Friday, August 17, 2012

adventures in dying

hello and happy friday! boy oh boy this week has been crazy! work has be pretty much insane, i had to tell my boss NO i can't work for you today because that would be a 14 day in a row work week. im exhausted and all i want to do is be a slug in the sun. regardless, today i am working but at a different place and will tell more about that soon, i promise.
 i wanted to share a little adventure i went on in my kitchen with some dye and a dress. my best friend is getting married in less then a month. i am a bridesmaid and her colors are purple and gray. now i hate bridesmaids dresses, they are horrible and i wanted something i would wear again but i was having the worst time finding a dress i liked that was the right purple. so, instead i looked for a white dress i liked. remember this dress? i wore it to see marina and it was perfect.
i stopped at my local michaels and picked up some dye, two purple and one denim jean color. it needed to be an eggplant and i wasn't sure the purple in the box would be the right color. now rit dye typically is for natural fabrics although nylon is okay too. it doesn't work so great on 100% polyester which the underside of the dress is. i wasn't too worried but in order to get a darker color the 2 purple packs and then half of the denim.  i then added 1/2 a cup of salt and 1 table spoon of detergent as per the directions.
i stood in front of the stove for about 30 minutes while continuously stirring, the timer went off and i got to work washing the dye out. you have to make sure whenever you are dying that you aren't using things that you cook with. i went and bought this big pot at the thrift store and it was perfect for this!

the color came out awesome and the underside of the dress came out just as i thought. i really love the contrast and that you can see the lighter purple coming through the lace. i am not a huge purple person so after the wedding i am going to dye it black and perhaps a pair of pants that are sadly fading.

dying is a great way to rejuvenate old clothes especially if you aren't crazy about the color. rit also makes products that extract color making it easier to dye something lighter. if you dye anything i would love to see!

have a great weekend!
xo,
cb

25 comments:

  1. so cute!!!
    i haven't dyed anything for a while- i think i'm going to have to try a project soon <3

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  2. It looks great! I'm so proud of you for telling your boss no. Is your other job as a shop girl perhaps? Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  3. I LOVE dying clothes! In fact, I love anything that changes colour before your eyes :)

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  4. great job, cb! i've only died something once and it ended up turning out really awful, so i've been scared to try again! i hope you post pictures of your dress when it's black, too!

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  5. It's beautiful! The color is perfect. I've tried dying things before and it was a total flop but I love this. Great job!

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  6. It looks amazing! I'm always been afraid to dye things, but you make it look easy. :)

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  7. I am jealous of your dye pot... I have been scouring thrift stores all over my city & have yet to find a good pot. :-/ evidently people dont give away their pots in Alabama...

    Your dye job is very nice & I hope you do a post of the post-wedding redye. :)

    ~Caleisha @ apt-203.blogspot.com

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  8. when I saw the post title I thought you were gonna tell us a terrible story about being sick or something. The fact that its just about dying clothes is such a relief. Now onwards to the dress! I love it. You really did a nice job with it and I cant wait to see what it looks like in black after the wedding. Have a fantastic weekend lady!

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  9. Love it! I keep seeing people dying clothes and I want to try it out but have nothing I need to dye lol.

    xo Amber P.
    http://theowlsden.blogspot.com

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  10. i was totally thinking what amber was thinking! that was a very so pauvre-esque title! i'm glad it had such beautiful results! <3

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  11. Fantastic! I loved the dress before, but it really looks good in purple! It's perfect for a wedding, but you'll be able to wear it many times afterward, as well.

    I am glad you told your boss no more. You have to have a day off. It's illegal for you to work that long without a day off, too.

    Can't wait to hear what you have been up to!

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  12. Wow - what a great idea - looks great:D

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  13. New follower to your blog.. had to comment on this post. LOVE this dress in purple.
    I don't know why you don't like purple but it looks pretty amazing on you!

    Enjoy the day off!

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  14. Wow that came out AWESOME!! I love the contrast of the under-fabric with the outer - the color came out so beautiful and rich! I've never tried dying clothing, and now I can't wait to! It's amazing how changing the color of something completely transforms the item into something new and refreshed!

    XO

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  15. looks great!

    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

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  16. I have never known anyone to do this before. It looks fantastic! I love the color you chose.s

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  17. It looks really beautiful, I'm pleased it came out how you wanted. I have a skirt that I know one day I'll dye (it's white) and I think purple is awesome! It makes a gorgeous bridesmaid's dress :) xox

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  18. You may not love purple but you actually look really great in it! It's a gorgeous dress.

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  19. I love how it turned out. This is something I need to try with some dresses that have grown dull to me. Thanks for sharing this and inspiring me :)

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  20. Great job! I'm always impressed with people dying their own clothes, I'll be honest, it kinda intimidates me! Looks like it turned out great!

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  21. it turned out stunning! and congrats on your new work/tattooing situation— that is so awesome

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thanks for commenting! it fills me with joy that you have taken the time to stop by!
xo,
cb