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Date: 2/4/06 4:08 PM

Look at this dress...

Painted Chiffon Dress

Do you think it could be laundered? How?

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Date: 2/4/06 4:19 PM

I love that!!!

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Date: 2/4/06 4:21 PM

I don't know how it would be laundered, Maybe she could spot treat it.

The dress is very unique and gorgeous and so is the woman who designed it. If she could only wear it out on the town one time it would be worth it. Hopefully she won't spill red wine on it, and be able to wear it a few times.

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Date: 2/4/06 4:34 PM

I do a fair amount of this kind of thing, and it's heat that makes paint colorfast on fabric. She doesn't mention ironing it, so my guess is that it's a one-timer.

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Date: 2/4/06 4:36 PM

What brand and type of paint would you use? How would you heat set it?

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Date: 2/4/06 4:44 PM

She said that she used acrylic (which I was surprised because I would have thought that it would have gotten stiff, so it must have been VERY watered down). You can get acrylic paint at any craft store (or Walmart) pretty cheep - about 85 cents! Acrylic stains (I have a sweatshirt to prove it) so you could probably hand wash it and it wouldn't fade too much. Maybe you could heat set it by having it air dry outside then throwing it in the drier for awhile.

eta to add - Beautiful dress by the way! Thanks for the inspiration!
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Date: 2/4/06 4:44 PM

There are fabric paints that could be used. Because it's chiffon you can't iron it. Can you throw it in the dryer???
If not, perhaps the sun is the only answer.

I forgot to add - there is a textile medium that can be added to acrylic paint to make it dry much more flexible that straight acrylic paint.

I hope someone has an answer to this.

I, too, think this dress is absolutely gorgeous - as is the girl wearing it. It's perfect for her.
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Date: 2/4/06 5:51 PM

I would paint it on with dye. You could use silk dyes or fiber reactive Procion. You need to steam most silk dyes, I believe. You can steam Procion with an acidic solution, but you can also cover and let sit if you soak the fabric in a soda ash solution as well. I've done it both ways. Letting it sit is a lot easier if you don't have a nice steam set-up. I would probably thicken the dye, as well.

Painting with dyes from Dharma Trading

Her dress really came out well! So much inspiration out there.

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Date: 2/4/06 8:10 PM

I agree with the dyes, rather than paints. Can you really wash chiffon? I doubt those trims could be washed.

I bet you could use something like a silk paint used for making scarves.

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