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WWI Tunic

Added Feb 1, 2013

by EdmondRay

Versailles, Miss...






A jacket inspired by the uniforms of US, England, and France using style elements from the 19th century through WWI. I created it from a home drafted pattern and an old white army blanket from a thrift shop.

Material Notes

White wool blanket, dyed in coffee with a vinegar mordant. Soaked in vinegar for 1 hr, then wrung out (not rinsed) then submerged in a vat of coffee for 8-10 hours. Washed in soap and water and hung to dry. Lined with canvas WWII issued army shelter half (only had one half and was badly damaged). Silver toned buttons from Walmart.




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    Feb 1, 2013, 11.29 PMby Mary Athey

    Wow!!! What a fab jacket.the colours gorgeous x

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      Feb 3, 2013, 06.03 PMby EdmondRay

      Thank you. It was my second attempt at using natural dyes. Took a long time to get and even color. Wool had to set in a vat of coffee for 10-12 hours. I used igloo coolers, laying the fabric flat. Soaked in vinegar for an hour and wrung out, not rinsed, before submerging in coffee. vinegar acts as a mordant. My first attempt I did not use any mordant and the color washed out. A learning process.

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      Feb 3, 2013, 06.05 PMby Mary Athey

      Well done on the dying job x

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