- Mrs. Crab Cake
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum
So… someone asked me to do a tutorial on how to dye a crinoline.
I have no pictures. I’m sorry. I had no intentions of doing a tutorial. But it’s okay, you really don’t need pictures to explain this, because it is so easy.
If you want to avoid having to purchase two crinolines, make sure your crinoline is made of anything but polyester. Mine was Nylon taffeta. David’s Bridal is a good resource; all of their crinnies are nylon.
FIrst I threw that thing in the washer. I washed it on delicate with just a little bit of soap to make sure that there wasn’t any sizing or fixer in the fabric.
When the cycle was done, I took the crinny out and untangled it. I put a lawn sized trash bag on the floor to help corral the water. Then, I filled the washer basin up about half way (I have 4 settings on my washer, and I used the second setting) with hot water. Stop the washer before it starts to agitate. Make sure your crinoline is still wet. Okay, now if you have powder dye, you need to mix it with water. I know nothing about this, as I used liquid dye to cut out that step. So, my crinny was wet, and my washer was half-full of hot water. I poured in the dye. Do not pour the dye in on top of your crinoline. Yikes! I let my washer agitate for about 5 seconds to mix the dye with the water, then I stopped it again. I put on my super thick industrial strength rubber gloves and shoved that bad boy in my washer. BTW, the first time I tried this, I didn’t bother with the gloves, and my hands didn’t turn any kind of weird color, but I was using pink dye.
Also, I guess it might make a difference in how you stick the crinoline in the washer. I kind of dressed the spindle. I unzipped the crinoline and put it around the spindle. I felt like this was the best way to get all the tulle and the taffeta in the water and for it not to get all clumpy. I was really afraid of it coming out tie-dyed! It didn’t, thank goodness!
Once you have submerged your entire crinny in the water, turn the washer back on and let it agitate. I let the first crinoline agitate through 3 cycles and two bottles of dye. The second time around, I only let it agitate through one cycle, or about 15 minutes. This part is really up to you. Know how intense or pale you want your crinoline to be. Have something nearby to compare it to. Mine came out a little darker than I would have liked, but that’s alright. Honestly, the pink is only coming out in my crinoline and my flowers and centerpieces. So, who cares if it doesn’t match perfectly? Like every single one of my flowers will be the same shade of pink. Fat chance.
After you have allowed the crinny to agitate for the desired amount of time, let the wash cycle finish. Be sure the water runs clear to avoid staining the inside of your dress the color of your crinoline (doubtful, as you would have to go swimming in them, but still…).
Finally, I hung mine to dry in the bathroom.
And now I feel very guilty putting it in a closet. It’s currently taking up much needed space hanging from the closet doors in my tiny hallway.
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