Gardening / Sewing

Color trip

Last weekend, Nathan and I went to the eastern part of our state with a group of friends. For those of you not familiar with Washington State, it’s bifurcated by the Cascade mountain range. Western Washington (where I live, in Seattle) is very green and a completely different landscape from Eastern Washington. Eastern Washington reminds me of Central California, and it’s where a lot of our state’s crops are grown.

On our drive out, I wore a tank I made and dyed last month.  I used my Wiksten pattern as a base, but made a lot of changes. The straps are thinner, the chest and back are narrower, and I shortened and squared off the bottom hem because I already have a few longer woven tanks.

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I crumpled up both sides of the bottom to make a loose v-shape, bound it with rubber bands and used a vibrant orange dye. With my Grainline Moss skirt, it was a great travel outfit aside from the wrinkles.

When we got back from our trip, I was incredibly pleased to find that my dahlias had bloomed! We had a plot in a community garden near our old place, but moved at kind of a weird time to fully take advantage of our new yard. I left all of our veggie starts in the garden for the next gardener, but couldn’t resist digging up the dahlia bulbs that had just started to peek out from the ground. I wasn’t sure if they’d flower after the trauma of being transplanted, but two out of the four plants are producing gorgeous flowers.

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I hope you have a great (perhaps three-day) weekend!

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19 thoughts on “Color trip

  1. Great tank, you look good in orange! I remember your orange button-up from Me-Made-May that looked great on you too :) I grew up in Eastern WA, north of Spokane…went to college in Seattle- they are so, so different! We just moved to Portland, it feels good to be back in the Pacific Northwest!

  2. I love the alterations that you made to the Wiksten tank! Now that the weather is starting to warm up here this pattern has been crossing my mind again & I’ve been wondering how I can mix things up next time I make it.

    You are on a roll with your dying projects at the moment too- they’re all beautiful :)

  3. Very unique tank! I have fabric dye as well as fabric markers and fabric paint and have YET to actually do anything with it. I know you’ve dyed a few things and they’ve all come out so beautifully! (at least the ones you’ve blogged, lol). I think I”m going to look through your posts and give the dyeing a try.

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