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« Reply #560 on: April 27, 2012 01:37:24 PM »

AlwaysInspired that is adorable! Well done Cheesy Now, if only I could squueeeeeeeeze into it!!

dewshinesdopp A corset is an AMAZING idea! I can't believe it hasn't crossed my mind before! I have a vintage velvet corset type thing I picked up at a charity shop on the bargain rail for something crazy like 2 because it was missing the lacing for the back - I reckon it's make the perfect base! Only problem is it's black.. any idea what happens when you bleach black velvet.. do you think it's go white? Or red? orrrrr.. nothing? Does velvet fall apart..? humho! Thanks for the inspiration Cheesy

I'd love to see a pic of yours! What colours do you plan on using? Smiley I know the annoyance with the ductape dummy thing.. before I had a decent dressform I taped myself up WAY too tightly and struggled cutting the damn stuff off - bad move! ooops!
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« Reply #561 on: April 27, 2012 02:20:42 PM »

I remember reading in a crafty magazine-Somerset?-that when bleaching black, you just never know. That a lot of black clothing, the black is overdyed over a base color. Dunno how prevalent that is. Plus, no idea on if the velvet would fall apart. You could try a bleach/water solution in a spray bottle, see how it reacts? And hey, it's gibbous-just sew some ribbon and lace over it if the color doesn't look right!  Cheesy At least you'll have a nice base to create a corset on. Is it velvet inside and out, or an outer layer of velvet and a different inner fabric? If it's all velvet, you can experiment with the bleach on the inside. Or, if not, maybe sponge a bit on the edge where ribbon could go over it if needed?
And Alwaysinspired, that wee dress is beautiful! I love it!
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« Reply #562 on: April 27, 2012 03:41:56 PM »

loukr - in my experience, black velvet will turn into some sort of red when bleached, but I would advice on using lemon juice to bleach it (spray it on and let sit for a day before washing it out) instead of using normal bleach , because industrial bleach tends to mess up the fibers of the fabric...
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« Reply #563 on: April 27, 2012 03:43:48 PM »

Black dye can be a base color of just about any color.  Brown is the most commen reaction I have found, but I have had lovely purples and some rather hideous pinkish colors too.  All you can do is try the bleach on a spot you won't be using.  You have the extra added bonus of it being velvet.  If it is acetate based velvet it could disintigrate with the bleaching.  RIT dye makes a dye remover, which MIGHT work.....but I'm just guessing
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« Reply #564 on: April 27, 2012 04:57:50 PM »

Thanks for all the ideas! The corset is lined in a different fabric but the velvet does wrap around slightly as an interfacing, so I will test it out on that bit first Smiley I don't want it to turn red but feel it may - I remember accidentally splashing bleach all over my school trousers once during an art class and then went bright red!

I'll go with the lemon juice first - do you know if I can use the bottled stuff? I have like over half a bottle in the fridge left over from pancake day that isn't going to get used for anything else. I'll check out what the velvet is made of tomorrow afternoon Smiley I know nothing about velvet - my friend has a PHOBIA of it though.. the way it feels when stroked backwards, apparently... ooooook!
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« Reply #565 on: April 27, 2012 05:27:55 PM »

AS a further note, velvet is a type of fabric that can be made out of a lot of different fibers, so it could be anything from silk, to acetate, to bamboo (thought that would be a modern version I think).  If it is an older velvet it could be silk or rayon, which means it will bleach fine. 

I sort of know what your friend feels about acrylic velvet at least.  I think it has to do with static.  For me at least, silk velvet does not have this effect.
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« Reply #566 on: April 27, 2012 06:30:33 PM »

Sure you can use the bottled stuff Grin I tried it on a number of modern velvet fabrics and it always produced rather pretty results. And if it has no effect, you can always try suereals method Wink
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« Reply #567 on: April 29, 2012 04:16:17 PM »

Loukr:
I have *cough* 10 or so of them.  Before anyone starts to think I'm freaky or whatever (not that I'd admit one way or the other Tongue) I did Renaissance Festivals for ~years~.  Now, with my back injured the way it is, they are actually the perfect back brace.  The joys of having bad discs in three different spots. Sad

Anyways... the first one I will do is white- but I'd take your black velvet one in a heart-beat.   I secretly dream in goth Smiley

The one I am planning on using is a white from Fredrick's of Hollywood. It looks like this, except in white.
http://www.fredericks.com/Hollywood_Dream_Corset/51786,default,pd.html?cgid=co31#
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« Reply #568 on: April 30, 2012 06:06:46 AM »

I've lemonned my corset!! lol. I have tested a bit on the inside so now playing the waiting game! If it doesn't work I'll just work on it with dark colours but dark isn't really my thang y'know! Cheesy

dewshinesdopp, looking forward to seeing some progress shots, the corset looks fab as is!
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« Reply #569 on: May 01, 2012 05:54:09 AM »

Hey folks, me again! The lemon bleach thing didn't work.. it still black and DARK! It's acetate velvet.. maybe the colour won't budge Sad

Anyway, whilst I'm working on the roses of my other dress at home and by hand, I've picked up where I left off on another dress from WAY back in this thread, here's the last time we saw it:



And this is the progress I've made today:



Granted, it's not the most amaaaazing transformation so far, but this one went away in a bag because I felt it was getting uglier by the stitch, but now Ive got it out again I'm looking at it in a whole new light!

I've got the remains of a white cotton skirt lining and some lace having a bath in my washing up bowl at the moment surrounded by tea, this will create a petticoat type underskirt to help with that gaping hole at the front to create a bit more dignity for the wearer! The zip has been an issue with this dress ever since I put the damn thing in, so I may have to re-think the opening of it but hey - that's what's great about this style! Mistakes become a BIG part Cheesy:D:D

So far so good, I still need to blend the bodice into the skirt as it looks too blockey right now but it looks so much better than before - I think!

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