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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Old to New in October: Dye Painted Blouse

As many of you already know Kimberly of a little bit of this and I are hosting a refashion project called Old to New in October. The idea of making something old in your closet new again saves money and helps you recycle your wardrobe while getting crafty! We are happy to announce that Anika Burke Eclectic Boutique has graciously agreed to sponsor our entire Old to New in October project and will be providing some lovely prizes for not one, but THREE winners at the end of the month!
To qualify for any prizes, you must link your refashion project either here or a little bit of this on any Thursday during October. Each time you link up, it counts as one entry! The first prize winner will be chosen by Anika Burke, Kimberly, and I based on the most creative and wearable project. Two other winners who have linked up throughout the month will be chosen at random! To be qualified for the random draw, you must link back to Anika Burke in your post. You can simply say, "Old to New in October is sponsored by Anika Burke Eclectic Boutique!" Or word it however you'd like, but as long as you do a project, link up, and link back to the online shop, you're in for the random draw!
- First place (most creative/wearable): $20 credit to PLUS the Elegant Rose flower bracelet and two matching accessories!

- Random draw: 12 piece prize pack (12 Anika Burke accessories!)

- Random draw: 3 piece prize pack (3 Anika Burke accessories!)

Now onto my project from this week!

Once again I had ZERO time to work on a project between family visiting and hosting birthday party's things got a little crazy here!  Yesterday I finally was able to get working on my project.

This week I took a plain silk blouse (that I had dyed pink, hated the colour, and forgot about) and added some more dye.  By some more dye I mean about 8 different colours.  I mostly used Dye-Na-Flow which can be found at Michaels or Dharma Trading (I buy lots of my dyeing supplies there).

I started by covering my dress form in a garbage bag, then stuffing the sleeves with bags, and covering the floor below with plastic.  If you want to do this and don't have a dress form you can just stuff your blouse with plastic bags, and then work on one side at a time on a flat surface.
I used a paint brush to paint the different colours on.  Below you can see the different colours I added each step.

When I was finished I let my blouse air dry partially, and then threw it in the dryer for about a half an hour to set the dye.  Then I washed my blouse (with some other laundry...I'd hate to waste water over one top..haha) and dried it again (in case there was any more colour to escape). any one else having some horrible 80's/90's flash backs from looking at the end result?  Unfortunately one thing I forgot about fabric dye is that the colour always looks a lot darker/brighter when it's wet.  I'm thinking about going over it again with some deeper colours.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done this week!!
Be sure to check out what Kimberly refashioned this week!

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