Purple Rain

Here's 2 of 3 crafting projects that underwent a revamp for spring colour surgery over the past week. I suppose the one thing that I had in mind initially was the fact that I enjoy experimenting with colour. And as I always say dyeing fabric is definitely an easy way to showcase such an experience.

Then, there was also a pair of comfortable canvas wedges that I believe I've had for a good 8 or so years, and certainly on it's ending life threads. Originally the wedges were cream colour; throughout the years they have surprisingly remained cream, but I wanted a purple hue!
 
Before you toss those old shoes out, try dyeing them for one more wear!
Pardon the indoor shots, I had to make haste to head out for work errands today.
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Remember this lovely crochet top ... well, now it's purple as well! Fret not, there are plenty of other lace items in my possession in cream and that I will never alter. One might say that I went on a purple semi-over-dyeing frenzy, but this is not so. I also dyed an old jacket orange (will show you at a later date) and sewed a couple of handbags. 
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Yes, it was quite the creation festival last week in the studio with artist friends, gourmet food, and beautiful inspiration. Perhaps it's the transition into spring that conducts a symphonic flow of loveliness, one that affects us all in some way. Whether it be in colour, a blooming floral or just mere bliss in climate change. You know, that upbeat melody that we all hear around this seasonal timewhatever that is, it's marvellous!

Is there a special colour transporting you into good ol' springtime?


The goods: Lace top-Anthropologie-hand dyed to purple, Denim-Cheap Monday, wedges-last seen here, Necklace- Ladyofashion, Clutch-vintage

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67 comments

  1. Way to get more use out of those shoes - you truly look ready for spring time! I'm looking for more YELLOW! 

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  2. I love that crochet top even more in lilac. Your so inventive :) Hurry up and return to London!

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  3. I've been looking for a pretty crochet top to do exactly that. I love the result, you look gorgeous (as always). x

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  4. DestrehansDaughter/Sarah07 March, 2012

    First off, one of my favorite movies.  Second, it's a brilliant idea to dye shoes.  It never would've occurred to me.

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  5. You have done a great job on your top,i love the colour of it!! Chic outfit sweetie!! :)


    Take care,Daniella xox

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  6. I love it!!  The sweater is great!!!!!

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  7. OMG I love it, geez when I dye my items they never come out as nice. Often they look crafty. ha ha but that isn't my goal.

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  8. Outside Looking In08 March, 2012

    WOW, what a great idea, great color!  I might have to steal this from you!  You look so pretty in purple too!

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  9. lol, thanks so much! It does vary with the fabrication and dye used. I like vegetable dyes, and only a couple of synthetic dyes that I regularly use. But, patience was my answer in the long run. :-)

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  10. Excellent!  Thanks for your comment.  :-)

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  11. Vegetable dye? Uh whats that??? ha ha you sound like an expert. I clearly am an amateur in the dying arena. Just recently my daughter wanted to dye her converse so she could also embellish with studs. I though uh lets just buy the color you want. Might be easier. But then again, she's crafty like you. I think we will take trip to Michaels. 8-)

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  12. haha! No problem, they are natural dyes. I've worked with manufacturing companies with textile dyeing in the past, etc. and I just love to dye fabric in general. Your local art store, and sometimes fabric shops will also have easy/acid dyes, i.e. ones by RIT, Dharma, etc. 

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  13. Thank you. I am very happy with the colour. -xx

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  14. Well thanks a million! I will stay tune for dyeing tricks of the trade.

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  15. Thanks so much! Very sweet. Yes, do try it out. It's quite  fun!

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  16. I adore that hue you've chosen to dye your shoes and top! I love it! I have never tried dyeing my stuffs before, but I now must!

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  17. sartorialsidelines08 March, 2012

    Wow - you look so stunning in purple!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  18. Oh yes, I love yellow as well. :-)  Thanks!

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  19. francesca romana capizzi08 March, 2012

    purple is one of my fave colors for this spring so I really like what you did with your sweater. It came out very well!


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  20. Thanks! I've been thinking of moving back next yr. sometime ... Too much travelling these days for work. hope to see you soon. -x :)

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  21. yes, I've a few more projects to tackle, but the result is worth it! :)

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  22. MISPAPELICOS08 March, 2012

    Brilliant idea. I might try with a few things.
    You look gorgeous, my dear Madison
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  23. Myrepublicoffashion08 March, 2012

    Cool DIYs. That crochet top is really pretty. Whenever I try to dye my clothes, there is always a disaster! haha :)SarahD

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  24. Beauty Follower08 March, 2012

    Well done with that top, nice color!

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  25. Beauty Follower08 March, 2012

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  26. i always admire the way you transform your clothes - no special colour at the mo - but (rather predictably) i am liking pastels .... x

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  27. Loving that purple top and your clutch - so cute :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray 

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  28. fashion provocateur08 March, 2012

    those oversized clutches are totally hot right now! you look fabulous the colour is just amazing on you!! 

    xx

    fashion provocateur 

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  29. FAB! I forget that dyeing a garment or shoe will significantly change its look, longevity, and appeal. I need to do more DIY projects ASAP! You look lovely, great post!

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  30. Purple is one of my absolute favorite colors so I am totally loving this look. Also...the color of your clutch is divine! It works so well with the denim and purple hues. Gorg!  :)

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  31. The Dainty Doll's House08 March, 2012

    Love that top, the purple is gorgeous!! Really works well with the colour of the bag, they bring out each other's colour so well!! Hope your having a great week sweets! xx

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  32. Thanks doll! Purple is a fantastic colour. -xo

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  33. Thanks! x
    of course pastels are the must-have choice! love them!

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  34. Thanks so much! I love experimenting with dyes.  try ready acid dyes they are quite easier! maybe that will help! :)
    ~Madison 

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  35. A great clutch goes a long way! lol. Thank you. :)

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  36. I love purple. Great that you have created it yourself. Xxxx

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  37. Yes, do try dear! xx happy early Friday! :)
    Besos

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  38. The newly dyed top looks lovely! It's great fun to dye your own stuff because the items will match perfectly, right? :)

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  39. Nice job!  I've wanted to dye a lilac top for a while - do you have any tips or recommendations for dyes?

    xoxo,Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  40. Right! :) It's always fun for me. 

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  41. love the dye job!!! great job!!!
    www.sugarfilledcloset.com

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  42. I love this!  The purple color is so vibrant and beautiful. Makes me want to try dyeing something.  

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  43. A Brit Greek09 March, 2012

    Darling you're always so inspiring, so crafty and I love purple! Gorgeous wedges and tan bag!
    x.o.x.o

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  44. You'll have to tell me what kind of dye you used and how it holds up. I have a pair of nude shoes that could definitely use some refreshing!

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  45. I love that you changed the colour from cream to purple! 

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  46. What a great way to breathe new life into old items!  Beautiful shade of purple and lovely job!

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  47. I normally use a variety of dyes hun, but for this project I used fibre reactive acid dye and natural dyes, because all of my garments were not the same fabrication. Check the fabric of your items first b/c that will definitely matter which dyes to experiment with. Try acid dye first (very easy and can be bought at local art stores) for first time dyeing with sample fabric.

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  48. I normally use a variety of dyes hun, but for this project I used fibre reactive acid dye and natural dyes, because all of my garments were not the same fabrication. Check the fabric of your items first b/c that will definitely matter which dyes to experiment with. Try acid dye first (very easy and can be bought at local art stores) for first time dyeing with sample fabric.

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  49. Thanks so much! & thanks for visiting. :-)

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  50. Amazed. I have always meant to try this- to freshen up faded black shades on clothing. Have you ever done that with success? 

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  51.  Such a great dye job - that purple top is so pretty! And love those wedges as well :)

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  52. That is such a great idea to dye shoes! They look lovely and I love the way you matched the purples!
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  53. The purple is lovely. So cool you dyed the top yourself.

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  54. Thanks! Yes, I have re-dyed items including old solid denim making them darker & (mixing two colours i.e. navy and blue or navy and black, etc.). But, I tend to use fibre reactive dyes for those types of projects. Check your fibre content first and you should be fine. For an affordable quick dye you can grab a dye from your local craft/fabric store as well. Dylon, RIT. etc. Good luck!  :)

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  55. Awesome, thanks for the advice Madison. Will definitely check out the fibre content. I had no idea there was so much more involved than just picking up some RIT!!

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  56. Dying is addicting!!! OMG I had a friend call me once that she was dying things in blue and I should come over...I brought an item to dye but then we ended up making her bf let us dye something and i literally took the shirt off my back to dye it, lol. So funny.

    Anyhoooo I LOVE how it came out The color is perfect and looks great on you. 

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  57. I love your purple crochet top- it's so pretty! And that's a brilliant idea to dye your old shoes to give them new life! :)

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  58. I see all these great DIY's in the bloggersphere but yours always inspire me to go out there and try them for myself. GREAT color on you!

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  59. You're very welcome!
    Yes, may be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be, just depends on your preference and project. :-)

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  60. Aww, Thanks Bella dear. I'm glad it was inspiring. Sometimes it's a great feeling to say, "Oh, I made that!" :) Hope Seattle is treating ya well. 

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  61. Absolutelyfaaabulous14 March, 2012

    Love this Spring Color Surgery idea! Thks!! 

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  62. Purple is such an amazing color and it looks gorgeous on you. :)

    xoxo

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  63. In the same fashion as you would any other garment, but more carefully: it was quite easy with this cotton canvas. :)

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