Thursday, March 27, 2008
I always wash garments before refashioning. if the fabric won't take it, well then that is usually it. Sometimes really cool things happen but don't count on it. If the fabric is extremely lovable and you fear tossing it into a washer then find a green cleaner. Seattle has a few so we're good here but other places may not be as fortunate. Dry cleaning chemicals are toxic and will leach into your skin.
Oh and new clothes or textiles ...wash before wearing or cutting as they usually contain formaldehyde and other toxins. Washing will only get rid of some chemical finishes but a little is better than nothing...(will post on eco wise fibers soon!)
I made the wool cashmere plus blend dress in the photo then took it apart and tried to dye the fabric but the result was awful.. it is best to take a cut from the hem, a facing or the like and test before tossing the whole of it into a washing machine.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I ran across this early 90's photo of "the Shower Curtain Dress." I am guessing the original fabric curtain was from the 50's but could just look 50's what with the print of the flower carts, falling drops and blossoms aka domestic cute. I beaded the details and made the dress. The bride's custom dress (Zootsuit) is also one of mine, however in custom the bride acts as co-designer. It's their party, their style, their dress and just that one is made!; yeah I have come by this passion legit!
Oh yes, I have cut apart the "Curtain Dress" so it can be Something Else Again