Low water immersion dyeing (second example)
September 2, 1998
blue, purple, and fuchsia tank dress
This time the fuchsia had no trouble coming through! I followed
essentially the same recipe as in example 12, the blue shirt, but this
time added the fuchsia cold, without sodium carbonate; after some
time, I added a solution containing a total of 1 teaspoon per cup final
volume, which was about four cups.
This shapeless tank dress is actually reasonably flattering to a wide
variety of body types: worn with a belt and bloused over slightly,
it's not bad on a plump woman. However, the straps are so wide that
something fit to be seen in public must be worn underneath. Dharma
sells it in one rather large size, about equivalent to an XXL men's tee.
This is half-size reduction of a snapshot. To see the full-size image,
click on the small image to the left.
How I did it
- I crumpled the dress and stuffed the resulting flat disk into the
bottom of a 2.5 pound coffee can lined with a plastic bag.
- Next, I mixed 4 teaspoons Procion turquoise into 1 cup of water,
adding 1 talespoon urea (quite unnecessarily). After pouring that
over the dress, I repeated this with 1 cup of dye solution made with
two teaspoons of cerulean blue, and finally did the same with 1 cup of
dye solution prepared with 2 teaspoons of fuchsia. (Note to self:
always *halve* quanitites of fuchsia in the future.)
- After allowing
the colors to mix and blend, without agitation or stirring of any
sort, for about an hour, I added a cup of water containing 4 teaspoons
of sodium carbonate (which I'd dissolved in boiling water and allowed
- The next morning, I machine washed the dress in first cold, then
warm, and finally hot water.
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