How to dye your crinoline

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CIMG0720.JPGSo, I had inauguration day off, and my partner Luck was at work, and I was high on patriotic pride and seeing my dress pinned and properly floofy, so I had the confidence to try this first major DIY project alone! First I washed the crinoline, since it was dirty from my sweat as I tried it on, and who knows who else had tried it on. Since it has to be wet when you dye it, I figured washing it first would be the easiest.

As the crinoline was washing, I started mixing the Sunshine Orange dye. Michael's only had the powdered dye in a color I wanted, so I followed the directions and mixed two packages in two cups of hot water. I didn't want to use anything plastic in this process, since the Rit box said the dye will dye plastic. I did use plastic gloves, but I didn't care about those changing colors.


Then I followed the directions on the box, filling the machine full of hot water, mixing in a tablespoon of detergent, and the dye (I mixed it around with a long-handled spoon when I mixed the dye) and put in the crinoline.


And I checked on it every 3 minutes, to untwist it and move it around in the washer to make sure it was getting an even dye job.


I think 3 minutes was the right amount, because every time I checked it, it was completely twisted again. And it kept me paying attention so I had time to reset the machine back to repeat a cycle, since you have to have the fabric in the dye at least 30 minutes before you start to rinse.


It's kind of a tiring and boring process, but at only 10 minutes in, the crinoline is already the perfect color, so I think using the two boxes was just right. It does seem like you will occasionally need to take the entire damn thing out of the washer to untangle it. So I rigged up (with clippy magnets) a towel device that would protect me and the floor. (Yes, my wall got covered too. And there is Luck's Mt. Dew addiction on display).



This took way longer than I thought it would and, aside from setting the timer every three minutes so I could untangle, I didn't keep track of the time, so it's possible that the crinoline got extra soaking time. I also skipped a second rinse and just rinsed it once, then washed it with an extra rinse and tried it for just a little bit before I hung it up in the bathroom to air dry. I'm really excited and I think it looks so great and will be a really great surprise and pop of color. It is really fucking orange. But I like it! I'm all about bright colors. As Luck likes to say (about both of us), we're like an accident in a crayon factory, as brightly colored as our wardrobes and lives tend to be!

Oh, and I got completely covered in water, so I'm really glad I changed into old clothes while doing this. And I switched to a gentle cycle, because part of the slip seemed to be fraying and the color felt saturated enough. For someone who hates doing laundry, this is not exactly a fun process, especially considering I just spent $50 on the slip. I know I could've found one cheaper, but I was standing there in the dress and it looked perfect with the slip and It was just so much easier….WIC 1, Loaf 0. (Well Probably WIC 2 or 3 since I went to DB to have my alterations done…again, it just seemed easier! and the woman was very sweet.)

Anyway, here is the crinoline fresh out of the washer:




Going into the dryer:


When I threw the crinoline in to dry, I threw into the washer the grey drip towel, some rags I used to wipe up spills and my socks that got orange drips on them along with some bleach and Tide to clean out the washer. I think it will be fine. It didn't seem stained at all.

And fresh out of the dryer!


With my wedding shoes:

(you can see the edge of my fleur de lys toe tattoo here)

A close-up of the lace edging:


Now my dilemma is whether or not to share this with Luck…if I do, I'll have to confess that I have a new dress. But I'm really not sure how to hide it…it's a lot bigger than I thought I would need, but under the dress, it's perfect. It makes me love my dress even more, because I really did want the poufy crinoline. I mean, I never dress up, so when I do, I want to go all out!

Comments on How to dye your crinoline

  1. I’m just curious. Have any offbeat brides had problems with the dye rubbing off onto their dress after trying this? It’s my only reservation, but it terrifies me to think of my gorgeous dress getting random turquoise stains.

  2. I love this idea!I’ve been trying to figure out how to add some purple to my ivory dress.
    I am wondering if other OB brides have tried this, does the dye stain your dress?

  3. Has anyone done this and then did the Trash the Dress? I am afraid if I do this when I go and do the Trash the Dress it will bleed all over my white dress? Any thoughts?

  4. this helps a bunch! thank you!…and its comforting to know that it isnt relatively annoying for someone who hates doing laundry…because i am one who hates doing laundry. Yay colored crinoline!

  5. Thank you SO much for writing this! I have the exact same crinoline from David’s that I wanted to color but was afraid wouldn’t take the dye. Off to Michael’s for some hot pink rit! 🙂

  6. I am so doing this!! I realize you posted this a couple years ago, but I still have to ask…where did you get your Green shoes? I love the color and can’t find anything close to that online.

    • Hi you can probably find green shoes on ebay or find a shoe that fits well and fabric paint or spray paint the color you like then when it drys use a clear spray paint to give it that gloss look hope this helps. I have done something like this before and it turned out pretty nice.

  7. This is a great post even though its a couple of years ago but someone is always looking for something to do with color dyes and being uniquely different. I found a wedding dress in a second hand shop and been thinking of color dying it since I am a non traditional girl who hardly wears white or ivory clothing. I may go with RIT color dyes since I used them before in other craft projects but not on a big item such as this wedding dress, I have always used a big bucket but nervous about using the tub knowing I will have to bleach dye it after wards. Alot to think about since it is a huge project.

  8. So this totally worked great except that the outer layer of my crinoline didn’t take the color 🙁

    Luckily I was using a test subject I had found at Goodwill cause I was worried I didn’t have the right color dye but has anyone had success using dyes for manmade materials? I’m assuming the reason that the one layer didn’t dye is because its not natural, since it feels different than the inside.


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