Day 289:  Tea Dye FAIL 1
Dye Refashions,  Refashions,  The 366 Day Refashion Project

Day 289: Tea Dye FAIL

Day 290: Mad About My Me-Made Makeup Bag
Day 288: Off The Grid Dress

Not all of my refashioning efforts end well.  Here’s an example.  I began with this stark white coverup.

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So pristine!

There’s nothing really wrong with it, but I hate wearing white.  I’m really clumsy, and it’s always just a matter of time before I end up dousing myself in mustard or marinara sauce.  :/

A couple of people have suggested that I try dyeing a piece or two with tea.  I’ve seen quite a few things that have been dyed this way (mainly period costumes), and thought it was worth a try!

First, I brewed a pot of tea.

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Mmmmmm! Chamomile!

I used Chamomile, as my extensive (Google) study on the subject of tea dying assured me I’d end up with a pretty yellow hue.

I added my dress.

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It all seemed so straightforward at the time...

And nothing happened.

I left it in the tea bath for a couple of hours.

Nothing continued to happen.

I have no idea where I went wrong on this one.  The dress was 100% cotton, but it wasn’t taking the dye at all!  🙁  I removed it from the tea bath, rinsed it, dried it, and looked at it again.  I hoped that if I squinted hard enough, I’d be able to tell a noticeable difference.  Yeah…no.

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The hell???

Time to go back to square one.  Tea clearly wasn’t powerful enough to dye what should have been a really easy to dye dress.

It was time to level up!  🙂

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I am clearly out of my gourd.

My next attempt, as you can see from the photo above, was to dye the dress with coffee.  My logic went something like this:  Tea isn’t strong enough to get me going in the morning.  Coffee is.  Therefore, if Tea isn’t strong enough to dye a flippin’ 100% cotton dress, Coffee should suffice.

I let the dress steep in the hot coffee for a couple of hours.

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This should work, right?

I felt like maybe this time I had managed to make this white dress look at least a tad less white and more antique-y.  I rinsed it, dried it, and put it on…

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Wipe that smile off your face, missy. This looks exactly the same!

Egads!  It still barely took any color at all!  Ugh!

So…that’s it.  This one was a dismal failure.  They can’t all be golden, but geez did I ever try!

If anyone knows what I did wrong here, please please let me know!

Despite having barely made any sort of a difference to this dress, I still enjoyed wearing it at the beach all day!  🙂

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Loving that ocean air!

Hmmmmn…maybe if I use a little fancy photo editing, I can fool you guys into thinking this actually worked…

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Anybody buying it? No?

I promise to do better tomorrow!



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