Jenny La Fleur
I hate the suspence of dyeing - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
I hate the suspence of dyeing

I just finished dyeing my chemise gown.

Turns out I should have checked my box'o dyes because I had sunshine orange not tangerine. I decided to go ahead and do some testing rather than pop out to the store though. I followed the original recipe which had 2 parts orange to one part pink (#1), then I tried adding more pink (#2). I dumped out the tye bath and started over, this time reversing the original, 2 parts pink to one part orange (#3). I liked that but decided to add more pink to see what would happen (#4). I still liked #3 so that is what I went with. I filled to tub sink with hot water, 3/4 cup salt, 1/4 tsp pink & 1/8 tsp orange, wet my fabric and dumped it in.

At the moment it's in the washer for a rinse & spin cycle with white vinegar. I'll have to wait until the cycle is done but it doesn't look like it dyed evenly to me. The shoulder straps look darker. I'm trying to hold on to the hope that it's just my imagination and not freak out but it's a challenge. Maybe I'll go work on my Poe sleeve and listen to my current audio book (Anne of Green Gables). That should keep me calm, right?


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jennil From: jennil Date: January 25th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (link)
Good luck! *crosses fingers for perfect outcome* :)
sadievale From: sadievale Date: January 25th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm sure everything will turn out alright: if it ends up a different color than you first envisioned, you can still make it work...=) it just changes the plans a bit, is all!
sarahlizzi From: sarahlizzi Date: January 25th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (link)
oh, the suspense of waiting for you to post again! hope everything works out - the color you picked was my favorite, too!
butterballbunny From: butterballbunny Date: January 25th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC) (link)
OMGosh, are those heart-shaped measuring spoons?!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: January 25th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC) (link)
3's my favorite too, I hope it turns out well for you!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: January 26th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC) (link)
You're good about the measuring. My preferred method is to do a few tests ("eh, that looks like half-and-half") and dump my fabric in. :)

Those spoons are *cute*!
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