Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Experimenting with Dylon dyes

Apologies for being somewhat MIA last week and for not posting, but I woke up at 5am on Tuesday and was really sick, so couldn't face finishing this post and taking pictures to go up on the same day, or in the following few days.
Anyway, during my exams, I was sent some Dylon fabric dyes to experiment with, and I have finally used two of them! Currently, I have no use for the other two shades, but may do a follow-up post with them once I've used them for something. Also, in-case anyone is more observant than people at college and my friends, yes, I have had 6 inches cut off my hair.... I can't believe no one noticed.

Shade of dye- Flamingo pink

With the first shade of dye (flamingo pink), I decided to make a kimono, which I had originally seen in the French version of Mollie Makes, whilst I was in Lille last year. In the end, I didn't make the kimono exactly the same, as the instructions were quite confusing and not very comprehensible, so I just made a pattern by drawing around a kimono that I already owned. I dyed the fabric an ombre pink before cutting out the pieces, which in hindsight was a mistake, as the dip dye doesn't quite match up under one of the sleeves. To make the kimono, I used a lightweight cotton fabric, which was only £2.99 a metre- so very affordable and airy for wearing in the summer weather.

I wore it with another pair of shorts which I made last year, this time out of a vintage 50s floral taffeta fabric, which I got for £5 at Tynemouth Market, my new Accessorize sunglasses and a simple vest top, which I got from Primark last Summer. I am so happy with how the kimono turned out, the ombre worked really well and I love how bright the pink colouring is. I'll look forward to wearing it on the French beaches next week!

Shade of dye- China Blue 

I used the second shade of dye (China Blue), to dip-dye this white Primark top. Because the blue was very pale, it didn't get as much of an ombre effect as I'd hoped it would, but I really like how it turned out and how it isn't too in your face. 

Hidin' in da foliage 

Say 'Bonjour' to the demon-potato babies in my knees 

I wore the top with the black brocade shorts I made last year, my Olivia Burton watch and my 'Gatsby' shoes. I didn't know if the shorts would be too much, when paired with the brocade-style edge of my top, but I think it looks lovely and really great for summer. 

Dylon dyes are available at Wilkinsons stores nationwide!

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x


  1. Your kimono is beautiful! You are so creative :)

    JJ x


    1. Thank you so much! I am sure it'll be perfect for wearing on my holidays.

      Holly Olivia x

  2. These look amazing. I have burgundy one lying around somewhere that I've never used!
    Love Hayley,
    Water Painted Dreams

    1. Thank you! I love kimonos, they are so versatile and perfect for summer.

      Holly Olivia x

  3. You did Well To make the kimono yourself, it looks lovely! X
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  4. This is really cool, I like the Kimono :)

  5. Muy original... Un beso desde Murcia...

  6. Muy original... Un beso desde Murcia...


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