Thursday, September 19, 2013

10 Ways to Dye Your Life

These past few months I've had so much fun working for ilovetocreate's Tie Die Your Summer campaign.  Up and down the coast of California I went where I was called, an apron on and squirt dyes in hand.  Working the tie dye booth for iltc, I calculated that I assisted the dying of 2000 tie dye shirts (certificate please).  And since I had such unfettered access to dye, I kept going!  I dyed everything-clothes, duvets, pillows, and even threw my best friend a baby shower where everyone dyed a onsies for her little one.  This post is all the projects that didn't get posted over the summer.  They kinda just fell off my plate of things to do but here they are, a little dyeing inspiration for all my crafty friends out there.  Get a kit and go for it!

A Cynthia Vincent ruffled top.
Tied and dyed
Yay!  I'm going to wear it like this for a bit, then it might become a deep blue/black next.
A BCBG hippie top

My good friend and mentor, Connie making tight balls around the collar.

Notice the red around just the collar and mid-line seam.

Pillow cases sewn from scrap fabric

Freehanded with Marisa Lynch, we each did half


Left out to dry on an old t-shirt so the colors didn't run

Ta-dah.  Much softer colors after a run in the washer and dryer.

Ross shoes


Same thing but bright blue and lavender for my Marie appearance

Overall overhaul apron in Sew It All magazine.

A close up, see the magical scissors in the right pocket, (bleach is the key my friend).

Paper towels that absorbed the dye from all the projects
A little Mod Podge and a 99 cents store photo album

A dyed album for Chris' birthday.

Cindy's husband's favorite onsie from the shower made by his mother in-law.  It was so "Metal" it made him cry! Navy blue is the key to this look.

At the S.F. Girl Scout Bridging event with Traci Bautista on the left, iltc ladies, and Maris Lynch far right.
See you next summer tie dye, I love you!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Behind the Beaded Curtain

I recently finished a series of nine projects for the informative site.  This Beaded Curtain is one of my faves.  It has a high-end design-y African feel that took me by surprise.  The genius of bead projects is that they can be taken apart and made into something else so easily.  It doesn't damage the beads at all for them to be repurposed into something new so they are totally "borrowable" (I scored these from my friend, jewelry designer of Sid Vintage).  And, as you can see from the below, even the most overlooked of beads, when joined together, can come together to create the most unforgettable of projects.  Check out the how-to here.

The wooden and plastic beads I used.

Finished curtain
Side view

While I was working on the curtain, I let my kids have a piece of fishing wire and use the beads.
My 5 year olds necklace.

My 2 year olds necklace.

Both on me ;)  Happy Monday!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cut Out and Keep Interview

This week I had the good fortune of being interviewed by Cut Out and Keep, the incredibly clever brainchild of Cat Morley.  Interviews always stump me a bit, I don't like talking about myself so much, rather, doing projects is more my scene but here it is in case anyone's interested in hearing about my fashion sense here it is.  There is also a project I contributed as part of my interview.  For that DIY click here.

Scarf Project for Cut Out and Keep

Swinging with my scarf.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Color Block Sweater

This is an angora hair sweater I scored at the good ol' $.99 store.  I removed some crazy-giant shoulder pads that gave away the 80s of it all.  It needed a little something to jazz up the plain milky whiteness of it all, so I decided to dip it in a little wash of color to see what would happen.

1.  Wet the fabric you plan to dye with cold water.  I used Tulip One Step Dyes in orange for this project.

Squeezing the fabric helps to really saturate the dye into the fibers.

Make sure not to get dye on the rest of the sweater by leaving it outside the bucket.

Hang on a tree to dry, making sure not to let the dye touch the rest of the sweater.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ice Dyed Bikini

I needed to darken this bikini because it goes transparent when wet and white and I obviously couldn't go to the beach in a transparent bikini(okay, I could, but why give them the satisfaction?! I just want to swim!). So, what to do?  I got it: Ice Dyeing is a totally awesome way to transform something completely, with the added bonus that you never know exactly what you're going to get. Here are some really beautiful outcomes for this totally accessible form of dyeing:  navy, and a couple different purples.  Color's up to you but as for process you couldn't get any easier...

First I tied it up so certain parts wouldn't take the dye.

Put it in a bucket.  Good luck down there.

Covered with ice, then squirted it directly with the dye powder.  If you are going to do this, I would recommend a respirator, I'm pretty sure inhaling the straight powder is pretty toxic.

I mixed Rit dye and Tulip One Step Dyes.
Notice the white halter didn't dye.  Not all fabrics are able to take home dyes.  Adds to the surprise of it all.

I really love the dark speckles here and there, didn't expect those.

Here is the top and bottom together.

Galaxy Dyed Romper

If there's one thing that screams "classy" in modern-day fashion, it's the cut-off jean. I'm pretty sure Marie Antoinette died in one of these, just to prove a point, and that high couture long followed her lead in producing their own versions of cut-offs and jumpers every season since. No? Okay, fact is, even the most style-savvy among us who managed to emerge from the early 90s intact probably modeled a rather embarrassing swath of denim at one point or another in their teens. Jean rompers aren't everyones "thing".  And I get it, this one is especially trashy.  But here's a simple way to update a classically dated 90s romper that so many of us have hiding out in the closet, in need of a serious makeover before showing their face in the sunlight again .  There are great tutorials on Galaxy Dying online.  Mine is a little different because I'm starting out with jean as a base.  I dyed it darker blue to add a little more depth then lightened it up with bleach.

The original Guess romper.

First dye blue with Rit Dye, Denim Blue. Squirt with bleach strategically, think galaxy.

Add Tulip Spray Dyes in pink, yellow, and whatever else strikes your fancy.

Glitter spray is an intergalactic touch.

Add Pentel Fabric Fun pastels bursts for the planets.