This ‘weekend,’ I did what many a bride before me has attempted…the act of coloring my crinoline.
As mentioned, this is not any new concept that I came up with; in fact, it is gaining tons of popularity – so much, to the point that there are several etsy stores that will ‘do the dirty work’ for you, long as you purchase your own crinoline, choose the color, then send it over! Such vendors include: 2BirdStone & WeddingCabaret, if you’re so inclined =)
This being said, it is a super simple DIY that I have been putting off for quite some time, due to the fact that I was scared I would A. Ruin the crinoline, B. Ruin the washer (I used this tutorial) or C. Regret the idea as soon as the fabric hit the dye.
Thankfully, A and B did not occur, and C is the furthest from the truth! Witness my crinoline dying journey…
1. First I set out the supplies: rubber gloves, two bottles of Aquamarine Rit Dye (I ordered this off the Rit website because I couldn’t find this color anywhere!), the Crinoline (this I ordered from eBay – it’s David’s Bridal Style 603) and bleach for the after wash of the washer, if need be.
2. I then filled the washer with hot water.
3. The next step was hard to photograph (pouring in dye) so, I apologize, but you’re just going to have to visualize that! But after that, I placed the crinoline in, which was a bit of a task due to its’ size, but this is what it looked like …
4. After the shock of seeing blue liquid in the washer, it was smooth sailing; just let the washer do its thing, and every 7-10 minutes, I opened the lid, donned the rubber gloves and untwisted the crinoline.
5. Before I knew it, the process was already done! I scooped up the garment, marched over to the bathroom, and hung it up to air-dry. And the color was PERFECT!
As you can see, this DIY was one of the simpler ones, when it comes to the process – but no matter, because I love how it turned out! The color reminds me of something dreamy and ethereal in a way, which is really the perfect complement to a wedding dress – literally, cloud 9!
Of course, I have some tips if this is something you may want to attempt in the future:
- Know your fabric! Early in the game, when I first came across the concept, I Googled my little heart out to find the cheapest crinoline available for the task – and I came up with some $20 and less options on eBay. While those MAY work, many of those are polyester, which doesn’t take dye very well. All DB crinoline slips are nylon.
- Wash the slip first! Whether it’s used or unused, you don’t want your garment to forever have dirt/yuckness on it, so just wash it before you start; bonus, garments SHOULD be wet before being dyed, so I killed two birds with one stone on that one.
- Just do it! Don’t over think it Besides, if it is something you want to do, why not? You only get married once!
Have you ever attempted and succeeded at something that appeared daunting?