Society+ Review | Jessica Kane Plus Size Skater Dress

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Would you like some wine with your LBD? Don’t mind if I do! Last summer I checked out the new online store, Society+, since I’m always on the lookout for retailers who carry larger plus sizes. I bought a lavender tutu that still makes me happy. Now, I’m thrilled to try this color block skater dress that they offer up to size 32! What I love about Society+ is they hand measure all of their clothes to determine sizing, so there’s no such thing as one of their garments running too big or too small. Also, the description of each item includes its “stretch factor.” This was handy for me with this dress because its a size smaller than I usually wear, and it still fits!

Winter is winding down, and a sleeveless skater dress is a great wear now/wear later piece for spring. It looks great bundled up or on its own, and if you’re looking for something in brighter colors, check out the teal and white colorway!

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Thanks again to Jessica Kane and the whole crew at Society+ for letting me check out this dress. It will be a wardrobe staple for seasons to come!

Outfit Details – Dress: c/o Society+ / Cardigan: ModCloth (similar) / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: c/o Jessica London

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Turmeric Dyed Yarn | WIP Wednesday

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I’m a serious multi-crafter. At any given time I have several projects going on and most of them involve yarn. Call them UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) or WIPs (Works In Progress), on Wednesdays I’ll share these DIYs…before they’re done.

This week I’m taking y’all to the spice rack and dying wool yarn with turmeric. Nowadays I’m interested in natural dyes, and this is my first attempt coloring fiber this way. I referred to this tutorial, but I varied the proportions of powdered turmeric to water, and the result is very cool! The turmeric creates shades of yellow ranging from buttery to deep mustard.

The picture below shows the yarn still damp after a second rinsing. I didn’t think I’d have to rinse more than once, but the turmeric went back to being powdery after the yarn dried the first time. It was like it was covered in pollen! I wonder if using the actual turmeric root in tea form would make the end result less dusty.

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I used a white, single-ply, worsted weight 100% wool yarn. I wanted to be super careful not to felt it under running water. You know how a wool sweater is completely ruined if you throw it in the washing machine? Well, you can do the same thing to this type yarn by over-agitating in warm water with your hands. Good news if you’re intentionally felting; bad news if you actually want to knit with it. Luckily, that didn’t happen here.

Tips? I suggest dying yarn like this when you know the weather is going to be not rainy or humid for a few days. It took four days for my hanks to dry after the first rinsing.

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What will this yarn be? I really like the All About Love Shawl. I’m on a bit of a shawl kick because I’m becoming more comfortable with lacework, and shawls are the best ways to show off a fancy stitch pattern.

Will I ever dye again? You betcha. I found out avocado pits steeped in water make a lovely pink color. Bring on the guacamole!

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What sort of crafty projects are you working on? Let me know in the comments!

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New Day Rising

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It feels so good to get back to blogging! (If you know where this post’s title comes from, we might be best friends.) I took some much needed time to reevaluate what I want this website to be, and I have so much to share with all of you! Of course, I’ll still send many, many retro outfits your way as well as shopping advice for larger sizes, but I’m giving into my craftier inclinations and adding knitting into the mix! Soon, you’ll see many of my projects in progress before they’re ready to be part of my OOTD. In fact, the infinity scarf I’m wearing here is made by yours truly. When possible, I will link to the patterns I used, and eventually I’ll be writing some of my own. I found the pattern for this scarf on Ravelry. If you knit or crochet, definitely become a member of this site because they offer a lot of patterns and advice for free. Frosty mornings are few and far between here in Louisiana, so I’m glad I have this cozy cowl to keep me warm even though I don’t get to wear it often.

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Thank you for returning to this little corner of the internet, and I’m ready for us to have fun all over again!

Outfit details – Trench coat: ModCloth / Dress: ModCloth / Tights: similar / Boots: Torrid / Scarf: Made by me!

 

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