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Our third year in Atlanta also marks Dragon Con’s 30th anniversary, September 2-5th at the Americas Mart (building 2, west wing, floor 2). We will have a double booth space this year to accommodate you and your sock needs! Booth# 2321/2323.
Hot on the heels of Hot-lanta, our flight from Dragon Con will land us right back in Portland just in time for Rose City Comic Con aka RCCC. This will be our fifth year at RCCC, which is celebrating their 5th anniversary September 10-11th, at the Oregon Convention Center. Find us at booth #521!
Both cons will feature an array of Sock Dreams brand socks as well as a selection of novelty socks and event/shop exclusive items that can’t be found on our website; including our two villainous con exclusives, Original vs Squad:
If you’ll be attending Dragon Con or RCCC, stop by and grab a con-exclusive sticker while supplies last. This year, we have three colors to choose from!
It’s National Dog Day on August 26th, an annual day of appreciation of all breeds and varieties of dogs. This day also serves to celebrate and acknowledge the selfless work of service dogs, as well as bring recognition to the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. Pretty much all the dreamers here consider themselves animal lovers, but pooches are especially adored around these parts! Quite a number of us have loved pets at home, but there are a few lucky dogs around our office here at headquarters almost every day!
Toby, our newest and youngest member of the dog crew, was adopted a little over two years ago by Dreamer Rosalind. With the biggest smile around, he has acquired quite the rep for being one of the sweetest dogs here at headquarters. Those ears! Those toes! How can one dog be so utterly adorable!?
Pumpkin, a sweet doggy adopted by Dreamer Dara, is one shy creature. A stealthy snuggler, you’ll hardly notice she’s lying at your feet until you try to stand up. In her spare time, you can find her in the office relaxing in the sun from the windows or snapping at the occasional house fly.
Baxter, or Mr. B as he is fondly referred to by his adoptive mother Dreamer Kori, is one of our oldest dogs at 12.5 years but he still has the smile of a young pup! Baxter is probably one of the friendliest dogs you could ever meet and watching him dance around the office looking for treats is just one of the highlights of our day. He’s been roaming around headquarters for quite a while, as you can tell from these photos.
Lastly, we have Ferous and Lola, two very special doggies that reside with the lady who started it all, Niqkita. Though Ferous is typically the one that accompanies her to the office nowadays, Lola has long been a part of the Sock Dreams crew! Just because they share the same home, doesn’t mean that they share the same personality, though. Lola, for example, will offer you a most cheerful and rambunctious greeting, while Ferous will typically hang back as the shyer, more reserved of the two. Though their good natures shine differently, they are loved in equal measure.
Please visit the National Dog Day Foundation’s website to read more about this wonderful holiday! There are a number of interesting articles there including 20 different ways you can celebrate National Dog Day, as well as a comprehensive list of products and services that benefit dogs and their owners. Even if you don’t have the means to adopt a dog of your own, dedicating a portion of your time volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization would mean the world to some very extraordinary pooches on this special day!
While technically, Leo still reigns for another week, we know how you like to plan ahead Virgo, so we’re going to celebrate your birthday a little early this year. As amateur astrologists, we’ve taken some time to collect a few products that are best suited for your particular needs, with plenty of time to order before your Big Day.
The symbol for Virgo is, of course, the Virgin. The Virgin is a symbol of youth and purity, precision and simplicity. The first (and most obvious) thing that came to our minds was Virgin Wool; that is, wool that has not previously been processed, treated or woven. It’s wool that comes straight from the sheep and is spun directly into yarn. B.ella is a great source for socks made with Virgin Wool; here are a few that we think you may find particularly appealing.
While Virgin Wool is a delightful way for your feet to celebrate your youthful spirit, it is often mixed with other fibers when used in apparel. This is certainly not a bad thing, but as a Virgo, sometimes you might prefer to stick with minimal materials. Though we don’t have any socks that are 100% cotton (some elastic is needed to maintain shape, stretch, and to help keep them in place), we’ve quite a collection of items that have 85% or higher cotton composition.
You are a careful planner, sensible, and organized. You get the job done Virgo, and you get it done well! But sometimes, even an independent soul like you needs a bit of assistance. Here are some very practical accessories that will help keep you on track, because nobody wants to worry about keeping their socks up when they’ve got things to do and places to be, especially a Virgo!
You have little to complain about Virgo, provided that everything goes according to your meticulously laid plans. However, as logical and efficient as your strategies may be, things don’t always go off without a hitch. In fact, hitches may be fairly frequent in this chaotic world. It’s times like these that life gets overly complicated, and it’s times like these that you most appreciate the simple things. Simple, like SOCKS! Here are some of our most basic socks that will at least keep your footwear straightforward and on point.
That’s not to say that you don’t also feel the need the kick things up a notch Virgo. While you may not often feel daring enough to pull off fishnets or argyle, you can still jazz it up a bit, and show the world that you DO know how to play… when time allows. Here’s a sampling of socks and stockings that, while still fairly demure, will allow you to express your wilder side. (Pssst, birthdays are a great time to break these badish boys out.)
Well there you have it Virgo, everything you’ll need to keep those feet walking steadily towards your well defined goals. Don’t forget to request a limited edition Virgo Sticker in your order notes when you check out. Good luck planning your celebrations, and have a very Happy (and well organized) Birthday!
Welcome back! Last week we started our DIY gloves (which can be a handy replacement for body paint), and today we’ll finish them! If you’re just joining us, we recommend you read Part 1 to properly prep your gloves. Your tights should be positioned on your template, with a baste-stitch keeping them in place, before you move on to this tutorial.
Without further ado, lets get to it!
1. Machine Stitch
Get out your sewing machine, and sew along the baste stitch we did last week. Use thread that matches your tights, and sew at a small stitch (you’ll want to test different stitch lengths and tensions on some scrap tights, first).
It can be really tricky to get around the fingers without pulling on the tights and warping the fabric. We found that it worked best to start at the base of the fingers, and work to the tips. Sew a few stitches in between the fingers, then sew straight up the finger until you reach the tip. Back-stitch to seal it, cut the thread, and start at the next finger base. By having your stitches meet at the top of the fingers, you don’t have to try to do that full 180 degree curve, and it’ll be much easier to control your stitch.
2. Apply Fray Block
We found it’s easiest to apply the Fray Block before removing the gloves from the template. First, make sure to test your Fray Block on a section of the tights that won’t be visible, since you want to make sure it won’t discolor the fabric (if you used it in Part 1 when you cut the neck hole, you should know how it will behave on your tights).
Tie off any threads you can, snip them to manageable lengths, and apply Fray Block along the final seam. Once the Fray Block has dried completely, gently remove your template from your glove. If any of your stitches caught the cardboard, don’t panic; you should be able to gently ease the seams off of it, even if a little cardboard has to be sacrificed.
3. Remove baste stitch and adjust fit
Remove the contrasting baste stitch, using a seam-ripper. Go carefully and be gentle. Sometimes the baste stitch will be stuck in the finished seam, but if you’re careful, you should be able to get it all out. Just make sure you don’t cut your finished seam by accident!
Once the baste stitch is gone, take your fabric scissors, and trim carefully around the edge of your glove, leaving nearly a centimeter of seam allowance wherever possible. Be especially careful between the fingers. There should be a little space between each finger, but you likely won’t have room for more than a straight cut. The fray-block will help hold the fabric in place, but if holes develop in the seams, you can easily fix them with some hand sewing. If you make drastic changes (like significantly shortening the fingers), remember to re-apply Fray Block along the new seams.
Once you’ve made any obvious changes, turn it right-side out, and see how it fits your hand. If you need to adjust it any more, you can flip it inside out again. If the seams along your finger tips are a bit bumpy, don’t worry; they’ll be obscured when we add the nails.
Although we didn’t have a problem with this on our final product, if you find you’ve got excess fabric at the wrists, you can take it in just below the thumb. Put the glove on inside out, and have a friend pin back the excess fabric. Take it off and baste-stitch along the pin line, and then sew that sucker closed with your machine. Add Fray Block, and trim!
4. Apply nails
Put your gloves on right-side out, exactly how you’d wear them. Using a pen or chalk, put a dot at the center of your fingernails.
Now, to actually apply the nails, you’ll want to use a pen or smooth dowel that’s about the same diameter as your fingers. You can use your own hand, but be aware that you do not want to try and peel off a glove that’s been super-glued to your finger (we know this from personal experience). It’s much easier to use a prop.
Insert it in the finger, and put a bit of super glue on the nail. It doesn’t have to be covered; you just want enough to get it to stick to the fabric. Place it on the finger, lining it up with your mark as best as possible, but don’t worry too much; it’s more important that it sits straight and extends a bit over the edge of the glove, than that it exactly matches where your nail is. Your gloves should have enough give for you to wiggle them into place when you wear them.
Now, press the nail to the fabric, using the dowel to tap the fabric in place from the inside. Make sure not to keep the dowel still for too long, or the fabric will stick! You should only have to do this for a few seconds; super glue dries very quickly. Once it seems safely attached, you can remove the dowel, and move on to the next finger.
And that’s it! Try on your new gloves, and enjoy how eerie your arms look. Complete the illusion with some matching tights and body paint (we’ve heard good things about Ben Nye makeup).
Let us know if you end up using these for a costume—drop us a line, or share a picture on our Facebook page (and make sure to mention if you want us to share it with other people, or keep your pictures all to ourselves).
Well folks, we have some exciting news for you today! We’ve been trying to keep it hush-hush, but we’re just bursting to say something about it. Can you guess what it is?
Sock Dreams is getting a makeover! Many of you have sent in feedback via email and social media on features and changes you’d like to see, and we’ve been listening. Now, I can’t spill all the beans, but I can give you a peek at what’s in store.
While we love the fun and bright site that has been our mainstay these past years, our new site will be cleaner and more streamlined. A lot of the features and functionality you’re used to from other online stores will be integrated into our unique look. The new search features will make it easier to find exactly what you want, and the simplified check-out process will take some of the headache out of online shopping. Our mobile site is also getting a slick new look to match, and buying on your phone or tablet will be even simpler.
Product Pages are getting tidied up so you can easily find the info you need. Sizing Tips will have their own tab so you’re not overloaded with info.
We’re taking advantage of all the extra space to really show off our images and make selecting color and size simple and clear. You can zoom on images, choose color by thumbnail, and even share product pages with your friends.
You’ll now be able to create multiple wishlists for your account, which is really helpful if you’re comfortable with Person A knowing you want pink thigh highs, but feel uneasy if Person B got their hands on that info. Wishlists can also be public and searchable, or private and accessible only to those you share it with. Additionally, persons buying you gifts off your list do not have to know your address—and we don’t share it with them! It’s all automatic in our system.
That’s right, we’re going to start up a rewards program. We’re going to have to tease you a little longer on this feature, because the details are so top-secret that not even we know them yet.
So when’s this happening, you ask? We are hoping to launch in the beginning of September, and there will be downtime so we can tie up loose ends and transfer stock. We’ll be down the whole day, so that means no shopping, but we will be on social media with status updates and answers to your questions. Once we have the dates set in stone, we’ll be sure to let you know! Make sure you’re signed up to our Newsletter so you’ll be the first to know.
We know that’s a lot of change, but a few things are staying just the same. Our FREE US shipping isn’t going anywhere, and neither is our $5 flat-rate international shipping. We are still committed to bringing you fabulous and fun socks of all kinds, and our excellent customer service team is, as usual, here to answer sock questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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