Monday, March 12, 2012

Restyle: DIY Bright Colored Skinny Jeans


I am in love with the bright colored skinny jeans I have been seeing in all of the stores and magazines!  It just so happens that I have a cheap pair of white skinny jeans I had bought at Wal-Mart for a photo shoot that I NEVER wear.  I had always wondered how well the fabric dye actually worked, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test it out.  


I bought what looked to be one of the brightest colors of dye at Hobby Lobby.  The brand was Dylon in  the Bahama Blue color.  I just followed the directions to the “T”.  It said that 1 package was enough for a large shirt, so I used 2 packages just to be safe.  I also used a 5 gallon bucket rather than doing it in my sink (which happens to be light colored) just in case it stained.  

Start by dissolving the dye packet into 4 Cups of warm water. 


Then fill up the vessel with enough warm water to cover your  item, with a little extra room.


Add 1/4 C. of salt into the warm water.


Carefully pour the dissolved dye mixture into the warm salt water.




Add the fabric into the mixture.


Now for the time consuming part:  stir this constantly for 15 minutes straight.  After the 15 minutes is up, stir it regularly for 45 minutes.
To finish up, rinse your fabric in cold water ( I did this on the rinse setting in my washing machine.  I think its a little less messy this way.)  Then wash it in warm water, and let it dry away from the sun and direct heat.  






I was pleasantly surprised at how bright these came out!! The color matches the swatch on the package perfectly!!  Having a clean white palate was a big help.    If you are thinking about dying fabric, keep in mind the basic color rules: red and blue make purple, yellow and blue make green, etc.  For the brightest results I would go with white, or a lighter version of the color you are trying to achieve as your starting fabric color.  I’d love to hear thoughts on this, or if anyone else tries this, let me know how it goes!!  Have a great day!!
❤Lindsay

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

One Hour Skirt...2 Ways!

There are so many inspiring fresh spring fashions out there right now, and I’ve really got the itch to go on a shopping spree!!  But I’ve been trying to suppress the urge and work with what I’ve got.  And what I’ve got is lots of clothes, and loads of fabric. I recently bought  this great book called Sewing In a Straight Line, by Brett Bara.  

This book is amazing!!!  Its great for people just starting out sewing, or people who have been sewing for ages.  All of the projects in this book are using a basic straight line stitch, and nothing more.  I could not believe all of the projects from clothes, to handbags, to bedding, to gifts.  It is beautifully written, and I have found her wording to be very concise.  The instruction is great in this book, no muss, no fuss.  I highly recommend this book.  It would be perfect to try if you are thinking about learning how to sew.  
I recently made two skirts from a project in this book called the 1 Hour Skirt. It really took only about an hour once I got going. 


 I used a medium weight cotton fabric for the first skirt.  I actually bought this fabric at the thrift store for $1!!!  Added bonus!
The second skirt, I used chiffon, which was a little more tedious trying to get the right thread tension and needle.  It took me a little over an hour for the chiffon because I used a stabilizer for the side seams.  


I would be more than happy to share more info on this book for anyone interested!.  I hope this sparks a little inspiration for your day...Enjoy!!!
❤Lindsay

Monday, March 5, 2012

Restyling: Block Printing on Fabric

There’s no denying, I’m one of the most girly girls I know!  So I’ve been dying for a dress or a top with heart prints.  I saw a great idea on one of my favorite blogs  abeautifulmess.typepad.com for using block printing on a dress, so I decided to try it myself.  I started with a basic white cotton fitted shirt and some basic tools.



My husband dabbles in screen printing so I had intended to grab his fabric ink, but instead grabbed the screen printing ink.  It turns out, it worked just fine.  You could use regular fabric paint as well.
I carved my own little heart out of some rubber carving block that I bought at Hobby Lobby for about $1.50.  I wanted to start with a basic design to see how it worked.  Next time, I think I might get a little bigger and more detailed with my design.  


I started practicing on a piece of card stock to make sure I got the right amount of ink on the stamp.  I did a couple stamps on the paper to get the perfect amount of pressure. 



When I started stamping the shirt, I just placed the hearts in a random staggered pattern. Some of the hearts are solid, and some have a  slight transparency to them, which I like.  I didn’t want them to look like perfect little hearts all over, it gives it some much appreciated character!!


This was such a simple and fun way to dress up something that I already had with out spending any money except for the $1.50 carving block.  I felt like a little kid just stamping away, and I was so proud to have really transformed my white shirt into something fun and girly, and I did it myself!



❤Lindsay

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