Want a quick recap of the last three weeks at the Tribe’s? It involves multiple rolls of toilet paper in any given room for quick access. We’ve been sick. Like, beastly sick. I’ve been in and out of bed for three weeks, which is unheard of for me, I’m usually annoyingly healthy. I’ve suspected everything from mono to mold, and after starting antibiotics on Monday, today was really truly the first day I could stand up for more than 5 minutes at a time. The good news is I read like 4 books, and the other news is I’m going through some major sewing withdrawals. I did bust out some crazy Easter sewing a few weeks back (I think actually that’s what did me in now that I think about it), and will eventually get my kids clean enough to photograph. But when I woke up today I was absolutely pining to get my craft on a bit before trying to reclaim the house from absolute squalor and catching up on my decluttering project. Without even thinking I grabbed these pants from my refashion pile and started seam-ripping those cursed flat-felled seams.
I thrifted these brown cords about a month ago with plans to skinnify them. I did that first thing, but then was unsatisfied with the dark brown. It just felt stuffy, and after an hour of wear I wanted a change. I decided to throw these suckers in a bucket for a bleach bath and see what happened. I think somewhere in the back of my mind was this acid wash look that I’d seen somewhere recently, and Ialso kept thinking about that time my mom let my older sister dry her dark washed jeans in the dryer with a bleach soaked rag. I didn’t really know how the cords would bleach, but I knew I wanted a splotchy uneven leach, so I reckoned the confined space of a bucket would lend itself to the look.
It worked so awesome. I just came in every 15 minutes or so and gave it a stir but otherwise just let it sit. Overall, it bleached into my favorite terracotta color, with the darker splotches turning a rusty maroon.
I rocked those bad boys out on my errands tonight, and I got three full-on double takes. Not sure if that’s good or bad, but I enjoyed them either way. I’m sort of on a bleaching-my-dark-stuff-rampage (especially the few black items I have), and I gotta say it’s all been pretty successful! One of the books I read was David Zyla’s Color Your Style, which was a real treat (more on this later!) I love that type of stuff, it’s so fun to me.
So a week from tonight is the Perfect Tee class, and there’s still room left! Sign your little self up, it’s going to be a Party with a capital P and that rhymes with T and that stands for Tee….shirt.