Hand dyed fabric can easily be feared, there are different washing instructions, the print is always going to fade no matter what you do and if you wear/store the garment with any lighter colours it will transfer. All these things can easily put you off buying a hand dyed print but I have don't some testing and actually hand dyed fabric is much easier to care for than you might think.
Using the Daisy Indigo fabric by Merchant and Mills I have made the Bloomsbury Blouse by Nina Lee London. This was my second time making this blouse and I must say I'm super proud of this top! For this version, I kept the yoke frill big but omitted the neck and sleeve ruffles. I also put a seam in the back rather than a button back because I personally find it uncomfortable. I was worried after I cut it out that the lack of pattern matching would be super noticeable but luckily it's not! Next time I think I will make the sleeves full length rather than cropped but apart from that it is perfect!
Before I started sewing I had to prewash the fabric and it is recommended you do this 30 to 40 degrees Celsius with a handful of table salt. Usually, I wash my fabrics with similar coloured garments but this time I washed it all by itself with a colour catcher for extra security. Then to test out how well the dye is going to last I did a little experiment. I cut three swatches from the fabric, I kept one as a control (I didn't get A's and B's in science for nothing), washed one in the machine with a regular detergent at 30 degrees 5 times and hand washed the last sample with a delicate detergent. The first one hasn't been washed and the second one I washed in the machine and you can see the difference but it's not as dramatic as I thought it would be. The last one is hand washed and this has had next to no fading! I recommend hand washing your garment with this fabric but if you occasionally chuck it in the machine it will be fine.
Once my fabric was washed dried I got cutting, with my little helper. I am the second smallest size and I got 1.5 meters which was just enough. I ended up adding a seam to the collar facing but apart from that I squeezed it all out if you're not making the back alteration I did or are any bigger than an 8 definitely get 2 meters.
Sewing this garment was an absolute dream! Sewing, pressing and cutting this fabric is like a hot knife through butter. The only issue I had was when pressing the dyes did come out on my ironing board but this was a few months back and my ironing board is losing its blue glow now, definitely get something to protect your ironing board if you have a white one like me! I haven't had any transfer to my other clothes with this top but I am making sure to pair it with similar colours or darker, I don't really wear pale colours anyway so this isn't a problem at all.
I also made these pompom earrings which happen to go beautifully with the fabric. This top is both fun and smart and I see many more in my feature. The Japanese Bird Song cotton lawn, Mini Cactus White Cotton and all the woven Aterlier Brunettes are on my list for this top!