Tuesday, October 9, 2012
a Stellar set
Remember I mentioned I had done a little dyeing recently?? I still had scraps of leftovers of pale grey marle cotton jersey from KnitWit: leftover now from this Pattern Magic top, this set of lingerie, and this hoodie for Tim... I had enough for another set of lingerie, but to have two sets the same colour?? boring!
So I checked out the dye supplies... previously, before I started to make all my own clothes, I owned a Tshirt that was grey over-dyed with orange in a splotchy random way. I always loved loved LOVED that Tshirt, and wanted to aim for something like...
And was thrilled to achieve a Galaxy! The dye settled in nebula-like swirls of purple, grey, apricot and chocolate; with surprising indigo streaks and "stars" ... it was even better than I could have hoped for. I have no clue what caused those fantastic blue bits and sure didn't expect it from an chestnut dye but whatever chemical reaction took place, it was serendipitous :)
I then soaked the dyed fabric in a strong salt solution to "set" it, and then held my breath and did a machine wash, and thankfully it remained just as gloriously galactic as when it first emerged from the dye-bath.
How did I achieve this little bit of outer space in fabric form?? I threw the dyeing rule-book out the window! :D I used 1/4 tspn of iDye in Chestnut, and with no pre-washing or pre-soaking, plunged my dry fabric within. (gasp) So my nebula was born from whatever sizing was still in the fabric, along with the dryness of the medium (ie. NOT pre-soaking the fabric)
btw, I would only recommend doing this with fabric you don't particularly care about one way or another, obviously! My tute for how I usually dye to get an even colour, is here.
my review of this pattern here); and McCalls 2772 for the two pairs of matching undies. I chose a lingerie elastic in a shade called "skin tone" but I like to think of it as "pale moon-yellow". Going on with that outer-space theme there.
And just saying... using words like "skin tone" as colour-descriptive is problematic to me. "Nude" is another one I do not use. I mean, whose skin tone are they referring to?
But anyhoo, I just loved the contrast of pale yellow against the swirling purples and browns, and I made little pointy bows in a matching satin ribbon for the decoration. I think it turned out kinda punky and funky and fun.