The first day of spring and it's snowing -- what better time to experiment once more with my Jacquard Procion dyes?
Today I dyed my blotchy tan shirt a mixture of fuchsia and black. I followed the same directions I did last time with similarly successful results. I soaked the shirt longer once I added my soda ash dye fixer this time, about an hour and a half total. Then I rinsed it in hot water and machine laundered with a mild detergent.
After laundering but still wet, it looked like this: no visible blotches.
Whatever you call this color -- purple, aubergine? -- it's much more flattering.
In other news, I found another sewing machine in the trash this week.
Indeed, the foot pedal, which did seem to work at first, almost immediately lost contact with the machine (hence the sign on the box in the photo). The cheapest replacement I could find cost $25 on eBay. Readers, I returned the sewing machine to the trash where I'd found it. I probably would have bought the new pedal in the past but today, not so much, not for a plastic machine like this one.
And that's it! I hope your first day of spring is a little less snowy than mine -- it's a blizzard out there.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!