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Dyeing my slip drama, aka I now look like a smurf


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#1 ErinB

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    Posted 16 May 2008 - 09:16 PM

    So, I had the brilliant idea to "personalize" my wedding by dyeing my slip. Yeah, not my best idea ever.

    I started by doing finding directions on how to dye things on the Rit Dye website. Sounds like the right thing to do , right? Well, when I went to the craft store, they didn't have aqua dye. I'm imagining thing beautiful pastel shade that will match all of my other wedding stuff. The website had a "recipe" for aqua.

    Let me tell you, if this is ANYONE's idea of aqua, they are f-ing crazy!

    I even started with half the suggested dye amount, figuring if it was too light, I could add more and achieve the desired shade. Sounds good, right?

    Well, I end up with this awful shade of dirty, dingy teal. So I decide to try another color to try and get it closer to turquoise, our accent color. Here is my blue washer:
    http://i233.photobuc....2/100_1074.jpg

    Now, as I'm dyeing this slip, I have to keep pulling it out and repositioning it so I don't end up with a tye-dyed slip. Now, a normal thinking person would wear gloves. Not this girl! I managed to end up looking kinda like a smurf. Too bad I didn't take pictures of that!

    The slip ended up with 3 different colors, depending on the fabric of each piece. The slip is nylon, the zipper cotton, and the tag is something else:
    http://i233.photobuc....2/100_1076.jpg

    To try to make a bad situation better, I tried to use the color remover to lighten the thing. I guess it is better now, but nowhere close to my original vision. In natural lighting it looks pretty good.
    http://i233.photobuc....2/100_1078.jpg

    However, when it is under the dress, it still has that dirty teal look to it.

    IF you choose to dye your slip, contact me first. I learned the hard way!

    My first tip would be to only dye your slip a color that is actually made...red, purple, hunter green, etc. Don't try mixing your own.

    Test the color first on an old t-shirt, towel, etc. before gambling with your new $60+ slip.

    Wear rubber gloves!

    If you can use a front loading washer, I think the color will be more even and you won't have to do the take it out and un-twist job, hopefully saving you from dyeing your self.

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    #2 lucy106

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      Posted 17 May 2008 - 06:09 AM

      From your pic here and of you trying it all on it looks so awesome!! Sounds like quite an adventure you went through!! Ya know if you wanted to re-live your youth by being a smurf you coulda just bought the new smurf DVD collection! Ha! But seriously, great job!

      #3 ACDCDCAC

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      Posted 17 May 2008 - 06:52 AM

      i know it's pics, but it looks just like i imagined it would. i do see how it fits in more on the grey-green side than the blue-green side, tho. thanks so much for the tips!

      #4 Kat81

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        Posted 17 May 2008 - 06:54 AM

        I think it looks great! Such a cute idea. I love it.

        #5 caroline

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          Posted 17 May 2008 - 07:01 AM

          I think it looks lovely, Erin! It looks the way I would have imagined it looking... And the 'smurf look' will subside soon! =)

          #6 Dez921714

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            Posted 17 May 2008 - 08:27 AM

            I think you did a good job....unfortunately the challenge of it and since it's not exactly what you were thinking of is probably the reason you are "eh" about it.
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            #7 Yari

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              Posted 19 May 2008 - 10:22 PM

              I think it looks very good!

              #8 Sarah

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                Posted 20 May 2008 - 12:38 AM

                Wow Erin, you're really brave. i think the end color looks nice...

                #9 jajajaja

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                  Posted 20 May 2008 - 08:09 AM

                  I think you should take a pic of it on under your dress. It may be a nice peak of color as intended. It's not like it's going to be out in it's full glory.

                  Nonetheless, I think you were brave to try it. I don't think it looks too bad, but I'm just looking at a pic! Don't give up though- I needed to see it under the dress before I decide to agree with you. LOL It's not like you need my approval or anything, just saying. :)
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                  #10 Celina

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                    Posted 22 July 2008 - 01:00 PM

                    WOW - what a project!! I would love to see how it looked under the dress1
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