Fiber arts: Ice Dye technique

My experience and set up for ice dying a two yard piece of denim for making bespoke jeans.

Disclaimer: The substrate I am dyeing on was a gift from www.sewhere.com all other materials were purchased from the listed suppliers.

Too many months ago my friend Mallory gifted me some Cone Mills Stretch denim in natural to “do something fun” with. She suggested pants or a denim jacket and I knew jeans were where I would be heading. I live in jeans and tee shirts. Maybe it’s my up bringing, Grandaddy used to wear “dungarees” and denim work jackets while he taught us how to grow orange trees in the FL heat. Athletic wear on my body everyday seems like a broken promise, and I have enough mom guilt.

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Back to ice dyeing I took my sweet time figuring out the how and what, gathered many pinterest pins and finally settled on something that could read more floral and less Electric Daisy Carnival. I have shopped with Dharma Trading Co. before, picked up my indigo and some dye fabrics there and I love their website and customer service. I went with four colors: a turquoise, sage green, amber yellow, and orange. When dyeing with ice having a variety of light and dark colors as well as some contrasting colors (colors across from each other on a color wheel) can really enhance the outcome.

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Shorts with a full belly adjustment

How I adjusted a pattern for my full belly and made them hang better. I also trouble shoot and stash bust thru my fabrics and notions.

I have a few pairs of the Colette patterns Iris Shorts and I kept making them because I  altered the pattern for a full tummy making them comfortable and a quick sew. I will say that the front pocket placement isn’t the most flattering for anyone with a bit of a full Continue reading “Shorts with a full belly adjustment”

Silk, Shibori and pattern hacking

How I made a difference in dye value work in a finished garment.

I love silk noil or raw silk. I first found it when I was working at JoAnne’s Fabrics and I bought the entire bolt of tan 45”. I made wonderful wide leg drawstring pants out of it and a tank top. It had a great drape and being silk it just wore really well. It does have a bit of a Continue reading “Silk, Shibori and pattern hacking”

How to start indigo dying

How I set up my indigo dye vat with images and videos

I have been in love with dyeing fabrics for as long as I can remember. My first was very rustic and really cool. It was with Girl Scouts at one of our local campsites, we built a fire and tied up our tee shirts and dyed in a good old Rit hot water bath method. I don’t have a crystal clear memory of that day but the outdoors and fire stuck with me.

silkscarfdyedwithindigo Silk scarves from Dharma Trading get the first dip in the vat (dipped this three times). Continue reading “How to start indigo dying”