A few weeks ago I received a most excellent surprise package full of thrifted & handmade goodies from a fabulous reader in the UK:
The heartfelt card and thoughtful contents even brought a wee tear to this refashionista’s eye…
Among the groovy goodies to be refashioned was this rather puzzling lace dress:
Why in the hell would someone design an otherwise awesome lace dress and then completely ruin it by stitching a ridiculous faux leather statement to the front?
S o M u c h B e t t e r !
Here’s how I transformed that silly thrifted statement dress:
First I oh-so-carefully attempted to remove those annoying letters from the lace but unfortunately they were stitched on incredibly well and I ended up creating a hole…humph! My plan was to dye the dress anyway so I stopped picking and gave it a bath in dark green.
As I had no idea what the fabric content was this magnificent result was a fabulous surprise!
(The lace took the dye so well I suspect it is 100% cotton and as the interior dress barely changed colour at all it must have a high polyester/synthetic content)
A quick peek into my vintage stash revealed the absolutely perfect sized doily to help get rid of the ripped bit and those silly letters so I pinned it in place…
stitched it on…
then carefully chopped out the lettered piece of lace behind the doily and was left with a gorgeous new front to my fancy new frock!
The dress was actually too big in its original state but the hot dye bath had the added bonus of shrinking it so I didn’t have to! Yay!