Dyed & Stamped Daygown
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Simplicity pattern 2882 Cotton floral print fabric for dress
- Rit or Dylon fabric dye in color of choice
- Tulip Soft Paint in color of choice
- 9"x12" craft foam sheet
- Craft knife
- Duct tape
- Paper plate
- Safety pin
- Plastic hanger
- 3 sheets white poster board
- Plastic gloves
- Wood blocks
- Wash and dry fabric without using fabric softener or dryer sheet.
- Using the fabric, make the dress following the Simplicity pattern. Place safety pin on dress at height above hem to be dyed (12"-15").
- Put on plastic gloves and work in a well ventilated area with hot water available. Mix fabric dye in bucket following manufacturer's directions.
- Hang dress on a plastic hanger on clothes line or tree limb over the bucket of dye so just the bottom 4" or 5" of the dress is in the dye. Allow the dress bottom to be in dye for 15 minutes then place some blocks of wood under the bucket to raise the level of the dye to about 8" above the bottom of the dress. After about 15 minutes, raise the bucket again, gradually raising the level of the dye on the dress until the dye is at the safety pin. The longer the dress is in the dye, the more saturated the color will be. The intention of this dyeing process is to have a gradual dark-to-light effect on the bottom portion of the dress. Check the dress every 10 to 15 minutes to see if the color is as desired; keep in mind the color will be lighter when it is rinsed and lighter still when dry.
- When the color is achieved, rinse out dye and check the color saturation. If more color is desired, place back in dye. When finished dyeing, hand wash the skirt portion of the dress to remove excess dye. Allow to dry.
- Select one of the leaf or flower designs on the printed dress fabric to create a hand-stamped design on the dress. To make the stamp, draw the design on craft foam. Cut out shape with craft knife or scissors then make a handle on the back of the stamp with duct tape.
- Cover work surface with newspaper. Place poster board between front and back of dress so the stamped designs do not bleed through. Place a small amount of paint on paper plate and dab the stamp in paint to coat the bottom with an even layer. On a scrap of dress fabric, stamp the design, loading the stamp with paint before each stamping. When satisfied with the paint coverage, start stamping a design on the dress. Concentrate the designs on the dyed area to make a detailed border, then stamp up the dress, forming a sweep of the design. Stamp one side of the dress and allow it to dry before turning dress over to stamp the other side. When stamping is complete, allow to dry then hang up and look at the dress from a distance. If additional stamping is needed, place poster board between layers and stamp as needed.