Monday, February 13, 2012

Blue lace, her gown was blue lace

A couple of weeks ago I went to the closing down sale at the Two Squirrels shop, the Nest (don't worry, they're opening an online store). I got four dresses and two purses. I had to get four dresses. They were only $10 each!

One of the dresses I got was this lace 60s one (err..I actually already have a really similar one). It had a couple of little stains on it and there was some fading on the shoulders but I was convinced I could do something about that.

I bought some Dylon dye in a colour called Ocean Blue. I've always found using dye a bit hit or miss. Sometimes it turns out great, sometimes you end up ruining whatever you were dyeing. I decided to take the chance with this dress though.

Vintage lace dress from Two Squirrels

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The stains and fading are unoticeable now and the colour is really bright. I did manage to momentarily dye my thumb blue because I didn't realise there was a hole in one of the gloves I was using. It washed off after a day or so.

I got this crochet purse from an op shop a while ago. It was in good condition apart from some dark stains around the top. After my success with the dress I decided to try dyeing it. I used black but it turned out more of a navy blue colour. The stains are gone though.

Vintage 60s dress from Two Squirrels

There aren't many occasions which call for the wearing of lace cocktail dresses in my life so I'll probably just wear it for everyday wear. I mean, it's always cocktail hour somewhere in the world, right?


  1. Wow, what a fabulous result you've got on both of those. I agress, it's always cocktail hour. X

  2. Wow - great transformations! I absolutely love the blue lace dress, and see nothing wrong with wearing it at breakfast time!

    1. Thanks. Yes, I will be the most overdressed person at breakfast.

  3. turned out so good - i've never thought of dying something that had stains on it but you've sparked my interest!

    1. Thanks. I can't take credit for the idea though. I've been reading Minxy Vintage and the author suggests dyeing things to cover stains.

  4. Bahaha,it most certainly is always cocktail hour somewhere in the world!!!! As soon as the sun is up, in my house,btw!
    I'm SO jealous I didn't get to go to that sale!
    This frock is lovely, and sure,you do have one similar,but who cares?! love the bag too,hurrah for dye!

  5. Good job on both jobs! I really love that vibrant blue on the dress, it really looks good on you. It has never even occurred to me that dying bags is possible. I will definetly keep that in mind next time when handbag hunting :D

  6. Oh Oh I am so so very very happy that this beautiful dress has been loved by you!!!! Look at her!!!!
    You look so very pretty in her and the colour is just perfect.
    Happiness to you
    Love v