Thursday, March 27, 2014

It's like I dyed and went to heaven!

We've got our nephew visiting from Britain, so we've been doing a little touristing and I haven't had as much time online. Unfortunately, the rain has set in, and he's out now bicycling in a drizzle - poor boy. I'll take him bowling later - the excitement never ends!

But I took some pictures the other day before he got here and before it started raining.

Remember this jacket and this post?

this photo is from last summer

I dyed the jacket and it ended up looking like this?

Yuck!
Now it looks like this!



What a difference it makes to read the instructions! Evidently the cup of salt is not optional.


I also used two bottles of dye, one in denim blue and one in some other kind of blue. And I boiled some water to add to the hot tap water. And I left it soaking a good hour.

And look how nicely it turned out!



I knew the thread probably wouldn't take the dye, but the alternate color looks good with the denim blue corduroy and the interesting seaming. And I don't have to change the buttons.


The micro-mosaic brooch and earrings are probably circa 1930 and once belonged to my grandmother's cousin. My mother had them and then she let me have them.


The socks are by Sock It To Me, the shoes are TOMS, the skirt is Christopher & Banks, and the top is from Target.

I know you're supposed to read and follow instructions, but do you?

May 7 - Updating to include a link to 52 Pick-me-up: Wear something of your mom's. The jewelry was in her possession and via her family. But I also have her crepey skin and age spots!

Val

29 comments:

  1. So much better in the navy blue! (And I love the Toms!)

    Have a wonderful visit with your nephew!

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  2. Am I weird because I like the 'yuck' color??? lolzzzz I have a few things I'd like to dye, but I'm not sure if the material will take.

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    1. I did lots of Googling to make sure I knew what would happen - and still didn't follow the instructions! You'll get info about how to do different materials online.

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  3. Well done Val! The jacket is lovely in blue. Your complete look is great. I love the socks and the boots and of course your cute jewelry.
    Sabine xxx

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  4. Wahoo! You give me hope! If you only knew how many times I held a packet of dye in my hands, only to put it back on the shelf! Yep! The jacket looks fabulous! Fun styling too!

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  5. Great dye job! The color looks splendid. Did you do it in the machine or in a separate bucket/tub?

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    1. I did it in our utility sink. The jacket is not supposed to be machine-washed, and I was leery of using the machine anyway. The sink came clean, too. Some things I read online said to use a big plastic storage bin, which is a great idea!

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  6. Oh bravo! Great dying job here- MUCH nicer now!! The socks are so cool and I really like those Toms- ooooh, want some!!! I DO follow instructions- to the letter if there are instructions to follow for something unless it's a card-making instruction and they demand you use lots of expensive items- then I feign the inability to read!x

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  7. Ahh yes the cup of salt and look what it's done to transform your lovely jacket! I like the contrast stitching, that and the new colour highlight the jacket details. Sometimes I follow two separate instruction sheets at the same time. Interesting results.

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  8. I recently bought a bird feeder that uses suction cups to stick to the window. It fell off immediately. Beau asked me if I'd read the instructions. I hadn't. I read them. The things has stayed on the window for days now.

    I love that little brooch.

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  9. Ooh, nice dye job! I've dyed a few things of mine, too, but sometimes the color comes out streaky and drives me nuts. Maybe I should use a bigger thing like a sink (I've used a large metal soup tureen I purchased for that purpose.)

    Am I weird in that I like the yuck color, too? It looks like a greyish lavender, one of my favorite colors. :D The blue looks great on you, though! I really like your length skirt and sort of boot-like shoes. I think the proportions are perfect on you.

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  10. Stellar, Val! How satisfying. Royally blue. I love this outfit on you too, especially with those shoes. And your dioramas, well, you know how I swoon for them. I'll show you how much soon. AWESOME beach getaways.

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  11. Brava, a most excellent re-dye job! I love the new colour. Get out, those are Toms? I love them!

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  12. Well look at this! The color is lovely and so wearable. My husband reads all directions, I mean every manual on appliances, cars and everything else that comes with a booklet. Not for me, I just dig in. The socks have a super pattern, so great with the color of your shoe. I drank to much tea today, awake at 1:30 so here I am catching up on bloglovin"!

    blue hue wonderland

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  13. Ok, you may have convinced me to read instructions, I normally try and avoid them which is ridiculous, I don't really know how the dishwasher works or what everything means on the washing machine, I know what I need to know!
    Your re-re-dye is a triumph! it looks flaming brilliant, your grandmothers cousins brooch is beautiful, how lovely to have it! I'm in love with your tights and shoes! (true, I am!) x x x

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  14. You crack me up, Val. Your blazer looks amazing! So much better than that wishy-washy purple. I just re-dyed my sweatshirt with the dark blue and it looks much better, though not as good as yours. I actually did read the instructions for the dye job but as I rule I don't: instructions for technical things freak me out. I need pictures. Maybe you're a visual learner! Xo

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  15. Nice job on the dye job. Good thing it's not your hair! We don't need blue hair yet.

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  16. Hey, where's my comment? I'm having a heck of a time juggling all this new stuff!

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  17. Oh, never mind. Haha I seem to be losing mine....

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  18. OH WOW, that turned out great!! Also I have those socks! I love them. I need to wear them more.

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  19. Success! Looks so much better now.

    Those socks are fabulous!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  20. awesome dye job! And the tights and shoes are hella cool!

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  21. oh, they're socks. So... they're still awesome!

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  22. It looks like you were just dyeing to spend time with your nephew!

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  23. Wow it came out gorgeous!!! I would think it came new in that color!!

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  24. It worked! I have to agree, the blue does look much better. Have fun with your nephew. xxx

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  25. How clever of you......I am amazed how well it turned out! xx p.s. love you to check out my blog

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  26. Brilliant blue! I would never guess you have done it yourself at home. Great job, Val!
    I love your socks. Sounds funny, but it's true. :) The whole outfit is very much to my liking! :) I have a few pairs of Toms too - aren't they comfy! And the micro mosaic brooch is so precious, being from your family.

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  27. Wow. Great improvement. I have some items that I want to dip dye but I keep wavering. Well, and now I'm not home!
    Thanks for linking with 52 Pick- me- up!

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