**edited to add Spoonflower's own response! see end**
I have mentioned how the Spoonflower organic cotton knit t-shirts I've made have faded over time, and I thought it might be useful to show what I mean.
I made the t-shirts four months ago and they have been worn, washed and line-dried, I would guess, at least twenty times since then. Each has probably had a stain-removing soak or two as well.
Sure, it would be nice if the fabrics retained their original vibrancy. But, I also kind of like the faded look. The t-shirts are just a little less 'loud'. Let's face it, I don't choose the most subtle of prints. The colours fade nicely into the natural cream-coloured basecloth. And the fabric is still soft and lovely.
I suppose it probably has to do with the Spoonflower printing processes. To quote from their website:
"Spoonflower prints using eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks on natural fiber textiles."
I'm prepared to put up with some fade in fabric that has a lower environmental impact.
As Crinkled commented on my last post, "the fabric has faded more than I expected... but it certainly hasn't stopped me from buying more". Um, yeah, I second that!
I hope that's helpful to anyone reading who might have been wondering about the fading.
- Jane x
I emailed Spoonflower about the fading and had the following prompt reply and advice: