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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A look back into a past Rethreaded project

Here are some photos of a dress that I altered from a tank top style maxi to a strapless maxi dress. The original cut of the neckline was far from flattering and the thickness of the straps didn’t compliment the wearers shoulders. I decided to horizontally cut the top at the point where the neckline ended. I folded the fabric and pinned it to form a sweetheart styled neckline. Luckily, the dress had these handy decorative strings included. I decided to wrap the strings around the body instead of tying them into a bow in the front. Wrapping the strings around the back helped keep the top up. The strings also proved to be pretty versatile, allowing for the wearing to tie them around the neck as well in order to create a halter-like appearance. The trickiest part of the project (looking back I wish I Rethreaded differently) was the button strap I Rethreaded in the back of the dress. The strap was made to make the dress stay up easier and I included multiple buttons so that different sizes could wear the dress. The button holes I ended up making a lot bigger than necessary (another moment where the art of preparation should never be overlooked) resulting in the strap not doing as great of a job as it should!

Here are some of the pictures featuring my gorgeous little sister:

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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.)

Steps:

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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A Bright Blazer Find

Black blazers, white blazers, teal blazers and pink! I’m obsessed and so are the fashionistas blowing up my Pinterest feed. I have been searching for a good black blazer for some time now. With the bold colors that are so popular this summer, I had to add a bright blazer to my list of blazer needs. Before my end-of-the-summer excursion, myself and Miss Stacey went searching for potentials at Goodwill. I found a few blazers I thought were worth the efforts it would take to make them cute and took them back to my re-threading lair (insert evil laugh and crazed eyes)…. too much? Here is one of the treasures I found. After washing the blazer multiple times, to rid it of the infamous Goodwill odor, I tailored the top to a more form-fitting size.

Here are some pictures from before:

The process of re-threading was just a matter of tailoring. It was a simple sewing project but it did require a lot of sewing (sorry my no-sew folks). I could have taken off the sleeves and tailored them and the vest separately. Instead I just sewed in the seams 1 1/2” on each side of the sleeve. When sewing the collar, I decided the length I wanted my shoulder to be from the collar and sewed perpendicular to the shoulder seam for about 1 1/2″. Then I turned the blazer (keeping my needle inside the cloth so that the seam will be continuous) and sewed alongside the original sleeve seam. This created the wanted distance between the shoulder and the sleeve along with tailoring the top half of the sleeve to be thinner. I sewed along the bottom of the arm of the blazer (1 1/2” in) until I got to the body of the blazer. Once I got to the vest part of the blazer, I continued with the same stitch and sewed about 3” into the vest. Once that seam was completed, I pivoted the blazer (similar to what I did with the top of the sleeve earlier) and made it so I could sew down the side of the blazer to take off 3” from the side of the blazer.   I repeated these steps with the other side. I cut a few inches of the bottom to make the blazer shorter. I also I cut a few inches off of the sleeves. After cutting off a few inches of each sleeve I cuffed each side to make the look seen below. Then, I cut off the loose strings and had the finished blazer!

The blazer fits very tightly. I sewed is so it fits as a cover-up but isn’t made to button. I like this color and the new fit of the blazer! The color makes the black and white stripes of the dress stand-out. I think this blazer is perfect for hot weather; it’s professional yet hot weather friendly!

I would love to hear all comments and suggestions! Do you think the change was an improvement?  What would you pair with this blazer, if you would wear it at all?

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The photos were taken by Zach Smith.