Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dying Ombre Fabric - Some Resources and How To's

So last week when I was talking about some of the Alexander McQueen ready to wear items on Gilt I mentioned that I thought the way the color played out on a Kimono inspired piece was amazing. Here's the dress again, just for reference:

The color style was referred to as Ombre (which I'm sure you hear a lot - seems I'm running into it all over the place when I look at clothing from the last several seasons). I was curious so I started looking up this technique. I thought I would share what I found with you.

Looking at the technique according to this video (love YouTube for tutorials on everything by the way) I almost wonder if the dress could have been dyed after it was sewn together. It just seems to me that getting the arms to match the skirt of the dress would have been such a chore. I am probably completely wrong on that assumption, but I think the idea is interesting.

Personally, I'm not into dying my own fabric. I may one day venture into dying my own yarn, but I think that's a long way off. I'm more of a fan of instant gratification. Dying always seemed like I would need so much more patience to accomplish what is necessary. Think you'll give it a shot sometime?

Also found this resource beyond the YouTube video: