July 05, 2011

The Popsicle Dress

Before we get started today let's announce the winner of the Vinyl Crafts Giveaway.

Our random winner is Justine who said:  I'd love to get the "I Fell In Love Handpainted Wooden Sign" for my cousin as part of her house warming gifit! But for myself...I really like the Keep Calm and Carry On wooden sign. :)

Congrats Justine!  We'll be in touch.

Today I'm going to show you how I took an old dress and spiced it up with some dye.  I now call it my popsicle dress.  (It reminds me of those big bomber popsicles I'd buy from the drug store as a kid.  Yum!  We'd save our money and then ride our bikes there to make the big purchase.) 

The dress was one I had purchased a while back.  It fit well, but it was cream-colored and kind of blah on me.  I never found a shirt that matched it well either.  So, I decided it was time to play with my Tulip Dye kit.  I have never dyed fabric before.  The kit made it really easy.  It has bright pink, lime green, and bright blue in it.  It also includes some fun tools and a booklet showing you some different dyeing techniques.


  I went to the garage and hung up my dress (covering the ground underneath it).  I mixed up all three colors and used the spray bottle attachment.  (Here's the dress before.)


I sprayed lime green on top.  It was a lighter lime green, so I ended up spraying blue over the green to make it darker.  Then I sprayed just blue in the middle and then bright pink at the bottom.  The colors blend well if you do it quickly while it's all still wet.


It still fits well and it's still comfortable, but now it screams of summer fun.  Woo-hoo!  Bring on the popsicles and the fun, baby!


Now I'm looking through my closet to see what else I could dye.  It's pretty fun.


Thanks for reading.

25 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! Was it easy to do?

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  2. LOVE the colors you chose and how they work together!

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  3. How cute is that!
    I love the idea of using a dress with a pattern.
    Adds SOOOO much personality!
    :-)

    missyellowshoes.blogspot.com

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  4. So cute! good way to spice up that wardrobe.

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  5. now that's pretty cute!

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  6. So cute!!! Love the spray dye idea - makes it way easier (I think?). I tried dying a bunch of my daughter's old pink onesies in varying shades of "manly" (blue, green, etc.) for my son when I was expecting him. It was kind of a hassle and the results weren't great - possibly the dye I used; possibly I didn't like weighing truckloads of salt and stirring a bucket for an hour. But I really like the idea of spray dyes - seems like you'd have a lot more control! Very fun, and very cute dress!!

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  7. Nice! Isn't it nice to recycle :)

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  8. OH, that's cute! I think I need to rummage around for blah clothes to dye.....

    Thanks for posting! Love your blog!

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  9. Cute dress! It reminds me of a popsicle as well :)

    How do you do the transparent rectangle on Picnik like that?

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  10. Cute dress! It reminds me of a popsicle as well :)

    How do you do the transparent rectangle on Picnik like that?

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  11. What an awesome project!! Now you have a cute, fun summer dress :)

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  12. I love Tulip dyes and spend lots of time at ILoveToCreate.com they have a lot of great tye dyeing video tutorials on there also. I have only been dyeing for a few weeks now but Tulip makes it super easy.

    Love the dress by the way GREAT idea!

    Leila

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  13. I just recently dyed a bunch of white tank tops. Eddie Bauer tank tops are the best, they never loose their shape but my white ones were starting to look a little....well not white any more. It was fun, but this kit looks really fun! I love your "new" dress!

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  14. mmm I love the combination of the colors! I'll have to try dying one of these days for sure!

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  15. Cheri, Did you know you made it onto the www.ilovetocreate.com Facebook page?

    The Popsicle Dress
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  16. So cute! You are so cute, too! Great idea!

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  17. Adorable dress. The transformation is amazing. I didn't even notice that it was patterned until I scrolled down and saw the before picture. I love how the pattern is there but it is more subtle.

    I wanted to let you know that I posted a tutorial on how to make Felt Flower Ponytail Binder inspired by your Autumn Bloom Belt. I linked back to your site. Check it out if you get a chance!

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2011/07/tutorial-tuesday-felt-flower-ponytail.html

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  18. Love it!

    And I have a bunch of dresses like that - dresses that require shirts underneath because I have a mom bosom. Usually I take them and turn them into skirts.

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  19. How Super duper fun!!!!!!! I wanna play spray paint now!

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  20. you are SO sweet! Im SO excited to have you as a pledger :) wanna shoot me an email so I can send you all the info? ashley.theshineproject@gmail.com, I have some cool tags to send you too! And Im excited to see the post tomorrow! Let's change some lives, shall we?! :)

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  21. oh my gaw I totally have this dress from target! lol awesome Idea

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  22. um I am IN FREAKING LOVE with this dress! what a great idea! I love fabric dye! thanks for sharing!

    brandenjessicakeck.blogspot.com

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  23. oh-so-cute!! I need to try this, for matching outfits for the kiddos and me!
    Love your creativity.
    Oh~ and I have bomb pops in my freezer. ;)

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  24. That turned out great. This has me interested in that dye kit.

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  25. That is so cute! I absolutely love it. My daughters talked me into doing some tye die, so that will be our big craft on Monday. Wish me luck!

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