Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Adventures in Dying Fabric…

Yes, I took the plunge and decided to try my hand at dying fabric. The results weren’t exactly how I had envisioned them, but I’m really happy with the final result. In fact, the color turned out better than my original idea. So, I’m making a new gown for  to wear for our Georgian Christmas Party. However, I’m hoping I can wear throughout the year and not only at Christmas. Here are the pictures so far.


The dyed fabric. It reminds me of a Granny Smith apple.


The overall shape of the gown.


The gown on the left is very similar to the color of both the main fabric and the trimmings I chose. I plan to use red silk ribbon and white lace around the neck line and sleeves, and a silk red sash around the waist.

It’s coming along rather quickly and I hope to have finished photos in the next couple of days.

God Bless!

Love Lauren

4 Witty Sentiments:

Beth said...

That green is so bright and lovely! Dyeing really is an adventure, it always seems more like alchemy than anything else...

Kleidung um 1800 said...

The applegreen color looks yummy indeed! I'm looking forward to the finished dress.

Meg said...

The fabric looks beautiful! What dye did you use? I had very similar results using RIT Kelly Green -- I was expecting a much darker shade (as shown on the box), but my silk came out a very bright lime green. I didn't leave it in very long, though, so it might have darkened up like yours if I had!

Katy Rose said...

What kind of fabric is it? I noticed in your new post with the dress it's very sheer. I do a lot of fabric dying and found there are two types of dye that work good. A procion Mx for cellulose fibres and a Ciba Acid dye for protein based fabrics. Witha Procion dye the fabric is dyed in 3 steps. 1st is the dye bath, then the salt is added, then the fixing agent is added. each time the fabric gets a bit darker. Time is a big factor in how dark the fabric will become, but the amount of dye used contributes to it as well. Good luck in future dying en devours. Its a lot of fun.