There were a couple things wrong with this Old Navy dress, which I bought a year or so ago. First, it had somehow acquired two small holes right below the knee. Second, it was gray, which is a color that washes me out.
With the recent dying success of Suze and others, I figured I'd give it a shot. Plus, it gave me a chance to play with my new sewing machine more with simple projects before I take on something more complicated.
First, I chopped off the bottom, holey part of the dress.
The cutest part of the dress was the flower section at the bottom, so I sewed a chunk of that to the bottom of the short dress. The length now came to just below my knee.
Next was the scary part. I followed the directions on the RIT dye box, adding some salt (It said to use a cup, but I just poured some in. I'm sure it was less than a cup.) and a little bit of detergent. I put the wet garment in--very important to make sure the whole thing is wet. I noticed a streak of lighter dye when I took it out that must've been a dry patch. It was very subtle, though, and it seemed to disappear after it dried.
The color is not a vibrant orange, but I wasn't really expecting it to be since I started with gray fabric. Also, I'm not sure if I left it in the washer long enough. Looks pretty good, though! I think I'm going to like it a lot better than the gray.
And, inspired by Bekah and her merrymaking, I was able to quickly fashion a turban out of the holey part of the fabric. Bonus!