How to do it!
In my family growing up all of us girls had a very special and romantic nightgown somewhere between the ages of 6-10 that was called a Ginny Gown (although we never had anything to do with the dance studio where these originated, here's the story). These long, dreamy, twirly affairs were like a right of girlhood, and I have the most beautiful memories of lounging around in the buttery silky fabricfeeling so luxurious and pretty. So this was a sewing project I've been planning for years, and although I did make Twinkie an earlier edition, it wasn't up to par with my standards of dreaminess. So last Christmas I decided to embark on the project, and decided to go with Dharma's rayon lawn because it's so buttery and light and drapey and swingy and just perfect for what I wanted this night gown to be. It was definitely the perfect choice.
For the lovely two-tone printing, I went for one of my fave printing mediums color magnet. Because Ive screwed up sewing garments with color magnet dyed fabric before, Ive decided to go through the process with you here so you can avoid the mistakes Ive made. Usually when printing the fabric Im sewing with, I cut the fabric out, print it, and then sew. Not so with color magnet, if you cut out, print and THEN dye, your small pieces will fray and wad and youll end up with a massive ball of sadness. For colormagnet-garment-sewing happiness, begin first by tracing your pattern pieces (only the ones you plan on printing) onto your fabric. I used a washable magic marker.
Then, without cutting, print only those traced out areas, here I used a homemade floral stencil.
Allow to dry, and then proceed with your dyeing normally. The color magnet will do its magic, and the printed areas will attract more dye and turn out a more saturated deeper color. Im sorry I dont have pictures of the fabric post dying, I waited so many months to actually dye it, and then so many more to actually sew it that I totally spaced taking a pic. After dying youll THEN cut, which will be easy because youll have these beautiful printed areas begging you to cut here! Now youre ready to sew er up according to dictates of your whim and fancy.
PS JUST SO YOU KNOW, her face isnt dirty, its peeling. Wouldnt want you to think she hasnt bathed in a week, although thats entirely possible.
I absolutely love how this night gown turned out, and it is so appealing to me that I am going to make myself one like this. Exactly. Because I guess I need a still need a Ginny Gown to lounge around and feel luxurious and pretty.
This tutorial was provided by Miriam Tribe, from her site Mad Mim.
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