I made two pairs of PJ’s for my teen granddaughters this last week. The fabric is a lightweight white stretch knit and the pattern I used was McCalls 6848.
My college class was doing a workshop on fabric dying, so I wanted to be ready with these pieces, 2 simple sleeveless shirts and 2 pair of booty shorts. I decided to use rubber bands to gather sections of fabric to make a ring pattern on the garments.
One set I dipped in the soda ash and then into bright yellow, and the other went into the soda ash and then blue.
After setting in the dye for about an hour, I squeezed out the dye, put the pieces in zip-lock bags and headed for home. The next day I undid the rubber bands and rinsed the pieces several times. I let them sun dry. Later I decided that the circles I created with the rubber bands weren’t contrasting enough, so I went over them with a bleach pen. That helped lighten up the circles considerably. Next time I do this, I’m guessing that I should put the rubber bands on extra tight.
After a fun filled day with my youngest daughter and my two nieces from my oldest daughter, I gave the girls their new PJ’s. They were delighted! The PJ’s fit perfectly too. We had fun doing a photo shoot inside my daughter’s apartment with some great retro props. Aren’t they just so cool and groovy?