Creation: Block Print Hand Dyed Linen Dress
Fabrics Used: Organic Hemp
The Visionary: Rochelle, Lucky Lucille
Our Thoughts: Rochelle at Lucky Lucille made a cute and quirky dress with our organic hemp. So original!
Here’s my latest dress, and it’s arguably the most “me made” thing I’ve ever created.
I used organic hemp linen fabric and aside from the amount of “shift” I was getting when cutting, the fabric really didn’t fray that badly at all, which surprised me.
My very favorite part of this fabric is the drape! It’s …interesting. In an excellent way! When the fabric first arrived it was on the side of plain and underwhelming, but after I sent it through the wash it completely came to life! As I grabbed it out of the dryer I literally said “Ooooo floaty!!” with a small gasp of excitement. I spent the next several minutes just folding it up and dropping it on my kitchen table so I could watch it shimmy like a Jell-O Jiggler as it settled. Seriously, the drape is wild. It just floats! It’s bouncy! …Buoyant, even? And yet, I wouldn’t classify it as super light weight… it’s pretty magical stuff if you can tame it on the cutting table.
On the Organic Cotton Plus website the fabric color was listed as taupe, so I was expecting a natural linen color, but I would definitely describe it as white when you see it in person. I can’t wear white things because I have cats and a dog who live on me like baby monkeys, so I decided to dye it a darker color. You can read more about my fabric dying fiasco adventures in this post, and I have to admit this is not my best work. …at all. I wasn’t attentive enough at the dye bath stage so my fabric is pretty mottled in a very amateur way. Oh well, I’ll chalk it up to a learning experience and a “chic antique-y design feature” that isn’t too noticeable in brighter light.