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I love it when a bride displays her style with the white dress. Naturally, I did not want to be all white and ivory, so I chose to dress up my gown with some purple embellishments. Petticoats or crinolines are the skirts brides wear underneath their dresses to give it that nice full look. They come in white…
…until I dyed mine purple to match my wedding colors!
- Rit dye
- Hot water
- Painter’s stir stick, wooden spoon
- Test material
- RUBBER GLOVES
- Old sheets
I bought a used crinoline from Ebay and purchased Rit dye from the local craft store. I have a front-loading washing machine which means they do not use a ton of water, so I bought a tub that fit into our laundry sink and TA-DA.
This is the white petticoat before I dyed it. Note the front loader that I did NOT want to fill with purple dye. (I would suggest making sure that the crinoline is clean and pressed first. Some of mine was wrinkled which resulted in some darker creases.)
So moving to the right side of the laundry room, I have the sink that I DID use. We (Donny helped) placed our painter’s sheets all over the floor. I don’t need a purple-speckled laundry room.
First, I filled the tub with hot water (I added some boiling water to it).
Then, I put the white crinoline into the tub to get it wet.
I pulled it out of the water and then poured the liqued dye into it. It was sooooo dark as I as mixing the dye in, so I tested a rag sock that we had and it looked great!
I dragged the crinny from the other side of the sink and submerged it into the bin. I mixed it around for approximately 20-30 minutes. I made sure that the dye flowed evenly around all of the layers. This was difficult in a bin since the area is so tight! Ignore my appearance. I was going for the ragged housewife look that day. Note the matching, however.
FINALLY, I dragged the crinoline out of the tub, dumped the water and rinsed in cool water until it ran clear. It didn’t take too long.
I hung it up over the sheets to dry. YAAAYYYY, all done!
It was really easy and the process took less than an hour. It took awhile to dry and it dried a little lighter than it appeared right after I rinsed everything off it.
DIY in Action
This is how it ended up looking on the day of the wedding!
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