Saturday morning I was gung ho to convert the pink mistake to the perfect color denim. The Rit site gives formulas for a few hundred hues, and I aimed to emulate "Nantucket Red". The formula for my selection was 1 part Cherry Red to 4 parts Tangerine.
|Going for a lighter shade of 566.|
Unfortunately, my local source for dye did not stock Cherry Red (surprise). So I substituted Wine and brought in some Tan for muting (the Bubble Gum and Tangerine seemed so bright). The first sample I mixed proved the Wine was so strong that it overpowered the Tangerine (and looked a lot like Raspberry). It took 10 samples.
|I love potion number 9!|
After several test swatches, I narrowed it down to three choices and settled on #9 -- it was a bit more on the "rust" side than what I initially thought I wanted -- but I really liked it nonetheless. So I calculated the perfect combination of dye for 3 yards of fabric (compared to a 2-inch square piece), and mixed it up in my sink on Sunday. After 5 minutes, it looked like a giant piece of raspberry fruit roll-up. I was horrified. So I ran it through the washing machine with a cup of bleach, and it came out orange -- Carrot Orange -- which was not what I wanted either.
I tried "color remover" and it looked exactly the same, still Carrot. I wasn't giving up! I soaked it in pure Scarlet. It was still Carrot, how can that be? Around 10:30 Sunday night, my husband patted me on the back and told me "You gave it your best try." I wished I had just ordered some pants from Murray's Toggery Shop for $72.50 plus shipping and enjoyed my weekend instead. Why did the formula not work on a larger scale?
Today when I came home from lunch and saw the wrinkled pile of Carrot, I gave it one more try. I mixed Scarlet with Wine and soaked it in the sink for the afternoon. It came out really red -- Tomato Red -- but it's a nice red, and I'd rather have Tomato pants than Bubble Gum pants or Carrot pants. It's still not #9, but that's fine.
So I washed it and dried it and ironed it and started cutting out my pants...except that I am about 3 inches short of fabric for the pants! What?! Did I shrink it that much during the several hot dye baths and washes? I've seen this movie before, and it's getting old. So maybe I will make some shorts, instead. Either way, I'm having some wine.