale in Los Angeles. You can see my first upcycled piece here. At this point almost 90% of my wardrobe is thrifted and vintage. I love finding special pieces to guarantee my own unique look. I also enjoy no longer spending a fortune on clothing. My personal style also no longer has an extensive carbon foot print, nor am I supporting brands first hand that use unethical labor practices. With this upcycled dress I have been taking my time and doing my best to make wise choices with how I alter it. For starters I knew the collar had to go.
I do love vintage clothing, yet I don’t always want every aspect of the era to be completely obvious. I think it is nice when vintage clothing takes on a modern appeal.
You can see on the collar and in the back that the dress has some color fading issues. Because baby blue isn’t my color, I knew that I would definitely dye this piece. It is a wool dress which gives me the option to use a completely natural dye.
I couldn’t bear using chemical dyes and pouring it down the drain later, so instead I decided to use coffee.
Well actually I’m using espresso hoping that the color result would be stronger. I wanted the natural dye bath to be very strong and actually the dress is still soaking as I write this. That is the main reason for doing a Part 1 and Part 2.
I chose one of my favorite t-shirts to use a guide line to reshape the neckline of this suit dress.
I know I didn’t do the best job sewing the lining, but tried to do a better job on the outside hem of the neckline. I probably should take a sewing class at some point. I used brown thread figuring that the coffee dye bath will bring the color close enough for it not to be an issue.
I haven’t decided whether on not I’m going to hem this dress shorter. Right now it’s almost full maxi length. I envision this dress with tall boots, yet I wonder how much leg needs to show to make this number work best. I am praying that the color comes out well so I can proudly share the finished result on Monday! I will still show the result regardless though. If it does work out well, I have a few more changes that I anticipate making already.
Have a beautiful weekend! (You can see Part 2 here!)
(Images by Dawn Michelle)