I used the same ever-abundant tan linen as my Shibori Satsuki to make this dress, and then dyed it. I hadn’t made the pattern before (Simplicity 2360), so I didn’t want to dive in with nice fabric! The looser silhouette didn’t look like it required a muslin, however, which proved true. I think I would only make a couple of small tweaks if I make this dress again: take in the princess seams a bit, and lengthen the bodice 1″ or 1.5″ instead of 2″. And I’d love to try it the pattern using a sheer or lace overlay.
I dyed the dress in two stages. First, I scrunched up the fabric and wrapped it tightly with rubber bands. Then I dyed it blackish-blue. The pattern that came out was pretty cool, and I considered keeping it as-is, but the colors weren’t very flattering.
Next, I dyed it a plummy color. A lot of the detailing disappeared; I’m not sure if it washed out or just got covered up by the purple. I got nervous about letting shibori experiments sit in the dye bath for too long. I worried that the dye would overpower my scrunching and rubber bands. Next time, I’ll really let it sit! I used Procion MX dyes, which suggests a 20-minute period of constant stirring and a 50-minute period of occasional stirring.
This dress is easy to wear and always lifts my mood. And the fabric is unrecognizable from its humble beginnings!
I think I’ve still got 6+ yards of this tan linen stuff left… maybe it belongs in a quilt? Curtains? Bento bags? All of the above?