Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bahama Blue

I booked non-refundable tickets to Hawaii this week. In celebration, I decided to make me something to wear that felt like the islands.

I started with two more sadly gray/formerly white items: a blouse that I got years ago at the Gap, and loved so much I couldn't bear to throw it out. . . besides the fact it isn't even white any more; and an old tee.

I choose a lovely blue - Bahama Blue - from Hobby Lobby. You can see my $3 investment - that's all I spent for this refashion.

Out of the dye - the picture is much more turquoise than in "real life". I just don't have the motivation to try and get a realistic picture. I also tried to dye the blouse darker at the bottom and lighter at the top, but the tee stayed in the dye the entire time. Again, the pictures do not reflect this. You'll have to take my word for it.

I cut strips, gathered, and sewed them to the left side only. I sort of forgot at this point that I was attempting a tutorial . . . The strips were approx 1-inch wide. After they were gathered, I pinned them into a swirly-pattern and then sewed them on.

They looked a little plain, so I then made rosettes and hand stitched them on. This was BY FAR the longest part. I loathe hand stitching.

But, I'm super happy with the results. I love how the pattern in the shirt picked up the dye darker than the fabric. And the rosettes do match the bottom of the shirt. Some day I'll have to get someone besides my kids to take a picture of me, and I'll post the whole ensamble.


Koreena said...

You are amazing!! I love seeing all your creations. Very cute!

Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration. This blue is terrific. Post pictures of your hawaii trip in this top.