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Dip dyed curtain vest

My first entry!!! This project was superfast, you can do it in one day or two evenings. Since we recently moved into our new flat in Switzerland with lower ceilings I had to shorten all my curtains to size. I didn’t want to throw away all the excess fabric as it was a nice linen like material that reminded me of a linen vest I have, so I took my old vest as a template and sewed up a very simple vest.

I copied the shape of my old vests front and back onto the fabric and gave 1 cm seam allowance on each side. Then I sewed the tops and sides together. The seams are hemmed with a small zig zag stitch.

When I tried it on I liked it, but it did look a little bit pale so I thought I could dye it. Since the next supermarket is miles away and I could not be asked to go shopping I thought I could probably find a natural way to dye it with things that grow outside. I found a great list of natural materials you can use to dye fabrics on www.pioneerthinking.com and decided to go with turmeric for a summery yellow (plus I didnt even need to leave the house).

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