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I tried to tub dye my Victorian dress. I left it in for nearly 2 hours. It’s a smidge darker but the heat bleaching is still there. You don’t notice what’s on the skirts. It’s the bodice that kills me. If anyone has any other ideas please let me know or if you think you want to give it a try I will gladly ship it to you.


Progress pic on the corset. I’m an idiot. I realized after I cut it that I didn’t mirror the pattern of the silk. Geeze. Oh well.


and…. Dog spam. Meet Mr Frog Legs

Date: 2008-12-08 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Don't have any suggestions on the bodice, I'm sorry! :(

Corset looks great, I have that fabric too and haven't don'e anything with it for months! Don't have much of it so a corset would be a great idea for me too!

Cute puppeh!! I love the frog legs position; my pugs do it too. ;)

Date: 2008-12-08 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The embroidery is a bit thick when wraping it around the busk but otherwise I think it will work out ok. I'm going to see if I have enough left to recut one of the sides so it mirrors properly.

Date: 2008-12-08 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know this is really out there, but did you ever read Little Women? There's a scene in there where Jo and her sisters are getting ready to go to a dance and one of the girls uses paint to touch up the back of Jo's dress because she scorched it by standing too close to the fire...
Alternately, what kind of dye did you use?

Date: 2008-12-08 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know I had thought about the painting idea but I'm not sure how to go about it and it not be as noticeable, or what to use. I hadn't hoped for perfect but less noticeable than what it is.

I used dylon, 3 packages of black and 2 red. I had a bottle of Rit brown that I threw in there too since I had it laying around.

Date: 2008-12-08 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How about covering it with lace? A beautful creamy lace and the base fabric peaking through would make a nice combination. Or go for a more sober look with black lace and replace the cuffs and collar area with some black silk satin. Maybe run a length of coordinating lace near the hemline of the skirt to pull it all together.

Date: 2008-12-08 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Now that I actually looked at the pictures - cream lace might definitely be better - I didn't know about the banding you already had on it. I love how it fits!

Date: 2008-12-08 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am trying to get aruond not having to remake the bodice but worse comes to worse I'll do something so it's wearable again. Thats the part that sux. it's completely wearable. it's just not all the same color ~L~ Of course the blue bands are now brown bands but thats OK.

Date: 2008-12-08 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Could you just carefully make a lace shell with fine seams and just slide it over and carefully pick on. Maybe using a fine silk bias binding in a matching brown? At least that way you wouldn't have to unpick the whole thing.

Date: 2008-12-08 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good idea!

Date: 2008-12-08 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would suggest dip-dye colour. You heat it in a very large pot, and dip the fabric into it.

I used that when I needed to dye a silk fabric in a pink+blue shade, where the colours would be separate in each end but blend in the middle (can be seen in the bodice of this costume: ). I used a brand called Dylon ( - more specifically ), and added a lot of salt and strange stuff for fixing the colour into the fabric. The heat had to be just right as well, but it went surprisingly well, and the result is so neat.

You can "manipulate the colours by focusing on the area that needs colour, and just skip the rest. Better than soaking the whole thing. I THINK it would work. Worth a shot?

Date: 2008-12-08 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dylon is what I used in a tub of hot water (not on the stove so it gradually got cooler) with loads of salt. The blue silk bands took the color really well but not the bleached cotton.


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