I decided not to tempt the sewing fates and pre-washed my fabric with some Ivory Snow. I tested a piece first and the washed silk actually came out softer. Cool!
After rinsing the silk twice (I was soaking wet!) I began the dying process. Once I had put everything in and stirred the silk around for 10 minutes it was very obvious that it wasn’t going to be dark enough. It was turning a light minty green. Blah.
In a bit of a panic, I threw in the rest of the dye (according to the weight I only needed a little over two packs and I had 3½) and tons of salt. I read somewhere that the mordant (in this case salt) makes the color more vibrate. That could only help right? The fabric looked better after that, a little lighter than my test but do-able. Until I dried a test piece with my blow dryer. A lovely celery green - way too light. Double blah.
I had cleaned out my local Jo-Ann’s on Sunday so I made the trek to the Jo-Ann’s in Potomac Mills. I managed to miss the traffic and was there in 25mins – a pretty unheard of feat as there is ALWAYS traffic on I 95. God is so good! Walked into Jo-Ann’s and bought 7 packets of dye. I better be able to return some! While I was in PM, I stopped in G Street and bought some twill tape. Yep that's it, aren’t I a good girl?!
I got 1” cotton twill tape for the bottom of the Eowyn hem, to protect the velvet. Theory is when the twill tape gets destroyed (instead of my fabric) from dragging the skirt all over the Ren Faire I can simply replace it. That technique was used on one of the vintage dresses we have and it seemed a smart idea. The vintage dress used cotton velvet ribbon but twill tape is waaayyy cheaper so that is all my dress is getting. I’ll dye it to match the silk.
I got home, got all ready to re-dye the silk and discovered that I was out of salt. Triple blah. Went to the grocery store and got more salt, then came home and put the silk into the new batch of dye (3 packets this time). Looks good so far, perhaps a slight bit lighter than the test but I’m going to rinse and let it dry before deciding if it needs another dye bath.
I have to go out tonight so it would have to wait until tomorrow anyway. I am so tired! I get to help Mom costume an Easter play. Another one of those last minute, thrown together productions where we are the only ones who seem to care about getting the costuming right. I don’t know how she talks me into these things!