Ruby

Ruby or how I used a OverDyed Damask Linen Tablecloth to create a unique Garment for myself.

Ruby is a wonderful Top/Dress pattern buy Rae Hoesktra from Made-by-Rae Sewing Patterns.  Sizes range from XXS to XXXL.  Ruby is a quick and easy garment pattern.  The pattern provides great step by step instructions.  You can find Ruby pattern at Marbled Arts.  Ruby is also the first garment I constructed using my OverDyed Damask Linen Tablecloths.

OverDyed Tablecloth

I have always loved old antique Damask Linen Tablecloths.  I found several with ugly dark stains on them. You may have guessed that anything that is in my studio to long ends up in a dye bucket. I preceded to over dyed several Damask Lined Tablecloths.  In my experiments I have found dark bold colors work best to completely cover the stains.  And that Procion MX Dyed are the best dye for good full over all coverage.

Ruby Garment Front

I will say that it took me longer to figure out how I wanted to Fussy Cut the pattern pieces out than it did to make the entire garment. Often referred to as the Fussy Cut from Hell.

Ruby Garment Back

But I love the Damask Design in the linen and really wanted to show it off to its best advantage. So tying the different ways to Fussy Cut was definitely worth the effort.

Hem Area

I did add 3 inches to the length of the garment as I am tall, but also to add more of the gorgeous Damask Design along the hem line.

Garment Yoke

Love the way my version of Ruby turned out using the OverDyed Damask Linen Tablecloth. In the photo you are able to see that I used Hand Dyed Cotton of the same color to line the yoke.

Life is an Experiment

Somewhere along the line I have come to view my life as one big experiment. In my studio if something sits still to long it could end up in a dye bucket. Recently I received a bolt of Tone on Tone Cotton Fabric and I have questions.

What happens if you throw it into a dye bucket? What happens it you use paintstiks on the printed part of the fabric? Will it stick?

I tossed it in with some Pansy Purple Scarves that I was dying and a whole new look appeared. Added some Iridescent Gold Paintstik, that had been cured, heat set, washed and dried.

Experiment Continue!

StartIt all starts with PFD fabric, glass marbled, rubber bands and a good movie.

UndoAfter time in the dye buckets, a couple of rinses, the marbled and rubber bands must come out. My hands turn interesting colors, but wears off in a few days.

Navy_TopNavy Blue Rayon Top.

Green_Blue_Three_YardsOne Half of the three yard piece of Blue/Green.

Blue_Green_DetailDetail of Blue/Green

Violet_Turquoise_Three_YardsOne Half of the three yard piece of Violet/Turquoise.

Violet_Turquoise_DetailDetail Violet/Turquoise

Silk_ExperimentSilk Scarf. Silk is a bit of a challenge to work with.