This upcycled project turned out so much better than I anticipated. When I first brought this dress home my husband just looked at me with confusion. No this dress wasn’t initially appealing, yet it had a great structure, was 100% wool, and only $1.
I instantly loved the infinite possibilities that I envisioned.
This is my very first eco dyed upcycled piece. I used espresso! I didn’t do a swatch test with the fabric, I just dunked the entire dress in coffee with sea salt to fix the color into the fabric as if I knew what I was doing. I thought that I was going to get a taupe or brown tone from the coffee dye. Instead this wool dress turned out with a beautiful light sage green.
Green is my favorite color, so I was plesantly surprised that coffee could take this powder blue vintage dress to a spring sage green.
I didn’t do too much with the construction of the dress besides completely redo the neckline. After seeing that the color of the dress was sage I decided to redo the collar again with sage green thread. I also noticed in Part 1 that my collar was a bit uneven so I fixed that as well. I also hemmed the dress at the knee versus keeping it so long and changed all of the buttons.
Changing the buttons drastically altered the look of the dress.
This was a bit more work than I thought it would be, but extremely fun. This is only my second upcycled piece. I love creating new fashion from vintage pieces, and dying clothing with eco dyes is an art in itself. I am now eager to try other natural dyes.
My husband surprised me with a sewing machine for my birthday a few years ago, and it has become one of my most prized possessions! You can see Part 1 here!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)