I'll add some photos tonight, but it's been a whirlwind of emotions as I've hand-stitched a gorgeous, palest pink woolen gown, only to wear it once for a few hours for some photos, wash it and have the dye run out unevenly leaving me with a blotchy mess and a hand-stitched gown which was essentially unwearable. Usually, I wash anything I make in a vinegar rinse to set the dye. I just hadn't had a chance to do that with this gown just yet and had worn it without. I had thought that it would stay clean enough for a few hours, and I'd do it afterwards.
After the initial soak and hand wash, and while it was wet, I made the anxiety-inducing decision to put it in the washing machine before it dried to try to even out the blotches or maybe get the rest of the dye out.
This only resulted in felting the gown and shrinking it a bit. It still fitted, but as a body-hugging gown rather than the loose, overgown with soft folds like it was originally. The felting was a disappointment, as the original fabric was so soft and light.
Anyway, it was blotchy and awful and unwearable.
Suggestions from the hive mind on social media for dealing with it included:
- attempting to strip the remained of the dye out
- overdying it
- stripping and then overdying
- cold water dyes
- dye with food colouring
- using it as a peasant dress