Entries from May 16th, 2012

Current Obsessions: Jewelry

May 16, 2012

1. Collarbone by Catharine Luckett / XX Long Gunshell Necklace / $145
2. DANNIJO / Naomi Collar / $172
3. DANNIJO / Finnegan Ring / $172
4. DANNIJO / Alessandra Cuff / $395
5. Odette New York / Bronze Rib Ring / $138
6. DANNIJO / Abacos Necklace / $436
7. Noble Town Vintage / Brick Chain Diamond Necklace / $38

My grandma runs a trading post in southern Utah and she’s always decked out in chunky Navajo squash blossoms, turquoise cuffs and big rings. Growing up I may not have appreciated the look, but now I think she’s as cool as it gets. That inspiration is very much evident in a few of DANNIJO’s pieces. I love the modern take on styles that are familiar to me. Besides the Indian-inspired pieces, I love brass, gunshells and unexpected shapes like the Odette rib ring.

I don’t have the skills or equipment to make anything similar, but I’m going to bust out my seed beads today and see what happens.

iDye Poly Review / How I Dyed My Stove Blue

May 4, 2012

I bought this dress from H&M three years ago. It’s such a cute style (albeit cheaply made and 100% polyester), but the color looked awful on me. I also purchased shorts in a similar color that were made of tencel. I dyed those last summer when I dyed the cotton voile used for my tie-front top. I’ll probably post about that process, too. The shorts turned out really cute.

I used iDye Poly from Dharma Trading. You guys. It’s amazing. I ruined a large pot and dyed the backsplash of my stove blue, but I think it was worth it. The instructions said to ‘simmer’ the fabric for about an hour. Lighter colors only require 30 minutes. I know what simmer means in cooking terms, but I  misinterpreted those directions and went for a rolling boil. Yeah, it was a disaster.

How excited am I about this dress?


I cannot believe how well the color turned out.

fabric: 100% polyester


  • large stainless steel pot
  • water (I used tap)
  • iDye Poly packet in blue – includes dye and color intensifier
  • something to stir with
  • polyester dress

time: 1 hour

I forgot to pre-wash the fabric, so there are a few barely noticeable splotches that are darker than the rest of the dress. The dress has been hanging in my closet for so long that I didn’t think it would be an issue, but even oils from touching the fabric can affect the dyeing process. I even have the textile detergent! I guess I was just anxious to get started.

So, I highly recommend iDye Poly. It’s not messy if you’re careful and the results are impressive.

Finished: Chevron High-Low Hem Dress

May 2, 2012

pattern: The bodice is from Simplicity 2497.


  • lengthened the bodice CF 2″ and the CB 1″
  • added 1″ to the CF neckline
  • created a skirt by lengthening the bodice sections
  • slashed and spread the back skirt piece to make it fuller – adding 6″ total to the hemline.
  • sewed the skirt and bodice pieces together then made a casing for elastic.
  • totally made up the high-low hem. I think there’s a difference of 5″.

fabric: cotton from Nuttall’s. I’m not sure it’s necessarily an ikat, but the stripes are woven, not printed.

Soooo, I like this dress. It only took a few days to complete, it’s finished nicely and I’ll wear it often. The part that I don’t like is the elastic casing. It tends to shift around and I feel like I’m constantly adjusting the waist. Next time I would sew a waistband and create a fuller skirt.

Which is exactly what that Simplicity pattern consists of…

I was so excited about the french seams and pretty finishings that I forgot to sew in the pockets! They’re still cut out on my desk. I’m a huge fan of pockets because otherwise I’m not really sure where to put my hands. Shootz.

My love for edgestitching OBVIOUSLY has no bounds.

I have so much to show you guys that I’m kind of freaking out about it – two more dresses, a dyeing project and can someone please tell me how to sew crepe de chine?? I’m working on a Tiny Pocket Tank in the most amazing silk fabric and there have already been tears. Do I need a stabilizer? THANKS.

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