I loved the Japanese-influenced patterns from the June 2014 issue of Burdastyle and have finally got round to making something from the collection. This is the 'twisted cap-sleeve dress', so called because the side seams and sleeves are asymmetrical, causing both to twist. As the wearer puts on the dress, the lower half needs to be twisted, moving the side seams to the sides and producing subtle wrinkles across the torso.
|Burdastyle 06/2014#102 - I wish I looked like this in my dress!|
|Truffle is unimpressed.|
|Blurry back view|
|Indigo kit from Dharma Trading|
Here is the dress on the mannequin before dyeing.
I folded some of the front of the dress into fairly even pleats and hand stitched them loosely in place so the dye would penetrate most of the fabric and produce subtle stripes.
Then into the dye it went. Elbow-length gloves for me!
Here's how the pattern looked when it came out of the dye.
When it dried it was lighter and the neckline had some dark splotches, but that's all part of the unpredictability and fun of natural dyeing.