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ErinB

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

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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.photobucket.com/albums/e...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.photobucket.com/albums/e...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.photobucket.com/albums/e...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.

 

http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t21286

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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!

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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!

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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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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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