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Experiment in Dyeing: A review of RIT and iDye Poly Dyes

22 Apr

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Top: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Skirt: DIY (similar/similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet: Anna and Ava
Bag: Dooney and Bourke
Earrings: c/o Jami
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

Recognize this skirt? How about if I told you that it used to be a different color?

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I completely love this skirt to pieces, so I was heartbroken when I spilled on it and I couldn’t get the stain out, no matter what I tried. So I decided to try something I hadn’t before; I thought that I’d try to dye it. I picked up a box of RIT dye in purple and hoped to get it to a radiant orchid color.

And despite the box saying clearly that the dye wasn’t recommended on 100% polyester, I tried it anyway. Lesson in following directions. After almost an hour I ended up with a still mostly pink skirt with lavender blotches all over.

Luckily I was able to find some iDye Poly at Joanns, which is meant specifically for polyester fabrics, and it worked amazingly well. The color was absorbed almost instantaneously, and all the stains (both the initial ones, and the ones I created by attempting to dye with the wrong kind of dye) disappeared. So while my skirt may not be Radiant Orchid, I’m completely in love with the vibrant purple color and am so glad I can keep wearing it.

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Graphic Tee Tutorial!

19 Mar

Graphic Tee Tutorial
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Shirt: Target
Shorts: American Eagle (similar)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Belt: Unknown (similar)
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson (similar)

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been really obsessing over all of those cute graphic tees that I’ve been seeing everywhere. So I decided to make some of my own. But apparently I’m not creative enough to come up with fun quotes of my own so I borrowed inspiration from Pinterest. And it was such a fun and easy project with such great results that I wanted to share with you guys.

First you want to gather your supplies:

  • a plain t-shirt (I really like these from Target)
  • fabric paint in your color of choice
  • a sponge paint brush (I’d recommend the kind that’s round and flat on the bottom)
  • freezer paper (found in the grocery section by wax paper)
  • an iron
  • an exacto knife
  • a cutting mat or cardboard to cut on

So first you’re going to want to design your t-shirt. If you want to make the same one as me you can use this stencil, otherwise it’s super easy to whip something up on word. Grab your roll of freezer paper and cut out a 8.5×11 sized piece. Put it into the printer so that it’ll print on the non-shiny side.

Once you have your image printed you can cut out the template. This is probably the most time consuming part, but it’s well worth it I promise. If you made your own template you might have little pieces of paper for the holes in certain letters like o p b and d, just make sure you save all those.

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Once everything is cut out, lay your stencil on your shirt, I placed mine about an inch down from the neck, but that’s completely up to you of course. Now grab your iron, put it on the highest setting you can without steaming it, and carefully iron the whole paper down to your shirt. The plasticized side will stick to your shirt, and seal it so no paint will go under the stencil. This stuff is a godsend, and I’ve gotten crisp clean designs almost every single time.

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Once you’re sure its ironed on completely, slip a square of freezer paper inside your shirt so no paint leaks through onto the back, and grab your sponge and paint and go crazy! Make sure to focus on covering everything evenly with paint.

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When you’re done, wait for the paint to completely dry to avoid any smudging, and then peel off the stencil. And that’s it! You’ve got a customized unique shirt that all your friends will be envious of. If you have any questions about it feel free to ask! Also if you’d like to see more pictures of the stencilling process you can also refer to my last stencilling tutorial for my patriotic shorts.

American Flag Inspired Shorts Tutorial

4 Jul

DIY Patriotic Shorts Tutorial

I’m not sure when I saw flag inspired shorts for the first time, maybe last year around the 4th of July, but I do know that from that moment, the wheels in my head began spinning. I really wanted a pair, but I needed the right occasion to really galvanize me into crafting mode.

So I made myself a pair to complete my 4th of July outfit. They were really simple, and came together quickly. For those of you who have never stenciled before, here are a few tips to make the process easier.

I swear by freezer paper for all my stenciling projects. You will find it in any grocery or convenience store near the wax paper and foil. I’ve tried a lot of different things and found that out of everything, I get the cleanest lines with freezer paper. But for those perfect lines you have to take your time ironing, and make sure that the steam setting on your iron is off.

Make sure to slip a piece of freezer paper inside each leg so you don’t get paint staining the back (though the denim should be thick enough to avoid this anyway).

When I did these shorts I used plain acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium. That’s what I typically end up using as I have tons of acrylic paint from various art projects and it’s easier for me to just buy a tube of fabric medium (which basically converts normal paint into fabric paint), than buying fabric paint in all of the colors that I need. Choose what works better for you.

I think I’ll probably go back and do the pockets in the future, but until then I’m loving these shorts. Check back tomorrow for an outfit post featuring my new patriotic shorts!

Tie-dyed Jeans – A Happy Accident

31 May

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Jeans : Unknown (see original here)
Shirt : Gap
Shoes : Unknown

Yesterday I had a ton of work to do, and in standard Mega fashion I came up with a good way to procrastinate. I decided I was going to try to bleach an old pair of jeans that I never wear because it’s an odd wash, and turn them into a brand new white pair of jeans. But things didn’t end up exactly as planned.

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I only had a small amount of bleach at home, but I figured might as well give it a shot and mixed the bleach with enough water  to submerge my jeans. Turns out leaving jeans all crumpled up in a smallish bucket with bleach ends up turning them tie-dye, even if you’re moving them around every 30min or so. I ended up leaving the jeans in the bucket for almost 20 hours and didn’t bother with mixing them after the first 4 hours or so.

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The end result is kind of cool, but I wish the front looked more evenly tie-dyed like the back does. I think I’m still going to try to bleach them to white, but before that I wanted to take these fun jeans for a spin.

Shopping in Your Own Closet

9 Mar

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Shirt : Target
Cardigan : Unknown
Jeans : Forever 21
Flats : Macy’s
Purse : Coach via my mom

My mom noticed that I’ve been wearing a lot of cross-body bags lately, so she  fished out this Coach bag from the back of her closet. I love how soft and rich the leather is. It’s almost 10 years old…does that make it vintage? I’m typically not a Coach girl because I tend to associate the brand with bags covered with labels, but this bag is great.

This cardigan was also hidden in the depths of a closet (this time mine), but that was because it had an awkward hood attached to it. I think my sister bought it and decided she didn’t like it, so I took it. I told her I wanted it because of the color, but really I took it because I’m a pack-rat. I was cleaning out my closet the other day and didn’t really want to get rid of it, so I cut off the hood  instead. I was surprised how much of a difference it made.

Tip: Belting cardigans is a great way to define your figure. If you have a more rectangular figure I’d suggest belting chunky cardigans because they emphasize your curves more.  If you have a curvier figure, the lighter cardigans tend to be more flattering as they add less bulk.