This is the stretch silk charmeuse fabric I dyed last night hanging out in a fare facsimile of the finished convertible dress. Fabric that is cut on the bias–as the skirt of this dress is–must hang for a while to acquire it’s proper drape.
The hanging process inevitably causes my well-calculated waist opening to become too large no matter how much I try to compensate by subtracting inches from my calculations. I couldn’t sew the entire garment together to begin with as I didn’t have thread that would dye to the color of the fabric. Therefore the pieces that make up the ninety-inch-long straps are basted together.
I’m trying to decide which color to place at the bust-line and, once sewn together, I may over-dye the whole thing again with chartreuse to liven up the olive-grey green at the bottom and to make the blue a little greener.
Okay, this is freaking GORGEOUS!!! I can’t believe you accomplished all of this in one weekend. Well, after a week or so of preparation. 😉 I can’t wait to see it finished.
THANKS, Lisa!! The dress pattern is REALLY simple (though I’m working on ways to complicate it as we speak.). Once the ombre process is started you have to run with it: no stopping or turning back. I was delighted to get through the process without any major accidents. I had to make the whole sink area immaculate before and after the process too which means I lost the use of the kitchen sink for the day.