This past week, my favorite thrift store, 4 N.I.N.E., has been holding a buy one get one sale on all clothing. They are apparently overwhelmed with clothing there.
I bought a few items for myself and for refashioning. Here’s a “tunic” I got for refashioning. I love the embroidery.
My first thought was to lace paint the embroidery and insertion lace. After making an inquiry, I decided to dye the entire top first. So I got out my bottle of Teal Rit Dye (I prefer liquid dye since you can limit the amount you use). I keep lots of colors on hand just for "emergencies".
The tunic took the dye incredibly well, but the embroidery didn’t. I guess I won’t be using dye to paint the embroidery, but maybe fabric paint. I’m still mulling that over.
Another suggestion was to remove the “skirt thingy” from the bottom. I liked that idea too. I used one of my handy seam rippers (I have several; they disappear), and first removed the elastic at the waistband, then the entire “skirt thingy” and lining.
I was left with these pieces. I’ll save these for another project “someday”.
The end product? Viola!
Okay, it’s not the end. I still have to hem it (need hem tape, it’s a bit short) and I’m still contemplating fabric paint on the embroidery to jazz it up a bit. But by golly, I’m happy with it so far.
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