Tuesday, May 20, 2014


WOYWW 259 

Whew what a week! 
When I visited some of the work desks last week 
everyone was commenting on how fast the weeks are flying by! 
My week was lightening fast!!!
So here I am week 259 almost to the 5th anniversary ATC week and
very excited by the way!  Here is a link for 
some more info if you want to participate
 in the  ATC SWAP  too!
I made some ATCs and am ready to swap!
Well, here is what is on my desk....sink.....stove...
this week! 

Yes- this is a vintage wedding dress...
  Yes-the first cut is the hardest! This is an upcycle project.
My friend (who finds the dresses for me)
thought this one was the oldest and in the worst shape
so far, this is the 3rd one. 
 Another friend had given me some fresh beets so I thought 
I would cook my beets then dye some 
dress...lace and bits of stuff! 
It worked out great! 
Here are my luscious shades of perfect pinks!
Depending on the types of fabric and how long it soaks 
will determine the shade. You never know what you are
going to get (my favorite part!). 
Now they will sit around till I decide what
beautiful creation they will become...and some 
will go into my Etsy store (when it opens)
for others to decide what 
they want to create! 
PLEASE visit Julia at the STAMPING GROUND 
to check out all the other deskers!
Hope everyone has had a wildly 
productive week!


  1. You are one brave lady I couldn't do that to a dress, it is like ..... aaaahhhhhhh I do like the colour but I still couldn't do it. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 26

    1. Eliza, If it makes you feel any better, I only cut the ones that cant be saved. If they can be repaired, I do my best at repairing and donate them. I also have some I display on dress forms at my Tea Parties. Last year I made 2 baby christening dresses out of one dress. It makes me sad when I see them discarded.

  2. I say up cycle with pleasure! Some dresses are never going to be worn again, so make something new out of it. Does the beet root dye last well?
    Hugs, LLJ 21 xx

    1. Yes but it lightens up a lot as it dries and of course cant be washed.

  3. I like how you jumped right in and did it. It will only lead to more fun. Thanks for showing us.

  4. Ooo - strawberries & cream coloured fabric now ! Ali x

  5. Making something new and beautiful is what its all about. An old unloved wedding dress is a sad thing so what better way than to turn it into a new butterfly.....great work!

  6. I love the idea of upcycling the old. Looking forward to seeking what becomes of this pink dress. Hope to trade ATC's next week. Diane #55

  7. I never would have thought to die something with beet juice! Amazing!
    Glenda #53

  8. What a fabulous colour - can't wait to see what you transform it into! Have a lovely week, Chris # 17 xx

  9. Lovely pinks from the beet juice. I too have dyed fabrics, lace and paper with my boiled beet juice. I have even used the canned beet juice. It is such a shame to just dump it down the drain. Creative Bliss Dear...

  10. Oh My! You are daring - dipping someone's wedding dress into beetroot juice! My kinda gal!
    Now I want to see what you do with it.
    How have you got two dress forms? My dress is Elspeth's first. I only bought her last month after wanting one for years. And you have several! Wow!
    Hugs and thanks for visiting.

  11. A fellow sewer and quilter, I could not leave you with 13 followers!

  12. Not sure I could cut into a vintage wedding gown. But your dyed pieces turned out lovely. Look forward to seeing projects. Creative Blessings! Kelly #70

  13. Fsntastic but I don't think I could do it. I cringed during the sewing bee when they did the same
    Janet @13

    1. Hahaha that's ok Janet! It was really hard the very first time I did it.....but it got easier.

  14. Oh, gorgeous and I agree the first cut is the hardest. Love the bravery you've shown by coloring it also. I've a great wedding dress, and have used some of the underfabric for flowers but haven't had time to create with the rest of it. Nor time to complete my Etsy shop either. Thanks for sharing