Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Year in the Making, day 150

Today, I worked on the dress I'm planning on wearing when I vend at this year's Vampire Ball. I found this dress, a vintage Gunne Sax wedding dress, at a thrift store a few weeks ago. It was a bit worse for wear, so ripe for alteration, yes? I added a slit in front, finished the slit with some nubbly trim from the stash, then put it in a black RIT dyebath. It's always a mystery how these dresses will react to the dye. I had two dresses once, that according to their labels were the same fabrics, that came out two completely different colors. One was more purple, the other bluer.

This one turned out a wonderful smokey lavender shade, with the lace turning a charcoal grey. The pearls and the trim I added stayed white.

My dress for the 2010 Vampire Ball

Of course looking at this picture, my very first thought was "Good god, I need to redye my hair! Look at my roots!" Vanity, thy name is Goth.

I put together another bracelet today while babysitting the dyebath. I've had these beads for years. I fell in love with them at a gem show and spent entirely too much money for them, and haven't ever used them because I spent so much money on them. Silly kitty. They're discs of faceted smokey quartz that have been electroplated with an aurora borealis finish, truly stunning beads.

Aurora Borealis Electroplated Faceted Smokey Quartz Bracelet

10 comments:

DG Jewelry Designs said...

Victoria - what a lovely dress!!! Perfect for you.

SendingLoveGallery said...

great dress!!!

capitalcitycrafts said...

a big WOW!
love the beads too....

ArtSnark said...

gorgeous dress!

GrandmaMarilyns said...

Gee, my wish is my command. LOL I said I wanted to see your dress. You look lovely in it. That lavender just sets off your hair.

Nacreous Alchemy said...

Hi, just recently started following your blog. :) I LOVE that dress, it came out amazing.

sillymadeleine said...

What a beautiful dress!!! :O

Vintage Witch & Little Scotia said...

Fantastic job on the dress. I have an orange number that I love the cut of, but not necessarily the colour... I"m thinkin' I might try to dye it and embellish it, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Designs by Victoria said...

Dying is always an adventure, as you never know exactly how it's going to turn out. I've done two or three dye rinses to try to balance the color. That's part of the fun, though!

. c h o k l i t . said...

You look incredible! I love Gunne Sax...