It sat in my D.I. bag for a long time, but I decided to pull it out and see what I could do with it!
Step 1.Cut off the top. This dress had smocking in the middle, so I cut above the smocking.
Step 2. Hem the top raw edge.
Step 3. Bleach test. I wanted a change of color, especially considering dingy metallic print. So I used the waistband ties that I had cut off to test how the color would turn out. After I let them dry I could see what the final color would look like. (Bleached items turned out surprisingly lighter that anticipated once they dried)
Step 4. Bleach the item. I let the skirt sit in 1:1 parts bleach and hot water for about 1 hour.
Step 5: Wash and rinse item. I hand washed the skirt several times before a through rinse and dry.
It took me so long to put out this tutorial, because I so wish I had amazing pictures like all the amazing bloggers out there, but I've decided it's better to post than not, so here it is! comments are always loved!