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This is my first attempt at draping on a dress form! This dress is made from hand-dyed, lightweight silk and big, fat elastic. 

My silk is 36" wide.

Step 1: Dye the Silk

  1. In a pot, add enough water to cover your silk. Add a splash of vinegar, about 1/4 cup vinegar to 4 cups of water.
  2. Submerge the silk in the pot, making sure it is completely saturated.
  3. Let stand for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add food coloring to get desired color.
  5. Simmer silk for about 10 minutes, watching closely and stirring occasionally.
  6. Let stand until most or all of the dye has been absorbed, and it is has cooled.
  7. Rinse silk, and hang to dry.



Beautiful! Great job.

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