You’re probably thinking that I have a lot of time on my hands recently. You are right. I’m only employed part-time (working on it), which means: 1) I don’t have a lot of cash at any given moment and 2) I spend many more hours per week sewing. And blogging, of course. Right now I’m working on a few different things that I’m going to share together once they’re all done. In the meantime, I don’t want to go totally silent on here. So here’s what’s happening:
Experiments in dyeing.
I wasn’t digging the color palette of this piece of fabric, so I thought I’d try to change it. I’ve dyed stuff before (the notions for a bra blogged here), but I’ve never tried to dye fabric that wasn’t white to begin with. First, I tried using Rit color remover, but that didn’t work.
Then, I stuck a swatch in a bleach solution, which did absolutely nothing. I assumed it was a yarn-dyed poly that was here to stay.
Finally, I picked up some iDye Poly (in green) and tried to simply over dye it. Guys, I stood over this boiling, fuming, stinking pot for almost an hour and I thought I had achieved an okay shade of forest green. NOPE! Once I pulled it out and washed it, all I was left with was a green/grey tint. Very disappointing, but I think I can still make it work for what I have in mind.
On a happier note, I threw some bra notions in the pot as well and got some nice shades of green! The darker bits were left in longer because I had forgotten about them. Such is life.
Experiments in sewing.
I also made this funky little mesh sweatshirt, just for fun. I’d had this utility mesh in my stash for a while, and I’d actually been using it for an electron transport chain demonstration for my classes. I used the Sewaholic Fraser sweatshirt pattern, and used some black ribbing for the cuffs and bands. It was very easy to put together on my serger. I just shortened the stitch length to make the stitching more dense.
This is not what I’d normally consider my style, but I was drawn to the idea of a workout wear layering piece. I’m aiming to look less frumpy in my day-to-day underemployed life. The problem is I haven’t yet figured out what to wear under it! It’s way too open weave for just a sports bra. Suggestions are welcome!
Anyone else doing any experimenting lately?