More Stephen Sprouse than Wild Animal

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My 7-year-old daughter was looking over my shoulder while I was reading September Vogue and saw a Versace coat that she just had to have. It was a black-and-white stripe fur with a black-and-red dot fur trim. But, she said, “I want it as a dress”. I gave that some thought, and realized that I have some white velvet which might be useful in this circumstance. I bought it from a remnant bin. I think it might be silk.

I dyed it with Procion dyes from Dharma. The black is Better Black, and the red is Chinese red. I did a sample first, and saw the the effect was more Stephan Sprouse than wild animal, but my daughter approved it, so I dyed the rest of the yardage. It’s been a while since I’ve done a dye project, so I found it satisfying.

Now that the dye is complete, I’m thinking this will be a fairly quick project.

red velvet, hanging on the line

red velvet, hanging on the line

Photo of the Vogue photo that my daughter saw

Photo of the Vogue photo that my daughter saw

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7 Comments

  1. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love that she saw it as a dress immediately and “knew” you could deliver it. 🙂

    Elizabeth
    http://www.sewnblog.com

  2. Posted September 5, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    Did she help dye the fabric?

    • Posted September 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

      She really wanted to, but I am a terrible mom and relegated her to covering the floor with plastic and helping me fold. I would not let her touch the dye. She has no sense of when to stop.

  3. Posted September 6, 2013 at 12:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love that you create your own fabric! WOW. I am in awe! I can’t wait to see the completed dress. I love that your daughter already has a great fashion sense, she is one lucky young lady.

  4. Posted September 6, 2013 at 4:21 am | Permalink | Reply

    Isn’t amazing how our children are so confident in our skills!!! And you deliver!!!! I cannot wait to see the final result.

  5. Carolyn
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink | Reply

    It’s interesting what your daughter saw when she looked at the fabric and how you interpreted it. This will be fun when finished!

  6. Posted September 7, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is quite inspiring! I cannot wait to see the finished dress. The combination of prints, colours and textures is breath-takingly cool.

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    […] dyed the velvet myself. It started out as a white fabric from the remnant bin. Look at this post if you would like to see what the yardage looked like, post-dye and […]

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