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« on: June 24, 2004 08:07:21 PM »

i don't know what it is with me and silk recently, but i have yet another project involving silk, a fabric i have hardly ever worked with. i got this lovely cream silk camisole at the thrift store for $1, and it's perfect with the exception of a few hot pink splotches



they're not enormous or anything, but they are noticeable. cream is sort of boring on its own, so i'm using those splotches as a starting point for adding color to this top before selling it. i already have hot pink ribbon, but that doesn't exactly make the splotches seem deliberate. basically it comes down to this: i have to dye this thing. that's fine with me, but for one thing:

i haven't the slightest idea how to dye things (other than stuffing cotton things in the washing machine with salt and copious amounts of rit dye)

i don't want to just cover the cream, because then it's just as solid and boring as before. so what the hell should i do to make the pink blend in?


the dyeing aside, how do you make silk tops adjustable? i try to not make my future ebay items one specific size, because it's bound to be my size and honestly, how many people are built like bloody amazons?
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2004 08:44:16 PM »

The Carol Duvall show has a bit on handpainting silk ribbon. You could probably use the same method and materials on a silk camisole. Make sure to read the bit at the bottom about heat setting silk.

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_needlework_ribbons/article/0,,HGTV_3266_1369995,00.html

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/crafting/article/0,,HGTV_3352_1399743,00.html
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2004 09:18:59 PM »

i've been mucking about on the dharmatrading website for the last hour or so and have figured out how to achieve the sort of "watercolor" effect i want. now this just leaves the problem of adjustability......any ideas?
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2004 09:30:21 PM »

not sure if it works on silk but i know people use it for yarn...koolaid? you could mix it and make paints. you'd still need to be able to figure out the painty effect though Smiley but would make a good marketing feature..
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2004 10:35:31 PM »

hey thanks! i completely lack business sense so i never think of things in terms of marketing benefits. i figured out how to get the effect i want (stretch silk, paint sparingly until it loves you).

and still the search for adjustability continues. i realize the thing only has to be a little larger than the bust measurement when it's done.......buuuuutttt......i have all this hot pink ribbon! and some more cream lace! i already used a bit of both to make new straps, but there's MORE! or maybe i'm just Way too fond of lacing   Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2004 06:57:28 AM »

you could make a bunch of buttonholes in a line and lace the ribbon through them (along the neckline, or empire style under the bust)  You could do the side ruching thing that's so popular right now (I think you sew a couple of channels on a side seam and attach the ribbon at the top, running through the channels, then you can cinch the shirt up by sliding it up the ribbons and tie them to keep it in place)
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2004 08:15:27 PM »

i like the empire waist idea. i wouldn't even have to do buttonholes, actually. the lace i have has perfect buttonhole shapes running down the middle of it. if i just sewed it on along its edges i could lace the ribbon through that and wouldn't have to worrk about mangling the silk with a buttonhole foot. thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2004 09:27:54 PM »

back to the topic of dyeing...do i Have to stretch silk before i paint it? i really want this to be as quick and easy as possible. i'm not painting on a specific pattern or anything. just random splotches with one color. will something go horribly awry if i don't stretch my silk?
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2004 09:42:48 PM »

How about three different versions of the same camisole by adding little loops and laces: Lacing on the side, lacing on the back, lacing on the front. Somehow, if it's done right, lacing always makes underthings seem comfortable but sexy.
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2004 11:25:25 PM »

i was thinking of tacking some of my buttonhole lace on princess-seam style and lacing it up like that. i'm terribly fond of the empire waist idea, though, and i'm not sure how well having both things would work.... oh, well. at least i have until my silk paint shows up to figure this out.
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