Has spring finally arrived where you live?
It has here and I am sewing with linen. I so love linen!
Do you try embellishing fabric? I like to but hesitate so much. I've done some ice-dying before and decided that linen is perfect because it is a natural fiber and I just love linen.
So, I deviated from the instructions, slightly. You should wet your fabric prior to the process, however since I wanted to use just one color of dye, I thought I would try putting the fabric in dry. Had the weather been much, much warmer, this might have worked.
Let's back up a bit. The directions don't mention this, but honestly if you are relying on the ice melt as a means to dye your fabric, it is best to ice dye when the weather is warm outside. I was rather ambitious and tried this at the beginning of April on a day when it was about 50 degrees. Not ideal, but hey, it's been a very long winter in the northern plains of North America and I needed some creative mo-jo.
Use some quality fiber reactive dyes. I like this brand: Dharma Trading Co. I decided early on that I was going for subtle. I used a turquoise dye and a lot of ice with two laundry baskets in our whopping 50ish degree weather....I mean, the ice will melt in a few hours, right?
Not really...don't laugh at my positive thinking. I really hoped it would melt over the course of 6 or so hours in the sun.
Well, it didn't so I did what any seamstress would do and pulled out a hair dryer, sat on my front steps and melted the ice with some hot air. And guess what, the hot air worked! Remember, I was going for subtly with my embellishment.
Next, after completing the steps to set the dye, I knew I wanted something with statement sleeves. I did a hack of two patterns from two very different companies. The sleeves are a Simplicity pattern see it Simplicity 8415 and the body of the garment is a StyleArc pattern StyleArc . When I finally decided to frankenpattern these two, I walked the sleeves to make sure they'd fit the armsyces of the blouse. Lo and behold, it was a great fit with zero alterations!
You can see above how I decided to finish off the inside sleeves. I used a flat-felled foot, just for fun and what a nice edge finish I got!
Thanks for reading! I hope you'll try some embellishing soon!