I just realized I could dye linen
Spring Jeans: Muted floral filagree
Item: a pair of boot-cut, white-on-white jeans with embroidery. White House Black Market brand; I snagged them at Amvets Thrift in San Diego. Idea: I wanted to try a cold, low-water immersion dye. I know my dyes only react with cotton and that the thread was most likely nylon. So I could immersion dye the fabric and the embroidered details would remain white. Process: I scrunched the jeans in...
Inspiration Series #1: The Lepidopterist's...
In an effort to hone my skills I have started a series of projects inspired by and created for people I know and love. The first item in this series was inspired by and created for Alicia. She had recently taken up a hobby of cultivating orchids. And I wanted to create a bright and colorful sweater or jacket that prominently featured orchids. Something that would be suitable for chilly spring...
Until now my tracing designs onto fabric has been done entirely with the help of a small and dim lightbox. So small and dim it certainly did not deserve a name (not even a “Darling Lumensquare” or “Brother Bulbcrate”. I was getting frustrated with the constant shifting and retaping and repinning of paper and material necessitated by the small working area of the box (no...
Onesies for one groovy baby
A coworker commissioned some tie dye onesies for a friend’s baby shower (it’s a boy!). I’ve never tie-dyed before but I was up for trying something knew. I looked up a few techniques online and made some samples that night. A) scrunch B) spiral C) immersion D) twist I like the immersion the most. I just randomly gathered the fabric and shoved it down into a tupperware and...
Constrictor Cropped Tee
I went to Amvets Thrift store, here in San Diego, and found this crew cut shirt which had apparently ESCAPED FROM THE NINETIES! It was cheap and I figured I could give it the “beach bum couture” treatment. Here is the concept: I altered the shirt first. I widened the neck line until it was off-the-shoulder. Then I hemmed the bottom into a descending crop. In the front the...
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Josephina's Technicolor Yukata
Once again I forgot to take a picture of the product before I altered it, but it was a standard looking yukata (like a kimono, but just one thin layer of fabric, intended for informal use.) It looked something like this: Apparently someone stole it as a souvenir from a hotel resort in Hawaii, as it had a hotel logo on it. I got it at a thrift store for about $3. I’d been using it as a...
I bought a pair of mustard jeans at Amvets Thrift Store here in San Diego. Now, normally I wouldn’t buy anything yellow because yellow doesn’t really suit me: Yellows wash out my olive complexion but I went for it anyway because I had a good feeling. I bought a pair of long (long for me) size 3 jeans: I bleached and weakened them with sand paper. I wanted them to be scruffy....
Bleach Blossom Skirt
I should have taken photos of the skirt before I altered it, but I forgot. OOPS! It won’t happen again. It was a standard above the knee colored denim skirt from Gap that I got second hand at a thrift store. Here’s my attempt to recreate what it looked like: The skirt is too big for me (It’s a 6, but Gap sizes run big so probably more like an 8) so maybe I can sell it. The...
Commissioned dress for Reed's #1 girl
This is the very first and only piece of work I’ve ever been paid to make. And hopefully not the last. He wanted a dress, something that hearkened to the countryside, possibly with wind turbines and most definitely with prancing goats and patchwork. I was going to make a pattern from this existing dress: Here was the initial concept (ghastly I know): It turns out the dress I picked...