September 03, 2014

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Double-Dipped Ombré Dress

Thanks to all who entered our giveaway! Scroll down to find out who won....

This week, I show you how to dye this fun, two-toned ombré dress! Your doll will love this trendy addition to her back-to-school wardrobe....

My dress is made from the free Drawstring Dress pattern, from Heritage Doll Fashions -- but you could use this technique on almost any garment. Just make sure you are using a dyeable fiber -- 100% cotton fabric is a great way to start. 

Gather up your dress, a few rag towels and old containers, and your dye. I usually use liquid dye; it's actually easier to use than the powdered kind! It's a lot less messy and stressful, and it's easier to mix colors.

Let the entire dress soak in plain water for about 20 minutes or so. This will help the dye molecules move around evenly within the dress.

While your dress is soaking, you can prep your work surface (either in a craft sink, or cover your craft table with rag towels) and make your dyebath. Follow the directions on the package, and test a scrap of fabric first to make sure you like the color. :) 

Ready for round 1? 

Start dipping your wet dress into the dyebath. The lightest portions of the dress should be in the dyebath for a grand total of perhaps 30 seconds or a minute, while the bottom could easily soak for 20-30 minutes, depending on how dark you wanted it. Try to time out the middle sections accordingly. 

You don't have to spend the entire time holding the dress (you can lay the top over the side of the bucket, for example, while the bottom is soaking) but it's best not to walk away. To avoid uneven "stripes" in your color, make sure to keep things moving! You are aiming for a smooth, continuous color transition.

When you've got the color the way you want it, rinse the dress out until all the water runs clear. Then, prep the second color of dye...

...and dip the other side! I overlapped my two colors just ever so slightly -- but feel free to play around to see what you like. 

When you're happy with the color, rinse the dress again, and give it a good bath with some detergent to carry off any extra remaining dye molecules. 

Rinse out all the suds, wring the dress out in a towel, and dry it -- you can hang it to dry, run it through the dryer, or iron it dry. I like the last option, as it simultaneously dries the dress faster AND helps heat-set the last bits of color -- and you don't wind up with any of those pesky perma-wrinkles :) 

Accessorize your dress, and you're all done!

Giveaway Closed!

Thanks to everybody who entered! You had so many fabulous ideas for color combos :) Our winner is Gale, who said, 

I would use hot pink and orange. Then after it dried I would dip the center in yellow. Perfect for Julie!

Gotta love those bright colors :) We'll be in email contact with you soon! 

 

Thanks for following along everyone, and have fun with technique!

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda


100 Comments

Fran
Fran

July 25, 2016

Very cute idea. Might I suggest that you remove the draw string at the neckline (dye it separately) so the fabric is smooth (or stretch out the fabric) to get better coverage when dying the top of the dress.

Teresa Flores-Lopez
Teresa Flores-Lopez

March 27, 2015

I’ve always wondered how the process was done, now that you’ve shown us how to do this I need to give it a try. Thanks!

N
N

September 10, 2014

Teal and olive, probably, with some gold accent somewhere.

Lisa
Lisa

September 09, 2014

Probably mint green at the top and light gray at the bottom – I’ve always thought they look quite nice together.

Sarah
Sarah

September 08, 2014

I would have it be turquoise at the top and bright pink at the bottom.

Hannah
Hannah

September 08, 2014

I would have bright pink at the top and turquoise at the bottom.

Julieta
Julieta

September 08, 2014

I would have yellow at the top so it would get to a green at the bottom.

Laura T.
Laura T.

September 08, 2014

I would use magenta/fushia and denim blue! This looks so fun!!

Jennifer G
Jennifer G

September 08, 2014

That is adorable! Thanks for the tutorial.

Pam
Pam

September 08, 2014

I would use lite blue on the top white in the middle and navy at the bottom. This is just so cute.

Gail Banks
Gail Banks

September 07, 2014

Grey and shades of pink…yummy!!!

Cynthia
Cynthia

September 07, 2014

I would use blue at the top and yellow on the bottom.

Jerry
Jerry

September 07, 2014

Sea Foam Green and vanilla white would be my choice.

monique
monique

September 07, 2014

I would do a teal and magenta

Cindy
Cindy

September 06, 2014

How cute! I would use something really bold like a deep aqua fading to a light aqua. Or maybe red to pink.

Theresa
Theresa

September 06, 2014

I think I would use blue and green, but let’s be honest here…the color choice would actually be decided by my daughter!

Michelle
Michelle

September 06, 2014

I think this would look lovely with pink fading into white…

Beckie
Beckie

September 06, 2014

I would do an olive green and a warm brown for a fall look.

Nina
Nina

September 06, 2014

Aqua and grey!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

September 06, 2014

This is so fun! I would use turquoise blue and light pink.

Diana
Diana

September 06, 2014

I would try purple and pink!

Joyce
Joyce

September 06, 2014

Pink and Black

Eva Garlick
Eva Garlick

September 06, 2014

Gold to dark blue

Sarah Van Orden
Sarah Van Orden

September 06, 2014

I would use an aqua into a darker teal!
Emma N
Emma N

September 06, 2014

I would use yellow fading into orange.

Susan
Susan

September 06, 2014

I love this double dipped dress just as it is, it reminds me of the dress I dipped

Joanne O.
Joanne O.

September 06, 2014

I would do pink on top and green on the bottom for a rose look and add a ribbon rose for decoration.

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

September 06, 2014

I would use lavender and green….or darker purple changing into lavender. =)

betty
betty

September 06, 2014

pink & purple of course

Karen
Karen

September 05, 2014

maroon top and orange on the bottom for fall

Karen
Karen

September 05, 2014

I would do the top black and the bottom orange fading to a light peach with a white belt

Diane
Diane

September 05, 2014

Red and brown for a caramel apple look

Aimee
Aimee

September 05, 2014

My two favorite colors…purple and pink!

Carrie
Carrie

September 05, 2014

For a nice fall leaves theme, I think maroon at the top and goldenrod on the bottom would look very pretty.

Laura C
Laura C

September 05, 2014

I would dress the doll with an orange long sleeve top … then dye the dress with orange at the top, then a white stripe in the middle with yellow at the bottom… sort of candy corn look for fall… something fun to wear to school :)

Emily
Emily

September 05, 2014

I love this idea! I would want to do orange on the right side and yellow on the left, then maybe add a tan belt at the waist

Ann
Ann

September 05, 2014

I would use a cobalt blue with an emerald green.

Terri
Terri

September 05, 2014

I would use maroon and gray, my granddaughters school colors.

Alicia
Alicia

September 05, 2014

I would start with a beige-fray then use brown dye on the bottom and moss green dye on the top, for an “earthy” feel!

emma wyatt
emma wyatt

September 05, 2014

I would like to use a light and dark pink. Light on the top and dark on the bottom

emma wyatt
emma wyatt

September 05, 2014

I would like to use a light and dark pink. Light on the top and dark on the bottom

barbara williams
barbara williams

September 05, 2014

I would use blue and green. Love this dress!

Lynn
Lynn

September 05, 2014

Red and yellow which would be orange in the middle – my three favorite colors.

Lynn
Lynn

September 05, 2014

Red and yellow which would be orange in the middle – my three favorite colors.

Melissa
Melissa

September 05, 2014

I think I’d like lime green and yellow.

Mary S
Mary S

September 05, 2014

The two colors I would use in this project are pink and purple because they are my granddaughters favorites. They would also make a great Northwestern University home coming dress as we are both graduates from there.

Jan
Jan

September 05, 2014

I would used forest green on the bottom and shading it up to the top where it would be light green.

Vicki Reynolds
Vicki Reynolds

September 05, 2014

I love the dress as well as the colors used….unique!! If I was fortunate enough to win, it will go to my granddaughter, an avid AG “fan” (and her Nanna) I can see it in a dark rich mahogany brown with a soft pink. Sounds good to me, at least! I will keep my fingers crossed and await your E-mail…how’s that for dreamin’?

Jenny
Jenny

September 05, 2014

red and blue, so that it goes purple in the middle.

Martha
Martha

September 05, 2014

What a great idea to add not only color but a personal touch as well.

Rhonda
Rhonda

September 05, 2014

Two colors I would use in the same dyeing project are…pink and green for my granddaughter. For myself I would use purple and orange or yellow.

janet S
janet S

September 05, 2014

Two colors I would use in the same dyeing project are yellow and purple. Don’t know why, but I love that combination!

Linda
Linda

September 05, 2014

Thanks for the exciting give away I would love to have the top a teal and the bottom a bright yellow

Aime
Aime

September 05, 2014

The dress would look great when the top is pink and the bottom is red with a lace belt.

Lynne
Lynne

September 05, 2014

I was just looking at fabric dyes today. Why didn’t I purchase some. This dress is adorable! with fall on the way, I lean towards using brown moving through white to black and adding a white cardigan. Too cute!!

JAN
JAN

September 05, 2014

I would use pink and teal.

dorrie
dorrie

September 05, 2014

I have made this dress, but the dye technique is great. I will have to try it with robin’s egg blue and lime green, my favorites, and also with pink and purple which are my granddaughter’s choices.

Karen L
Karen L

September 05, 2014

I would use lime green and hot pink.

Pegeth
Pegeth

September 05, 2014

I would use Orange and Brown since Fall is approaching.
I’d also applique leaves diagonally across the dress. Then adding a cape of darker brown and hiking boots, she is all set.

Trudy
Trudy

September 05, 2014

Love your colors. I would love tan and turquoise with a white jacket and tan boots.

Gayle
Gayle

September 05, 2014

This look Fantastic….I think I might be brave enough to try it! Pink and Purple would be great colors…dark tones, too!

Emma
Emma

September 05, 2014

I would use lime green and blue on a sundress, and sew on little rhinestones! I would also mix the colours and then dip a doll-sized headband into it to match!! I would pair it with doll-sized gladiator sandals for a late summer outfit.

Rachel
Rachel

September 05, 2014

I would use pink and purple- dark pink on top and purple on bottom.

Janice
Janice

September 05, 2014

I would have to use two different shades of blue with a little white in between.

Pearl
Pearl

September 05, 2014

I would use two different shades of purple!!

Cheryl
Cheryl

September 05, 2014

I think I would have to choose black and gray. But, I would leave the top white, then dip the dress in gray, bottom to top, about midchest. Then begin with black from just below waist level, to the hemline.

Jeri
Jeri

September 05, 2014

What a great idea! I LOVE it!! I can make different colors to go with the girls’ favorite colors :o)

Robyn
Robyn

September 05, 2014

Hi, I would use hot pink and orange! I love the color combination that you used, and the lace accent is very pretty also. Everyone has such good ideas, I would like to have a rainbow of dresses! Thank you!

PJ Gaumond
PJ Gaumond

September 05, 2014

Gray on the top and purple on the bottom.

Mary Jo
Mary Jo

September 05, 2014

I would use hot pink and teal. These are my granddaughters favorite colors.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

September 05, 2014

I would use dark pink / rose pink on the bottom and lighten the pink as a light pink on the top. Then, sew an overlay ruffle on the top with the bottom pink color with a lace edging. Pink to support breast cancer.

Donna
Donna

September 05, 2014

I would use dark and light blue. Also use some white.

Betty
Betty

September 05, 2014

I love your little dress and the hints on how to make one myself. Your color choices are very nice. I also like to put pink and brown together.

Ila in Maine
Ila in Maine

September 05, 2014

First thank you so much for the tutorial, I’ve been wondering how to obtain this look. Now I know! My two colors would be purple and teal, because they are my two favorite colors. I’d leave a bit of white in between each section so there would be breaks and do the entire dress or shirt this way for more interest.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Lori
Lori

September 05, 2014

I would try shocking pink and lime green … to ‘tye’ in with the hippie years

Molly W.
Molly W.

September 05, 2014

Two colors I would use in the same dyeing project are….
purple and green—my two absolute favorite colors! (Although pink and brown would be awfully cute too!

Bettsi
Bettsi

September 05, 2014

I love this technique! Very sophisticated and lovely. Since I sew for my granddaughter’s doll and we like pink and turquoise, I think that’s the direction I would take. Can’t wait to try it!

Robin Kilbury
Robin Kilbury

September 05, 2014

I would use orange on the top and black on the bottom for Halloween.

Robin Kilbury
Robin Kilbury

September 05, 2014

I would use orange on the top and black on the bottom for Halloween.

Tish
Tish

September 05, 2014

Love this idea! Infinite possibilities!

Kesirin
Kesirin

September 05, 2014

I would use Gold and Teal. I think they would be a classic yet elegant combo. _

Marsha
Marsha

September 05, 2014

I would use the two colors my grand daughter likes -————blue and green. The one on here would be made next.

Pam
Pam

September 05, 2014

I think a light mint green on the top and purple on the bottom would be my choose!

Laurie
Laurie

September 05, 2014

I would use purple on the bottom & yellow on the top (school colors). Thanks for the tutorial!

Gloria Laundrie
Gloria Laundrie

September 05, 2014

This pattern is so versatile, and this idea something I will definitely try, using wide embroidered edging, which will make a lovely blouse, to be worn over a skirt pattern from Liberty Jane.

Lawana
Lawana

September 05, 2014

I would enjoy seeing shades of Lavender and Purple. Thank You

Carmelita
Carmelita

September 05, 2014

Purple and Red

Merida
Merida

September 05, 2014

Sky blue on top and sunshine yellow on the bottom.

Bev
Bev

September 05, 2014

Sorry – forgot to add the colors I’d use — a spring green on the lower part and light pink on the top. Maybe with a little mixing in the middle!

Danielle
Danielle

September 05, 2014

Neon pink and royal blue!

Bev Walsh
Bev Walsh

September 05, 2014

This looks like great fun- can’t wait to try it. Always wanted to tie-dye. Two colors- great way to learn!!

Sue
Sue

September 05, 2014

Adorable. I would use Dark Blue and Med fuscia.

all colors suggested are excellent choices.

Connie
Connie

September 05, 2014

I love everyone’s color combinations. It would be fun to try all of them!

Karen
Karen

September 05, 2014

I think I would try yellow and pink…to look like a spring flower. Thanks for the tips on how to dye the dress!

tina
tina

September 05, 2014

pink and purple

robbie
robbie

September 05, 2014

Orange and turquoise, my daughter’s favorite colors this week. ;)

Namcy
Namcy

September 05, 2014

I would use yellow and spring green.

Sandy Mize
Sandy Mize

September 05, 2014

Very classy!

Katy
Katy

September 05, 2014

I think I might try pink and purple for my first try

Sharon
Sharon

September 05, 2014

What a cute idea…I would do pink on top and purple on the bottom. Our 10 year old daughter just made this dress and gave it to a friend of hers with a matching doll purse!

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