This is the jersey sent by Satan. I picked it up a few weeks ago from Spotlight to make a “final” version of the 40’s Charm Hack (which is clean and tidy and revised- will be up tomorrow! I just wanted to complete). It’s a lightweight nylon/wool blend, and only came in heathered gray, though I wanted something red. “No problem,” I thought, “I’ll throw it in the washing machine with some crimson iDye and all will be well.” I regularly dye fabrics that way.
All was not well, the fabric itself was hellish to work with- it stretched and warped and shrank from the needle as I stitched. I’ve worked with lightweight jerseys, lightweight wools, all kinds of nylon and wool, but this was like some kind of demonic visitation rather than a sewing experience. Disgusting fabric. I made an ugly muslin with it, made fun of it, and that was that.
I don’t know if you noticed, but I’ve been on a whites kick lately. I love how they blaze and glow under the skin-sizzling UV rays here, and how white seems to go with everything else in my closet. This past Friday, I threw a load of whites into a warm wash with mild detergent, a touch of vinegar and some baking soda:
I also added some delicious ivory Japanese double layered cotton knit for Enid’s version of the 40’s Charm Hack (which is to be a birthday present) and a few other bits and pieces, including a couple of cotton tea towels.
I didn’t think about the fact I had recently dyed something red in my washing machine. Why should I? I ran an empty vinegar rinse after dyeing and another load of darks had been through with no problems. Dyeing in my washing machine has never caused me any issues whatsoever. In fact, dyeing usually “cleans” my washing machine.
Not a pretty pink, but a just-barely-not-white pink. I ran another washing machine rinse then shoved them back into the washing machine with a healthy dose of bleach. (I took out the merino.)
They actually bleached pinker. I kid you not. They became Homer-Simpson-work-shirt pink. WHY? I left them wet on the bench in my kitchen lest drying set the pink dye permanently. In the meantime, I washed Lila’s butterfly sheets with the white background. They’re cotton and came out completely clean. “Excellent,” I thought. “No more pink in the machine, I didn’t ruin it, now my whites will behave.”
MORE PINK! It is actually pinker than before! This almost qualifies as a color, but I’m stumped. Why did this happen? How? Why not her sheets? Why not the tea towels?
What do I do? I don’t dare trying to bleach them again. Or do I? Fiber gurus- do you have any ideas? I’m trying to stay philosophical about this, but after writing this post and thinking about the time (easily 30 hours) and thought and resources put into these clothes I’m actually pretty upset. (And for WHAT were they dyed pink? For the top that turned out to be the worst fabric fail of the year!)
I guess I could dye them all another color, but the white is what works with everything else. It’s a “neutral” for me. Besides, I shudder to think how silly a blue or purple lace-insertion tee would look. Black? I worked with black dye once, it was very difficult.