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There’s just something about impending spring that fires up our crafty itch. Time to make things! Conveniently, March is National Craft Month and just about everywhere online and in the brick & mortar world has lots of fun ideas to kick-start your creative juices.
I love doing our DIY posts here on the Sock Journal, but sometimes the themes can get a bit lost among all the other posts we do. So I’ll start you off with a more solid round-up of DIY posts than the gift-oriented roundup I shared around the holidays. Then! I’ve got one new quickie craft to share with you.
First up, before we really dig in, remember that our DIY Sock Style Pinterest board and our Tumblr’s “DIY” tag have awesome crafty ideas from both us and around the web! Plus, our posts in the Tips & Tricks category has more useful sock care and fit resources.
Modification & Mending
• Darn It! •
• Arm Warmer Basics •
• DIY For Fit: Tights •
• DIY For Fun and Fashion •
• Tips & Tricks for Cutting Socks •
• Lace & Bows, Thighs & Toes (quick way to shorten stockings) •
• Fit Your Shirt to a “T” •
Surface Techniques (painting, etc)
Now, after the jump, let me add one more idea to your mental craft basket: DIY boot toppers! Read more »
By “topless” socks and stockings, we just mean socks with no cuffs. Sometimes the description “raw-topped” is also used (raw meaning unfinished). We currently carry four styles of this kind of sock. They’ve got to have garters to hold them up, since they have no elastic band or cuff at the top, but that’s kind of the point.
They’re also great way to deal with tights that are too short or worn at the tops (as in this old Sock Journal DIY), just chop off the part that doesn’t cover your legs! Making raw-topped stockings is probably the best entry-level DIY.
But what kinds of knit can you cut without creating a disaster? The worst thing is to see your creation unravelling before your eyes. You can always drop us a line to double check the snip-worthiness of a style, but we’ve got a couple tips for what to look for after the jump!
We love our Sock Dreams logo tees, but with the weather (finally!) warming up for us here in the Northwest, the classic squarer shape that was so great to layer with is starting to seem a bit much. Time for a little bit of custom fitting. Dreamer Rosalind (who you might know from our Facebook), has a pretty quick medium difficulty DIY just for you. You’ll need a sewing machine or access to one (or really great hand-sewing skills!) and the following tools:
• A t-shirt that you love the fit of that’s the same thickness as the one to be fitted •
• A t-shirt that needs to be fitted (works best with a shirt that’s at least a size too big) •
• Scissors •
• Pins •
• Something to mark with •
(the blue in the picture is tailor’s chalk, we just used a white eyeliner pencil!)
• Something to measure with (optional) •
Are you all set, and all ready? Well join us after the jump for the how to! Read more »
Looking up crafty sock ideas to share with you all I found an almost endless ocean of inspiration! It was hard to pick just one DIY idea this week, but turning socks into arm warmers is a perfect blend of fun and useful. We’ve got a couple ways to do it and some links with even more ideas!
Now, for something far more useful, turning one long sock into two cozy arm warmers. You can do it with two socks (matching or unmatching) too, which means you can keep the cuff, but if you’re using widowed socks or the Crafty Bundles, then you likely have just one sock to work with. But I like these kind of warmers a lot as the weather starts getting warmer and everything doesn’t have to be so snug.
The how-to, with links to more tutorials after the jump! Read more »
A little while ago I showed you a couple of DIY options for fancying up a pair of socks. What if a pair of tights are almost perfect, but there’s something about the how they fit that doesn’t quite work? We’ve got some options for common fit issues that should bring that almost-there legwear up to par.
Though we try to list as much information as we can in a product’s Sizing Tips, what we can’t convey with words is how something is going to fit your unique shape. Tights are one of the most finicky things to fit and, as they’re not a returnable item because they have a crotch, one of the most frustrating to find have just one little thing wrong with the fit. We’ll go over some of the most common tights fitting problems and the quick and easy solutions we Dreamers no longer hesitate to employ.
They “penguin” (the inseam is too short)
One of the most common problems with fitting tights is when they slide down, creating that ever-so-comfortable and flattering penguin effect. Though some folks (like me) find this happens with styles that have a double-seamed rear, the primary cause is inseam length. If you’re leggier, or curvier and leggier, the manufacturer may not have calculated enough stretch to comfortably encase your legs and just getting tights all the way up, let alone keeping them there, is an infuriating challenge. There is the simplest solution for this: cut off the feet.
They won’t be tights anymore (well, they’ll technically be footless tights) and if they’re a nice pair you may be hesitant—but if it’s not comfortable to wear them, taking the chance means you’ll more likely than not want to rock them instead of letting them languish in the back of a drawer. In our experience, pretty much any style of knit that tights are available in can handle being cut this way except for delicate and sheer nylon styles (the Opaque Tights are heavy enough to be fine), or styles that snag easily.
There are two different foot styles, and so two ways to approach this. With footed tights, like the EG Smith Leg Therapy Tights or anything by MP , you’ll want to cut just above the formed heel. The pair of tights I’m showing you as an example are an MP pair that we no longer carry, I’ve had them for three years and have worn them maybe three times, but as footless tights I know I’m going to wear them a bunch more.
For tube style feet, like the styles offered by Foot Traffic and Leg Avenue, all it takes is a quick cut right above the toe seam. I like longer footless tights and hate hate hate the snug ankle band on most leggings, so taking scissors to a pair of Foot Traffic Combed Cotton Tights makes something I’ll wear much more regularly.
But, you ask, how do they hold up in the wash? Below is how both styles I showed above handle being washed (in the washing machine on cold and in the dryer for maybe too long, because I’m awful with laundry). They hold up great! And now I have two pairs of footless tights that I’ll love to wear, instead of a couple of things I’d forgotten I owned.
More quick DIY solutions for uncomfortable waistbands and what to do if they’re just no good as tights any longer after the jump.
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