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Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to turn a boring slip into a FABulous slip dress

How to create your own gorgeous slip dress

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How to dye a slip dress

With the right tools you can turn an ordinary slip into an incredibly fabulous slip dress. (For ideas on how to wear slip dresses see my other blogs).
The one thing you have to make certain when dyeing slips is that they are nylon, NOT polyester. Polyester will not accept dyes. Sometimes a slip will say 100% nylon, but the lace is polyester. Unfortunately you will sometimes not be able to know this as they are not required to list the minor fabric contents on a garment. What will happen in this case is that the slip part of the dress will accept the dye but the lace will not. Not a horrible thing if that is the look you are going for but just be aware that this can happen. My suggestion is only buy one slip at a time, that way if it is not 100% nylon you can continue on until you find one that is.
When dyeing materials such as nylon you have to use an acid dye, your regular grocery store dyes like RIT will not work. Don't be intimidated by this, acid dyes are not a big deal to use and are very easy. Darhma Trading Co. http://www.dharmatrading.com/ is a great source for all types of dyes, just remember, you are going to need acid dye for this project.
When purchasing your dye the directions will come with them but if you want to know what you are getting yourself into I have included them below. I have only used the stove top method as I have a new high efficiency washing machine and did not want to mess around using dye in it. Below are the directions on dyeing using the stove top method.
Just a word of advice. If dyeing only one slip adjust your amount of dye accordingly. The first one I did came out very dark as I used too much dye. Not a total waste but not the look I was going for.
Stove Top Immersion Dyeing with Jacquard Acid Dyes
Fill a stainless steel or enamel pot with just enough hot or warm water for the fabric to swim freely, turn on the heat.
Add the dye powder to the pot and stir. Normally, in this procedure you would add 2 to 4% of the dry weight of the fabric in dye powder. For example, if you are dyeing 1 pound of fabric, use 1/3 to 2/3 of an ounce of dye.
Add the fabric that has been thoroughly wetted to the dye pot.
Raise the temperature to 185 to 200 degrees, just below boiling. Stir frequently.
Add ¼ cup of vinegar per pound of fabric. Try not to pour directly onto the fabric. Or add 1 Tbs. of Citric Acid per lb of dry fabric if you don't like the smell of vinegar.
Maintain temperature and stir frequently for ½ hour. Wash in Synthrapol or Professional Textile Detergent and warm water.

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