After only five washes the plum has continued to fade significantly. This is Spoonflower’s quilting weight cotton.
It has been hand washed in lukewarm water with a small amount of HE color protecting Tide. Then tumble dried on low and scanned in for the photo. The scan is quite accurate.
All the dark colors (pink, grey, black and plum) have faded and no longer look solid – with white specks showing from the base fabric. The light colors faded as well, but it really isn’t too obvious since the contrast isn’t high with the white. Interestingly, the yellows don’t seem to speckle on either the gnome shirts or the mushrooms. They are just a tad lighter.
You can see that the whole process didn’t change the Wildwood fabrics
Certainly not a super scientific experiment. And I may repeat the whole thing with some of the pink gnomes and apple background wildflowers when I get them next week. But for now my conclusion is that you can expect all of the prints to fade, it will be more obvious the greater the contrast between base fabric and print, and the darker the color the more trouble it will give. I will use my plum print on non-washable items only.