Tea House Dress - Dyed Hem Black Dress

Hi there! I dyed the hem of the dress black. Have you ever seen the Tea House Dress ?
The Tea House Top and Dress from Sew House Seven

The Tea House Top and Dress from Sew House Seven
I bought the PDF pattern (The Tea House Top and Dress from Sew House Seven) in a recent sale. Why is the pattern's name "Tea house top and dress"? Sorry I have no idea. The pattern has variety of options; two different tie belt options (but the dress can be worn without the belt). There are three different length options - hip length, above the knee length and ankle length dresses. I made the ankle length dress version. The pattern has many parts, but it was quicker to make than I expected. Most of the bodice and skirt parts are shapes made of straight lines, so I could cut and sew the parts at a high speed.

The Tea House Top and Dress from Sew House Seven

Why did I dye the hem? I initially used black-lined beige linen and loved it, but the colour contrast was too strong for me. It looked too busy, so I decided to dye the hem black instead.
Here’s the tutorial.
Note: You will need fabric, dye, duct tape, plastic bag, rubber gloves and a bucket. I recommend hanging out the fabric when you dye the fabric, more details→ (Seren Dress - DIY Half Bleached Summer Dress)

DIY Dyed Hem Dress TutorialDIY Dyed Hem Dress Tutorial
Step 1. Trial the dye on a fabric scrap before dying the actual hem.
Step 2. After the trial, put tape across the dress at the point where you want the dye to stop.
 
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Step 3. Protect the rest of the fabric using a plastic bag and tape. Gently place the fabric in a bucket filled halfway with dye.
Step 4. Rinse the fabric quickly, leaving it wrapped with the plastic bag, and then follow the instructions for the dye you are currently using.

The Tea House Top and Dress from Sew House Seven
I love the cuffed dolman short sleeves! I used linen, and the black dyed hemline looked incredibly natural! The black hem is a good accent. I thought the skirt parts didn't have enough flare, so the skirt was kind of an A-Line. The dress pattern is available size 0-20, and I cut a size 4 based on the finished garment measurement. The instructions were pretty clear, and I followed each step using the illustration without need for the written explanation.


The Tea House Top and Dress from Sew House Seven
I am glad that I dyed the hem of the dress black. I was a little disappointed at the finished dress before dying because the pattern on the dress looked busy. It wasn't terribly flattering to me. The black dyed hem make the dress look fantastic, so I'm happy with the result now! Next time, I will make a vest using the same pattern for autumn. The hottest season has ended in my country. Do you have any projects for autumn?

Total Time Spent (not include cutting and dyeing time) : 14 hours
Fabric 60" 2 3/4 yd

31 comments

  1. it's a lovely dress Eli, you made good decisions by dying it black. the black sort of tone down the busy print.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words! I was a bit intimidated by dyeing the new dress, but I am happy with the style now!

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  2. That dyed hem really adds the rigjt amount of plain-ness to tjebusy pattern and makes it so original. Love it!

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    1. Many thanks to Diane! I am glad that you like it:D

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  3. I keep seing this dress here and there on the Instagram but I didn't see anything special in the pattern. But using the stripes in different direction makes it so much more interesting, great idea! And you were right, dying the hem black definitely changes the whole look, I cannot imagine it to be beige, it just doesn't fit together. I must try this dying trick with some dress, I feel tempted, it changes the fabric or just a part of the fabric.
    Also, beautiful background! ^^*~~
    As for the Autumn, there are still dresses I planned for Summer but I didn't have the strength to make this year, maybe they will wait net year. But now I want to finish the trousers and make at least two dresses for the trip to Japan, all in under a month, yikes!.... *^o^*

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    1. Thank you so much Joanna! I am glad to hear that! I love the idea, but I dyed the dress in the bathroom, so it was messy after dyeing. I had to clean the bathroom until late night. Haha. If you try dyeing the fabric, you have to keep cats away from you at that time(*´∀`*) I took these pics at Fujinomiya city in Shizuoka (https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6368.html), it's close to Mt. Fuji. I am looking forward to seeing your trousers and two dresses...Two? You will be very busy!

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  4. that looks fantastic, so clever. You are so creative with the ideas of dyeing and bleaching.

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    1. Thank you Beth for your compliment! Recently, I’m into dyeing and bleaching:)

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  5. What a wonderful way to anchor the dress! It looks great, and the location that you are using for your photos is breathtaking!

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    1. Thank you very much Ann! I love there, and it's a beautiful place.

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  6. So pretty. I'll take a few yards of that fabric (lol).

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    1. Haha, I think so! Thank you for your nice comment!

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  7. Again, what a gorgeous dress! That black at the hem makes it perfect. I am in doubts about the size. You made a size 4 based on the finished measurments and I am thinking I am a size 8 on the body measurments chart and I am thinking to make a 4 too.

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    1. Thank you so much Camellia! I am glad you said that. If you would like to wear the dress loosly, you can choose a size 8. However, I think size 8 is too big for you. I usually choose a size S (US pattern), but am not so slender, haha. If you make a tea house dress, please let me show it. It'll look elegant on you.

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  8. So lovely! Love everything - the fabric, the pattern, the hem twist and the look on you! Excellent job!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Georgia! I always love your fabric choice.

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  9. Anonymous9/12/2018

    Absolutely bootiful! Thanks for sharing very doable dip technique. Also love the way the stripes look. Makes this pattern look more like itself (if that makes sense). (Slouchy from SPR)

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    1. Thank you so much Slouchy! I totally love the dress! I was hesitated to dye the dress, but it's worth it. If my blog helps others projects, I am pleased:)

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  10. Such a beautiful treatment of the hem!! I think the dress is lovely, and you dealt with the busyness of the print in a great way.

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa! I am glad I made it. But it was hard to clean up the bath room.

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  11. Your dye treatments are always so creative and look fantastic. This one is no exception. And haven't you found the perfect scenery to showcase this lovely dress - the textured rock looks similar to the striated lines in your dress fabric. It's lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah! Your words are always encouraging me. It was a little hard to clean the bath room after dyeing, but it's worth it. I really love the place, and it's cold in summer:)

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  12. I am loving all your experiments with dye! So special and gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you so much Lia! You are kind. I am happy to hear that๐Ÿ’•

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  13. Love your dress! I really need to look at this dress pattern closer. I like how yours looks and fits. Cool idea to dye the hem line.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! I'm very pleased๐Ÿ˜Š

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  14. Hi Eli,

    Amazing dress! And what a scenery... You seem extremely talented. Hopefully I am not the only man commenting here he, he.

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  15. The dyeing added a charming detail to the pattern; love it allll!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! Very pleased:)

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  16. Love your dress and think dying the hem was a great idea! It made the dress even better ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Thank you so much Maria! I am glad you like it๐Ÿ˜Š

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