The dyeing was a success!

Here is the re-dye of the botched RIT sweater from the other day. The outcome is really more orange than this salmon color pictured, but you get the idea.

The color is very even and I attribute that to agitation!
Using my trash can in the sink method is proving to be consistent.


There are a couple of spots remaining, but they are more covered than last time. I did wear this sweater a couple of times, so those spots might be stains. Aw well...


As you can see, the ecru sweater is much more tan.


This will be a good neutral sweater for wearing during the day when I'm in the office...at my job!


Yuppers, today is my first day. I think I'll just be in a room drawing all day, and that's fine with me!
I might come home and dye another sweater, I'll have to see how I feel.
Have a great day everyone!!

The dyeing was a success!

Here is the re-dye of the botched RIT sweater from the other day. The outcome is really more orange than this salmon color pictured, but you get the idea.

When dye dies.

No, it's not a neon colored beer, though that would be wicked. 


THIS is the wash water from that fabric I purchased at JoAnns last week! I washed all 5 yards in the sink in cold water with a 'free' of everything detergent that I always use and this is what happened. The worst thing? The dye would not stop running! I rinsed it three times in cold water and each bucket full was just as pink as the one before it!


Can you imagine if I had washed this in a machine!? If ever there is a reason for sink washing I think I just proved it. It even dyed my fingernails!! 


This fabric is completely unusable! Oh, I am SO taking this crap back. This is totally ridiculous.

The reason I decided to wash that fabric now was because I made a pilgrimage to the coveted downtown fabric district. I'm sad to say, it looks like my favorite shop down there closed! I'm quite disappointed about it because Mike's Fabrics had great selection, clean, and a lovely lady working there. 

Case in point, I picked up 3 yrds of this cotton/polly at a store next to at $1 a yard.


"$3.50," the guy said. Now, CA tax is 10%, so why was I paying an extra 20¢? I didn't ask, and I think he didn't think I noticed. Hey, if this douche needs an extra 20¢ to make him feel better, then so be it. It's not like I will EVER be going back there (it's the store, if you are facing Mike's Fabric's that is directly to the left).

The sad thing is most of the fabric district is like that. Scummy sellers who quote a price off the top of their heads because they think they have sized you up, and a lot of the buyers know this. So take a pretty friend, because often they will go cheaper for a nice blonde girl (I've seen it happen, often).

Anyway, back to fabric.
I got these two all cotton 'dotted swiss' pieces for $1 a yard. 


They had other colors, but they were too close to neon.

My main reason for the trip to the fabric district was to look for fabric for a dress for a trade I'm doing. I've gone twice and haven't found anything that I liked, and today was the same. I looked around some of the larger stores and was underwhelmed. I just didn't see what I wanted and I didn't want to compromise, so I'll go back later to see if there has been a better rotation.

I did get some more dye for my sweaters. Yeah, I said sweaters. I got a couple more from Land's End. $20 for an all cotton sweater? How can you beat that? I'll tell you how, you can't!

My sweater from earlier dried and lets just say that boiling it on the stove didn't produce enough 'agitation'. That's the fancy dye term. Swooshing. 


The fabric didn't have enough room to swoosh around in the dye, so I got mad streakage. I was on a mission to re-dye it.


I bought the RIT dye at another store. It was nearly $2 cheaper. The Jacquard idye (i know, right!?) I had never tried, but I looked it up online and it got good reviews. Plus it was nearly half the price of RIT, though you do get *more* RIT, but what's left over tends to be only half of what you need, so they equal out in price.


I decided at the last minute to go with the pink color. Not sure why. I used about 2/3 of the bottle and dyed the sweater the way I did the others, in my trusty large plastic Umbra trash can. This dye was 'pale' which I think just means the actual pigment has more filler so that the color isn't as intense. I'm no dye expert, but whenever you wanna weaken something, you always add filler.


I did my normal bucket full of hot water, one cup of salt, and a pot full of boiling water. I soaked the sweater in hot water prior, and let the salty soup do its thing. Half an hour later, I poured it all out. 


The sweater came out right orange. Pumpkin for the more zesty among us. I guess that's alright. I'm more pleased that the color is uniform now. *Whew* 

While I was here, I decided to go on an dye the other sweater I have (the others are on their way) using the idye.

The Jacquard idye comes in a dissolvable packet. The powder is fine, and so its easier to just use it all, which I did. the 2-3 pounds of fabric they say one packet will dye is pretty sound. I *might* have been able to get a second sweater in there, but that would be pushing it.

I decided to dissolve the dye on the stove with my pot of boiling water. The idye instructions hint heavily that the dye works best at simmering heat. Well, you can't simmer in the sink, so really hot is what I have to work with.

That was just fine. The sweater dyed very well. The color on the package was ecru. I love that. The color of age. So posh sounding. It was ecru about 5 minutes in, but I left the sweater to dye about 25 minutes because I got caught up in a very intense game of Bejeweled (new high score whooo!) so it came out more of a deep tan. Okay, I can deal with a deep tan. I think this dye had filler like the rose pink RIT dye because the dye water was see through. I will say one thing about this idye, it rinses much faster/better than RIT.

Oops! I didn't take pictures of the ecru sweater. 
Aw well, I'll have some tomorrow.

That's about it. I get two more sweaters today and I'm super excited about it. 
I might dye them that night. Only time will tell.

I leave you on a highbrow note and to my favorite piece of classical music.
Have a great day!

When dye dies.

No, it's not a neon colored beer, though that would be wicked. 


This weeeeeekend!

Whew! *cough*
That pretty much sums up my weekend. 
This drawing got me the job! Thanks, The Lady!
Yes! I did get a job. It was a freelance gig that may turn into something long term and full time. I have to see what happens later this week. Four days of work done in two and a fifth! In celebration I treated myself to a great vegan dinner at a place up the street from me. Mmm!

While I was working on the job, I caught a cold! I was drawing and coughing. I am so sick of lemon juice and orange juice right now, you don't even know! Despite all of that, everything went swimmingly. They were very, very pleased with my work and said I was very professional. That was totally nice.

While I was out for the interview on Friday, I saw a JoAnn fabrics. I had not been in one for years so I decided to pop in. I was astonishingly underwhelmed. I don't think I'll ever go back. I know I am totally spoiled by the fabric district here, so yeah, there is that. But, the fabric there was just so homogenized. I had hoped for more than quilting cotton and upholstery fabrics. 


I did get some filling for some dolls I'm going to be making, and I also bought this lovely cotton. I think the gray background of this calico makes it feel quite 30s. It's a very light cotton, so I'll have to see how it is after I wash it. 

Also, last night, I decided to take a crack at dying my new cardie. 


I wanted a very pale yellow, like this tester paper. I'm not too sure I got that, and I think because I used a diluted wash, that there are streaks. 


Right now it's drying, so after that I'll see how it really came out. I'm trying to stay hopeful. If not, then I'll dye it again.

So that was my weekend. Work, fabric, orange juice, and dying.
What did you all do?
Happy Monday!!


This weeeeeekend!

Whew! *cough*
That pretty much sums up my weekend. 
This drawing got me the job! Thanks, The Lady!

Catalog Sunday

This Sunday I have a historical treat. While I was scouring eBay a few weeks ago, I came across this wig book. It's a book for black wigs, a very rare item to find indeed! Beauty and fashion products were advertised to black people but because of the small circulation, they are very hard to find. This one is most likely from the 1900s to the late teens, and I was the only bidder, yay!

The wigs are fascinating to read through. I love the descriptions of the hair. A lot of them use 'creole' hair, which is just bi-racial hair, but the buns, wigs, and extensions have fascinating descriptions to read. I'll post the entire book over a few Catalog Sundays from now 'till the end of the year :)

Enjoy!


Catalog Sunday

This Sunday I have a historical treat. While I was scouring eBay a few weeks ago, I came across this wig book. It's a book for black wigs, a very rare item to find indeed! Beauty and fashion products were advertised to black people but because of the small circulation, they are very hard to find. This one is most likely from the 1900s to the late teens, and I was the only bidder, yay!

The wigs are fascinating to read through. I love the descriptions of the hair. A lot of them use 'creole' hair, which is just bi-racial hair, but the buns, wigs, and extensions have fascinating descriptions to read. I'll post the entire book over a few Catalog Sundays from now 'till the end of the year :)

Enjoy!

Du Barry 5767 progress

 Hello one and all!
I hope your week is going swimmingly. Mine is! I have a job interview this afternoon and I'm unusually calm. I'm kick ass at interviews, so I'm not worried about that, but good impressions are everything and if I make one, I'll start tomorrow! Squeeee!!!

But onto sewing stuff. 



I finally finished tweaking the bodice of the pattern. It was a tough one and I didn't think it would be. The way the band of the front center wraps around makes the top of the bodice to run short, especially if you have big boobs. Add to that the panels is supposed to be straight across, even though the side front pieces are curved, and you are left with adjustments for  days.

As you can see on #1 the front is way too short!

On my first mock up, I made the bodice too short and the side panels of the front were cutting right beneath my nipples! Um, no. I adjusted the pattern as I needed to and realized I also need to extend the front piece. 

That line is where my waist is on this #1. No ease and seam allowance!

It's an awkward shape and totally not a fabric saver. But I guess if you don't mind piecing (raises hand), I could make the cuts in it something funky.

Moving on...

I was at a crossroad. I could take this set of alterations at its word and start a dress, or I could do a second muslin, something I rarely do. Now, I have some amazing fabric that I've had for years that I don't have enough of to finish it's original project and I so want to make this dress with some of it, but I also want to make sure I don't make this job tougher on me than need be.

I curved the front bodice piece a bit more on this #2. 
I angles the shoulder more so its centered better for my body.
The back of #2 is great!
As usual, a small armhole alteration.
I did a second muslin, and I'm glad I did. This one fits great and now I feel confident in making that special dress (which could rival the Gardenia Dress) and a slew of day dresses.

I know! That blip about rivaling the Gardenia Dress, really!? Really!!? Yes. It could and just may. And will probably take just as long to make as well.

I'll keep you all posted.

Du Barry 5767 progress

 Hello one and all!
I hope your week is going swimmingly. Mine is! I have a job interview this afternoon and I'm unusually calm. I'm kick ass at interviews, so I'm not worried about that, but good impressions are everything and if I make one, I'll start tomorrow! Squeeee!!!

But onto sewing stuff. 

And the winner is....

Eva!


Congratulations! Send me an email and I'll post your pattern out to you shortly.
Thank you to everyone who entered the pattern giveaway. Have a great day!!

And the winner is....

Eva!


Congratulations! Send me an email and I'll post your pattern out to you shortly.
Thank you to everyone who entered the pattern giveaway. Have a great day!!

What I wore to Cicada

The only cigarette I'll ever smoke (candy).


Last night was a fun night at one of my favorite vintage places. A great band Jonathan Stout and the Campus 5. All the dancers come out for this band because the music is swinging. Even with all of that, it was a pretty slow night. A lot of people I regularly see were not there. Oh well, I still had a blast.


I got there early and I saw one table just open up. The couple had finished eating and simply left. With Cicada, if you have their pre-set three course meal which is $50 a person, it guarantees you the table for the night and since this couple left before the band even started, I usurped their abandoned table.

Turns out the table was needed, and I was not going to order any meal. The manager was very, very accommodating. He actually pulled a table out for me which I thought was amazing. I had a salad and a cocktail as a thanks for the professionalism.

My new table was right above the band so I had a great view of the night. There was even a tap dancing trio who preformed. Here was one of the troupe doing a solo.


The rest of the night was filled with good dancing and I even made some new friends. The outfit I wore was my 40s rayon dress which was a second try of my two-tone pattern. I altered it because the zip front was too long. I fixed that part, but now I think the dress is too large. I'm going to have to take in the bodice and put more gathers in the skirt because I don't want to cut up this vintage rayon any more than I need to.


I was really proud of my hair last night. It had some good waves, and I was able to put the snood on perfectly, and I even got to wear my handmade flowers for the first time!


The night was cool and I'm glad I was wearing this! It's from Land's End and it was on clearance. 100% cotton for $21!! Ladies, now you know what to get me for Christmas :)


It's a 2X which is a tad large, but once I dye this (come on, you all know me) I think it will fit much better. Yay 100% cotton!
I'll post progress of the dye job soon, well, once I do it.
Have a great Monday!
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