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Topic: embroidered empire summer dress **UPDATED! Now with tutorial, pg. 5**  (Read 27538 times)
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« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2006 10:33:38 AM »

That's gorgeous, you're embroidery is beautiful!

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« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2006 10:38:44 AM »

that's so pretty! i guess i wouldn't wear it myself, though i'm in a kind of jane-austen-y mood today  Wink

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« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2006 11:04:28 AM »

I adore Empire dresses...there's just something about them.

« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2006 11:22:23 AM »

I love your embroidery- beautiful!

« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2006 12:13:59 PM »

long time lurker, first project post. I knew this spring that I wanted a lightweight empire-waist summer dress in white cotton. However, when I got this voile, I realized I wanted more texture, so I tea-dyed the fabric (the underskirt is a bit lighter).

Wait a second... did you literally dye your dress with tea???  I am totally confused...   Huh

Love your dress! The embordiery is... out of this world!

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« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2006 12:19:15 PM »

I really love this dress! It's Gorgeous you did a fantastic job Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2006 01:13:29 PM »

Thanks everyone! The embroidery, FYI, was inspired by some work on a couture gown in the February 2006 issue of Vogue (Feb? might have been March). It's in the "A Handmade's Tale" section, I believe - there was a white empire gown (can't remember which designer) embroidered with bronze thread with a HUGe pattern inspired by french choir outfits. I liked the design a LOT and sketched out what I could from the picture. I continued to play with the elements, did several iterations, using 4 different ones for the final embroidery.

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Wait a second... did you literally dye your dress with tea???  I am totally confused...   Huh

Yep, tea dying is great - you can go as long or as short as you like. Short dying tends to turn things a little ivory/yellowed (think old paper), but if you let it sit awhile, before it reaches brown, it will pass through some very soft rosy tans that are lovely and oh-so-flattering.

You need a natural fiber garmet (linen, cotton, silk) and also one that can be washed. Tea dying requires hot water, so it's going to shrink your fabric, so do it before you sew. I also usually wash the fabric once in the machine afterward to make sure it's thoroughly rinsed out (not complete necessary, but I don't like risks).

Get a box of cheap lipton black tea - or that rose brand, whatever. I go to bartell's and look for what's cheap - it's not like I'm going to drink it. I use a big (11 qt.)aluminum soup kettle that I have for dying/projects. Fill about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way (leave room for the fabric) and put that sucker on high on the stovetop. Once you've got it close to a boil, drop in your teabags (I generally use about 20-30), lower the heat to low/simmer, and put a lid on that sucker (don't want your water evaporating). Let the tea steep for a little (5 min is fine), then give it a swirl and add your fabric. Then you just let it stew. When it's reached a tone you like, pull it out. For an even dye job, of course, be stirring it and shifting the fabric. You can even tie-dye with it! The first rinse will wash some of the dye out, so dye a little darker than you want, and if you want it a deep rosy brown, I would let it sit for a coupe hours, stirring every half hour or so to make sure you have even distribution.

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« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2006 03:56:52 PM »

Beautifully done. I especially like the embroidery!

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« Reply #28 on: July 25, 2006 04:06:14 PM »

wow!  it's amazingly beautiful.

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