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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pantone Projects (no. 2)

Time flies when you're crazy busy, but my second Pantone project for 2014 is finally here!

Right there.

Project no. 2 is on the redder (more red?) side of "radiant orchid," but radiant it is. I found it while thrifting with a friend last year. It had a lot of potential, but the saggy neckline reminded me of that Jennifer Lopez dress (you know the one).

The original elastic was shot, so I opened the casing, pulled out two feet of stretchless elastic, and closed the casing. (I could have replaced the elastic, but I didn't need the neck to stretch.)

necklineLet's unscandalize this dress.

But it still didn't feel right. The top was somehow both constricting and billowy,  so I removed the purple-y polyester lining, which kept it from hanging properly while I wore it. I also chopped several inches off the bottom.

lining 2Bon voyage!

And then I proceeded to do something stupid. I decided to do some quick touch up painting while wearing my newly finished dress, because I'm smart like that. Needles to say, I got brown paint all over my dress.

After several days soaking in a mix of soapy water and "It's Awesome" cleaner (and a variety of other minor calamities) I was able to save the dress. 

after copyFinally!

There is more about this refashion (and all the hiccups along the way) on my blogI had originally planned on my next Pantone project being my Easter dress, but with my track record lately, maybe I should aim for Thanksgiving.

- Elizabeth
aka The Hungry Octopus
Now blogging at!

1 comment:

cfortin said...

I hear you on the time flies by thing. Been having trouble keeping up with crafting and blogging myself lately. I am impressed you are so on top of springs big color. :-) Also I just read your blogs tag line for the first time today. Embarrassed to admit that but blaming the whole lack of time thing. Anyway, I love it. Brilliant!

Cindy - Upcycled Design Lab