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WeisserRegenbogen
« on: January 31, 2010 01:11:39 AM »

I saw this cute white blouse and immediately had to buy it in any color available (which was... black and white Cheesy). The black one was cool right away, but the white one was so BRIGHT white that it made me look...weird. I'm more the type for steampunky, subtle colors ;3 So I got at it, filled a big pot with a strong brew of tea, which I hoped would result in a... yeah, tea-ish, brownish, light vintage kind of hue for the fabric.

Actually... I got rosewood. awk. doesn't match my wardrobe at all! So I tried a second time, this time with coffe and was far more pleased with the results :3 I will post a tutorial on my blog as soon as I find the time!

After the color had been adjusted, I just cut off the ugly plastic buttons and echanged them for real, vintage mother-of-pearl buttons <3 Added a little embroidery with my selfspun linen thread, and here we are now! I'm quite pleased with the results (but maybe I'll add a bit more embroidery and steampunk brass details later).







Now it also goes well with my favourite vest (that I made myself, of course Cheesy)

here's the before version!
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010 01:29:02 AM »

Beautiful! What type of tea did you use to dye the shirt that color?
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010 02:36:51 AM »

The cheapest green tea I could get for the first try (resulted in a rosewood, very light baby pink color) and the second try was  just a LOT of cheap coffee Cheesy this resulted in a more brownish hue.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010 03:21:44 AM »

Do you rinse it with anything after that to keep the color in?
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010 03:46:07 AM »

That is awesome, such a cheap and different way to colour something Smiley
I'm the same white looks strange on me, so I may have to try this in future.
Oh and the vest is equally as gorgeous
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010 05:09:18 AM »

very nice..... you did a wonderful job.... it looks like a totally different shirt
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2010 06:41:30 AM »

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no i don't rinse it, just let it dry et voil. I like low tech. the baby pink of the first try even did survive the washing machine Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2010 09:44:24 AM »

I love this! It's just what I've been looking for to go with a coffee stained reconstructed skirt I made this summer. The bright white doesn't go.  Sad

I love the simple embroidery you did, the way that you sewed on the mother of pearl buttons so that it looks like a flower. Cheesy
And I love the coffee staining and sash, and the wrinkly look of the fabric. Okay. I just love the whole thing! BTW, where did you get it, and does it come in a 2x?
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2010 09:48:19 AM »

That looks great.
It looks awesome with the vest Cheesy!
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2010 04:18:37 PM »

Great style recon!
I also do not wear bright white well.  The coffee staining looks beautiful, and I love your linen embroidery accents.
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