bleach splattered skirt

Bleach Splattered Skirt

So I bought this twill in March thinking I’d use it to make a pair of much needed shorts.  It was listed as coral, so I bought it with these J. Crew shorts in mind.

bleach splattered skirt

Well, when I got this twill, it was not the pretty peachy gentle coral I was going for–it was more like radioactive hallucinogenic orange.  But it is nice fabric, so I decided to make it an experiment.

I read this cool article from Threads about dyeing with bleach, and I gave it a go.  I mixed a 1:1 solution of water and bleach in a little squeeze bottle and went to town randomly all over the fabric.  I washed and dried it and I then overdyed it in the same manner with weak solutions of Rit Pearl Grey and Rit Petal Pink.  I let those sit overnight and then washed them.  In all of this, the hand of the fabric changed a little–it lost a lot of drape and became kind of stiff almost like a heavier denim.

I realized that it no longer had the right drape to make shorts from.  I made a pair of gauchos from a similar weight twill last summer and I think I wore them precisely twice for the same reason–they could walk themselves down the street they were so stiff.  But an a-line skirt?  Perfect use for this fabric.  And the “print” is not as busy as my almost teal skirt, so the details of this pattern could really shine through.

bleach splattered skirt

bleach splattered skirt

I updated my review of this skirt here.

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4 Comments

  1. Love what you’ve done with the bleach dying – it looks fantastic!

  2. What a fun skirt with the bleach dying. Understanding your camera does take time, I still find it frustrating, be easy on yourself.

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