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    Default Building my costume..

    So, I did get my silk dyed today, though I think it will be tomorrow before I get my skirt cut out and put together.

    Here are pictures of the silk and assuit -

    The silk is a bit darker/richer color than this. I tried to make the picture a bit more saturated to reflect that, because it got washed out with the flash, but it doesn't really do it justice still. I'm very, very happy with the color.



    And here it is with the assuit. I chose it because it was a simpler design, which I think will work well into a bedlah.




    Now I just have to be brave and cut into the assuit.
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    Oh, how beautiful! If that is a washed out version of the color due to flash the actual color must be overwhelming gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Oh, how beautiful! If that is a washed out version of the color due to flash the actual color must be overwhelming gorgeous.
    Thank you! The real color is about 2 shades deeper than that picture. I did enough for 3 half circles for the skirt out of 8mm silk, a veil out of 5mm and about a yard extra so I could put silk on the edge of the arm covers.

    I think I'm going to become a bit addicted to silk dyeing. It's like playing mad scientist, except you create something nice instead of robots that take over the world. Okay.. I'm watching too much sci fi!

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    If you have to develop an expensive addiction, at least you have developed one that results in beauty and you can sell the results if necessary to finance your addiction. Even after all these years, I am thrilled to death every time I mix turquoise and yellow and end up with a brilliant green.

    Do you keep a record of your formulas so you can repeat a color if you wish? This was suggested to me by a woman who is far more methodical than I am. I think it is a good idea, but I never really measure anything, just keep playing until I have what I want. My method has distinct drawbacks and I vow to reform, but then I get to playing and...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    If you have to develop an expensive addiction, at least you have developed one that results in beauty and you can sell the results if necessary to finance your addiction. Even after all these years, I am thrilled to death every time I mix turquoise and yellow and end up with a brilliant green.

    Do you keep a record of your formulas so you can repeat a color if you wish? This was suggested to me by a woman who is far more methodical than I am. I think it is a good idea, but I never really measure anything, just keep playing until I have what I want. My method has distinct drawbacks and I vow to reform, but then I get to playing and...
    I did mix Oxblood - and then about half as much Chinese Red - that's about as scientific as I got. The idea of writing down the formula is a very good one though and maybe I'll start an index file of that. Of course my cards will probably be very spattered with dye splotches. I confess! I'm a messy dyer!

    And I like to play too! That's where the whole mad scientist thing comes in.

    As I finished this up, I looked at all the left over solution with the vinegar and salt in it.. and wondered how much more fabric you could dye in the same stuff and would subsequent fabric get lighter?

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    I think it depends on the dye. The stuff I use to dye wool dyes fiber until the solution is actually clear. I usually paint silk so don't have as much dye left over as I do when making a solution. MY guess is subsequent dye lots will be lighter. I am far from being an expert, though, so maybe someone who is an expert will leap in here and educate us both.

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    I like the colors, they go well together. What are you planning to make for bra and belt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoebedances View Post
    I did mix Oxblood - and then about half as much Chinese Red - that's about as scientific as I got. The idea of writing down the formula is a very good one though and maybe I'll start an index file of that. Of course my cards will probably be very spattered with dye splotches. I confess! I'm a messy dyer!

    And I like to play too! That's where the whole mad scientist thing comes in.

    As I finished this up, I looked at all the left over solution with the vinegar and salt in it.. and wondered how much more fabric you could dye in the same stuff and would subsequent fabric get lighter?
    What kind of dye did you use? With some dye baths you can keep dying fabric until the dye bath is clear or mostly clear. You do get lighter shades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoebedances View Post
    Thank you! The real color is about 2 shades deeper than that picture. I did enough for 3 half circles for the skirt out of 8mm silk, a veil out of 5mm and about a yard extra so I could put silk on the edge of the arm covers.
    Wow Phoebe! If the color is actually 2 shades deeper, then the fabric and the color combination look elegant and sultry!

    Hope you can post a photo of your design here. I'm so excited for you!

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    I used Procion fiber reactive dye. I like the dye but I want to try the Jaquard (sp?) at some point too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amulya View Post
    I like the colors, they go well together. What are you planning to make for bra and belt?
    I am going to split the fabric for two assuit panels front and back to go over the red silk skirt and then cover the bra and belt with the other half of the fabric. There is a really cool little triangle design on one edge of silver that I want to try to put on the tops of the cups and then put the coins below that.

    The bra and belt will have kuchi coins and I found these great silver pendants that I'm going to use on the center of the bra and then on the belt in the middle front and the sides and then connect chains of beads - silver, onyx and these cool red crystal spacers.

    After seeing how the red silk just glowed under the mesh of the assuit, I don't think I'm going to line the panels, though I may try to edge them somehow to make them appear more finished. Haven't decided that yet.

    I need to run out and buy grosgrain ribbon.. I can't believe I forgot to get any. lol.. it has been awhile for me to make a costume.

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelaJP View Post
    Wow Phoebe! If the color is actually 2 shades deeper, then the fabric and the color combination look elegant and sultry!

    Hope you can post a photo of your design here. I'm so excited for you!
    Thank you, Angela!!! I will be posting photos as I go along. I wish I were elegant and sultry... maybe someday.
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