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The opposite of dyeing

I've been experimented with some fabric manipulation techniques lately. As you know, I've recently learned how to use liquid dyes and I've gotten pretty good with them. I dyed a wedding dress blue and an eighties-dress-altered-into-a-twenties-dress aquamarine. I also dyed a couple of gauzy tops black by putting them in a plastic bin with a lid and shaking it. I had a ton left over, so now I am seeing if the dye keeps by closing it up and putting it away to possibly reuse it later. But lately I decided to try going the other way. I found a dowdy old lady nightgown in a thrift store that I thought I could turn into a Victorian dressing gown. This could come in handing for my Mrs. Hawking project.

dressinggown

What color would you say this is? Does it look white to you, or do you perceive it as having a hue? Because it had one when I bought it. The only problem was that aside from the lace trim, it was a pretty cheesy baby pink color. Not appropriate at all for the look I wanted. So I decided to see if I could turn it white.

The first thing I tried was to bleach it. I filled up my plastic bin with warm water and poured in three or so tablespoons of bleach. I put the nightgown in and periodically stirred it, trying to keep it as submerged as possible. I wish I'd taken a picture of it in its normal state for comparison, but when I took it out, I couldn't tell if it had lightened up or if I was just telling myself it did since the pink was a pretty pale shade to begin with. At any rate, it definitely was still pink. I thought that was odd, given the stark white spots I'd seen bleach cause in the past, but it was not the results I wanted.

Then I got a RIT color remover, the same brand as makes the dyes I've been using. It's designed to take color out of dyed things that aren't too dark in preparation for dyeing them another color. It required simmering on the stove top in non-reactive cookware for forty-five minutes. Weirdly I found it hard to really notice what change was occurring as it happened, but once it dried, I really do think it worked. It still has a very pale cast of pink if you're looking for it, but I think that unless you've been told you perceive it as white. I'm really happy that it worked. I may bleach it one more time, just to see if I can really get it clean and bright, but I like that I can use this technique now too. 

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polaris_xx
Jun. 7th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
This looks great! I'm so glad that it worked out in the end.
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My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:



MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3


at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM

and

Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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