ReFashion: Rit Dyeing for a Pink Dress

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This is NOT a sponsored post.  If the Rit people want to give me free dye, i'm happy to accept it!!

Color Transformation
This dress comes with a bit of backstory.  It's actually a double ReFashion.  Before this dress was a dress the skirt was a white bed sheet from Goodwill.  The bodice was a white duvet from Goodwill.  I used the sheet to make a circle skirt (tutorial here).  I sewed the circle skirt to a simple tube top that I made from an old white duvet.

Formula for Deep Pink
Before I made this dress I knew the color that I wanted it to be.  I wasn't entirely sure how I would create a deep dark pink, so I pretty much made up this process as I went along.  Turns out, 1 bottle of liquid fuchsia and 1/2 a box of scarlet did the trick!!

1/2 pack of scarlet powder + hot water
I combined 1/2 the package of scarlet dye powder with very hot tap water.  Once the powder was fully dissolved, I added the bottle of fuchsia.

Test Strips
I pinned several strips of the fabric used to make the dress together.  These strips would be dyed with the dress.  I set my washed to small load, hot wash and let if fill.  I added 1 cup of salt to the washer (this is supposed to help the dyeing process) then I added the dress.  Once the dress was thoroughly soaked, I (nervously) added the dye to the washer.

Adding Dye to the washer
Once the dye was added I let the washer run for about 5 minutes.  That allowed the dye to thoroughly mix with the water and soak the dress.  Once the dress was soaked with dye, I opened the washer to make it stop.

Dress and dye in washer
To make sure that the dress was evenly dyed, I fully submerged it in the water.  I used a long pole to gently press the dress under the water until the fabric was no longer visible at the surface of the water.

Dress Fully Submerged
I allowed the dress to soak in the dye for about 2 hours.  After 2 hours, I fished the test strips out of the washer, removed one of the pieces of fabric and returned the remaining 4 strips (pinned together) to the washer.

When I removed the test strips I made sure that the dress was fully resubmerged in the dye.

Wash and rinse the test strip in the stink.

Wash the test strip

Dry the test strip!  Wet fabric is darker than dry fabric, so the strip needs to be dry to get a true sense of the color.

Dry the test strip
The test strip look very dark to me, but I decided to wait a few hours and compare it to the next strip.  I allowed the dress to soak for another 2 hours and then I removed another strip.  I numbered each dry strip so that I could compare them.

Test Strips

Test strip #2, seemed much darker to me and that made me happy.  After another few hours I pulled out test strip #3.  It was basically the same color as test strip 2.  That lead me to believe that the dress would not get any darker.  I closed the washer and allowed the wash cycle to continue.

I allowed the washer to spin the dye out of the dress, but I removed the dress from the washer before the final rinse.  I wanted to make sure that the dress stayed as dark as possible so I skipped the final rinse cycle.

To clean the washer, I ran it through a regular wash cycle with a little detergent and bleach (no clothes inside).

Freshly Dyed
I hung the dress to dry and didn't wash rinse it for 2 weeks.  Before I rinsed the dress, I pressed it and wore it for a family photo shoot.

My husband and I (Photo Credit: Janet Joyner Photography)
This is just a photo proof.  I'll post a better shot when the photos arrive.

Deep Pink Perfection!
All things considered, I think this dress turned out GREAT!  I'm wearing it to a pretty in pink brunch next week.  Nobody will ever know that it used to be a white bedsheet!!!

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  1. Love the photo of you in your lovely pink dress with your family! Thanks for the post!