Pandemic Masks as Art & Fashion
100 Days of Gelatin Printing: Days 43-51

Ice Dyed Dress Muslin

This is one of those projects that started one way and then morphed into something else entirely.  I wanted to draft a pattern for an easy summer dress to wear.  After I made the pattern, I decided to sew it out of muslin before I actually moved on to "real" fabric.  As it turned out, I didn't have any muslin, but I did have some Kona PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric.  In the absence of muslin, I decided to use it. 

Once I put the "muslin" version of the dress together, it wasn't quite right and yet I found I couldn't bring myself to throw it in the garbage.  So, I figured I'd throw it into the sink with some dye and see what happened.  I didn't pre-wash it and I didn't soda ash it.  I figured that if all the dye washed out, I would just soda ash it and try again. After all, if you never try things, you'll never know what the possibilities are.  And anyway, it was a dress that didn't really work out, so not a big deal.

I piled up the ice and dye...

...and this is what I got:

The colors are definitely lighter than when I pre-wash and use soda ash.  The green seems to have not stuck at all.  And, again, it's not the quite the fit I was looking for.  But I will wear it and I will make adjustments to the dress pattern so that the next one is "just right."  After all, I even took the time to put pockets into this thing:

And just so you know, this is my first time drafting a pattern.  I truly believe that the best way to learn something is by doing it.  I took a two-day class two years ago and made my very first garment from a pre-existing pattern.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  I've made a few shirts since then, but this was a big leap forward.  More to come!

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S.  I'm seriously debating overdyeing this to make it a little bit more intense.  Thoughts?