Indigo Dyeing a Kimono Jacket

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The Jacquard website has instructions and even videos for using their kit.  It was so fun and easy, and we found that the only downside is that it can make a bit of a mess and take up some time.  If you're going to tackle this project, we suggest doing it outside on a day with nice weather.  Plan on being nearby your project all day.  You can do other things, but you'll need to dip the jacket into the indigo every 20 minutes or so until you get the shade you want.

Elizabeth headed up this project, and you can see her in action here.  We followed the Jacquard directions, and ended up dipping the jacket five times to achieve a rich, dark shade of indigo.  After the jacket was finished, it was washed with Synthrapol to set the dye.  As with anything dyed with indigo, the color will fade with time and washing.

One tip to pass on: if you want your thread to match your jacket (which we recommend to hide any sewing mistakes), you'll need to sew it with cotton thread and not polyester.  The cotton will take the dye, but the polyester won't.  Alternatively, you could sew your jacket with indigo-colored poly thread.  

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