Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Look

As I've mentioned earlier, our son's wedding is coming up in the first week of September!

I kept looking and looking and was not finding a dress for the wedding. About a month ago, I found a beautiful knee length dress! The bride's mom is wearing a knee length dress, so I was looking for one too.

Have you heard of the saying, custom, or tradition of only the bride wears white?  I had thought of that and showed our sweet daughter-in-law to be, this dress I found. She liked it and said it didn't matter to her. And I thought that since I would wear my khaki lace cardigan over my dress the whole time, it would "cover" the majority of the white.

~BEFORE~

But....I still kept thinking about that "not to wear white, except the bride".

Well, have you ever tea-dyed a quilt?

...so...I thought...hm...that is what I want to do!  I told our daughters about it and they thought it would be great too. And then I told three of my dear friends, two who are avid, experienced quilters... (I guess I wanted to hear if any one else was as enthusiastic with the idea as I was, so that I would feel "braver" about tea-dying a perfectly beautiful white linen dress! :o)

Well... And I did it yesterday and I love it!!! This wasn't a major project, but it was a "jump-in & can't-go-back" project for me! :o)

(The lighting in my photo isn't the greatest, but the color truly turned out well.

 ~AFTER~

I was careful to dunk it in my large basin and lift it out and dunk it in and lift it out, so that the color from the warm tea would not be uneven. And it worked very well.

I then rinsed it in cold, clear water and then washed it in a delicate cycle with Baby detergent.

 (I should have at least been smiling! :o) But I was trying to figure out and be sure I could take these photos with my new cell phone!)

...oh! And my shoes! So excited to find those when my awesome hubby drove me from place to place to place hunting for shoes after work yesterday! They were the last of this style and in my size! And regularly $55, but an additional sale off of a sale...for only $10!

 The khaki color from dying it in tea, goes perfectly with my lacy cardigan and is very near a perfect match to the color!  As I mentioned earlier, the photos I took with my cell phone do not show the true color.  I am considering dunking it in more tea to get it even a little darker.
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As always, I like to post some past artwork. If you are new to my posts... every one of these Personalized Sketches are drawn entirely with a person's name.

Here is a little tea cup artwork to share with you!


 Thank you for stopping in! I am joining in with Jenny's Alphabe-thursday's "N".!

And joining in with Kim @ Made in a Day's Made U Look #81

And How fun to join in with Jann's Share Your Cup Thursday #70! (What perfect timing to share my cup today!)

And since it was yesterday (Wednesday) that  I "worked" this color transformation on my dress for the wedding, I thought I would join in with Amy's Work It Wednesday Linky party! :o) 

And linking up with 5 fun gals and their Moonlight & Mason Jars Linky party! 

And linking up with Lindsay's Artsy Corner Link party!


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11 comments:

LV said...

You are braver than me. Never would I have dyed that beautiful dress. It looks so nice on you. However, it turned out very nicely and you will look so pretty too.

Debbie Petras said...

I love your dress! How thoughtful of you to go to all the trouble to not be perfectly white like the bride. You did a great job too. I'm glad you ended with the tea cup art piece; love it.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Jann Olson said...

Oh my, the dress is perfect! When you said that you were going to tea dye it my only concern was that it might come out blotchy. So glad that it came out so beautifully. Isn't it funny, when I want splotchy tea dye I can't get it when I don't I probably would. lol! So happy to have you share this with SYC. Glad you found my party because now I have found you. Now following.
hugs,
Jann

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Beautiful! I think I'd leave it the way it is, and not dunk it anymore! I love your cardigan with it -- so pretty. And who could pass up a pair of shoes for $10 -- lucky you! And congratulations to your son! Wedding time is almost here!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

That's the perfect dress! You will look wonderful...

Sue said...

Good job! You were clever AND courageous, and it paid off!!

=)

Pam Beers. said...

Your dress is lovely and I like the cardigan with it.

storybeader said...

it's a beautiful dress. And you're so brave to dye it. Sounds like a very sweet daughter-in-law! {:-Deb

Veronica Lee said...

I love your beautiful dress, Maria! You did a terrific job dyeing it.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Wow, You are so brave! It is a very beautiful dress and you look just lovely!

Jenny said...

The dress looks really nice on you...

I would have been quite scared to tea-dye the dress but it looks like it turned out great...

Neat post for the letter "N"!

Thanks for linking.

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