I have been venturing into knit sewing lately. Trying not to think too much about what to make and being a little more experimental with colour and design.  Generally,  knit sewing is fast,  so I can cut and sew before I change my mind….

This is how this dress came about.   Purchased  heaps of cotton knit jersey in cool blues, purples etc. from Erina Cash and Carry (before it was sold) for $1 x metre.  The light pink was washed with the blues and dried a disappointing colour.  So , while I watched TV I randomly tied it up with elastic bands and dyed it in the washing  machine using Dylon Dyes.    The next day I cut and sewed  another 4/2012 Burda Dress .   Wore it to the beach for a late afternoon swim and then onto dinner.    Here I am coming out of the change rooms,  purple swimmers in hand and  a small towel in my bag.

I am really happy with this dress.  Is it because it reminds me of my younger self or because it was such a beautiful night,  swimming and then eating out?

I have noticed lots of tie- dyed T’S,  shirts, dresses and kaftans worn on the weekends.  I looked on line and found some beautiful designer tie- dyed creations at  The Tie-Dye Trend at Resort 2015.

Alexander Wang, Michael Kors and Fausto Puglisi

The motivation to sew, to create comes from different inspiration.  Fabric can be tied-dyed, cut and sewn or a garment can be dyed after construction.  In this example below,  the pattern on the fabric reflects the geometrical shape of the skirt while the jacket appears more random.

I have another two pieces of dyed fabric hanging around…. waiting…… for inspiration.  At the moment I am happy with the green/blue but feel the blue/white needs more work….

  Do I  ” do or dye” or ” de-clutter”?

Enjoy your sewing,


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