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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:

    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:

    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.

    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.


    #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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