Jenny La Fleur
last of the Eowyn dye adventures - Jenny La Fleur
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last of the Eowyn dye adventures
I got the extra dye yesterday and proceed to dye the silk this morning. It was typical of the experience so far. I forgot the salt, went to the store, came home but forgot to change back into my dying clothes and got a spot of dye on my favorite jeans. *grinds teeth* While stirring the silk in the dye bath, about 20 minutes into the process, the sink plug came out and the dye bath drained most of the way out. I managed to save about a third of it and, for the sake of keeping the fabric submerged, added a bit of fresh water.

All this for what? The silk wasn't really any darker. I think it has taken as much Dylon dye as it will take. Maah! The sewing fates can be so cruel!

I sat down with Mom and C (who came for moral support) and stared at my swatches. None of us liked them with the velvet. I come up with 4 options:

a. by the professional dyes from Dharma and attempt to dye again
b. use the silk as-is but attempt to blend the two fabrics by painting the leaves on in fabric paint
c. forget making "Eyown's Green Dress" and create a "Rohan gown" (using my current pattern without the split, looped front and perhaps sans collar too), using the silk only for the sleeve lining
d. forget the whole thing and make a totally new something out of either the velvet or silk

Frankly, I've had enough ‘dye adventures’ to last a good long while and I hate the thought of spending so much money on a costume I will not ultimately be happy with. I really don’t think I will be able to find (or mix) paint in the colors I need for the leaves, I know because I had this issue with the Hades dress.

At the moment I'm leaning toward "c". It would be cutting my losses and is the most practical at this point. I'd be able to use the pattern I've perfected (and love!) and have 9-8 yards of lovely green silk for another project. I’ll be disappointed not to have made "Eowyn's Green Dress" but not brokenhearted. I'll still have a really LOTR costume along with yards of silk I could make into just about anything. (Titanic gown, 18th century, empire, 1820s, Ren ect.)

I am so glad Bridget’s costume is not being this complicated! *sigh*

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elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: April 23rd, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Aww... sorry about the dying not working out again. I hate when things just refuse to work the way they're supposed to. But, you've got all that gorgeous silk to use if you go with option c., and that would be too terrible, wouldn't it?? ;)

Miss C.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 24th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah really, another green costume - that would be tragic!
From: misscrabtree Date: April 23rd, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Jenny, have you tried experimenting by adding other colors. RIT calls them costume color recopies. There is a chance this may be the answer to your problems. Perhaps your just fed up with the dying process. Take it from me, don't make a costume if your not going to be happy with will forever be engraved in your memory and makes for Costume Unhappiness. Have faith, hang in there, your creative enough and will come up with something.
From: misscrabtree Date: April 23rd, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC) (link)
LOL typo

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 24th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC) (link)
Cool link (where was that when I was researching a few months ago) – I foresee that coming in handy for future projects - thanks! I'm a bit tired of the dying process at the moment and am ready to move on. I'm reluctant to dye the fabric again too. The color didn't come out as even this last time and I'm afraid more color will not take evenly as well. That would be really bad.

Jenny-Rose ...who is trying to avoid the dreaded "Costume Unhappiness"... :>
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