I went thrifting on Tuesday and found this amazing dress, but knew, right off the bat, I was going to rip it apart. Luckily, I didn’t have to do a complete overhaul but I wanted to try something different. I haven’t really hopped on board with the peter pan collar trend yet, but I think it’s what this dress needed.
First thing I did was get rid of the skirt portion using a seam ripper, then scissors. After that I removed the collar and sleeves. I then cut a lower neckline and larger arm holes. I put the dress on and marked where I needed to cut with straight pins and then cut accordingly. Then I sewed the hems I took out before back up and the arm holes, leaving the just the collar.
The came the peter pan collar. I wasn’t quite sure how to do this so I followed a tutorial by Leafy Treetop Spot. It worked great! BUT the fabric I chose, looked horrible when I had everything together, and I didn’t have any white fabric laying around the house. So, I removed the lining from the skirt portion and created a new peter pan collar with that. Janky? Yes, but I love how it turned out.
I had a lot of extra muslin laying around and half a bottle of orange Rit Dye so I thought I would experiment. Originally the plan was to dye the fabric orange and use bleach to create a pattern, but I had white glue in my bin of craft stuff and figured I’d mess around with combining the two.
I tried three different things and one worked.
I first tried dipping a stamp in glue and stamping onto the fabric. This was very time consuming and I could tell, right off the bat, it was not going to work.
Next I tried painting on a triangle pattern with a paintbrush. I was completely sold that this would work. It might have worked if I would have applied the glue thicker, but it ended up not really showing up in the end.
The last method I tried worked out the best. I used the glue nozzle and drew on the fabric with that. It worked out the best. It’s messy, but it’s a method I will try again.
Happy Monday, everyone! I just got back from a long weekend of camping, wine tasting and white water rafting. It was amazing. The trip we went on was through a company called Adventure Connection and they took care of mostly everything. We arrived on a Friday night, set up camp, then woke up the next morning to a full breakfast and a day of tour the wineries on El Dorado County, which just so happens to be the coolest place ever. We had dinner that night and then woke up on Sunday for breakfast and white water rafting!
I had never been white water rafting and it was so much fun! I wish I had more photos, but there was zero electricity so my phone died very early on. We had so much fun, although I am glad to be back to a comfy couch and OnDemand.
If I were to have had a traditional wedding, I’m sure it would have included a lot of DIY projects. Here are my favorites from around the web, what I like about these is that most can be reapplied to home decor or party projects!