Thursday, February 7, 2013

Just playin' around ~



I've had this wonderful, crinkled red velvet girls dress for years now.
I stare at it every Christmas thinking "you really should make something with that"
but I don't.

Well, I've been staring at it again thinking that
it would be beautiful used for something for Valentine's day.
I'm not that keen on making holiday items though...
Christmas is about it.
I worry they won't sell then I have to stash them away.

I did decide to play though...
and here's what transpired ~






Instead of going with the deep red velvet, I pulled out the Rit Color Remover!
I was curious about what color it would turn.
So I lopped off a sleeve, sprinkled a little of the color remover in a glass bowl of
very hot water, mixed well then submerged it for about five minutes or so.

And this pink is what happened!!
Yes, it's a little mottled but I loved the aged look of it.
I rinsed it well, wrung it out and tossed it in the dryer
hoping I could create something pretty from the lone sleeve.










Here is my sweet, lavender-filled creation...
Of course I made a sachet!
I even had enough fabric to create a teeny-tiny flange ruffled edge AND
a velvet flower to adorn it.






It's about 2/3rds filled with lavender buds. I love that floppy, old, loved feel
when something's not stuffed tight.




From beginning to end, there you have it ~
Just a little playing around, experimenting...and creating!
I just added this one little sachet to my Etsy too :)


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I hope you have a wonderful Thursday sweet friends ~
hugs and love,
Dawn






32 comments:

Danelle said...

Funny..... I have a piece of dark green velvet that I wondered if I could do the same thing. I guess I will have to try it out... It is absolutely adorable. I think my eyes popped out of my head at the finished pic. HA

Robyn said...

Oh my precious gal~! Love that red removed mottled pink! So very beautiful!! I am thinking of scrounging the used clothing stores for velvet now!!

Vee said...

You are so good at thinking outside the box. I would be waiting for Clara to be able to wear the red velvet dress and perhaps she'd be able to wear it on the hottest day of July and by Christmas it would no longer fit. It must not have been that special for Clara I am telling myself or you'd not have made this lovely sachet from one of its arms. ☺

Theresa said...

Magic! You turned that velvet into a beauty:) Love it! Have a blessed day dear Dawn, HUGS!

morkaren said...

Hvor sk√łnt og kreativ. knus morkaren.

Claudia said...

Oh my gosh, I love it! You are so creative!

Lady of the Woods said...

you are just so amazing. I adore how you just play with ideas and manifest gorgeousness every time! I love coming here. blessings, lady

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It turned out beautifully, Dawn! I love that soft pink color. That dress fabric is gorgeous. The ruffle alone has got to be great for a pillow or something.

Simply Shelley said...

Well, isn't that the sweetest thing. You did good..my dear. Blessings

Pat said...

Well, Dawn, there you go again! creating something just wonderful...now, I'm only sorry I don't have any red velvet, but you can bet I'll be looking for some at my local hunting/gathering places. You have created something very special and given it your magic touch! It brings to mind something I often say..."how could anyone be bored?" I'm inspired by your creativity all the time...have a great day! And, thank you! pat

Primitive Seasons said...

Dawn! I can't believe it. I have a girl's dress made from the exact same red velvet. We unearthed it at my MIL's when cleaning her house out. I belonged to my SIL and she didn't want it so it's in my stash waiting for inspiration. I found it, thanks to you! You are so inspiring.

Mary

Dorthe said...

Dearest Dawn, that was a wonderful pink you got from the Rit-thing, how lovely, and I love it is mottled.
Your most beautiful lavendersachet must be so adorable to have in your hands, and iot looks so soft and sweet.
I don`t think we can buy such color remover here, only the smelling Clor...
Love and hugs,Dorthe

Pam L said...

I didn't know about dye remover - the world just got bigger! This is an absolutely beautiful creation - how clever of you!
Have a very creative day, Pam

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What a great idea! I love working with sleeves...just the ends to close up. It turned out a great color too. Thanks for the inspiration. Sometimes the item is just too big and this changing color gives a great variety. Thanks for sharing.

Curtains in My Tree said...

real pretty color it turned out to be

anything velvet is so pretty and soft looking

Karen B. said...

Sweet Dawn,
LOVE IT!!!! You have the most amazing ideas ...velvet and color remover, only you would think of this! I still don't know what I am going to do with my ballgown.
many hugs dear friend,

Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Penny Phillips said...

I love it Dawn! Can't wait to find some dark fabric and try removing the color! Hugs, Penny

At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Dawn, Never tried the color remover. So many times I find fabric in colors I would never use. I'm just gonna have to try it. You are so creative my friend. A beautiful sachet, and a great technic! Love, Penny

Kelly@CCCC said...

Great idea, Dawn! Never "thunked" of that!! =) Wonderful that it turned out so beautiful in the end! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing it with us! Have a blessed weekend! Kelly xoxo

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Wow! What a transformation. It makes me want to run out and buy some red velvet and color remover. Thanks for sharing!

FredaB said...

This pink is ice cream delicious. Who would have thought such a deep red would end up this color. Sometimes it pays to play.

Hugs

FredaB

Createology said...

Wow that faded pink is gorgeous and how clever of you to try changing the red velvet. Lovely lavender sachet. It was sold by the time I saw it. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Pat C. said...

Oh, my, Dawn! You are a genius! The fabric looks amazing in all its pink glory, and the lovely sachet is way too pretty to keep in a drawer!♥ xoxo

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

I love this .. thanks for always inspiring me .. LOVE it all

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh what a gorgeous velvet type of fabric. I just love both colours Dawn and the pink looks divine in its new life as a lavender pillow.
In fact, they make a lovely pair don't you think?
Softness plus plush!
Hugs to you dear friend,
Suzy

Mary Ellen said...

What a great idea to use color remover!!! I have had a package of that in my closet for years and am going to have to get it out and try it on something! Love the darling sachet!

Got a Silhouette machine and what little time I have I've been trying to figure that thing out!! Gosh it is much more complicated then I had imagined! do you have one?

bee blessed
mary

Luvcreatincards said...

Yum yum yum What a delicious colour the velvet turned out to be - it reminds me of candy-floss. I love the way there are little traces of darker pink too. You are such a clever lady. Thanks for sharing more of your delightful creations for us to see and enjoy. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Warmest best wishes,
Su
-x-

Terri Morse said...

Dawn, you are a master at creating things with vintage charm! The color of the velvet is fabulous - ballet pink. The flower is the perfect embellishment. I hope you are feeling well. Hugs, Terri

Rustique Gal said...

Adorable! I love the pink-it looks so vintage! You have the knack, I gotta say!
Hugs,
Sherry

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Great experiment, I love it. Have never seen the color remover dye. Should try it as I have tons of textiles. Thanks for the inspiration. ~ Abby

Lee said...

Love this- I would havenever thought to do this. I have some black velvet that I may try this on!

Barbara Jean said...

wonderful!
You are amazing girl!

blessings
barb

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