As I mentioned on our Facebook page, one of the effects of the Canada Post lockout (which is now over) is that we weren't able to keep up with production since all the supplies we had ordered in the weeks before wound up stuck in transit. It will take us a while to get back to the point where we can take orders, although we're hopeful that everything will arrive this week. To those of you who have had to wait a ridiculous amount of time to receive your orders, please accept my apologies.
In the meantime, I have had all sorts of free time (that's an exaggeration), and this weekend I decided to do a little sewing for myself, which I haven't done since last fall. While at the fabric store I found some jogging fleece ends on sale (three metres for less than $10) and three things came to mind immediately: 1. the Lover Practice Roll sweatshirt that I am still obsessed with (even though I made my own version with a sweatshirt from the thrift store, and even though I discovered that the Lover one is way too cropped for my bod after I tried it on at Robber, where it is on sale); 2. this amazing DIY that Katie posted; 3. this cool Robert Geller sweatshirt that I've been seeing all over the internet.
I thought I'd try combining it all. I used a Built by Wendy Home Stretch raglan pattern with variations for a Flashdance-inspired top, which was so easy to make. Seriously. It took longer to cut out the fabric than to sew it. I left the hem and neckline raw; it looks pretty raggedy in these pictures but it's not so bad in person.
I used Dylon black dye, which is the product used in the Brightest Young Things DIY. Black dye is ridiculously messy, and it took forever to rinse out of the fabric and out of the pot that I used to dye the sweatshirt in, although I used only half a package rather than the 2 packages recommended in that DIY. The end result was quite paler, and had shades of blue in it, which I wasn't expecting. I was a little disappointed at first, because it wasn't what I had pictured and also because it looked sloppy in the places where the grey and blue blended. When it dried, I decided that I liked the glacial effect. Oh the beauty of hand-dyeing! So imprecise, and when it's subtle, difficult to photograph properly as well.
I sewed another sweatshirt last night to try again, although next time I will use more dye. (Also, when I sewed this one I didn't adjust the pattern at the time of cutting my fabric, but rather cut the neckline after sewing -- I didn't want to take it to such Flashdance extremes.) And maybe I will not use black dye anywhere near my gleaming, white bathroom again.
erin jane / atlantic treefox, elle :: everything reminds me of you, carol-ine, Jane Flanagan, meltayser, angela, Ella, sara, Hopscotch, Jenny, Jo, Lo: Thanks, guys!
kater: Ha, aw! I couldn't resist and actually own a pair of those shoes myself (wedges on bottom left!).
Caitlin Rose: Hope you had the chance!
Anonymous: Thanks for the link -- that ice cream cone is crazy!
Claire * Lola Is Beauty: I heard that it's no longer raining and that you're in full-on heatstroke period! Oh, weather. And yes, those sandals are amazing -- Filippa K makes beautiful shoes.
Amanda: This one is $30 (Cdn), because it's made of a more expensive material. Thanks for asking!
Anonymous: Looks like the strike is over! If you would like one, drop the ladies at Robber a line. info [at] robberstore.com!
dani: Ooh! Thanks for that!
hila: I know what you mean! Whenever I'm folding or ironing one of our black tote bags I immediately think of this little bag I had for my gym clothes that had our school logo on it. It must have been made out of the same material, and I had long forgotten it had ever existed.