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Sure you love socks, but are you ready to commit?
If so, we’ve got a fun promo item that you might be interested in.
For Valentine’s day we’ve whipped up a little something special to tuck into orders. A lot of you say you love Sock Dreams, but do you love us enough to rock a (temporary) tattoo?
How cool is this?! Traditional tattoo flash art that declares your love for Sock Dreams. And no commitment. All you have to do is leave us a note when you place your order (on the second Shipping Options page, in the box that says “Enter any notes that you’d like us to see.”), letting us know you’d love one of our limited edition temporary tattoos.
There’s one catch—we have just 200 of these temporary tattoos, so it is first come, first serve. Only the first 200 people to leave a note in their order asking for the Valentine’s temporary tattoo get one. I’ll update here (and we’ll post online at our Facebook and Twitter) when we run out. Get your orders in ASAP! We have no idea how long these will last.
We’re all out of temporary tattoos! Thank you guys so much!
After the jump I’ve got a refresher course on applying temporary tattoos
(in case it’s been a while for you).
Sometimes a sock just isn’t exactly as cool as you envision it could be. But if it’s the right kind of fabric all you need are scissors, a steady hand and imagination. A couple weeks ago I showed you a couple super quick do it yourself modifications for t-shirts. The tight knit of t-shirt fabric means hemming is optional, which makes it a great craft for non-sewers. Of our 800+ styles, we have several options that are of that same t-shirt fabric, or other styles of knit that work just as well if you feel like getting sassy with a pair of scissors. The options are as endless as your imagination, but here are a few ideas to inspire you.
The “Shredded” Look
The bane of square parent types, shredded looks are fun to rock no matter the weather, because they layer fantastically with contrasting colours and textures. The simplest style is straight up slashes. Fishnet may be the classic choice, but t-shirt knit socks like the Lemonade Stockings or the EG Smith Solid Over The Knee Stockings work even better. Remember! Measure twice and cut once. Cut areas of fabric will shrink as they curl, so it’s best to cut less and see how it looks—you can always cut more later. Put on the socks and use a contrasting colour of chalk or washable marker (or eye pencil!) to mark the beginning and end points of your slashes. Use a mirror or a friend for feedback if you have one handy. Ready, set, cut!
Braiding and Weaving
Plain old slashes are a look that works for punk-rock couture, or zombies (it is that time of year!). But, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can “braid” the cut strips for a style that is definitely something you can’t find off the rack. A nice and clear YouTube tutorial is here, if you’ve ever “finger crocheted” the technique will be familiar. Cut even strips of slashes and, starting from the top or the bottom, pull the next strand of fabric through, creating a loop by pulling it behind and then over. Repeat this down the line, finishing either by knotting like in the video linked, or threading a ribbon through the last two loops (which I prefer, it’s way fancier). Keep in mind this will make the sock fit a little more snugly. I’ve been finding that a lot of t-shirt surgery techniques, like what you can find at the T-Shirt Surgery Livejournal community, can be applied to socks.
With scissors, the right socks and determination it’s fun to create your own interpretation of your favourite fashion looks. After the jump are a couple of styles we get asked about that are easy to whip up at home.
We here at Sock Dreams have been cutting up socks for years. It’s a great way to add new life to damaged socks and tights and it’s surprising how few things unravel upon being cut, not that we guarantee that most socks won’t unravel but we sure can attest to many that won’t. So when Ozone came out with their Cut-Up Jambière I had to bring them in, if for no other reason to encourage everyone with a creative spark to try this. They even give you guidelines…
Our own talented Flaura has done really cool things with our Lemonade stockings for our little shop here in Portland (I was just sure I had pictures of her creations, but I can’t find them, sorry ’bout that!). She’s done neat stuff with other socks she’s modified too so I let her pick her color and give these a try…
Hand warmers, knee warmers, toe-less anklets and a bracelet, quite cute! she’s wearing them over grey tights and highly recommends cutting along the straight lines, much fraying occurred where cut through the pattern, but no unraveling.
and oh-so-much more!!!
the black & gold fishnets are a sneak peak at the Betsey Johnson Metallic Magic Fishnet Shorties. Our full order just arrived today and will be live shortly…
The shoes? I found those on Etsy, hand painted by Hippy of Doom.
Lovely, I absolutely adore them, especially with these socks.
Oh, how I adore Betsey Johnson and her sexy styles!!!
When Raubynn & I went to Seattle last month I brought these along with way too many others, if only we’d had a whole week for taking pictures! these were my fav’s, the fishnet capris were just stunning! oh, and wait til you see the Grrr Fishnets!
They are subtle and were tricky to get a decent shot of. I loved how they looked and fit, really nice fishnet that felt great on and the pattern was evenly printed all over without gaps, overlaps or mismatches.
Made in the USA, to our specifications…
Traditionally a men’s sock garter, we think they are equally practical for girls…
downright sexy on ladies…
…and just plain fun!
They haven’t been the easiest item to find…
at long last we have secured a source for classic sock garters!
with stripes & without stripes
Thanks to my determined crew we’ve received, tested, photographed & labeled a slew of these for you and will be adding variations in the future (more colors and hardware options including clips and faux-leather!!!).
We even made one a few inches longer in case you have extra large calves or want to wear them at your thighs…
Lots more Dreamy news to come!
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