Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Unbundling The Plant-Dyed Dress
It's the moment of truth, folks. This mysteriously dark bundle of silky merino fabric will be unbundled to reveal all kinds of unexpected results. I jet-sprayed it to remove the loose dark particles from the bath.
I remember how I had to bundle everything in a few minutes, obtaining help from a fellow workshop attendee because I had been fussing over the stitching and getting the arm scythes to shape. Different leaves and plant parts -- of what eucalyptus varieties I did not find out -- were literally slapped and shoved into any dress surface possible...
The outcome is just fascinating.
Front of dress:
Hand-stitched and unfinished armholes:
Rolled-in neckline held down by running stitches:
Back of dress where there are more vibrant and crisp prints: