I spied the tunic length Zone Bleue design
in a charming little clothing boutique
on Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach
that specializes in unique and often hand made pieces
from all over the world.
It fit beautifully,
but the color of the top was not flattering for my skin tone,
it being a grey/beige hue
There was enough cotton in the fabric contentsthat I believed it could be dyed to a warm beige color.
Upon returning home with the new acquisitionI filled the kitchen sink with warm waterto wet the entire garmentthen drained most of the water and added in the contentsof a pot of coffee that had been sitting for half of the day.I let it soak for about 15 minutes before gently rinsingand hanging the garment to dry,
fortunately the color came out exactly as envisioned.
As I was pressing the piece I wondered whythe designer had chosen to leave so much ofthe over lock stitching exposed on the edgesof the ruffles.
Was it a conscious decision to meet a certain price point?Maybe I've been watching too much of the show "All on the line"on the Sundance channel with Joe Zee.Either way, in my world I couldn't seem to let this charmingdesign just be as it was created,something inside me causes me to tweak it and make it my own.
Possibly it is the possessing of a cachet of delicate delightsneeding to be seen and not tucked away any longer.I felt it needed a little more and began foraging through mycluttered studio to find the perfect vintage laces and trims to addto the top covering the exposed seam edges.
I chose to also dye the lace pieces selectedfor embellishing in coffeebefore attaching them to the garment
and pieced several lacestogether for additional detailon the diagonal seam of the back of the tunic.
The lace you see at the collar of this sweet piecewas originally going to be an underskirt on the garmentbut after pinning it in place
I realized it was adding too much bulk along the bottomand found instead the lace was the perfect embellishmentto add along the bottom of the ruched collar
and included it on the sweet tie at the collarand then recreating the tie into a rosette.