Tie-dye and Darning Time

A few months ago I fell for a length of fabric on a de-stash facebook page. With hindsight I can probably see why it was being moved on. It’s lovely fabric and a bit different, but difficult to know what to stitch and the more you look at it the more flaws you see…

It’s an indigo tie-dye cotton, I haven’t washed it yet and I think I’ll put some colour catchers in too as I’m not totally convinced how fast some of the darker patches are! What makes it interesting is that it then has rows of lace and waves of ribbon stitched along it, it looks like it has been over-dyed once these were stitched on. There are areas where the stitching could have been more accurate, missing loops of ribbon etc, I was also intrigued that they used a stretch lace – I discovered that as I briefly thought it might be nice to cut away fabric behind a row of lace, I abandoned that idea!

Having looked at the fabric, I decided when it came to patterns, the simpler the better. I decided on a basic gathered skirt with buttons down the front. I played with the stripes up and down or across, I liked them across and also felt it avoided the lace and ruffled ribbon bits in a waistband which could be bulky. Stitching it across also meant I didn’t have to have any seams in the skirt!

Having determined I didn’t have enough for a top as well I cut it so I had a wide area without lace or ribbon at the top and bottom so make hemmimg and waistband insertion easier. I also cut a waistband from a flat area.

It actually stitched very easily – to my surprise the stripes across were pretty even. I didn’t fancy stitching buttonholes over the lace or the ribbon so I positioned them slightly unevenly but on a flat area. Buttons aren’t a brilliant match, but they were the nearest I had in my stash. I’ll probably replace them when the shops re-open.

I was just stitching my buttonholes when I noticed a cut in the fabric, it was about an inch long, hidden in a narrow crease. Of course it would be right at the front on the buttonhole placket! I decided to be creative and do some visible darning!! Even though I didn’t set out to make it invisible, it actually blends in pretty well!

It’s a sort of comfortable every day skirt, easy to wear, I’m just not sure how well the fabric will hold up to everyday wear. I will just enjoy it while it lasts!

I managed to nip outside for a photoshoot in between hailstorms and downpours…

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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12 Responses to Tie-dye and Darning Time

  1. claire93 says:

    I do like a bit of tie-dye . . . and the finished skirt is so “you”! It looks pretty, as well as comfortable!

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  2. tialys says:

    A nice bit of ‘boho’ going on with that skirt, it would go well with a peasant style blouse – lovely for Summer.

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  3. Jane M says:

    Lovely skirt, it looks fabulous, I can see why you fell for the material.

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  4. Laura says:

    Comfy, fun and unique. What’s not to like? 🙂

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Agree with all of the above!
    Hope it holds up well for you as it should get lots of wear!

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  6. katechiconi says:

    It does look good, but I’m inclined to agree it also looks as if it’ll bleed colour a fair bit. The darn is perfect; it blends really well with all the other decorations.

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    Exactly what I pictured when I saw the fabric, it really is perfect for the skirt silhouette you chose, and it definitely suits you and your style to a tee!

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  8. Sharon says:

    I’d wear this everyday too 🙂 Love it

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  9. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, this skirt is lovely, I’ve found other tie dyed fabric with flaws in it too. Perhaps it’s the way of the process. Your little darn is beautiful. Regards Mandy

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  10. That sounds like quite a challenge, but looks great. I like the sound of a de-stashing Facebook page – would you be happy to share a link?

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi, there’s a UKQU Quilters destash, which is mainly quilting fabric, patterns and books, but this is where I got the tie-dye from, there’s also a cross-stitch buy and sell, this does have a few who are clearly traders on as well, but you soon suss out who’s a private destash and who isn’t. I can’t add links as they’re all pages you have to join. I’ve bought all sorts of things from these two!


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