I decided it was time to hop on the bandwagon and make myself a maxi skirt, so I headed to Joann's with my 50% off coupon and purchased a yard and a half of goldenrod interlock knit for $7.50. Then I got a little nervous. Did I really want to swath myself from waist to feet in bright gold? Was there some way to lighten the color a bit? Maybe some way to break up the solid sheet of gold?
I decided to try using bleach to create a chevron pattern of lighter yellow across my skirt pieces. It turned out very subtle, but I like it.
Bleach will affect different fabrics in different ways, so when you use bleach to create a pattern you may end up with slight color variation, like I did, or a huge color variation (like when you happen to wear your favorite tee while bleaching the tub and invariably splash a drop of bleach right near the bustline. Or is that just me?)
Because my bleach effect wasn't as strong as I might have liked, I decided the skirt needed another little something to keep it from looking like a straight column of goldenrod. So I added a bit of ruching on one side.
Interested in the chevron process? Read on. I'll share a quick tute for the ruching later in the week.