hello, July

eucalyptus and pine needles with shades and splashes of copper, rust and orange background

How many of us have at least an item of clothing in our closet that has never been worn or perhaps forgotten it ever exists? I must admit, that sometimes, I have the tendency to buy something that it’s either on sale or thought it would match an outfit at home.

Then, when you I got home, I realized two things; the item didn’t match an outfit that I thought it would, and it’s a hassle to drive back to the store for an exchange. Hmm, I wonder do guys have this problem.

I have this silk blouse that was hanging in the closet, still with its price tag. The fabric is a blend of 93% silk and 7% spandex, and it has a lustrous and silky sheen to it. I don’t know this name of the color on the blouse, and thought it was rather plain-looking. So, what did I do?

Here’s a quick post to illustrate the “before and after” to my pre-loved silk blouse. I bundled the blouse with a variety of eucalyptus and pine needles, then boiled it in a dye bath with barks and leaves for about two hours. This is my solution to bringing old to new with eco printing using botanical–a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to fashion.

layout and bundling, ready for the dye pot.

L-R: leaf depict a face looking, label, and back view

closeup view of collar

closeup view of right front

closeup view of left front view of pine needles and seeded eucalyptus

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“A smile is worth a thousand words, live happy, dye happiest”.

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4 Responses to hello, July

  1. Marilyn Stephens says:

    Stunning Melinda xx


  2. deanna7trees says:

    beautiful job.


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