And my inspiration dyed…

I know it is a ridiculous pun, but I couldn’t help myself! I have been sewing, but I haven’t completed much. It all started with my lack-luster Vogue skirt:

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See the meh? Because of the pattern drafting “options,” the skirt fits like a pencil front and back with these strange wing additions at the side. I’ve been tweaking the fit, but I should have known a light color for a big bottom was a poor choice.

So I decided to darken it up with a pack of dye I randomly bought awhile back.

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test scraps and Dylon black dye
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Test scraps complete.  The dye gave the natural fiber a nice even finish, which eliminated the white and blue weave of the fabric. I didn’t like the loss of texture.

I decided to finish the fit and create a waistband facing rather than use the recommended grosgrain ribbon. I also ordered more dye in brighter colors like purple-blue, red, and pink. When those come in, I am going to play with this technique and hopefully make this skirt a project I’ll love. As for the wardrobe, it is mutating as I go. Maroon and black are uninspiring when I’m surrounding by Spring flowers and bright fabric. More on that next time!

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Huck voting “no” on the grosgrain ribbon finish. I always listen to the voice of wisdom!