Spring Tie-Dye

This dress in influenced by a dress in March Vogue.  The designer is Gregory Parkinson, who, oddly, is not listed on Style.com.  Anyway, the link above will take you to the Vogue photo, at least for now.  It’s a sweet little print that is tie-dyed to give it a bit of an edge, and I just love that look.   The original is much more ornate than mine.

To get the fabric I’d need, I figured I’d check out Metro Textiles.  Metro Textiles has been a bit of an Avalon for me.  I’ve been meaning to go there for at least 5 years, but it’s been too shrouded in mists for me to find it.  First off, they are only open on weekdays, and I am almost never in the city Monday – Friday.  Then, a couple of years ago when I was visiting New York from London, I was all set to go there, only to find that they had moved and I had their old address.  Then, a month or so ago, DH was looking after the kids so I could go into the city on my birthday and I was all excited because I could go to Metro Textiles!  Then when I got there, they had had some pipes burst overnight, to the place was a total wreck.  Kashi and co were pulling out all the bolts and leaving them in piles on the floor according to whether they were wet or not.  I was looking for a sort of saccharine sweet cotton print, and this was pretty close to what I had in mind.  However, it did not occur to me to ask if it was 100% cotton, and when I got it home I realized that it’s a blend.  It still dyed OK, though.  And I STILL feel like I have not really experienced Metro Textiles.

The pattern is based on Burdastyle 1/07 106.  I made the dress in 2 layers, with the gathers on the underlayers.  The top layer is kind of like a tunic.  I tied off the bottom of the dress, then put it in the dye bath.  I used Rit navy, but because of the polyester content, it came out lighter than a true navy.  I like the color, and I like the way the yellow in the print shows through the dye a bit.  I will probably wear it with a belt.
back view
Front with the top layer pulled back so you can see a bit of how the dress is constructed.  The gathers on the underdress are only on the side panels.
Side view


  1. Posted April 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the colors and the style of this dress.Beautiful and with a belt very cute. Did you try it without a belt? I enjoyed your Metro story. When I attended the sitandsew last August, visiting Metro and meeting Kashi who was so gracious, was a highlight.

  2. Posted April 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    OMG when I saw your title I thought really, really? I have a dress planned for spring/summer that has a tie-dye border on it but nuthin like this! This dress is funky & kewl and so you! I love how you dyed the top of the fabric but left the bottom as is…the dress definitely tells a story. Beautiful dress and great Metro Textiles story!

  3. Posted April 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I've been toying with doing some tie dye, but nothing like this! It's fantastic. Saccharine sweet no longer. Great dress.

  4. Posted April 12, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, Claudine, your work is just spectacular. I wish I had one-tenth of your talent!

  5. Posted April 12, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous dress. I love the tie-dyed fabric! So, so beautiful!

  6. Posted April 12, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    It's like the universe is trying to tell you something. But, what? LOL. I love love this. The gathering on the sides is very cool and the faux wrap of it super unique.

  7. Posted April 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love this dress. I love the pattern, (going to have to look it up to see the line drawings) and I love the way you played with the color.This will be a great dress to wear through the summer. It should go into the Sundress Hall of Fame, if there was one. (smile)Kathryn

  8. Posted April 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That dress is so awesome!

  9. Posted April 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very cool use of dye! That will be such a great summer dress.

  10. Posted April 12, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That's an awesme dye job! I imagine it would be fun to see the effect you get, because I don't imagine it can be completely planned.

  11. Posted April 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    WOW!!!! This dress is awesome. I LOVVVVVVVVE it. Your use of tie-dye is very unique.

  12. Posted April 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a lovely dress! I always thought I didn't like Tie-Dye, but seeing this dress makes me reconsider..

  13. Posted April 25, 2010 at 1:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    Excellent dye job! I love this dress. Its edgy and just perfect for summer, feminine too!

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