I mentioned trying to downsize my ginormous fabric stash last week. To demonstrate that I can not only make simple skirts, but also simple shirts, I made this shirt. From this tutorial by StrawberryTwist on Craftster. StrawberryTwist calls it the “Shirt from a Square” and that’s exactly what it is.

I like it. It’s like a poncho with sleeves.

But. I hate the color.

Now I like the fabric itself, which is a nice linen. And not to completely contradict myself, but I do like that bright coral color, just not on this shirt. When I put it on, it looks like I’m wearing scrubs. I’m afraid that if I wear it out in public, people will stop me and ask me to look at their mysterious rashes.

So. Rit dye to the rescue! Black, of course. So I look like I just left a funeral wearing half a kimono.

Mixing up the dye in the sink.

In she goes!

Stir stir stir.

Just a friendly reminder, don’t be like me and jump right in and start dyeing something without reading the instructions. After the shirt had been in the sink ten minutes I decided to actually read the instructions. And then came the “What? I was supposed to add salt!?” reaction.

Trying to dye such a bright color to such a dark color did not work too well. If I had used a color remover beforehand, it would have worked better. See above paragraph concerning my complete inability to follow direction. After 30 minutes in the sink the shirt was an eggplant sort of color, and I decided that was good enough.

Well I definitely like this color much better. I’m convinced the shirt needs to be made from a softer, drapier (is that a word?) fabric; the linen is a little stiff and boxy. If I ever get up the gumption, I’ll make another one from cotton or jersey.

However. I took some photos of myself actually wearing the shirt to give you an idea of what it looks like. I was pleasantly surprised, I think it looks quite nice in the photos. I’ll have to shut up about it looking boxy.

Of course, now that I’m looking at the photos, would it have killed me to iron the damn thing!? Gah.