Friday, December 03, 2010

Overdyed & Embroidered

Overdyed & Embroidered
Before & After
I finally got up the nerve to alter an Ikat peasant top from the Gap I hardly ever wore
and I'm so happy with it now. It's made with the softest cotton...
I overdyed it with dark indigo & embroidered the the front
with some running stitches, zig zag and red french knots.
I can't believe I didn't do this sooner. I'm looking at my closet with a newfound vision ;)
*The image of the blond babe on the right is from the Gap.

36 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

I have this shirt! And I wear it all the time. However, I love what you've done with it and am a little jealous that mine isn't as beautiful.

12/03/2010 9:57 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I absolutely love what you did on this top! You made it so special and unique. Beautiful job!

12/03/2010 9:59 AM  
Anonymous joni said...

i cannot believe it's the same shirt! yours is miles better--like you looked into the shirt's soul and created a way for it to sing.

12/03/2010 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Laura A. said...

Wow! The original was nice but you made it fabulous! Congrats!

12/03/2010 10:21 AM  
Blogger HollyM said...

The original would have suited me but I must say I like what you did with it. I like unique.

12/03/2010 10:55 AM  
Blogger Mlle Paradis said...

great transformation! you're going to start a trend here, overdyed or not! love the little red french knots!

12/03/2010 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Maaike said...

Very cute! I wish I had the guts to do something like that to my clothes...

Maybe I'll try to paint something on them...

12/03/2010 11:08 AM  
Blogger Mlle Paradis said...

had to come back and say what stunning posts this week, all! and love the little hat your helper is wearing - too cute! happy holidays!

12/03/2010 11:09 AM  
Blogger Dyche Designs said...

It looks great, it's always fun to change things up. The difficulty is having the courage to go for it. :0)

12/03/2010 11:34 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

So lovely ! I should learn how to do embroidery :)

12/03/2010 12:13 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I was just admiring you clothes (what I can see of them) and jewellery in your painting videos. Id love to see your other outfits. They all look like natural fiber, which I am right into.

12/03/2010 1:12 PM  
Blogger c.raf.t said...

Ooh! beautiful!I do that most of the time..just to have something different, and to my daughter clothes as well! It's such a great fun to change an old item to a new one!

12/03/2010 1:48 PM  
Anonymous denise said...

It looks sooooo much better, like you brought it back from a far away trip. Nice job.

12/03/2010 2:01 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

Geninne,
You help me to see so many things in a new way. You and your work sare very inspirational.
thank you!!!!!!

12/03/2010 2:34 PM  
Blogger jb said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love it. You inspire me. :)

12/03/2010 4:16 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

i have this top...i may need to copy you. smile.

12/03/2010 10:52 PM  
Blogger la casita de wendy said...

i love it!!

12/04/2010 12:56 AM  
Blogger ariadne said...

Amazing!You art covers all media!Ariadne from Greece!

12/04/2010 1:18 AM  
Blogger Elena said...

It's looking really great. And really you, as I imagine.

12/04/2010 2:04 AM  
Blogger Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Wonderful idea...beautiful outcome!

12/04/2010 2:31 AM  
Blogger PrairieGarden-Liane said...

what a fantastic idea (and result)!
you have us all looking in our closets with fresh eyes :-)

12/04/2010 7:43 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

What a transformation! I have some linen clothes that I've been wanting to dye. Maybe now I'll finally do it. I like the embroidery too.

12/04/2010 8:02 AM  
OpenID satsumaart said...

That's beautiful!!! I keep wanting to alter my clothes too, but it's taking me a long time to work up the nerve too. You're inspiring me to try it!

12/04/2010 9:36 AM  
Blogger dls said...

What a neat idea..... the embroidery is a nice addition. Enjoy your new item of clothing!

12/04/2010 9:41 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh, wow! I've never been 100% happy with my shirt of this style as it is; perhaps an overdye and some simple embellishment (as I'm not as adept with the needle as you are) are in it's future...

12/04/2010 2:21 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

Never would have thought to do something like that, of course I can't embroider, but dying things that don't quite work is an awesome idea. It's really a beautiful piece now.

12/04/2010 4:02 PM  
Blogger petunia girl said...

love your unquenchable creative courage, G!!

12/04/2010 7:28 PM  
Blogger kg said...

Very impressive... most of all, I am super-jealous of all those lovely french knots!! :-)

12/04/2010 7:40 PM  
Blogger ArtGirl said...

so the one on the right is what it looked like BEFORE? wow! that's really cool - i LOVE what you did with it! there is no comparison. nicely done!

12/04/2010 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Kaylee said...

I found your wonderful blog via Creature Comforts, and I must say I'm in love with it! You are such a talented crafter! I was wondering why you don't have an RSS feed availble, though. I don't have Google, so it's hard for me to keep track of your new posts!

12/05/2010 7:39 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Cantrell said...

Absolutely beautiful!! You made it so much better- so much more character and history and nostalgia. Great work!

12/05/2010 8:13 PM  
Blogger Julie Bagamary said...

It's beautiful! I recently changed the button on a thrift store sweater and it made all the difference!

12/06/2010 5:39 AM  
Blogger Anne Marie said...

Que manera tan divertida de renovar el vestuario!

12/06/2010 9:55 AM  
Blogger arounna said...

your version is soooo much better
wow - you've inspired me to look in my closest to see what I can revamp.

12/06/2010 7:41 PM  
Blogger Tania McCartney said...

Do you talents never cease? You blog is like a tonic for me. x

12/09/2010 1:20 PM  
Blogger Hanna said...

Ooh I love that! I didn't read your post first and just spent like ten minutes going through gap's website trying to find the shirt.

12/09/2010 4:15 PM  

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