Exhibit one; some grey synthetic knit stuff from the remnant bin. Remnant bins are a terrible trap really, aren't they?, the fabrics within can be so tempting pricewise, and the truth is they might not be very "you" at all. So in a moment of madness I was swayed by this mottle-y grey fluffy stuff and brought it home, and eventually got around to making up a top and donned it, and it looked more than a bit awful. No I wouldn't even take a picture of myself to show here on the blog; I looked pale, and ill, and ... awful. The shape of the top was OK and I liked the monastic roughness of the fabric combined with the simplicity of the silhouette, it was just the colour that was the problem here... So it was off to check out the dye section. I was pretty sure the fibre composition here was mostly synthetic, so I bought iDye Poly for synthetics, in Yellow.
Et voila!I was just hoping to just get a more yellow-y shade of grey out of this that would be more flattering to my complexion; but imagine my delight at this wonderful moss-y green that resulted! Obviously the grey had far more blue in it than I realised, and I'm sure we all remember from our paint mixing days in art class at school that blue + yellow = green. This is a prime (haha!) example right here...
Construction details; I drafted the top using one of my other Tshirts as a guide. The fabric remnant I had was cut off at a funny angle, necessitating the curved lower front hem. I matched this curve on the other side of the front, but I left the back pieces straight for a contrasting hemline. Initially I meant to curve the back hem too, but I think I like that contrast now. Both lower hems are unfinished, and after more than a few washings that the garment received during the dyeing process, I can report the happily un-fray/ravel-abe nature of the raw edges of this knit. However I did handstitch the sleeve hems in a rolled edge. The neckline, well I tried to be sort of clever here, and apply a bias binding that would both enclose and stabilise the shoulder seams inside, and as well as finishing the back neckline. This turned out to be a trickier exercise than I thought to achieve my desired effect, but I think I pulled it off. The front neckline is rolled to the outside in a tight little roll, and hand-stitched down. (these pictures taken before dyeing, obviously!)
Final summary; well to think I started out with fabric that was, let's face it, a bad purchase since I wouldn't have bought this fabric at full price off the roll, and then finally managed to get something that I am actually happy with; ultimately a successful project. I'm still not in complete love with the fabric, it is a tad cheap and scratchy but the new colour is so wonderful, and was a far more perfect-for-me colour than I was hoping for.
On that note, does anybody know of a good source of pure wool knit fabrics...?
top; my own design, from (originally) grey synthetic knit stuff dyed using iDye Poly in Yellow
Jeans; Burda 7863 with some modifications, purple stretch denim, details here
Shoes; Francesco Morichetti, from Zomp shoes