So, I had a dilemma. I was using this pristine white fabric for a project that I am still working on, but when I was first tracing the pattern onto the fabric I couldn't see the white chalk, so I chose to use yellow chalk. The fabric has a wonderful, intricate pattern on it, (white on white of course) and I tried to be really careful to mark only the "wrong side". I was trying to squeeze a Pendrell blouse out of only one yard of fabric, and because I had to get tricksy with the cutting and folding and laying out of my pieces, I ended up marking the "right side" on two of my pieces. (It probably didn't help that I was marking and cutting at two in the morning...)
Anywho, I was stuck trying to figure out how to get yellow chalk out of my beautiful white fabric. I had some scraps left over, so I decided to try a few different things, and luckily, I took pictures so I could share with you.
So with much pride, and very little humbleness, I introduce... my first tutorial!
|Working on a Pendrell Blouse|
|If you look closely, you can see the white pattern on the fabric.|
|My yellow Tailor's chalk.|
|Step One: Yellow chalk on white fabric.|
|Step Two: I tried to use a toothbrush on the fabric, to try and brush out the chalk.|
I saw this tip on the internet. No such luck.
|Step Three: I even tried (on a different scrap) dipping the entire thing in non-diluted bleach. Again, no dice.|
|Step Four: I got my fabric wet and scrubbed on the chalk mark with the toothbrush. Small progress.|
|Success!!! The iron dried the scrap, there didn't appear to be |
even a trace of the yellow, and the fabric texture was the same as when I began.
Suggestions that I would give... Well, first I would obviously recommend that you not mark your white fabric, on the "right side" at two in the morning! But, if you are as silly as I am, I would suggest trying a scrap first!
When researching on the internet, prior to my little experiment, I found several fixes for several different types of chalk. I am using the tailor's chalk triangles, and I don't think they are wax... I'm not really sure. But either way, the other suggestions I found online didn't work (other than dry cleaning... I didn't try that one). But this method seemed to work well!
Hope this helps at least someone out! I know I learned something and had fun in the progress!