Knit + Dye- Slow October’s Chuck Sweater

Here’s Chuck!  My slow, slow, Slow Fashion October knitting and natural dyeing project.  If you followed along last month you saw I chronicled my knitting progress each week but I really wanted to share a full post with all the details.  So here it is! *please note this post contains an affiliate link from which …

Known: Slow Fashion October

It’s the last week of Slow Fashion October and this weeks theme is Known.  Slow fashion to me is about designing and crafting a better life for myself and my family. It’s about creating thoughtfully and carefully. Quality over Quantity. Sourcing has always been the biggest challenge in my home sewing.  How to satisfy my craving to make all the …

Slow Fashion October

It’s October! We’ve already gotten some slightly cooler breezy weather here!  So many great things are going on this month! My son turns 7 tomorrow, I’m planning all our costume sewing for Halloween (my very favorite holiday!) and it’s the start of Slow Fashion October!  I’m a huge proponent of Slow Fashion so I was psyched to find …

Rouleau Edged Top

One of my goals for the year has been to up my repertoire of sewing techniques and this rouleau edged top is the result!  I saw the cover for the Threads Feb/March 2015 Issue (#177) and was hooked. The bodice and hems utilize a rouleau technique of hand stitched bias tubes as edging. The effect is airy and beautiful. And the aqua blue silk …

Aquarelle Dyeing: Liquid Indigo

I’ve been holding off on my natural dyeing all summer as we’ve been trying to sell our condo. Boy have I missed it!  We had a lull in viewings though in the last week as we prepared for hurricane weather here with Erika-a no show.  I decided a bit of kit dyeing was in order.  I pulled out my …

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Spring is in the air!  The Tabebuia trees are in full bloom here in Florida.  The bright yellow trumpet-like flowers are so beautiful, though fleeting! Our Easter holiday traditions have slowly gotten more eco-friendly along with my interests in natural dyeing and natural living.  The kids have pink and blue wire baskets that I fill with reusable eco-grass and …

Vintage Vogue Knit Dress + Cochineal Dyeing

A new organic knit dress, lots of historical reading and my first try at dyeing with Cochineal. It’s been a great week! I’ve been so psyched to work with cochineal after I received my dye from Botanical Colors. I’ve been reading A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield which is all about Cochineal and its trade in …