Monday, June 10, 2013

Tie Dye Update

I'm going to be totally honest with you guys. I've been making tie dye dresses for awhile now, and I can say that while I have improved, I'm still so confused. For starters, my giveaway dresses aren't fitting their intended! I mailed my third giveaway dress last Saturday, and we'll see if she has the same problem. I think I may have jumped the gun on this whole free dress thing before I had the knowledge and experience needed. Because of this, I plan on making totes for all my giveaway winners thus far. Ladies, expect your totes to mail out Friday. I am well versed in making totes, don't worry, it will have no flaws.

Furthermore, I've also been upset with the quality of the dye--my tie dye has been fading a lot when I wash my creations!
a giveaway dress attempt
I talked to one of my close friends who does tie dye almost professionally, and she told me its because I'm using cheep dye. She recommended that I purchase a dye kit. Therefore I have said goodbye to RIT dye and hello to dharma trading dye! Their kit was really expensive, about 50$. However, it says it dyes 40 cotton shirts--and I think its a good investment if it helps me get my colors correct, and I can't wait to try it!

Lately I've been so frustrated over the quality of the dresses I've created for my giveaway. I know that I can't expect perfection yet, but I want people to be able to wear what I make! To be honest I don't think I'm a good enough seamstress to be doing this. I can't figure out sizing. Every dress I've made so far has been wrong in some area! I want to make tie dye dresses and I want to make them correctly! That was why I wanted to do a dress giveaway, to work on fitting dresses and constructing them property.
another dress I made and dyed
So, I'm going to keep the giveaway on hold for awhile until I get a better grasp at fitting people to my dresses. Its harder then I thought, and today I think I've learned a valuable lesson. 


Rachel G said...

Ugh, that's so frustrating. I haven't even attempted to sew fitting clothes for anyone else yet...and I'm still waiting to see if the second dress I'm working on will fit me. I accidentally bought the plus size version of the pattern, so figuring out how to shrink it has been quite the work of mathematical ingenuity. If it actually works out I'll be amazed. And now you're making me want to get to my sewing machine... :)

PopChampagne said...

Yeah it's harder to sew something fitting for yourself for sure. I can hem pant legs and fix minor things but i can never sew an actual piece together!

Addie Gecas said...

I hear you! I just clocked out after a day of measuring garments and attending fittings, and I can tell you: even huge companies have a heckuva time getting the fit right! The toughest thing is that you can fix one problem area, but it can lead to a whole host of other problems in other parts of the garment. It's the nature of the beast.

Consider putting in shirred elastic panels, or adding adjustability one way or another... it has saved my life on a few long-distance orders! But other than that, you're on the right track. Practice will get you to where you want to be! And have fun with your new dye... once you go Dharma, you never will want to go back! :) Can't wait to see what you do!