Making Stuff: Ombre Girl’s dress {thrifted dress refashion}

by This is Carrie on February 15, 2012

Do you remember wearing Amy Byer? I sure do. Back in the late 80′s, early 90′s I loved those dresses.  I found this white Amy Byer dress at the thrift store for a whopping $1.50 and I knew it had potential. But not as an 80′s fad, but as a sweet “grandma’s sewing nook” inspired dress.   What I did not expect was how much the jacquard pattern popped once it was dyed.  Fun surprise!

Basic Steps:

-Unpick crazy ruffle sleeves and finish armholes with a “bias tape facing” made from extra fabric.

-Dye dress yellow

-Dip dye dress (top down) into brown dye.

-Cut and attach collar made from thrifted, crocheted doily (the oval shape worked great).

-Hand sew vintange covered buttons.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

kage February 15, 2012 at 7:28 am

I put this in the highest of highs, PRETTY FANTASTIC Carrie Refashioning category.


KP February 15, 2012 at 8:17 am

I completely agree!


February 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

I LOVE how the white on white print transformed with the dyes.

You can bet I’ll be looking for these on future thrift store adventures.


Debbie Tesla February 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

We are soul sisters when it comes to upcycling great finds! Great job!


Shari February 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

You rock Carrie. Your kids get the greatest things plus a gift from you that it’s good to repurpose and renew. Will you be my mommy? What’s one more?


Teresa February 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

What a wonderful transformation! Thanks for sharing!


Lynn Hey February 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Wonderful refashion! The dye job really took it to another level of creative genius. LOVE IT!


jonita mortensen February 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

One of your best! Love how the dye job really made this dress.


sara February 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Incredible dye job. And she looks so pretty in these pictures :) Also, love her shoes!


Susan C February 16, 2012 at 6:35 am

Wow — I would never have guessed there was a pretty pattern on the fabric before you dyed it.


Heidi February 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

That is adorable!


ira lee henson February 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

i love this!!!!!


Jennifer Brasher February 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

LOVE it – makes me wish my daughter was a dress girl.


Mary Clare February 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm

This dress is absolutely adorable. I want to try this for myself! Great inspiration to create something of my own. Thanks for sharing



Pam February 20, 2012 at 12:50 am

I love what you’ve done to this dress!!! Great upcycle!!!


Michelle Alley February 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Yes, I wouldn’t have thought the pattern would have popped out as much either – I am very surprised at the difference. The outfit if just beautiful! Great job :)


Amanda Havens September 21, 2012 at 12:08 am

I would NEVER have picked this off the rack. IMO, the ‘before’ picture looks hideous on the form and I don’t totally love the after when it’s just hanging up. But, oh man is it cute when it’s actually on the girl! It sometimes surprises me how much of a difference in appearance it can make to put a clothing item on a real person.


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