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.
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