Black dye: Dealing with a bad dye job

‘Tis the season for cover-ups which means an excess amount of cover-up rethreading. I have had this green monstrosity in my closet for the past year. I tried to fix it with a lame attempt of tie-dyeing but the colors did not turn out the way I wanted. As most smart girls do, I decided the only way to fix the current situation was to go darker. 105closebefore 102widebefore


I went to my local craft store (…Michaels…) and purchased some Rit dye. The dye was really cheap and came highly reviewed by the internet forums I was searching through. I bought two but I only needed a portion of a bottle for the one tunic. The directions on how to use the dye were pretty straight forward. For the fabric I was working with, …., I had to add salt to the concoction. I put my 1/3 lb of cloth in a bucket, added a gallon of water and then the dye. 084rit135meddye140dyecloseyesssRethreadedRags2 006postclose RethreadedRags2 008wideRethreadedRags2 096edit RethreadedRags2 095darker

How knot to cover up

I found this top at Buffalo Exchange and loved it. I thought the J.Lo deep neckline and tunic length gave it potential to be a perfect cover up. While I liked the basic style of the black top, I wanted to change it up.


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My roommate Justin modeled the cover up before the rethreading process. Justin also thought the top needed to be a little more exciting.

I decided I wanted to make a knotted swim suit cover up out of the black tank top.

The rethreading steps went as follows:

The first matter at hand was to cut strips out of the fabric. I measured a specific spot I wanted to the strips to begin at on the top and began to cut making sure I ended up with an even amount of equal width hanging from the top. Another important step to take is to cut the side seams off of the top. Removing the seams keeps a consistent appearance between the strands.

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For the next step I tied two neighboring strips together until all of the strands joined to a partner. After this first step, I alternated tying every other strip together until I ran out of fabric. Be careful to notice that the tighter you tie the top the shorter the top will be… too much excitement in the tying department can land you with an awkwardly knotted bra instead of the crop top intended. After reaching the bottom, I cut away all of the loose ends. This project is very simple to do and is definitely an alteration I would recommend if you want to add some variation to the crop tops and swim suit cover ups in your closet!

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A summer classic

Not that I use fashion trends as time markers…. but you can count on me to begin and finish the summer on the hunt for a specific style of shorts. As you can guess, most summers end up with me not finding that “perfect pair.” This season I was obsessing over finding a dark denim high-waist pair of shorts. Despite my many pilgrimages to the mall, I came up empty-handed for the style I was looking for. Then, how most posts start with this blog, I saw potential in another piece of clothing. I found this atrocious pair of J Brand jeans at Nordstrom Rack for $5 dollars. Atrocious may be pretty strong, I was just not a fan of  the elephant bell bottom style of the pants. I loved how high the waist was which sold me on the pair.

It was a quick “fix.” I cut the pants mid-thigh and rolled the shorts twice making large cuffs. I was excited to buy these pants because of the extra fabric the bell bottom style provides for future rethreading endeavors (wink).

My fabulous roommate Taylor is modeling the new shorts. We’re in a current dispute about whether these shorts are as awesome as I think they are. Taylor: not a fan. What are your thoughts? Was this a successful rethreading or a lost cause?

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Before: Hectic crop top

My stunning roommate Taylor is modeling the original design of this geometric styled crop-top. I love the pattern but fit of the top makes me want to rethread it. Taylor owns this outfit. Her decision to pair the top with a light pair of shorts helps to mute the vibrant colors. I’m excited to see the clothing combination she puts together after the redesign.  Any suggestions of what could improve this top? Is there no hope for this material or do you take to the style as is?

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Trading in a sewing machine for some pliers and nail polish

I saw this amazing idea on the good ol’ Pinterest and instantly fell in love with it. All I need are washers of varying sizes and nail polish? Count me in!  The post that inspired this project is “DIY – Washer Necklace” By Wilma. She does an awesome job showing the step-by-step process– you should check it out! She started out her project with an old necklace chain and some jump rings. For some reason, I thought it would be a better idea to make the chain myself with smaller sized washers… That decision definitely wasn’t a time saver. To cut down the time of this project I would definitely stop by a Michaels and buy a necklace chain.

Here are the supplies:

I grabbed the most obnoxious nail polish color I could find and a top coat clear polish. I didn’t end up using the base coat nail polish but if you want to add that step, go for it. I also took a trip to Lowe’s and bought three different sized washers.

For the chain I chose the smallest split washer size I could find. I chose the split washer (shown below) because the slice in it makes it easy to create a chain. I also chose a larger sized split washer that was slightly smaller than the washers I was going to  paint. I chose a size that would make it easy for the smaller washers to attach  but also would fit around the larger decorative washers. The last washer size I chose was the style that would be used as the focal point of the necklace. In the picture above you can see what it looks like painted.

The washers came in packages. I only needed one package for the two larger washers but I purchased three packages for the small washers that would make up the chain.  All of the supplies were fairly inexpensive but don’t forget about your pliers! Hopefully you have some already, the pliers cost more than all the supplies of the necklace put together… (Another good reason to stop by Michaels and buy the necklace chain.)


1. Paint the washers. Wait for the first coat to dry. Add a second coat of the color nail polish then add a coat of the clear polish after second coat has dried.

2. Put together a chain with the smaller split washers. (I used two pliers to open up the washers to attach them. Then I used the pliers to flatten the slice to seal the chain together.)

3. Once the painted washers are dry, place them in a pattern you want and connect them with the larger split washers. I opened and closed the larger split washers the same as the smaller ones. The larger ones were a lot harder to work with because of their size. Because of how much time and energy it took to split the two washers, I would recommend buying some jump rings along with your  necklace chain at Michaels…

4. Once the you have the decorative part of your necklace put together and the chain connected, attach two additional large-split washers to each side of the pattern and slip the ends of the chain on each side.

I really like the industrial look of this necklace. It can brighten up any neutral outfit (a color scheme I definitely have too much of). The bright and bold style that has been everywhere all summer can still be accomplished with your black and gray shirts. All you need is some blindingly bright accessories!

This project was fun and I am thinking about creating another washer necklace with all large washers instead of the small chain.

Let me know your thoughts! Too obnoxious? Too much work?

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Re-threaded Rags Road Trip

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I just got home from a spontaneous road trip that pushed back my blog posts a week or two.  My boyfriend and I spent our days driving up the coast of Southern California and our nights camping in California’s many parks. The trip went by in a flash and so did my blog post deadline. I wasn’t planning on Re-Threading much this past week but on our last day in San Diego, with the up-cycle gods apparently having different plans for me, we stumbled across Garnet Ave. We were just headed for a day at Pacific Beach (advertised online as a beach perfect for laying out). When looking for a parking spot, I noticed thrift stores popping up one after another. From used sporting goods to books this avenue had quite a variety of up-cycle goodness. I first noticed the amount of clothing stores but for the avenue to have so many shops dedicated to recycled materials was unique. If you are in the area, this avenue is a perfect stop to get some vacation shopping in without adding to the vacation hangover your wallet and bank account are going to experience once you get back to the real world grind. There are a couple of brand name stores on Garnet Ave including Urban and American Apparel. Some well-known thrift stores like Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange are along the avenue. There are also a few small boutiques and (most exciting of all) some used clothing stores I didn’t recognize. Here are the pictures I took of some of the shops on Garnet Avenue.

My favorite shop on the avenue was Thrift Trader. The store not only sold apparel but DVDs, books and records. What was especially unique about this store was that everything was $5.99 or 4 for $20 -which was an awesome deal considering some of the name brand items I found hanging from their clothing racks. I found quite a few gems myself that will be re-threaded soon enough!

This avenue is right next to the beach and we were able to  just walk over after hanging out in the sand for a while. The atmosphere of the shops matched the environment at the beach; both were relaxed and welcoming. I would recommend this stop to anyone looking to fill up an extra vacation day in San Diego.

Here are some more pictures of our adventures down Garnet Avenue!

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Re-threading without the thread


The simplicity of this outfit (in its look and creation) is exactly what a good summer ensemble calls for. It’s casual, allows for plenty of breeze and is most importantly, according to my mother, comfortable. Speaking of my mother, the shorts started out as jeans that wouldn’t even be allowed in the “mom jean” category -sorry Mom. The shirt also wouldn’t have been too flattering in its original form, well at least not on me anyway. It started out it’s cotton-filled life as a shirt for my boyfriend. After months of wear and tear however, it collected a few holes and was thrown into the re-threading bin at our house. Lucky me!



The shirt’s re-threading didn’t require any thread at all. I was going for the crop top style – in a very literal sense of the name. I cut approximately 4 inches off the bottom of the top and cut along the shoulder seams as well. The holes of the original shirt were cut off when I cropped the shirt, leaving me with nice and easy to work with fabric. Next, I focused on cutting a deep neckline. Once I completed the cutting, I stretched the neckline out a little to add to the loose flow of the top.


I found the jeans at a Plato’s Closet for 5 dollars. I loved the color of the wash and was looking for high waist shorts, so they were perfect. Well, they definitely weren’t perfect in jean form. They were bell-bottom styled… enough said. The shorts also required zero sewing. I simply measured approximately 8 inches from my knee and cut the jeans into shorts. Because of the dark wash of the jeans I thought they would look better with a folded style than just leaving them frayed. I made about an inch fold and folded it over again to finish the bottom of my shorts. If you want to make sure that the ends of your shorts stay in place so that you don’t have to re-fold the next time you wear them, try sewing a small vertical seam along each side of your shorts. This should keep the fabric in place without creating an unflattering muffin-top look around your thighs.


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