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« on: June 19, 2013 03:57:36 PM »

I bought a white summer dress about 4 years ago. it was second hand when I bought it, had a shirred waist, was white and utterly beautiful. I (unfortunately) can't find any pics of it before as I wasn't too keen on having photos taken. I'm sooo totes over that lol.

it was white, had a gypsy style skirt, two rows of lace... stunning. But, after being worn most of each summer for the last 4 years it was looking really ratty. the lace was a bit torn and thready, it had sun lotion stains across the top, and finally I dropped a sauce that was very heavy on the tumeric down it a couple of weeks ago so, it gave me a kick.

First, I dyed it orange. one box of machine dye did my dress and one of my daughter's too. that done, I was planning to just dip dye the bottom of it a terracotta colour in a sort of ombre fashion, but the dye didn't take on the stitching and the colours looked so funky (white and orange) so, I kept it like that. meaning I have a sachet of hand dye to play with later lol. Also, the lace was REALLY tatty when I looked at it properly.

it took 6m of lace, and a couple of pieces of cotton muslin stuff as inserts to make it gorgeous again.

the shirring took some fixing too, at some point I will need to unpick and reshirr it, but I own a Brother sewing machine so that's not gonna happen any time soon lol.

I am utterly in love, and very happy lol.

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013 04:15:57 PM »

Oh I love it! The color came out wonderfully.  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013 05:27:31 PM »

So cute!  And I know how turmeric can be!  Undecided

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013 06:03:57 PM »

oooh pretty
i would wear that all the time Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013 07:09:42 PM »

I would have never picked orange, and I would have been wrong.
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2013 03:21:56 AM »

Nice save MrsFlibble  Grin orange is my favourite colour at the moment!

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2013 06:29:40 AM »

I agree that the orange is a happy and summery color for summer and looks good on you!

Thanks for the details on how you repaired a much loved dress...the white lace really stands out against the orange...and you do look so happy in your revised dress! Grin

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013 04:55:50 PM »

oooh pretty
i would wear that all the time Smiley

I intend to lol. thanks for the kind words everyone!
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2013 06:38:57 PM »

You look absolutely adorable in the last pic, I LOLed.

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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2013 05:02:20 PM »

You did a very good job, the bold orange is just perfect and the lace suits the style and the color!
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