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Here’s the low down on my first entry for Refashion Runway hosted by the Renegade Seamstress. I had one sleepless night coming up with all sorts of ideas for something striped made from something else. I decided to make my own stripes, so next I had to find something to use to do the stripes. My first idea was mustard because it stains, right? Well, I tried it and it dried to a very dull, unexciting color. I did some research and discovered the awesome qualities of turmeric. There are tons of how-to’s on the internet and so after learning about it, I started my refashion.
First, I had to do a little shopping for the right extra-large t-shirt at the Goodwill.
I ended up buying more than one at the swell price of $1.99 for future projects. Next I had to cut the t-shirt down to a feminine version that was just right for me. I cut off the sleeves and the neck, and then cut up the center of the logo, so that I would have more of the plain fabric to work with. From the old sleeves, I cut new sleeves using the existing hemmed band on the sleeve edge.
After sewing up the top, I strategically placed rubber bands around the shirt to form the stripes.
Then I prepared the dye. I filled a pot with water and added about 5 tablespoons of turmeric powder. Which I purchased at the health food store for less than 5 dollars. I brought the mixture to a boil, turned it down some , and let it cook for about 30 minutes. Then I added 1/2 cup of vinegar (it helps the color bind to the fabric) . Next I wet the shirt under the tap and then popped it into the pot. I weighted it down with a small lid and let it cook for about 45 minutes.
I rinsed it until the water ran clear and removed the rubber bands. That’s the most exciting part, because you never know how it is going to turn out.
I was very impressed with the dark bright color that the turmeric provided. I’m thrilled with the final result.
I hope my striped t-shirt is worthy of your vote this week. Head on over to Renegade Seamstress and give me and the other talented seven contestants a bit of your time in appreciation of there craft and creativity in refashioning. Thanks!