I splashed out on a pair of Diesel Jeans around 5 years ago. They were quite low rise and at the time looked great. But over the last year or 2 my tummy has grown a couple of inches and the jeans are now not so flattering and have been laying dormant in my bottom drawer.
During the last week I’ve given a lot of thought to my sewing plans for 2014. As I have joined the RTW Fast I think I need to put more thought how I spend my sewing time. Usually I’ll knock together something easy and quick but it won’t necesarily be a wardrobe staple.
I’ve now decided that I will:
- Take my time planning every garment.
- Make a muslin (if it’s a new pattern).
- Try not to buy any fabric – use fabric and notions from my stash, or dye fabric/clothes.
- If I wake up with the urge to sew and have nothing planned and ready to sew, I will make a bag with scraps from my stash – hoping this quick fix will satiisfy my cravings!
- Refashion good quality RTW clothes that I no longer wear.
Initially I thought I would add a triangular panel to the front, but changed my mind as I didn’t want the skirt to look like an old pair of jeans. Instead I thought I might add a flounce (???right word!!) to it – 10 inches down from the waist would start about an inch below the back pockets.
Now I’d decided what style I wanted my skirt I then had to decide on the fabric. I came across an old 100% cotton duvet with a swirly pattern stitched onto one side:
I had a quick trip out and bought a Dylon machine washing dye in Denim blue and popped it in the machine with the white flounces I’d previously cut out, a white cotton muslin for a jacket and some other small pieces of white cotton which would be big enough to make bias trim in case I needed some.
I’d definately exceeded the 600g of fabric they suggested for the fabric to be dyed the full dark colour, but as the jeans are faded slightly I didn’t think it would matter.
I had to put the machine on a full cotton 40 wash which lasted an exceedingly long 2 hours. I then removed everything to have a peek before putting it back on for another cycle to wash out the dye. It looked a bit patchy, but nothing terrible. Now all I have to do is wait for this to finish…..only 27 minutes, not that I’m counting.
Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have my new Diesel skirt to show you! I’m golfing tomorrow, working Wednesday and taking my mum in law for a scan on Thursday, but I WILL finish it this week.
Has anyone else tried dyeing fabric clothes before? If so, have you any tips? And, more importantly, have you refashioned any of your favourite jeans? If so, how did you do it, and do you have any links to photos? Also, if you think my idea will look naff, please tell me!!