Winter is drawing to a close (Good riddance, right?) so it's time to get started on some spring projects. And what better way to get into the springtime spirit than by kicking off my spring refashion series celebrating Pantone's color of the year, Radiant Orchid?
For my first Pantone Project, I pulled this coffee stained purple dress from my stash.
You can't see the coffee in this picture, but trust me, it's everywhere.
I started by removing the awkward triangles of fabric in the neckline and unpicking the cuffs and fabric inserts in the sleeves.
Undo the sleeves.
Next, I chopped off most of the skirt, leaving only about 6 inches. Then, I tossed the soon-to-be top into the leftover dye from my last skirt refashion. The fabric is synthetic so it didn't take much of the dye, but it took on enough red to camouflage the coffee.
Before and after the dye.
The sleeves were too long and didn't have much of a shape, so I cut them in a curve.
Shaping the sleeves.
Then I hemmed the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt. I was left with a boat necked, peplum top with fluttery sleeves...
... and some confessions to make. 1) I'm not really wild about Radiant Orchid. It's pretty, but not a color I see myself wearing very often. 2) This fabric is kind of itchy. 3) And I really don't like peplums, which you may remember from my turtle jacket. I'm afraid this top may have to be relegated back to the closet or the thrift store from whence it came.
But I do like the sleeves and the neckline, so maybe there's hope. There are a few more details about this project on my blog.
There are three more Pantone Projects in the works. Perhaps the color will grow on me.