This dress has been quite long in the making, and ended up being a true labor of love. I’ve been making my own clothes seriously for about 5 months now, and recently I’ve started visualising the look of individual pieces in much more detail than when I started sewing. The colours I want, what fabric to use, any pattern alterations needed, what notions to use etc. When I started sewing I was so focused on the technical aspects of you know, actually sewing up a garment that I was a bit distracted from thinking about what it would look like. It could get pretty bad – think poo brown jersey…
This dress is a result of this process. I really wanted a light summer dress, the kind you can quickly slip on and head to the beach with a towel under your arm (I live nowhere near a beach, but a girl’s gotta dream..).
After reading about the Shibori stitch resist method on Victory Patterns blog I was mega keen to see what effects I could create for my fabric. If you read this blog post you’ll know all about Crafternoon, a little venture I did with a few friends a while back, where we tested different Shibori methods. You will also have seen a sneak peak of the results. With the help of a pencil and a measuring tape, I stitched a petal like pattern, which was then soaked in blue hand dye. I was really happy with the results, and massively hooked on Shibori. I decided to dye another piece of the same fabric at home, and chose a dusty pink to go with the blue. I went for straight lines, thinking it would contrast well with the pattern on the blue fabric.
Right from the start, I’d decided to make a Wiksten tank dress. Having made the top version once before, I was sold on the cut and how fun it was to make. The French seams also mean that you end up with a really nice, professional looking garment. I made no alterations to the size (M) but lengthened it by about 4 inches, and cut the front and back pattern pieces in half, to create top and bottom pieces for the respective colours.
And here are some photo’s of the result! I love the boxy bin bag look (even if it makes me look a little bit pregnant) – more comfy than wearing it with a belt.
I will definitely do more Shibori dying. It’s so easy, and I love how much control you can have over the pattern you create. Have you seen any other cool techniques out there? Please share!
- Pattern: Wiksten tank top/dress (in my stash)
- Fabric: 2 metres of a lovely light linen imitation cotton fabric from Rolls and Rems (£9)
- Fabric dye: Dylon Ocean Blue and Powder Pink hand dyes (£7.50)
- Thread: £4 (including a sturdy upholstery thread for the Shibori stitching)