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.
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.
I updated my review of this skirt here.