Thursday, December 20, 2012

Adventures in Turmeric-Land

Turmeric is a very tasty, strongly scented spice, with a burnt orange/yellow colour.

 While it is a tasty addition to your rice and meat, it is also a fantastic dye, especially for natural fabrics such as cotton, as I found out while creating a waistcoat for my latest costume.

Alice wears a yellow/gold waistcoat under her coat

The colour is a little washed out in these photos: I might re-dye the material to see if I can get a brighter yellow, but I quite like the faded look. After all, Alice doesn't wear that many bright colours.

A note on turmeric dye: be careful not too add too much powder. I added 4 teaspoons of dye, and the waistcoat turned a pumpkin orange colour! I had to rinse it in the sink and wash it in the washing machine with a generous amount of detergent to fade the colour.

The waistcoat is old shirt that I altered significantly  The body form made it a lot easier to alter, because I didn't have to keep trying it on. The waistcoat has a row of buttons hidden under the placket, so I am sewing on large golden buttons.

Next on the list are the coat and skirt

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