Natural Dye’s Experiment…and a wintery knit dress in between!

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So this evening after a hard days work I found myself boiling fabric with beetrooty water in a huge vatt on the stove.  Endless fun, and still ongoing now.  Ive documented the process so far with more photos of the finished fabric tomorrow!

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First I boiled the fabric I wanted to dye (100% Cotton) in a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water for one hour. Then I rinsed out the fabric with cold water and squeezed out all the excess water.

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Next, I removed the skin and diced 6 beetroot and stewed them in a large vatt of water for an hour.  Then I removed all of the beets from the water (use to make suuuper tastey beetroot soup!) and put in all my fabric.

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And there we are, sooooooo far! Ive let the fabric boil away in the dye for a few hours and now Ive turned it off and am letting it sit in the dye overnight.  Looking forward to seeing the end product in the morning! ❤

 

Other then that I have managed to fit in making a sweet little knit fabric dress out of some really cheap brown stretchy material I bought on the way home from work today.  Im pretty happy with how it has worked out, though it has puckered a little on the seams (my overlocker is boxed up in the UK still)…but im hoping that the seams will relax a little and sort themselves out when worn. The dress is inspires by a beautiful dress by Oona Elena at Moonalia (pictured below)

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And here is my super rush job attempt at a similar style.  I added darts into the dress at the front and back, as I am a completely different shape to Oona and definately CANNOT get away with a straight up and down knit dress.

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So yeh! More photos to follow of the finished material =) until then, Ciao!

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