By Meagan Mora, special for CraftyChica.com
I can’t believe it’s already June. Summer’s in full force, and I love it. It’s no secret that I love sewing, I love fabric, and I love a great print. So what could be more fun then creating my own Sekka Shibori print with tie dye?
I’ve actually never tie-dyed before (tragic, I know) so I was pretty excited to try it out! I have no patience when it comes to having to wait when I have an idea. So naturally, I drove right away to check out the tie dye Joann Stores had to offer. When I arrived to the fabric dye aisle I was amazed at the selection that I Love to Create had to offer. They’re actually having a summer campaign called “Tie Dye Your Summer.” So perfect right?
There was single color kits, there was triple color kits, there was so many to choose from. Of coarse, my indecisiveness kicked in and I had no idea what color I wanted to use. So like anyone in my position would do, I got the huge party sized kit with ALL the colors, 14 to be exact. Ava was so excited, we were going to have a tie dye party for two!
Tie dye party in cart, we then ventured over to the fabric section. I knew I wanted something with a little drape and I also knew it had to be a natural fiber for the dye to work like it was supposed to. So, in came the 100% cotton white gauze. It was dreamy! We also got a white bottom weight fabric, think denim, for Ava’s dye design. Now that we had all our supplies I had to figure out what kind of design I wanted to make with my tie dye. I found a cool blog post about Shibori dye techniques and decided that’s exactly what I wanted to try.
Specifically, the Sekka Shibori technique.
The Sekka technique consists of a series of triangle folds that result in beautiful starburst designs (click here for folding tutorial that I used). It was just what I was looking for. I ended up going with violet for the color. Ava’s a big purple fan so it was a pretty fail-safe choice. I pre washed my fabrics and got straight to work. It was a little tedious to fold the fabric like an accordion, but it wasn’t too bad. Once I was done with that I grabbed a few rubber bands from the kit and secured everything together. Ava saw a picture of the classic rainbow swirl tie dye and decided that that was what she was going to do. I let her choose all her colors. She ended up with 10! Then, we pulled out a fork and got to swirling and rubber banded it all together. By the time we were finished it was looking pretty similar to a pie chart. Look for that tutorial next week, here on CraftyChica.com!
After we were both done dying our creations, we wrapped them all up in plastic wrap to sit all night, so they’d stay damp.
We had some dye left in the bottles we used and I really didn’t want to throw them away. That’s when a random idea popped in my head. I decided to see if I could tie dye a white spool of thread that I had. Luckily, it was 100% cotton. What I ended up doing was squirting a vertical line of color and just rubbing it in with my fingers so it would saturate all the layers. I continued this with different colors until it was covered. I covered the thread in plastic wrap to set and hoped for the best.
The next day we unveiled our creations and followed the directions on rinsing and washing from the kit. They all came out so good. My Shibori technique ended up having fun abstract asterisk shapes all over, Ava’s rainbow swirl was very bright and beautiful, and the thread was my favorite of them all. It came out magical, so rainbow-y. You can use it on white fabric to really add a subtle pop to your projects.
Now that you know how we made our fabric, I can tell you about the dress I made her out of it. I’ve been so inspired by off-the-shoulder dresses and blouses I’ve seen lately. I’m not sure an off-the shoulder dress pattern for girls exists yet though, so I had to do some altering.
I really wanted to added a frill across the top like this dress. To do this, I left off the sleeves and cut two rectangles of fabric the entire width from selvedge to selvedge and made them around eight inches long. I sewed the two sides together and then attached it to the neckline and made a casing for the elastic. To figure out the length of the elastic I needed, I measured around Ava’s shoulders and subtracted about two inches. I took 1/4 inch elastic and inserted it into the casing.
Then, I hemmed everything up. It came out just the way I imagined. I’m really happy with how light and airy the gauze is and how fun the print of the fabric looks.
No look is complete with out adequate accessories. I wanted to pair Ava’s feminine dress with an unexpected pair of slip on sneakers. The pair she’s wearing is by Akid and is amazing, I wish they came in my size. Unfortunately they’re sold out, but this pair will give you the same effect.
Let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog you probably love glitter, am I right? So to put the cherry on top we got this really cute gold glittered bag from Mae & Marie. It is such a cute little store for women and kids in the Union at the Biltmore Fashion Park). If you’re local, I highly recommend visiting. We had so much fun tie dying and putting this look together. It’s so rewarding to see your craft supplies transformed into the idea you had in your head, don’t you think?!
As always, thank you so much for having me, Kathy! I’ll see you all next time!
Please come visit me at my blog, AvasLookbook.com – I have a lot of other projects for you to see!
Love & light,