Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Skirt Tail

My favorite skirt - no the ruffle doesn't really hang lopsided, it is just the way I attached it to the hanger.
In my zeal to finish some long standing projects, I deviated frequently from jewelry revamps to revamping my wardrobe. 

We all have favorite garments, something we tend to wear over and over again.  For me it's a mid-calf length, blue denim skirt that I truly adore because it looks good on me and is very comfortable.  Unfortunately a greasy stain marred the front of the skirt.  Before laundering  I tried to remove the stain with a stain stick and a great deal of  scrubbing.  Once the garment had gone through the wash and dry cycle, I was dismayed to see the stain was gone but in its place was a very light, almost white patch of fabric.  Perhaps the stain would have been better?

The skirt was put aside as I decided to "someday" try dying it with Rit fabric dye.   Finally that "Day" actually came.  Having bought a package of Rit, powder dye, in a dark denim blue, I proceeded to follow the instructions very carefully.  Naturally, like the idiot that I can often be, I failed to don an apron or change into the grubbiest of my grubby, "Never to be worn outside of the house" clothes.  Instead I was wearing a comfortably old, yet relatively nice, A-line dress.  It was one that I had made from a Simplicity pattern, using a soft, comfy, cotton interlock knit, in a pastel, apple green.  The dress, much like the skirt, was a favorite of mine and was worn often.

I had made the sleeveless, short version (shown in white on pattern).
Honestly I was trying to be very cautious but as I lifted the wet, freshly dyed skirt from its steaming hot, dye bath, it slipped and flopped back into the basin with a mighty splash.  Naturally the splash of indigo dyed water targeted my apple green dress.  At the moment there was little I could do except remove the dress and toss it into the basin along with the skirt.  Anyway, the skirt turned out beautifully . . . the apple-green, A-line dress however looked like c_ _ p ! 
Since I hadn't  time to prewash it (as the dye bath was still nice and hot and would be cold had I taken time to properly launder the dress)  the dye took unevenly, also my dress came out a shade of drab, charcoal gray rather than a clean denim blue.  :(

Okay, so now I had yet another project on my list . . .  make a new A-line dress like the one I had just ruined.  Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed !


  1. Having worked with RIT dyes, don't worry. It will fade and wash out in a month. I'm surprised their dyes are even still on the market as they are such bad quality. Tulip brand is much better. You can probably find a high quality fabric dye online from Dharma Dyes in San Rafael, CA. I used to get all my tie dying supplies from them in the 90s.

    1. Thank you for the good advice JoJo. The only dye I've ever used has been Rit and I must admit that I've never been 100% pleased with the results. Next time I'll give Tulip brand a try or check out Dharma Dyes' website.

  2. Replies
    1. I have thought about that but to be honest Black and even gray are not my colors. It's not that I don't like them, it's because I just look sickly in them. :(
      I may try a color or dye remover and then attempt to re-dye in a color more sutable to my complexion.

  3. Try washing the dress several times without using the dryer. It will probably fade if you avoid heat setting it!


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