After I first wrote my last post I have been thinking about
my abundance of dresses - a lot. I wrote that entry a while ago,
and it has been waiting to be published for a couple of weeks.
One of the first things I did after counting my dresses was to look at
'Shop your wardrobe' blogs, and other tip sites. I also immediately threw out
two old and worn out dresses. Then I googled around for fabric dyes.
Dyes for natural fabrics are easy to come by in Sweden,
but those illusive poly dyes are impossible to find - even at web shops.
So, I emailed a blog friend, the marvelous Magaly of Pagan Culture
- a resident of the more versatile dyeing inclined United States - to ask for help.
Sweet Magaly is a champ, and a few weeks later I had my goods!
Since I'm off (which is also the reason to why I've become such a
prolific blogger during the last few weeks) I dove right in to the dyeing business.
I had two dresses that were just waiting for this; One fairy style blueish dress,
and one pink princess dress. Both pretty, but definitely the wrong colors for me...
Polyester, nylon and other synthetic fibers can only be dyed
at really high temperatures. Dyeing in the washing machine
doesn't work, one has to do it on the stove top, in boiling water.
Other than that it's pretty simple. All you need to do is stir constantly
for up to one hour. I decided to bake some cookies in the meantime :)
When I had dyed the former gray-blueish dress, now an amazing purple color,
I threw in the pink one. I knew this might not work too well,
since most of the dye and the "intensifier" had been sucked up by
the first dress, but I gave it a go. Fortunately the tulle layer dyed anyway
and I ended up with a light lilac dress with a lush violet tulle layer.
As you can tell, the shades turned out differently depending on the fabric,
so the original color can't really be used as an indication of what result to expect.
(For instance, I thought the pink dress would turn out a little 'redder'
than the blue dress, but it was the other way around). Also, boiling damages all types
of fabric, so I wouldn't recommend doing this to something expensive.
But I am so very happy with the results (Purple, purple, purple!),
and the fact that I can now use two more of the dresses in my closet!
I would totally recommend these dye packs to anyone :)
And in the whole dress hoarder scheme of things, I think revamping some,
throwing out some - and just not buying any more for a while - is the way to go.
...and possibly beginning a line of outfit posts..? :)