Nothing is ever really finished…


… because you can always alter it! My Ashton dress is part of Helen’s Closet Ashton Hack Tour today, but the very day I wrote that post, I decided to change my dress!


You see, I liked the dress in theory but hadn’t pulled it out of my closet once in six weeks since sewing it. I’ve never loved the photos either… Something was not quite right.


The most obvious change is that I dyed it royal blue and then indigo! I used washing machine dye and I’ve never managed to get it very saturated, so I’m game for any suggestions you have. I like the brightness of the original colors, but from a distance the green and purple read as too close to my skin tone. I have fair skin and fair hair, so you think that I would look good in low contrast colors… But everything I do with make up and clothing is always adding contrast and that always makes me feel prettier! I don’t understand the logic I just know it’s true.


Just for fun, can you guess how many other changes I also made? Look closely!

9 thoughts on “Nothing is ever really finished…

  1. You should go to the Carol Tuttle website and look into the Dressing Your Truth program. Then everything will make sense why dress one doesn’t work with the muted yellow and purple in dress one and the indigo wash of dress two. I love the alteration of the smaller ruffle and sleeves but I imagine that even with the better fitting proportions you won’t be happy until you are dressing your vibrant bold style.


  2. Ooooh, I love a good “search for the differences” picture 😀 so far, I see: shortened ruffle, deeper neck, narrower straps. And the color, of course. What am I missing?
    Colorwise: I’d say go with what feels right. I’d think you feel most at home in vibrant colours (closest to the spring type, maybe?), so I was surprised to see you’ve dyed the dress darker. But people on the internet always have a somewhat twisted view of us. More wild guessing: Could the green have been the main problem with the original color scheme? Because I loved the pinks and purples. And unfortunately, dyeinh always mutes the colors (for me, that’s part of why I do it regularly, I need very dusky tones).
    Would love to hear what you figure out about your style or color!


  3. Looks like you shortened the ruffle and narrowed the straps too. I like it! I’m fair skinned with blue undertones and I have to wear high contrast colors or I just look washed out. I like the darker colors of this version very well! Hope you get lots of wear out of it now!


  4. About the dye question- most dyes are made for specific fibers such as cellulose (cotton, linen, bamboo, etc.) or protein (silk, wool, etc.). You tend to get better results using a dye made for a the fiber versus an all purpose dye such as Rit. The bond between the fiber and the dye is generally chemical (true indigo, for example, is an exception), so using the correct chemicals will help the dye attach to the fiber. Dyeing synthetic (such as polyester) fibers is a whole different animal.

    It looks like your dress fabric is cellulose fiber, and fiber reactive dyes work well with that.

    Another factor is the ratio of fiber to dye. Generally, a medium shade is 3-4% dye based on the weight of the fiber. For a darker color, use up to 6-8% dye.

    Just as a reference point, it could take 6 boxed of Rit dye to make a faded black pair of jeans black again because part of they dyestuff is for protein fiber (wasted) and you need a high percentage of dye to freight of fiber.


  5. Hmm…slightly shorter ruffle, scooped the neck a little? It’s a Spot the Differences for sewing! I’ve never gotten more than a 50% shade from a washing machine dye, but the unpredictability is part of the fun!


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