Another naturally dyed wasteland dress


I recently collaborated with the gorgeous Alice @catinawitchhat, who took some stunning photos of one of my wasteland dress creations. It was such an honour to see her work her magic of styling and modelling and photography with something I had made. Check out her Instagram feed for more of her creative, beautiful photos.

Here is how the dress started off, pieced together from many scraps of white stretch cotton, some of which had already been eco-printed. I used a combination of hand-stitching, decorative stitching and machine stitching.

After I had finished sewing it, I decided to dye the whole garment, to unify the different parts. In the photo below, you can see some of the prints from the big, round eucalyptus leaves that I used. They created quite a gentle, scattered pattern in earthy greys, which was perfect for the grey goth aesthetic that Alice does so well.

And yes, this dress has pockets! Repurposed from the sleeves of the old tops that I cut up to make the dress, which I simply pulled inside out and sewed shut at the end.

I love how the grey looks against Alice’s vibrant orange hair, and the soft oranges of the dry bushland behind her. She really brought the magic of Gumnut Magic to Life. Thank you Alice!

2 thoughts on “Another naturally dyed wasteland dress”

  1. Oh my goodness that is a beauty, it was even a beauty before you dyed it. That’s what I seen at first than looked further for purchase. Your idea for the pockets is so FAR OUT! I love it. Way cool, your work is beautiful. I went to your Etsy site to see if you have baby clothes? Maybe in the future ? I’m also going back to buy some books I really would love to know how to do this

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Elaine. Yes, I used to have baby clothes sometimes but not at the moment. Now I am focussing on dyeing and sewing with what I already have. So more special dress creations to come.

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