When I saw Papercut Pattern‘s Anima pant competition pop up, I knew I had to enter. I had been wanting to try one of their patterns for awhile and the discount combined the the competition was too much for me to resist. Oh, and clearly I want to win all.of.the.patterns!
I’ve been really into Shibori dyeing lately. In the past, I’d dyed fabric on my stove and in my washing machine, and when I saw a few tutorials for Shibori dyeing show up on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try. I was hooked.
I thought this competition would be the perfect opportunity do some Shibori dyeing on some hemp/cotton french terry I had leftover from my diaper making days.
There are many ways to tie up your fabric before dyeing. you can cut pieces a little bit bigger than their corresponding pattern pieces, and tie them up individually, you could also tie up much larger piece(s) and then cut you pattern out of that OR sew up your garment first and then tie dye the whole piece. I like to tie up and dye each pattern piece separately. For this project, I ended up with seven pieces; four for the pants legs, one for the waistband ribbing, one for the leg ribbing and one big piece for the pockets. I folded each piece of fabric back and forth on itself in an accordion pattern, then back on itself the opposite way and then placed rubber bands evenly across in both directions.
I followed the stovetop instructions on my dye packet, a simple Jacquard iDye pouch in the gunmetal color, which came out in beautiful shades of blue.
Once the fabric has been dyed on the stove, I removed it from the dye bath and clipped all of the rubber bands. Make sure you wear rubber gloves, otherwise you will end up with blue hands (don’t ask me how I know this)! Then I washed and dried the dyed fabric as usual in my washing machine and dryer.
Now, onto sewing the pattern itself. I love working with knits, because they are so forgiving, fast and gratifying to sew. I had never sewn any Papercut Patterns before, (mostly b/c I’ve been sewing for my kids and not for myself for the last six years), and had been wanting to for sometime, so when I saw this contest and the 20% off, I decided to go for it.
I measured in between an small and medium and because I am 5’10 and have never been a “small” anything in my life, AND I was using a thickish fabric (the french terry) AND I wanted the pants to be comfy, I decided to make the medium.
I dyed each piece separately and I spent a lot of time placing the pattern pieces on the fabric and to make sure I could get the the end result I wanted . I took special care with the parts of the pockets that would show and mades sure the dye lines would line up and blend well. Because of the nature of tie dye this was impossible in some places, but that’s what makes every piece so unique.
The pattern was very straightforward, easy to follow and easy to put together. I used my serger to sew all the pieces and it came together very quickly. The waistband insertion was a new method for me and I was eager to try it. It gave me some trouble, but I stuck with with and got it in. Once mastered, it’s a really clever way to do the waistband and also a timesaver.
The pants came out exactly how I had hoped in look, fit and comfort. I wore them to my birthday dinner last week, received many compliments and felt like, whatever the contest results, that I had already won!