Thursday, July 15, 2010

An experiment

I know, I know...3 posts in one's like feast or famine around here.

O.k. so my sister, Jeanette, is getting married on Saturday! We're super excited for her. She is a wonderful, creative, beautiful, kind and very GOOD person. I love her.

So anyway, the rehearsal dinner is tomorrow night in L.A. where she and her fiance, James, live with James' darling daughter, Hannah. I found this beautiful, vintage-inspired dress at Forever 21, which incidentally is just plain PACKED with beautiful, feminine, vintagey clothing right now. I literally have like 8 pretty tees that involve chiffon flowers. But anyway. I digress.

So I tried this dress on for my husband but we agreed it's slightly weird for me to wear a white, lacey dress to the wedding rehearsal. Sort of like...tacky. I don't know. You get it, I'm sure.

Soooooo....I whipped out my fiber reactive fabric dyes that I haven't used in about a year and did a quick presto-chango altered dress job. It's in the washer right now, as I type, and it remains to be seen what happens....

I used the seafoam dye. Kinda blueish greenish.

Here's the super-easy directions for color-fast, just-like-in-the-factory dyeing method that you do right in your washer.

The tricky part here is the dress is 100% nylon except for the embroidery, or so says the tag. This dye is the best for cotton, so I know the cotton embroidered bits will turn seafoam. I do NOT know if the nylon will hold the dye. It might wash back out and be white, in spite of the "fixer" I use.

So...I'll report back with the results. I may not get to get a good photo until after I get back from the wedding. And that's if the handwash-only dress holds up o.k. in the warm water necessary for dyeing....yikes. We'll see!


Simone - honeyandfizz said...

Love the sound of the sea foam colour! Hope the dress turns out the way you want :) Have a fab time x
Just new to your blog, loving it.

The Rose Room said...

Hi Cheryl, looking forward to seeing how it turns out! Rachaelxo

Alison said...

Ooh sounds like it will be such a soft pretty colour

Missie Rabdau Designs said...

Cheryl, I LOVE this dress. I can't wait to see your comments and if it worked. I have ruined so many clothes with bleach or on of my kids throwing something on the laundry that bleeds. I've always wondered about dying it. My daughter just threw her new bathing suit on my husband new Lacoste golf shirt...and it had pink, yellow and purple dye all over it. Bleach did not take it out..and now I'm letting it bake in the sun to see if it works. Can't wait to see your results.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

My daughter's favorite store- Forever 21. I think she has this same dress. It looks so sweet and summery. Have a great time!

Cheryl Ensom said...

Thanks, girls! It turned out beautifully. I am so pleased! I have some pics James took from a ways away since he and kids were watching the rehearsal from the seats so I will try to snap some close-ups today so you can see the results!