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Coffe and tea hand dye

Added Apr 9, 2010

by Adriana Orozco

San Pedro De Mon...






I made this dress a year ago, and it was pure white silk chiffon and some lace at the top. Now it needs to be used again, so I decided to dye it with something eco-friendly, and choose to use coffe and tea. I had to undo the dress to be able to do it, and….belive it or not…..it went on very strong coffe and tea at least 8 times!!!! but did not take more color. The picture does not show it much…but I did it in a way that the color is stronger on the hem and open fronts and fades away to creamy color. Also, I had to take the lace apart, and dye the top in soft cream and the lace in stronger color. It took me many many hours!!!! but I like the way that it looks. It also has a chawl, and I use the same tecnique.

Material Notes

100% silk, and lace




Garment Type

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.59 PMby sala22

    Pure elegance!

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    Jul 16, 2010, 02.00 PMby kajsasyr

    Adriana, I love all your sewing projects. You put such effort, time and patience in to your work. It’s admirable. This dress is simply stunning!

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    Apr 23, 2010, 11.01 PMby seussian

    Beautiful…..gorgeous…… stunning God bless =)

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      May 4, 2010, 01.23 AMby Adriana Orozco

      Thank you very much!!! I am happy that you like it, but…..the best of this comment??? your blessings, and for that I thank you!!!! and send you the same : )

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      May 4, 2010, 01.29 AMby seussian

      Thank you for your caring reply,
      God bless =)

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    Apr 10, 2010, 08.21 PMby Lucia Rotundu

    Something happens with my posts!! They just disapear!! Beautiful dress ….and the rest you know , Adriana .. I suppose that the comment will appear in your activity!!

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      Apr 12, 2010, 11.57 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Thank you, thank you!!!! now I got this 2 messages. Do you know??? only the first words appear in activity, that is why I did not know everything that you had written. Now I know and thank you again. Wish you and your family a wonderfull week.

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    Apr 10, 2010, 08.16 PMby Lucia Rotundu

    The dress is absolutely fantastic, dreamy, is the word that I used … but I also like the interior design of the room with the mirror wall, is such a splendid and interesting idea for gaining the illusion of space… and the furniture suits with the dress!! All the “ansamble” is special and with great style…

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      Apr 12, 2010, 11.55 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Guau!!! your messages arrived 2 days later!!! but they are here. Well Lucia, I can only thank you very much for all the big big EFFORD you have put in leting me know your comments!!! I have to thank you also for your words. Actually, the big big mirror, is a closet that divades the room, So, you see the mirror that is the back of the wardobe, I take double advantage of it. And the furniture, I have been buying litle by litle because if very difficult to get antiques in Costa Rica. Here, everything is new. My house is 50 years old, and is considered very old here!!! would you belive it!!!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 03.27 PMby elaine-bin

    There is only one thing to say about this dress, it is BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!

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      Apr 11, 2010, 10.15 AMby Adriana Orozco

      Thank you very much Elaine!!!!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 01.51 PMby lilybart

    Wow! So lovely! I have never dyed anything with tea or coffee before but I’ve thought about it! You have inspired me to give it a go. Can I just ask, though… does it smell of coffee?? I actually hate coffee (I know, I am odd) and I would feel really ill if I had to wear a dress that smells like coffee all day.

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      Apr 10, 2010, 02.35 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Oh Lily!!! I must tell you…..there is a wonderfull new perfume made out of the coffe flowers!!! tell your boyfriend never to get it for you!!! jajajaja.
      Actually Lily, it has been washed so many times, that it does not smell at all. Now…..I can not, at this moment, tell you what happens with the heat of the body….So, I will tell you later, ok??? By the way, I am happy that you like it!!!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 01.05 PMby Christian Adamsen

    O M G, thats is so wonderful, if i were a girl, i will love wearing it!

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      Apr 10, 2010, 02.35 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Hi Christian!! that is a very very nice and different compliment!!! thank you!!!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 12.56 PMby tallykay

    So speechless….. Incredible! who is the dress for?

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      Apr 10, 2010, 02.26 PMby Adriana Orozco

      How are you my darling girl!!! As soon as I finished this dress, I took the pictures because I knew that you were waiting to see it, and I am happy that you like it. Actually, it is nicer in real life than in the pictures, because the colors are really nice. I am happy with the result!!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 09.48 AMby kiwistitcher

    the dress is just stunning & the clever way you have ombre dyed it makes it even more special. I am too much of a scaredy cat to attempt cutting or sewing silk chiffon – do you have any tips as you are very obviously an advanced & super clever sewer :)

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      Apr 10, 2010, 02.30 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Hello Kiswistitcher!! thank you very much for your comment, and….do not be afraid of chiffon…..there is one easy tip with chiffon: when you are going to cut it, do not put the pattern pieces on top of the material, put the pattern first, and on top the silk chiffon. Since the chiffon is see-thrue, you will see the pattern, and belive it or not, this way is much much easier to cut the chiffon. When sewing, allways use french seams. If cutting cuts on the bies…..cut them and hang them , and then trim them to size, because you will find that the chiffon hangs a lot. Any other question, just feel free to ask me, I am very happy to help you.

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    Apr 9, 2010, 09.19 PMby badkitty-1

    Adriana, all your work is so beautiful but this is truly stunning. You are a very talented lady xx

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      Apr 9, 2010, 10.01 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Hello Bad Kitty!!! It is so nice to meet you here again!!! specially when you are so kind with your words to me. Thank you and…. God bless you!!!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 07.06 PMby suzetewilliams

    Gracias. Bueno, al menos se que tienes un buen sentido del humor :-)

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    Apr 9, 2010, 02.52 PMby thewiltedmagnolia

    Fabulous as always Adriana! I want some of that coffee! ;)

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      Apr 9, 2010, 04.41 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Thank you my friend. Now…..about the coffe……if you send me your adress, I will send you a 1/2 kilo packet of this wonderfull mountain coffe. It is a promise!!!

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      Apr 9, 2010, 07.26 PMby thewiltedmagnolia

      Oh my gosh! I will do that! And pay for it of course! How exciting!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 02.49 PMby suzetewilliams

    By the way, I tried to reply to your comment and reported your comment as inappropriate by mistake. I’m soooooo sorry. I’ve tried to undo it, but it won’t. Sorry.

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      Apr 9, 2010, 04.33 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Suzete, do not worry, everything is fine…..If they kick me out of the site….we know why!!! jajajaja!!!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 02.47 PMby suzetewilliams

    Si, pero hay una grande diferenca entre nosotras – tu eres un expert y yo no. I saw that you live in Costa Rica and decided to try my portunol (una mezcla de portugues y espanol) es lo que dicen mis amigos espanoles.

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      Apr 9, 2010, 04.39 PMby Adriana Orozco

      mi querida Suzete, tu portu-ñol es….muy bueno!!! y …no soy una experta…..todos los dias aprendo algo nuevo en la costura. Podemos darle gracias a Dios que nos da algo tan maravilloso donde podemos expresarnos, cierto???

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    Apr 9, 2010, 01.34 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    You make the most beautiful things! That dress is what romantic dreams are made of! :-)

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      Apr 9, 2010, 01.51 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Mitmit!!!! Thank you so much!! your lovely comment brought tears to me eyes. I thank you :)

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    Apr 9, 2010, 12.49 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Truly stunning, Adrianna! Your hours spent on the transformation were worth the effort!

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      Apr 9, 2010, 01.48 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Hi Gabriele!!! I am happy that you like it!!!! and I am happy with the result on this dress…..I must tell you do….: ) it took about 1/2 kilo of Costa Rican mountain Coffe!!!! jajajajaja…..and about 10 bags of tea!!!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 12.26 PMby kazzaw87

    Like those before me, I too agree that it is beautiful and absolutely stunning!

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      Apr 9, 2010, 01.45 PMby Adriana Orozco

      I thank you very much for your kind comment!!!!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 11.09 AMby suzetewilliams

    Beatiful! The colour looks great too. I’ve been dabling with fabric dye lately and have come up with a few surprise colours which gets me into fits of laughter because it never turns out the colour I was looking for. I’m learning though ;-) and I only use cheap fabrics in case I damage them.

    I’m glad you said it takes so long because I’ve spent hours doing it and never come out with anything great. lol

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      Apr 9, 2010, 01.44 PMby Adriana Orozco

      My dear Suzete, only with patiente….lots of it….we get wonderfull results. Your are cautios…..I am not….I am a bit crazy and just put something in my mind…..and for and unknown reason, never think that is not going to work…..many times I am surprise of the results…..but I do not give up until I find a way that I like…..

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    Apr 9, 2010, 10.58 AMby rogue-cellist

    this is just gorgeous. I love it. You have done a fantastic job!

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      Apr 9, 2010, 01.41 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Thank you for your nice comment!!! It makes me happy.

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    Apr 9, 2010, 08.15 AMby frankiesoup

    This is so beautiful – so floaty and romantic! I bet it looks incredible on!

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      Apr 9, 2010, 01.41 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Thank you!!! yes, it does have a nice fiffing, because if you notice, the front part of the skirt, hangs nealy like an -A-line, but the back has so much matterial, that when moving, looks really nice.

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    Apr 9, 2010, 07.43 AMby Lucia Rotundu

    the dress is dreamy… absolutely fantastic .. but I also like the interior design of the room, and the mirror!! It has special effect of widening space!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 06.20 AMby emilie6709

    Such a beautiful dress and it was definitely worth dying as it’s simply gorgeous now. I love it!

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      Apr 9, 2010, 01.39 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Thank you very much!!! I agree with you, because for sure it looks much nicer now, than in pure white.

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    Apr 9, 2010, 01.39 AMby Natalia *

    You can see the colour better in the reflection of the dress in the mirror. I love the colour gradient. Looks really great! Beautiful dress.

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      Apr 9, 2010, 01.35 PMby Adriana Orozco

      Thank you!!! in real life, the colour gradient shows a lot more!!! I am glad that you like it!!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 01.03 AMby tradsahm

    I think it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I LOVE IT!

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