Light Linen Dips: Orange Sherbet

Linen is one of the most loved fabrics in my wardrobe for this time of season. Despite linen's wrinkling characteristics or other reasons people may not admire its qualities it's still truly one of my favourite fabrics to work with amongst others. The coarseness, yet soft hand of the material exudes natural strength to me.

The flax bast fibre is quite versatile and lends itself to be very casual or as elegant as one wants it to be. Think about those art or home interior items you've seen, i.e., pillows, lamp shades, canvases, tablecloths, etc.
I've always adored linen because of its absorbent qualities, and certainly because its one natural fibre that doesn't bother any of my allergies by wearing. It's stronger than cotton and has a wearable comfort that's so unique and unlike any other material.

I remember when I was younger watching many females in my extended family wearing linen dresses, and suits in the humid climate. As a child, it all just seemed very cool to me touches of gold jewellery or worldly family heirlooms would become the special dressings to the outfits. But, in actuality the linen was initially worn because of its resilient attributes, as the heat is able to escape and provide a nice cooling breeze when worn.

I had a favourite pair of tan linen wide-legged trousers that I lost in a move when I was a teenager. But, I found this great linen blazer a few years ago at a secondhand shop in Sweden that I've only worn once to replace those beloved trousers. This caught my eye immediately ... it needed that special something! So, given the fact that I have several white blazers and jackets I decided to spice this one up with a dash of orange.
It's very easy to transform a garment and make it your style. For this, I simply did an acid (composite) dye job by dipping my blazer lying in a pool of colour. Of course, like any other dye you'll need to remove excess dye prior to wearing the garment. I wanted/needed a tangerine jacket, so I'm quite happy with the outcome. I even had time to dip some kerchiefs, but that's another story.

If you're a novice with dyeing I'd suggest using small remnants of fabric to start. Your clothing will definitely thank you later, otherwise give it a go and let your lively hues bring you joy!

Are you implementing colour into your wardrobe lately, or perhaps you're like me and love many hues!
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50 comments

  1. sartorialsidelines07 May, 2012

    The jacket looks great! And I bet it will be great in the summer heat.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  2. Da Paura07 May, 2012

    Amazing results and I love how you styled it!  Gorgeous color combination!

    x
    Rachel

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  3. sisters closet07 May, 2012

    You did a wonderful job and I really like how you styled the outfit..
    www.fifthnsicthcloset.com

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  4. Fabulous! I love linen. Your outfit is great and I love the color combination. :)
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  5. Love this look sweetie! I am also a big fan of linen and especially for the summer! Love the colour you've chosen to dye it and the other colours you've teamed it with compliments beautifully! :) 

    Take care,Daniella xox

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  6. francesca romana capizzi07 May, 2012

    You did a great job!! I love the new color!!




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  7. Maria at inredningsvis.se07 May, 2012

    LOVELY PICS:) I really like your blog and will happily follow,I dont see twitter though??

    . If you want some swedish decor inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
    Have a great week.
     
    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (Sweden)

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  8. Lovely to discover your blog and many thanks for visiting me.
    I love linen too, and like the colour you have  dyed your jacket.

    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  9. i really like how this turned out. the color is fun. i have the wrinkling aspect of linen, but i do love a great linen jacket. it's worth the wrinkles!

    [oomph.]

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  10. I am loving all of these colours!  I love how linen breathes in the summer, but man I hate how it wrinkles!  Ugh!

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  11. Oh my gosh, girl. This color orange looks SO GOOD on you. Such a good idea to dye it!

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  12. ahh...the blazer looks so much cuter now, I love coral, it's just a vivacious color. Looks great with your blue top, nice contrast. The bauble necklace is ultra cute!

    mongsmythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm obsessed with that blazer! genius!

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  14. Yes there's two twitter places. also left you a note. Thanks hun! -x

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  15. Thanks Daniella. I'm so happy it turned out the way I wanted it. I love this colour. Enjoy your day.

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  16. Yes, the wrinkles are not so friendly, but the good attributes outweighs the semi-inconvenient. lol :)  Thanks.

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  17. I love linen too - such a great summer fabric. I love your colour combination here and coral is one of my favourite colours for this time of year. thanks for your lovely comment.

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  18. Your blazer rocks! That colour is so vibrant and eye-catching. A truly spectacular transformation. x

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  19. Love those colours together, they are so pretty!! I need more colours like that in my wardrobe really!! Hope you have a sweet week :) x

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  20. Love this look...the colors are great! Fabulous styling!

    ~Tavia
    www.ninetofly.blogspot.com

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  21. DYING over this color - it is so beyond perfect for spring/summer!  :)

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  22. Gorgeous look!
    Love the shade of that blazer ~ wonderful job!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  23. What a zesty, vibrant makeover of your jacket for spring. i love the elegance of linen too.

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  24. Thanks Tavia! So glad that you were able to stop by my blog. :)

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  25. Thank you. Yes, Linen has so many great qualities. 

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  26. haha. Thanks sweetie. Hope you enjoy your Tuesday. -xx

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  27. Love the colour, it's a great way to sass up a thrifted find!

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  28. I'm wearing this tangerine color today! It's great. I love it in a blazer. You look gorgeous in this color. The addition of the turquoise was a great touch.

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  29. Loving your colours hun!! 

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  30. Mary Jo at Trustyourstyle08 May, 2012

    What a great makeover--that color looks great on you! I love linen too, so I'm going to take a look at my closet--it's all mostly white and see if I can switch things up.

    xo Mary Jo

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  31. kristen goldstein09 May, 2012

    that blazer turned out so great! that shade of orange is so pretty

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  32. I love the colors in this outfit so much.

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  33. Great dye job!  I love the orange color - so very vibrant, fresh and perfect for spring / summer!

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  34. You did a great job dying that jacket! It's such a fun, bright color. Very perfect for spring.

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  35. Orange sherbert and turquoise...Such a beautiful combo!

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  36. i love this outfit!  especially with the belt.

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  37. Oh to Be a Muse09 May, 2012

    You look great in linen and orange sorbet. I have something in linen and I definitely appreciate it more now than I would have when I was younger.

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  38. I have never dyed anything ... and even though i live in a hot and humid climate all year long I don't own linen .. the wrinkle factor is too much for me to handle -
    You did an amazing job dying the jacket and you styled it beautifully.

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  39. Sick by Trend09 May, 2012

    Lovely shorts

    xxwww.sickbytrend.com

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  40. summerlilacs10 May, 2012

    Love how you just brought that blazer to life again! The outfit is fabulous!

    -Jaz
    http://summerlilacs.blogspot.com/

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  41. cute necklace!!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    MOSAMUSE.com

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  42. Omigosh you and your dying ways are totally totally amazing. I need to do this more I think but it just seems so daunting. I think I require supervision.

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  43. Love those colors together - so fun!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray 

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  44. Kirsten Eulderink13 May, 2012

    You look beautiful! The colours look very good on you. Great how you transformed the blazer :) Thank you for your nice comment!! Have a nice day. XX Kristen

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  45. Maiken M13 May, 2012

    hey! thanks for the comment in my blog :)
    what a great idea when it comes to that blazer! I also love the fact you've added some turquoise. the mix of those two look gorgeous!



    Maiken,


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  46. The blazer's a great colour, it looks so good paired with the bright turquoise!

    Em K

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