The dip-dyed ombre dress I made for S as part of her Tinkerbell ensemble has proven to be a big hit. Her big sister has been eyeing it enviously, so in the interests of keeping sibling rivalry/jealousy to a minimum and because the dip-dying process was good fun I set about making H her own version.
I settled on a packet of Dylon hand dye in Jeans blue which I figured would produce the right colour if I reduced the time the fabric spent in the dye. As with the first dress I dyed the fabric (a lightweight cotton lawn) before making the dress to avoid any disasters. To achieve the ombre effect I made the packet of Dylon up as suggested on the packet and then transferred a small amount into another bowl to which I added more water in order to create 2 solutions, one concentrated and one less concentrated. I wet the fabric first and folded it into a manageable width, then I dipped it almost all the way in to the lighter (less concentrated) dye bath leaving just a small amount of the fabric white. Almost immediately I then pulled some more of the fabric out of the bath leaving the remaining section in for another five minutes. At this point I transferred the fabric into the darker (more concentrated) dye bath putting only the bottom third into the dye. I then moved the fabric almost entirely out of the bath leaving only a small section in for a further ten minutes. The fabric was then ready to rinse (it faded quite a lot at this stage), dry and begin cutting.
I used exactly the same pattern as for S’s dress. An adapted version of a tunic from Everyday Clothes for Girls with extra length and width, and the addition of belt loops. A very simple but effective design that is quick and easy to sew – all reasons why I love so many of the patterns in the book.
H, unsurprisingly, was also keen to get her hands on those fairy wings.
While the dye baths were out, I also dip-dyed some white cotton jersey and made a simple vest top for myself, drawing round another vest for the basic shape and using undyed jersey as contrast binding.