So summer whites picnic came up and I was tired of making and wearing 40s dresses so decided to give a new teens pattern a try. These patterns can be challenging as there are little to no instructions included. In this case, the challenge was merely time and color. I was unexpectedly required to go out of town for family reasons so I really had less than a week from the time I crazily decided to make a new dress to pull it off - a dress I was going to tea dye.
There is also a sash which
is missing from this photo
What to do?? Dye it with tea of course! Not that I have ever successfully dyed anything before this.
I had waaaayyy to much fabric to dye the fabric first and wasn't sure I wanted to dye all 5 yards so I made the dress first and figured if I ran out of time I would at least have a white dress that made me look like death warmed over.
Due to the lack of time, I went for it. It was a 38 bust pattern which I knew would be big but whatever...no time to worry. The top is oddly patterned and I am not sure why. The back and front is in one piece with an insert of sorts. Weird and a little difficult to sew.
I added some tucks of course. Love tucks and so correct for this time period.
My trip out of town was on a 6 am flight Thursday morning. I finished the dress Wednesday night and tea dyed it at midnight Wednesday night/ Thursday morning.
Difference between original white fabric and tea dyed fabric ...... a nice cream color.
My tea dye recipe was 4 chamomile tea bags with one english breakfast bag. I had read that black tea left an orangish hue and chamomile resulted in a more yellow hue. I knew I wanted some warmth from orange but not a lot. I also left it in the bath for not more than 1/2 hour. I really was making this up as I went.
By 2 am it was out of the dryer (the neighbors must love me!) and I had to pack for my flight.
I added the trim Saturday night upon my return.
There are no pictures of me wearing the dress as I was so sick whilst at the picnic that I wanted to crawl under our silly "period correct" table and die.
Though I do rather love the dress and cannot wait to find another reason to wear it!