Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Dyeing the George at Asda Moda Printed Jersey Dress

A little while ago I wrote a review of the gorgeous Moda Printed Jersey Dress from George at Asda.  I LOVE that dress - it works perfectly for me because it is made from stretch fabric and hugs my curves in all the right places. 




However, the only downside for me was that this dress only came in the one colourway - black and off-white.  That won't stop me, though.  I have blogged previously about how successful dyeing can be on viscose/elastane mixes and I decided to give it a go with some of these dresses, too.

So, I headed off to my local Asda stores and picked up as many size 10s as possible, as well as ordering some online.

I then went to Dunelm Mill and bought a variety of Dylon Machine Dyes, and to my local supermarket to buy regular table salt (this is required for use with Dylon Machine Dyes - they have their own salt available to purchase but regular cheap-as-chips salt is 100% perfect).  Cue a weekend of dyeing - heaven!

I wanted to dye the dresses in a variety of colours and hues.  I asked friends what colours they thought would be best and I went with their suggestions as much as possible.

Here are the results...

First of all, we have Slate Blue.



I love the darkness of this colour - it isn't quite navy, but more like a very dark inky blue.  It's professional enough to wear for work but could also be dressed up with the right accessories to be appropriate for a night out, too.

This is a limited edition colour from Dylon so it's not easy to get hold of.  However, I found a couple of sellers on eBay and other places on the internet who still had stock so if you like this colour, make sure you snap it up asap!

Next, I tried something completely different.  Flamingo Pink:



I wasn't sure if this colour would work as it's pretty bright but in my opinion it contrasts beautifully with the black and results in a fun, girlie look.

I liked this brighter contrast so next I tried Bahama Blue:



This one looks a bit lighter in real life and I love how it sets off my blue eyes and blonde hair.  It also makes me look like I have more of a tan than I actually have, which is fine by me!

Time for a classic colour next - Tulip Red:



I was so pleased with how this turned out.  Again, it's a bit brighter in real life so slightly more 'in your face' but once more the black works so well with the vibrant red to make this dress a real eye-catcher.

Purple is a colour I very much like so of course I had to dye one of the dresses with Intense Violet:



The colour of this dye is simply gorgeous.  It's akin to the Cadbury's Dairy Milk purple - rich, luxurious and sumptuous.  It gives the dress a darker look than most of the other colours I've tried so far but I really like it.

The final dress I have to show you today was dyed with Ocean Blue:



This one ended up being quite a surprise.  I use Ocean Blue quite a lot as I love the depth of colour it produces but I threw another item in the washing machine at the same time, which meant half the dye went to each item, so this dress came out lighter than usual (although this picture doesn't show it too well).  I love it!  The lighter hue makes a welcome change to the variety of royal blue items in my wardrobe and again it complements my blonde hair and blue eyes perfectly.

Sadly, George don't seem to have any more of these dresses available in a size 10, either online or instore (I rang round every Asda in Kent to make sure of this), which puts paid to my intentions to dye more of these dresses.  That is, unless I try going up to a size 12.  My concern with this would be that the wrapover skirt section would end up being too baggy...but I may venture into a local Asda soon to find out!

You can read about my other dyeing escapades here.

What do you think of the results of my dyeing?  Which colour is your favourite?

35 comments:

  1. Oh, brilliant! I really want the BiuBiu zanzibar but the colors are not for me. If you lived closer I'd enlist your help to dye it but I'm just not brave enough on my own. ;) I think the red and black is my favorite!

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    1. Maybe we should dye it when you come to the UK...? Honestly, it's dead simple. Maybe I should do a 'how to' post x

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  2. Wow! These are all GORGEOUS. The flamingo pink and ocean blue are my faves, simply stunning!

    xx

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    1. Thank you! I really can't decide which are my favourites - they are all so lovely for different reasons xx

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  3. Brilliant! I like them all. This dress is so pretty on you!

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    1. Thanks Astrid! I feel very lucky to have nabbed this dress (and several of them) when I could - it's a real pain to find things that work for me so when I do I buy them by the bucketload ;-) x

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  4. Wow! I would never have thought of dyeing those dresses. Now I'm thinking back on all the clothes I passed up because they were the wrong color. Every single dress you showed looked wonderful on you. And you've got such versatility with those different colors, but the same flattering silhouette, drape, and proportions. You may have inspired me to try something similar!

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    1. Thank you - so glad to hear this post has inspired you to give dyeing a try :-)

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  5. These all look amazing! What a fab idea, I never think of dyeing clothes, must give this a go. All amazing colour choices too, they suit you perfectly!! xxx

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    1. Thanks Emma! I hope to try more in due course if I can get hold of more dresses...

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  6. All the colors look great but I think I like the last one the best. Big bust options are so limited. Dyeing clothes is a great idea to increase our choices. You should definitely do a how to post. I'd also like to know what you should and shouldn't dye in regards to color and fabric.

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    1. Thanks Bizzy. I'll definitely have a think about writing a 'how to' post - if I can do it, anyone can!

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  7. They look great. How well does the colour last?

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    1. Thank you. The dye lasts as long as the item of clothing. I guess the colour will fade slightly over time with washing and wearing but no more than when you buy coloured clothing already dyed.

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  8. What is the "for use with pre-dye" that the Dylon site mentions? Is it necessary? Also, what is the fabric composition of that dress? It fits like a glove.

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    1. The pre-dye is a colour stripper that removes darker dyes from fabrics. I've used it a few times and it turns fabrics a pale yellow colour (quite often the original colour of the fabric). This can be useful if wishing to dye a garment that was originally a darker colour than your dye of choice. But it doesn't work on all fabrics - read the instructions carefully!

      This dress is a viscose/elastane mix and if you look VERY closely at the blue dresses in natural daylight (in real life, not on here) you can see little flecks of elastane which haven't dyed. It's not noticeable AT ALL to the vast majority of people but I am a fusspot so I spot things like that ;-) I also noticed it because I once dyed something with a high proportion of a fibre that can't be machine dyed (can't remember which) and it came out significantly flecky, which was quite pretty...so having spotted this once it's easy to spy again.

      You're right - thanks to the stretchiness of the fabric the dress gives me a fabulous fit. I love it so much!

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  9. LOVE this! You're such a clever lady! And looking amazing honey x x

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  10. Ocean blue all the way! You have a talent right there Caroline!
    FF

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    1. Haha thank you...but it's really, really simple to dye fabrics so no talent involved at all, except for knowing how to use a washing machine ;-)

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  11. I love them all! And such a good idea too!!

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  12. Love these - the slate blue looks especially good on you. I share your love of teal and I recall you mentioning that you'd tried to dye things teal in the past. Any ideas what colour I could use to dye a mid-yellow (cotton) dress teal? I don't have much experience with dyeing at all!

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    1. Thank you so much. Re your cotton dress...I think I would try removing the yellow first with Dylon Pre-Dye. You can usually pick this up fairly cheaply on eBay so it's no great loss if it doesn't neutralise the colour too well. Then I would probably try using Dylon Cold Water (hand) dyes http://www.dylon.co.uk/product.php?alias=fabric-dye-for-hand-use in a bucket and mix Ocean Blue with Amazon Green. For a lighter teal you could try Tropical Green and Bahama Blue. Please note this is all complete guess work and I have no idea how these colours would combine! If the dress is precious to you then I would not chance it...or, at the very least, I would try dyeing something else first. And don't forget that the thread will not dye so be prepare for contrasting stitching. Good luck - and please let me know how you get on.

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  13. Such a great idea! Especially love the slate blue und flamingo pink versions. Those jersey dresses always look as they were deliberately designed for your body :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! I wore the flamingo pink one yesterday and got several compliments :-) I size down in jersey dresses so they fit on my waist - that means they are pretty tight elsewhere but at least that's the best fit for me.

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  14. Love everything about this post! That dress looks fab on you, saw it in Asda after your first post & looks nothing on the hanger, but on you wow! Can't choose which colour I like best, but I am a sucker for red & black in fact they were my wedding colours - black, white & red.

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    1. Hi Clare, thanks so much for your comment. I love the red and black too...and the rest of them ;-) I bet your wedding looked sumptuous and elegant in those colours x

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  15. Hey, Got this dress last week and was inspired! It didn't look anything special in the black / off white but after seeing your post I decided to try to do one in the Ocean blue. It's fab.. so all that's left to do now is to choose a colour for the other dress!
    I've poseted a picture on my facebook if anyone's interested unfortunately I don't quiet have such a curvy figure as Curvywordy!

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    1. Yay, so pleased to hear you were inspired! I'd love to see how the dress turned out on you, what's your Facebook name? Alternatively you could post a pic on the wall of my Facebook page if you like? https://www.facebook.com/CurvyWordy

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  16. wow this was smart thing to do .. I want to try this myself ! love the purple so pretty ... you blog is great ! new subbie

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  17. Oh, I love the dress! My favorite color is the original one and then the dark blue one. I can't find the dress anywhere online, you don't happen to have an updated link? Or be interested in selling one of the dresses? Thanks!

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  18. Wow! You look great in all of these. I really like the first dress. Just wanna say that you have the perfect hour glass figure. Take care:)

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