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the second chance silk tunic

Added Jun 13, 2011

by Passiona Cottee

Sydney (Inner We...






Dying to be different

Before you start… I agree.

Dying a dress hardly qualifies one to be in the hallowed halls of BurdaStyle. But when you un-stitch and re-stitch every facing stitch (including buttonholes!); plus remodel the garment; and it takes longer than making a piece from scratch: Then you’re talking about an eco chic recycling project worth sharing.

One thrifted dress +
a vision +
iDye Brilliant Blue +
iDye Poly Blue +
matching thread +
= new tunic

The gorgeous silk damask had such great much potential it lept out at me in the thrift store. Would you have saved it too?

Blogged here

Material Notes

old silk dress




Garment Type
Classic, Victorian


thrift store

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    Jul 22, 2011, 01.32 AMby jescarose

    Beautiful! Completely worth saving, I admire your dedication x

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    Jun 16, 2011, 02.28 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    I didn’t even notice the embossed bands in the original garment! You’ve made it look wonderful – especially love that sweet little black collar!

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    Jun 15, 2011, 07.26 PMby dottty

    Beau-ti-ful jj:)x

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    Jun 15, 2011, 04.35 PMby threadsquare

    I agree – the new color does wonders for the fabric. Beautifully done, and well-suited to your coloring!

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    Jun 15, 2011, 03.22 PMby carottesauvage

    Waow, the new colour emphasises the damask texture so well! Great!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 12.22 PMby Dee Durrant

    Beautiful re-cycle. The original colour is just blah…the pattern in the material really pops out in the blue you’ve chosen.

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    Jun 14, 2011, 09.51 AMby nessys

    Oh Darling – this is just DARLING! I would have saved it too. You look fantastic in that colour with your colouring. Lovely, lovely job. xxx

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    Jun 14, 2011, 08.11 AMby janul

    very nice, I love the blue. Although I think you would look great in anything :)

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    Jun 14, 2011, 08.11 AMby janul

    very nice, I love the blue. Although I think you would look great in anything :)

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    Jun 14, 2011, 01.42 AMby pambox

    i agree with hollie – the fabric is so much better in blue. rather than fading into the background this is standing out from the crowd.

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    Jun 14, 2011, 01.19 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    you really gave it new life. it looks so radiant in that blue. great job! and what patients!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 10.11 PMby harrietbazley

    I like ruffles, but I think you’re right; it does look better without, and certainly looks better belted (so if the ruffle were going to be either, it’s better off as a belt!)

    The partial uptake of the dye actually appears to have highlighted the design; I had this when dying a lace blouse.

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    Jun 13, 2011, 10.09 PMby mojo elgin

    It’s beautiful! Great job!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 09.33 PMby freakusbzzz

    Love it pass! the pattern stands out heaps more in blue

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