A few years ago I bought a dress on ebay, but when it arrived, it was a much brighter pink than it had seemed in the photo. However, it was such a lovely, comfortable dress, I wore it often. The only pic I can find of it is this one...from a post about dying shoes...
As you know, I love to alter, adapt and dye clothes and shoes, so I took a deep breath and decided to dye the dress. I was a little nervous, as I love it so much I didn't want to spoil it, but I really didn't like the bright pink, or the bright red centres of the pink flowers.
I used a pewter grey dye and this was the result...
The grey dye toned down the pink flowers so they are more plum-coloured. I'm really pleased (and relieved!) with the result, and I think it makes it more Autumnal-looking too. I'm wearing it with a lambswool cardigan I bought last week in a charity shop....snuggly! :) Interestingly, the centres of the flowers remained red.
If you decide to experiment with dying clothes, remember that the dye colour will only work exactly like the shade on the box if you dye white fabric. If you try to dye a yellow shirt blue, it will come out green, etc. That's why I chose the pewter grey dye, to tone down the pink to plum. I hope that makes sense!
Oh and don't forget, cotton is the best fabric for dying. Polyesters and nylons don't dye very well, so the stitching will stay the original colour. See how my dress still has beige stitching?...
I'm okay with it, but if I'd dyed the dress in a darker shade like chocolate brown or black, it might not have looked right.
Thank you for your kind comments (and patience!) about my move back to Blogger. It's nice to back here again.
Happy Sunday friends! xxx
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