Military Ball Hair & Sweater Dying
A couple of Saturdays ago, my husband and I went to a spring ball for his task force in the army.
I bought three different colors of dye: red, black, and magenta; figuring I would be able to mix those and get the color of my dress. I did a little trial and error on an old tee of my son’s and eventually had a color that I thought would work. My mom said that the water color would be pretty close to what the end color would be, so that’s what I was going with. She was wrong.
I ended up spending just about two whole days trying to get the color right, and towards the end, I was just adding more dye, mixing it up, tossing the sweater in, and crossing my fingers. It went through magenta stages, mauve stages, maroon stages, and finally a color that didn’t clash with my dress. I took that stage and ran with it, even though it was much lighter than I wanted.
Since the color wasn’t exact like in the picture, I didn’t sew it to the dress as originally planned. Instead, I just kept it closed with a vintage pin my mother gave me. I am glad I didn’t sew it on; now I can wear it with other things!
I’m not really a makeup person, so I pretty much just did what I normally do, but with darker eye shadow and lips…that pretty much wore off by the time I took pictures. *sigh* And I didn’t bring any to the event because again, not really a makeup person. FAIL! (Middle picture shows made up face.)
PS: While I suggest you keep your dying powder, gloves, spoon, and other supplies on a pizza box so that you don’t mess up your counters…make sure you clean it up right away when you’re done, or your toddler son might knock the whole thing down the next day because he’s hungry and wants pizza; causing a huge mess that will have you freak the eff out because this is not your house and now your tiles have red dye powder all over them that turns to red dye when you spray it with cleaner. (It came off, luckily.) What, that scenario wouldn’t happen to everyone? Just me? Figures. It made me sad, because I was going to save the left over dye for some future project, but after that floor drama, it all went into the trash.