So I've started working on Laurel. I'm making the shirt version first. That way I can check the fit before I invest any substantial yardage in this project. A wearable muslin if you will! There were two yards of a fabric that I didn't mind sacrificing to the sewing gods if the pattern didn't turn out so well. I've had this yellow flocked Swiss dot fabric for years now. It's the leftovers from a total failed attempt at sewing a dress when I first started. I still liked it, but I'm notoriously bad with staining white shirts. So I gave it a dye bath.
I used the Rit Liquid Dye in "Wine" and just followed the instructions to dye the fabric in my washing machine. It was very easy.
What I was left with is the fabric below, which is something far more wearable than before for me. I don't think it's a coincidence that I picked the color wine either. Maybe I should invest in one of these amazing inventions to protect me from spills?
This pattern is finished off with Bias Tape. Since I didn't have any store bought on hand, I used some scraps from the lining of the last dress I made to make some. You can see my homemade bias tape at the bottom of the photo above. I have a really good tutorial here for those of you who want to make your own bias tape. It's super easy, and give you a practical way to use your scraps. I like this fabric a whole lot more now! I'm really hoping this pattern turns out alright so I can wear it a lot, I'm in dire need of separates in my wardrobe.