Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dress Makeover

I bought this "Chloe" dress about six months ago, mostly because it made me feel like I was in the Sound of Music swirling around the green hills of Austria, but vaguely felt like the color was a little blah on me. (I've been told to wear jewel tones before, but that "having your colors done" stuff Bridget Jones' nutty mum was so high on always seemed like a bit of a con to me.)Anyway, during a recent trek into Hong Kong I bought a little classic Rit dye in "wine" and decided to experiment.

After the garment is clean, you need to soak it thoroughly. Check.

Then use 12 Liters of very hot water to mix the dye bath. (I bought a plastic bucket expressly for this purpose, not wanting to stain my rented washing machine or bathtub.)

In goes the dress! Now the fun part; thirty minutes of constant agitation (with a chopstick!) and rubber gloves to keep those hands looking pretty. I felt like I was a 18th century washerwoman and was filled with a renewed appreciation for my modern lifestyle and appliances. I, for one, am quite glad that washboards are now a novelty musical instrument for hipster bands.

Rinse well in cool water till water runs clear and hang that sucker out to dry.

Voila!Perhaps Bridget's Mum was on to something with that color theory thing after all. Word to the wise about light colored undergarments and newly dyed dresses...may turn said undergarments a teeny shade of pink, so make sure to wash that dress well and/or wear dark undies!

1 comment:

jennifer said...

That color looks beautiful on you!

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