But good (heavy) cotton in big 18 inch squares is hard to come by. I decided to try and take some of the color out.
Enter chlorine bleach–a product I don’t relish using (but I don’t relish wasting good fabric either).
I soaked multiple samples (small batches) a strong solution of bleach and water (about 60/40 bleach to water) in my kitchen sink.
Do protect your clothes, your hands, and prepare to lose some pieces. A few samples gave up all their color.
Do use the same bleach solution for all your batches–Chlorine is strong stuff. No need to use more than you need.
Do carefully remove the bleached samples to a bucket, then machine wash in hot water.
The prints aren’t just faded, they’re simpler with a nice retro feel. That’s because in the 1940s, for example, prints had fewer dye colors–4 or 5 maybe. By the 1980s, there might be 14-15 shades in a cotton floral.
Any other good suggestions for aging fabrics? Please share.