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Dip Dyed Ombre Rose Petal Fairy Dress!

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This is a dress my daughter has wanted me to make for her since she was probably 4.
The Flower Fairy Dress!
This picture, drawn by my daughter, was the vision.
 
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Step 1: Cut Petals!

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I was given about 10 yards of this glorious white shiny material.  Maybe some kind of satin/nylon...?
Anyway, it was free and therefore totally in my price range!

I cut out petals in 2 different sizes.  One just slightly smaller than the other.
(You could do whatever size petal you want...but the smaller the petal, the more time sewing them on later...you decide!)

Step 2: Singe Petals!

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Now, the fabric I used must have nylon in it...it melted perfectly!
I used a candlestick with a pillar candle...and a small flame to carefully singe all the edges so they wont fray...and I don't have to do any extra sewing.
You'll notice it gives the petal a lightweight, slightly uneven, ruffled edge...perfect, like a rose petal!

Step 3: Time to Dye.

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Now it's time to dye.

I have done some dying before, but never with the ombre dyed effect.
It was fairly simple. 

I filled my largest pot with hot water and had it simmering on the stove.
Now, you'll want to carefully read the dye instructions, as they vary depending on fabric, quantity, etc.

I added vinegar and the dye into the hot water.

I didn't want the top of the petals to dye, so I used a safety pin and pinned them all together...2 bunches, large petals and small.
That made it easy to hold onto as well.

I began by wetting my petals in hot water.

Then I dipped the petals into the pink dye bath and dipped them in and out and moved them around for 30 minutes.
I let them hang over the edge of the pot and took pictures...
craftyv11 months ago
I love it and the Instructable is great. Very well done. May I make a suggestion about the dress? Try a petticoat with a wire in it around the bottom which would hold the petals out a little, depending on the size of the petticoat (as wide or narrow as you want). I feel that this might enhance the look. Iv'e been making my families costumes for years and enjoy making every one. Well done what a great colour.
gb447711 months ago
Cool outfit
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