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


70 Comments

Maddy
Maddy

September 05, 2014

Very adorable! This same idea would work with white denim, also! The two colors I would use are mint green and a darker teal.

Myriam
Myriam

September 05, 2014

Two colors I would use would be dark blue on the bottom and light blue on the top.

Nancy in IN
Nancy in IN

September 05, 2014

Great tutorial. Thank you.
Grands choice of color; right now pink and purple

Karen
Karen

September 05, 2014

I would use teal on the bottom and yellow on top

Kelly
Kelly

September 05, 2014

I would use teal and dark purple. What a fun project!

Tamra Ruhmann
Tamra Ruhmann

September 05, 2014

Two colors I would use would be purple and pink. Bright purple up top, light pink in the middle running into a darker pink.

Dawn Schachner
Dawn Schachner

September 05, 2014

I would use purple and teal.

Sieglinde
Sieglinde

September 05, 2014

My great niece and I have been sewing together, she is just learning. Loves her AG’s this looks like a perfect fall week end project for us. I am sure we will use purple and pink.

Beaj
Beaj

September 05, 2014

Light & Dark Green would be my choice

PAM
PAM

September 05, 2014

Halloween is coming, i’m thinking candy corn colors orange,yellow,white,,

Mary
Mary

September 05, 2014

I’d probably use pink and green, my daughters favorite colors

Cindi
Cindi

September 05, 2014

I believe I would make mine in red and blue with the white cotton..good 4th of July dress!

Or maybe two shades of green! I love green, lol!

Heather K.
Heather K.

September 05, 2014

This is absolutely darling! I think I would use indigo and grey to do one of my own.

Carol
Carol

September 05, 2014

Neat tutorial. Need to try this. I would use orange and royal blue.

Janet
Janet

September 05, 2014

Too fun! I am going to need to try this several different ways in several different colors.

Anne
Anne

September 05, 2014

Can’t pick just 2. Will need to make several of these!! We are up to 10 dolls now, so my possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to get started.

Sheila
Sheila

September 05, 2014

I would use purple and grey.

Carrie
Carrie

September 05, 2014

I would definitely use pink and purple for my daughter.

Cheryl
Cheryl

September 05, 2014

I love this… I would use hot pink and black.

JC
JC

September 05, 2014

What a wonderful project! Thanks for the tutorial. There are many color combinations I would like to make. The first combo would be hot pink and orange at either end & shading the two between. Another would be shades of denim blue, starting with light at the top and becoming darker at the bottom. Any color accessories would go with denim.

Amy
Amy

September 05, 2014

I’d make it aqua on the bottom and a bright pink on top.

Bert
Bert

September 05, 2014

If I’m making this for my granddaughter the only 2 colors that matter are pink and purple fading together in the middle with a cute little beaded belt.

Bev
Bev

September 05, 2014

My granddaughter and I would make this dress together, using blue and pink. Where the colors overlap, violet would appear.

Amy
Amy

September 05, 2014

For my girls, please!

Donna
Donna

September 05, 2014

I would use orange and pink.

cecilia
cecilia

September 05, 2014

I would use orange on the top and green at the bottom and I allow then to mix in the middle

Linda Armstrong
Linda Armstrong

September 05, 2014

I would use pink at the top and gray on the bottom and pair it with a white denim jacket.

Mary Jo Creech
Mary Jo Creech

September 05, 2014

It would definitely include two of my daughter’s 4 faves (in this order LOL): green, blue, pink, purple. I think I would have to make more than one dress to satisfy her!

Gale
Gale

September 05, 2014

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

Melinda Mull
Melinda Mull

September 05, 2014

I would also choose pink and green. But then, those are colors I use in a lot of things!

Lois
Lois

September 05, 2014

I would use Dark brown on bottom with pale turquoise on top with a deep turquoise belt and add a turquoise necklace and bracelet!

Judith
Judith

September 05, 2014

I would use sea foam green and black for this dress.

Lynette
Lynette

September 05, 2014

I would use a sea foam green and rich brown color.

Connie
Connie

September 05, 2014

Purple and green

cathy
cathy

September 05, 2014

I love greens so I might use graduated greens to a bright lime. Oh I love it. I would love to try this with my granddaughter, I am sure she would use purples and pinks. I might try tiedying again.

Dori
Dori

September 05, 2014

I would use red and blue and a white sparkly belt for a patriotic holiday look and a denim jacket. That would be my first try and then so many other combinations to work with later!!!!!

Sonja
Sonja

September 05, 2014

I would use aqua and turquoise, the colors of the beautiful Caribbean waters

hope
hope

September 05, 2014

I would use gray and blue

Rhondda Fanning
Rhondda Fanning

September 05, 2014

This little dress would be perfect for the hot Australian summer . I would choose a blue , purple and orange combination to remind me of a sunset at Uluru .

jane murriner
jane murriner

September 05, 2014

I would use some shade of green and pink.

jane murriner
jane murriner

September 05, 2014

I would use some shade of green and pink.

Denise
Denise

September 05, 2014

I would use rust on the bottom with a golden yellow on the top. It would look great with the bomber jacket and brown boots,

Marlene
Marlene

September 05, 2014

I would use tan and orange. That could work for summer or, with a tee, take me into fall.

Kathi
Kathi

September 05, 2014

I would use purple and grey fading into the other color.

Carol
Carol

September 05, 2014

Hmmm….so many color possibilities are swirling in my head…black or navy fading to gray or lighter blue on the bottom with a “pop” of magenta on top. Trim? It would have to have some lace or a little sparkle…maybe a shiny ribbon drawstring! Love some bling!
Love the colors in the one you made, too, Cinnamon!

Kierra
Kierra

September 05, 2014

Deep magenta-red on the bottom and golden yellow on the top.

Kierra
Kierra

September 05, 2014

I would use deep magenta on the bottom and golden-rod yellow on the top.

JR FrugalMom
JR FrugalMom

September 05, 2014

I love how the coloring makes this dress so special. Two colors I would use in the same dyeing project are turquoise and light pink.

Janice
Janice

September 05, 2014

I would use teal blue with very pale yellow

JUDY
JUDY

September 05, 2014

Thanks for the tutorial. I would use grey and blue.

Ella
Ella

September 05, 2014

Ooh, that’s tricky. I would most likely use gold at the bottom and light tan at the top. Thanks for holding this giveaway! This dress is super cute!

sylvia
sylvia

September 05, 2014

Two colors I would use in the same dying project are…lavender and purple. As these are my granddaughter’s favourite colours. Although I know she would just love your choice if I was fortunate enough to win the draw and get this cute dress for her dolly. great tutorial with super photos to follow. Thanks so much for this idea. I have made up this dress pattern for her dolly but this adds a new touch to it!

Rachel Koppleberger
Rachel Koppleberger

September 05, 2014

Oohhh, all the possibilities! I think I’d want to use purple and blue first. Or maybe aqua-ish green and purple. Hmm…

Squiddy
Squiddy

September 05, 2014

ooh, that would look so pretty with a black and emerald green

Karen
Karen

September 05, 2014

I would use rose pink with med blue

Cathy Osborn
Cathy Osborn

September 05, 2014

I would love to try the combination in a blush peach and and soft camel.

Cathy Osborn
Cathy Osborn

September 05, 2014

I would love to try the combination in a blush peach and and soft camel.

Karen
Karen

September 05, 2014

great idea must try that one

Judith
Judith

September 05, 2014

“Two colors I would use in the same dyeing project are….” Navy or denim shading to a light blue on the top

coco0412
coco0412

September 05, 2014

J’utiliserais du gris et rose et des poches en forme de bonbons roses. L’idée est génial !

kathi
kathi

September 04, 2014

Maybe a pink/orange combo or a burgundy/forest green combo… so many choices!!

Sophie T
Sophie T

September 04, 2014

Your color choice is so beautiful!!! It’s hard to picture the dress any other way! However, I think my tween daughter would love it in shades of purple and aqua… or pink and orange!

Allison
Allison

September 04, 2014

Omg I love this!!! I think I would use light blue and bright green and let it mix in the middle to make aqua. Thank you so much for this giveaway! :D

Natalie
Natalie

September 04, 2014

I’d use a light lilac purple and then a deeper purple on the bottom. It’s really fun to mix different shades of a color to create unexpected combinations. I’d pair it with boots and a jacket in the fall, and a lace cardigan with sandals in the spring.

Dawn
Dawn

September 04, 2014

The two colors I would use are a dark purple and a bright turquoise.

Winter
Winter

September 04, 2014

Cute! The two colors I would use are yellow and orange. Then I’d embellish it with half-round citrus pockets. :)

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

September 04, 2014

. . . a light tan and aqua, which I guess isn’t far off from your sweet dyed dress - LOVE it!!! ;)

Marian
Marian

September 04, 2014

I would use pink and lavender and allow them to slightly mix in the middle!

Marian
Marian

September 04, 2014

I would use pink and lavender and allow them to slightly mix in the middle!

liz
liz

September 03, 2014

red on the top and blue on the bottom with a little white in the middle

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