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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

back to black



Finally got round to dying my crochet kimono and am so happy with the results! Now I'll be honest, I couldn't be bothered to wash it first because it's new and I just wanted it done as soon as possible, so I dyed it from dry! And also I couldn't find any rubber gloves so I just used a wooden spoon instead. Said spoon is now black but it was right at the back of the drawer and it never got used! I did use two packets of dye on this since it weighed around 300g and one packet is supposed to be enough for 250g, and I wanted to make sure it was black! All the other measurements stayed the same though. I didn't even stir that long either, just submerged the fabric so it was fully covered and did it by eye. Left it in the bowl for an extra hour too just to make sure it would be fully black! So relieved it worked, the next plan is to do it again with one of these skirts as my local store never stocked the black version! What do you think?

PS. Obvious nod to the recent news about Amy Winehouse in the post title. Very sad, although inevitable news. Lots of bad stuff going on at the moment, all in all not a great year!

34 comment(s):

  1. Oh wow - you're so brave doing that! Looks amazing! x

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  2. It looks great in black! A nice choice in dying it that. And there is lots of sad things happening in the world at the moment. We just need to hope we learn from it all x

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  3. Your crochet kimono has turned out absolutely beautiful, the black makes it looks really gothic now, but thats perfect as it'll go with most pieces of clothing now.
    Yes, so sad to hear about the recent news of Amy Winehouse, bless her xx

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  4. looks so nice now, good job :) x

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  5. Good job, i've never thought of dying my clothes, i shall have to try it

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  6. Wow! The result is amazing!
    I usually don't have the balls to edit my clothes - I'm always scared I mess it up.

    Tash
    pssshhht.blogspot.com

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  7. It looks great black! I can see why you used two, there's nothing worse than dying something only to discover afterwards that you needed to use more dye! xx
    Sirens and Bells

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  8. it looks amazing. i've only ever dyed something once...and also ended up with a black wooden spoon (that i still have for future possible projects!)

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  9. Wow! It looks gorgeous in black. I've definitely got to dye some of my things!

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  10. Great results, it's such an improvement - defo prefer the black!

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  11. You did a great job! Very nice! (:

    struckbywonder.blogspot.com

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  12. Funnily enough I've just dyed one of *those* skirts myself. I picked up the pale greeny colour (grey would probably have been better but they didn't have them in my size) and one pack of the dye you used for the this kimono. To be honest it didn't turn out brilliant, was more navy than black, and be aware that the stitching along the hem and through the waistband stays white!

    I tried dying it again with some of the black machine dye that dylon do and it came out MUCH better! Proper black now (but still with white stitching) and thankfully no stains in my washing machine! And as an added bonus, you don't have to stand there stirring it for ages! Good luck if you try it xx

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  13. It looks so much better black :) It turned our really well! :) I've been meaning to dye a load of my stuff black for ages, I literally have a huge pile of clothes in the corner of my room ready! This weekends project I think! ^_^

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  14. You did good gal! :) I used alot of dylon at uni, you get ones that you put into the washing machine too (scary concept) but good old bucket and wooden spoon does the trick too! xx

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  15. Ah it looks amazing! x

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  16. I've never thought of doing this. I will have to do it :)

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  17. Looks so much better! I've died loads of things black (once an mustard coloured jumper brown) and it's always so much fun to wait for the result! ^^
    xxx

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  18. Dylon Dyes are fab! They always spring to mind when ive found something i like, but not in a colour i would like, keeps your clothes original too!

    pinksugarnotes.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  19. wow it looks great!
    i recently brought my first packet of dylon dyes, got them for a pound at wilkinsons hehe!
    Krissy xoxo

    www.swallowmyfashion.blogspot.com

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  20. Must do this at some point ! Especially if you bought something in a color you didn't exactly love !
    Congrats :D !

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  21. oh yay i am so glad to see this worked out well for you! you must have had a lot of patience stirring it for so long.

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  22. Looks so good in black! Gonna look amazing for next season with little dresses and boots (:

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  23. Wow it worked really well! It's good to see that the dye works well, because I'm going to be using the same brand to dye some stuff purple! Good luck on dying the skirt :)
    www.i-cant-walk-in-heels.blogspot.com

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  24. What a great idea for your kimono!

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  25. I used to love dying fabrics when i was on my fashion courses at college and uni - always made such a mess. Don't think i dare dye anything at home, i am so messy! Your kimono looks great x

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  26. so funny you did this, i was just thinking about how i need to dye a dress of mine!! love it in black

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  27. Ohmygosh, I always want to do this, but I'm never brave enough! I looove the final outcome <3

    http://thedollhousediary.blogspot.com/

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  28. love a bit of DIY! and very sad to hear bout Amy Winehouse, I got texts off a lot of people about it and my friend used to be a big fan of hers

    For my blog, click here

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  29. okay! ive been thinking about dyeing stuff myself, but this has totally persuaded me! thanks for sharing!
    such an adorable outfit in your last post as well hunni! love your blog! ♥

    woudl love it if you visited my blog, and maybe follow??

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena xxxxx

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  30. PS just letting you know, i nominated you for the one lovely blog award!xo
    stilettosandcigarettes

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  31. Hello again, I have just nominated you for the one lovely blog award, but it turns out Hannah (above) beat me too it! hehe, oh well! :D

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena xxxx

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  32. Looks really, really lovely!
    I'm so glad I found your blog.

    x

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