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...
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?