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Topic: "Aged" Fabric (for copycat Anthropologie skirt)  (Read 14740 times)
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« on: March 29, 2011 09:52:02 AM »

Browsing the Anthropologie site the other day, I found this skirt, that I fell in love with:

Love, love, love, love, LOVE. Might be the only thing from Anthro that I've ever truly wanted.

Here's a better image of the fabric.

Well, instead of spending $200 on a skirt, I figured I could make one myself. I found similar fabric and a pattern that I think I can modify.

65% Cotton, 35% Polyester. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good as-is, and it was $1.98/yard.

I'd love to get it closer to the Anthro version, but can't figure out the best way to get that color. Do I want to overdye with tan? Dye with coffee or tea? Something else I haven't thought of? I looked through the boards and tutorials and couldn't find an answer.

I have 4 yards, and I plan on taking a small piece and sample-dyeing before doing all 4 yards. (It may have been cheap, but that's no reason to take unnecessary risks.) I'm open to trying whatever method might get me the results I want.
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011 12:40:39 PM »

Cute skirt! That pattern is a total win Cheesy

My first thought about the fabric was that since it's a blend, you have no idea which parts are cotton and which poly, or if it's blended throughout. Give a test swatch a dunking in a cup of coffee and see how that turns out. I like coffee for it's subtleness. Everything I've coffee dyed has turned out a lovely ecru, which is a vast improvement over blindingly-white. The last was a cotton-spandex blouse and it turned out great Cheesy BTW, using coffee can get expensive for really large bundles of fabric, because you need to use LOTS of coffee grounds. If it gives the colour you want, you may want to consider cutting the skirt pieces and then dye those pieces.

If coffee isn't dark enough for your liking, then yes, by all means, try a tan or khaki dye. Just be aware that powdered dyes need HOT HOT HOT water and a boat-load of stirring or you'll get blotches, but liquid dyes are more expensive (which is why I've gotten good at stirring Tongue). Start with a low concentration of a dye, and if it's too pale once it's dry, just over-dye it again with about the same amount of dye.

OH! And pre-wash the fabric before dying to get rid of any shrinkage or chemicals.

Great project, happy crafting Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011 10:26:40 PM »

I boil a big pan filled with water and some cheap (black) tea... put in at least five tea bags and maybe a few extra bags depending on the color intensity I'm going for... let the fabric steep in the tea covered for a few hours. Usually the colors I end with are light pinkish-salmon or coral beige color... rather than brown. although I have never tried using coffee.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011 07:58:02 AM »

Thanks for the advice! Maybe I'll do a test sample this weekend and see how it goes.
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011 05:47:51 PM »

I'm looking into dying a very white cardigan sweater with tea or coffee, but the tag was cut off so I have no idea if its a blend of fibers (seems like a cotton blend..). Will it look awful if I chance it and dye it anyway? Should I do anything special to prepare the fabric besides washing?
If anyone has advice, much appreciated~!

« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2011 06:52:38 PM »

The worst thing that can happen is any staining at the armpits will become SUPER NOTICEABLE. Use one of those fancy enzyme sweat-mark removing mixtures if you think your cardigan might have stains. Overall, so long as the garment is partly-cotton, is thoroughly dampened before it goes in the dye and you stir it alot, you'll get nice even colour. If it's not as dark as you want, just keep dying Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011 11:29:16 AM »

If you have a thread from the material you can burn it and if it makes a little hard bead on the end it is acrylic.

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