Monday, March 25, 2013

Remodeled Top

I'm slowly working my way through the backlog of tops I've bought at Goodwill!  I love finding white shirts that totally change with a dye job and some adornment.  This one started out as a gorgeous linen with some fun smocking - but a little boring in white.  Unfortunately, I was so anxious to get started that I forgot to take a photo before it went through the dye bath!  Here it is after being dyed with Dharma's Wedgewood Procion dye ....

If you're new to dying fabrics, see this past post here.  Then I embroidered leaves at the places where the smocking came together, using a lazy daisy stitch and two strands of cotton floss, and added a pearl bead to each set of leaves.

New top!

Happy Creating!  Deborah


  1. The pearl beads added such a beautiful touch and the embroidered leaves was something I wouldn't have thought of for sure. Wondering did you change buttons or did they change through the dying process?

    1. The buttons are the original ones - they picked up a tiny bit of the dye. I was going to change them out with pearl buttons, but it turned out to be a little too much pearl!

  2. I love how the embroidered leaves and beads pop the smocking!