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Update on that jacket: hey it’s been dyed!

Previously featured ill-advised jacket from a Burda pattern..
overdyed jacket
Now it is bluuuuue

I also dyed an old H&M hoodie that I never wear anymore. It was light heather grey. Now it is purple.

overdyed hoodie

Look at all the cat hair on my bedroom floor.

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Overdyeing a dress

This isn’t really doing it backwards, but I did decide that this green camisole dress I finished in December might benefit from some added interest. I pinned it to a hanger, tied up the bottom, and dipped it in a bath of red-violet fiber reactive dye.

Overdyed camisole dress

I put the bucket on the table and hung the hanger on a pipe. Thanks, unfinished basement.

Overdyed camisole dress

Overdyed camisole dress

I like the contrast.

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Sketchy jellyfish scarf

This is the last scarf I finished painting in 2014, in the first week of November. Just took pictures this week. It was a fast one. The black outlines and white highlights are Tsukineko acrylic ink and all the other colors were thickened fiber reactive dyes. A sketchy, smeary thing, based on photos from a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2009.

Sketched jellyfish scarf

Sketched jellyfish scarf

Sketched jellyfish scarf

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Mothra scarf

mothra

mothra

mothra

Fiber reactive dye and Tsukineko acrylic inks on 100% silk crepe de chine.

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The Camisole Dress pattern

From Alabama Studio Style by Natalie Chanin.

Camisole dress
Camisole dress, size L, hand dyed green jersey from Dharma Trading. I’m thinking about resisting and dip-dyeing the bottom edge of the skirt, but I can’t decide on a tied or clamped resist.

camisole top
Camisole top, size L, Briar Rose by Heather Ross knit with hand dyed jersey from Dharma binding.

I think this might be my favorite of the top/dress patterns from the three Alabama Studio books published so far. The shape fits my body and personal style the best.

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Snail and cabbage scarf

Snail and cabbage scarf

Snail and cabbage scarf

Snail and cabbage scarf

Fiber reactive dye and Tsukineko acrylic ink on 100% silk crepe de chine

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Pigeon scarf

pigeon scarf

pigeon scarf

pigeon scarf

Fiber reactive dyes and Tsukineko acrylic inks on 100% silk crepe de chine.

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Custom painted scarves

I took the summer off from doing shows, and spent most of my time making clothes. But I did have two people send in requests for illustrated scarves. I delayed posting the first, finished in June, because it had to travel allllll the way to New Zealand to be given as a gift, and I didn’t want to spoil it for the recipient. It is easily the cutest thing I’ve made this year, and I like how it turned out. Hedgehogs at twilight:
hedgehogs at twilight

The background sky and grass were painted with thickened fiber reactive dyes, and the hedgehogs, flowers, fireflies, and stars were painted with acrylic ink.

The second scarf was done in July. It’s a loaf of bread and a bird named Archimedes from the video game Team Fortress 2.

custom TF2 scarf

The middle part was tie-dyed with thickened acid dyes, and the figures were done in acrylic ink.

I love doing these, and considering I’ve just signed up for my first fall show, I need to get cracking on some more.

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the Fitted Dress pattern

The basic fitted dress pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing and Design can be converted into a top, tunic, short dress, long dress, short skirt, and long skirt. Talk about options. Beyond that, the pattern can have a ruffle added to it at different lengths to create even greater variations on tops, dresses, and skirts. I’d made two pieces from it in 2013, both in size XL. The dress is way too big overall now, and the tank I made from an ancient tshirt is too big in the shoulders – the straps fall down. So this time, I used size L at the bust and switched to the XL at the waist when I traced the patterns onto fabric. It worked out pretty well for me, I have to say – I made four garments from this pattern in June and July.

First, I pulled out some Batman sheets I used when I was in college. We don’t even own a twin mattress right now. This babydoll top is made from the pillowcase and flat sheet. I think it is SUPER FUNNY. It’s also obscenely comfortable to wear, and I don’t even care how many rude people ask me if I’m pregnant.

ruffled babydoll top

ruffled babydoll top

Then I became fixated on having a navy blue maxi dress. In the past, my experiences with maxi dresses were like.. OH NO, I AM WEARING A HOT TENT. But those were probably polyester. Or something. This dress is made of two layers of very lightweight organic cotton jersey from fabric.com, and every time I leave the house I debate if I should wear it.

long fitted dress

long fitted dress

Next up, the tunic, in two layers of the same lightweight jersey from fabric.com, but this time in black. I took it in the basement and quickly dotted on some of the metallic Tsukineko ink around the neckline.

Black tunic

Black tunic

Black tunic

And finally, I made a short dress out of some jersey I’d gotten from Dharma Trading. I think this fabric originally was the same grey as the top layer of the rose tunic from a few posts back. Then I dyed it. And dyed it again. It was a dark and stormy dress..

It was a dark and stormy dress

It was a dark and stormy dress

It was a dark and stormy dress

I finished the stormy dress on 7/19 and have banned myself from making more clothes until I get some other stuff done.

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Rose stencil tunic and scarf

In August 2013, I took a teeny piece of my late grandfather’s favorite shirt and redrew part of the print to make a stencil.

First I started on a garment.. The pattern is a tunic-length Camisole Dress from Alabama Studio Style by Natalie Chanin. In the fall I dyed cotton jersey red and grey and cut out the pattern. I used black and red Tulip spray fabric paint to stencil the panels. The embellishment stitching, with pewter DMC floss, began in January of 2014. The whole thing was completed on May 28th 2014.

camisole tunic

camisole tunic detail

camisole tunic detail

Some notes on that: one, you’re supposed to use the strong button thread for reverse applique. Whoops, too bad. And I’m pretty sure I cut much too closely to the stitches. Whoops, too bad again. If it starts to come apart, I’ll fix it. Not worried.

I also used the stencil to make a scarf:
flower scarf

It was initially a test of how well the Tsukineko inks worked when they were diluted and sprayed. I didn’t love the initial result, so I stretched the scarf out and painted over it by hand.