About this dress:
Store: Deseret Industries
Brand/Designer: Jessica McClintock
Sizing: My current size
Some of you may remember me posting the before picture of this dress a little while back. I already didn’t like the original color, but that dislike was amplified when I discovered it had multiple horrid stains. I immediately tried out the RIT dye I had on hand and decided to go with my orange color because it turned out a pretty golden rod shade over the original pale-minty color. It also didn’t make the dress look like a bandana the way my red shades did.
I lied when I said I immediately tried out my dye first, I actually cropped the dress first so I would have some fabric to test the dye on. The bottom of the dress had two folds that were sewn as a sort of trim decoration. I used my rotary cutter to cut underneath one of the folds. That way I didn’t have to create a new hem. #winning
Dyeing can be quite a mess so you really want to be careful. This is what the dyeing operation looked like for me.
At this point, I removed the bodice using a seam ripper. It was gathered at the bottom, so the result was a super long piece for a bodice. Extra fabric would need to be removed.
Here it is worn with the original front in place.
But my favorite might just be the skirt worn alone.
What do you think? What’s your favorite version of this refashion?
Again to summarize: