Brenna has been writing our Sock Journal every week for the last 4 years without fail! That’s over 200 fabulous posts packed full of fun information and great photos. Congrats, Brenna! We think you rock.
sailorcorgimoon said: I'm hoping to find some light-weight socks in a dark pink or a light red (think Sailor Moon's bow and boots if you're familiar with the series) Trouser, knee, or over the knee length. Something where I won't be baking in the summer heat. I'd also be into lightweight tights that are white, nude or light pink on top and the red/pink color on the bottom. I know it's a long-shot, so any suggestions are useful. Thank you.
Check out the Opaque Thigh Highs (can be worn OTK instead of all the way up the thigh) and the knee high version. These only come in one red, but it’s a pretty neutral colour (Usagi’s bow/boots are a neutral red, rather than being warm or cool). There is a fuchsia (knee high here)if you’re going for the pinker bow/boots combo—it’s a little bit brighter, but should still be a good match.
As for the tights, while we do have some ombre tights, we do not have the kind you’re looking for, nor have we seen any elsewhere. We go over ombre dyeing a little in this DIY journal entry, but there are tons of other ombre tights tutorials out there that are super easy to follow. The Opaque Tights are nylon, which takes Rit Dye beautifully!
How to wear a knife strapped to your thigh with a garter like a fucking lady while managing not to slice yourself open because you were fool enough to carry an unsheathed weapon next to a squishy part of your body that moves when you walk.
- Get a garter from somewhere; this one is a sock garter from Sock Dreams, which means it’s made to stay the fuck up there.
- Get a fucking sheath for those sharp, pointy things and put them in the sheath. There’ll be a velcro loop at the top so that they won’t slide out if you hold the sheath upside down.
- Put the garter through the loop at the top meant for whatever you’re using to attach it to yourself. Attach it to yourself, adjusting for ease of grabbing. You don’t want to put it on your inner thigh because that is awkward as hell to get out. The only way you’d be able to get it out in a timely manner is if you attached the sheath upside down, at which point you’d need two garters to keep the sheath from tilting inward toward your other thigh.
- Oh no, now the sheath is hanging loosely and is going to make a weird pattern against your clothing. Tuck that shit into your stockings if you’re wearing them, or use another garter if you’re not.
- Pull your pencil skirt back down over the knife sheath. Adjust accordingly due to tightness of skirt and shape of sheath. Make sure you can get at it as quick as you want.
- People look at you really strangely if this is the knife you pull out when you want to cut your apple up.
We’ve had so many customers bring this post to our attention, we’ve felt so bad that we couldn’t reblog it before. Why? Well, our other styles of Buttoned Sock Garters, such as the one daenystargaryen is using here, have been sadly out of stock for a long time.
But as luck would have it, we just now got a whole new batch in stock. Check out our Brass Scrollwork Buttoned Garters! The button is slightly different, but it is sewn securely onto special elastic that features buttonholes every inch for a really great, personalised fit.
And, as always, please exercise common sense and caution when handling sharp knives. We do not recommend this tutorial to anyone who is not old enough to legally purchase knives in your area. We do, however, recommend modifying this tutorial to conceal your wands when wearing your wizarding robes in the Muggle world just isn’t practical.
Sock Dreams Journal: National Craft Month DIY Roundup!
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 helped a friend make these Stegosaurus socks. They were super easy to make and oh so fun looking.
That was our exact reaction when we came across this post. It does require knowledge of sewing on stretchy fabrics (a talent your humblr tumblr fairy has never quite mastered…), but we think it’s worth it. Especially with the Dinomite Knee Highs, don’t you think?
Keep in mind that this will probably tighten up the sock a little bit, so don’t do it on a pair that fits perfectly already. Try for a sock that has some more give in it. Or experiment with adding contrasting panels to a sock that is too tight! Frankensaurus Sock, anyone? :D
Most of the socks I ordered recently are going to be gifts for the holidays (and I hope to send in pictures of people with their socks), but for some friends of mine celebrating their first Yule as a married couple, I got a bit creative with the navy Nordic Tapestry Crew. Presenting Freyja the Sock Kitten! She was hand sewn using this tutorial and she’s stuffed full of love and polyfill! I can’t wait to give it to them!
And for the sock cuff not used in the project, I’ve been wearing it as a bracelet.
(submitted by misskittyfantastico)
What a sweet and creative gift to give them! She looks so adorable, we are sure they will just love her. Also, great thinking on the improvised bracelet! The pattern on those socks are just too pretty to toss out.
We thought this mini tutorial would be a great help to some of you doing Historic costumes from Edwardian to the 1940s, or perhaps just dressing up fancy. Dreamer Rosalind has pretty long hair, but this could reasonably be done with hair just below the shoulders.
Sock Dreams Journal: DIY Bleach Stamping!
There are a lot of great bleach stencilling and painting tutorials out there and Google awaits you with open arms and a bouquet of options. But our lovely Rosalind, who you may know from our Facebook and Pinterest, had a genius idea: stamping!
I want them so bad, but they won’t fit! Any chance they will be made bigger in the calf?
Since these aren’t made by us, we have no control over the stretch. We’ve sent in a suggestion that they make them stretchier. I (with 17” calves) can’t fit them either. :(
For a similar look that is just as darling, try Lace Socks with Ribbons over a pair of knee socks that do fit. The ties are super long, stretchy, and stay in place well. They’re also mostly nylon, which means that they will probably take dye well if you’re feeling crafty!
HELP WHAT DO I DO ;_;
This is more an idea in case anyone -and I’m pretty sure it happens to all of us- accidentally ruin a pair of tights! I can’t really submit a picture to explain, as my camera quality sucks, so I apologize, but it’s really simple innovation :)
So let’s say you accidentally ripped the tights from the stretch band or any place above the thigh area. Holes happen, bad washes, things just cling and you didn’t notice and walked on and -TEEEAAAAR!- OH NO, WHAT DO I DO, MY WALLET’S ALREADY CRYING!
NO FEAR! All you should do is measure out even cut lines across and you’ll have “new” OTK’s or thigh highs! I do it all the time for my Baroque tights (I must’ve gotten 4 pairs already, I just love them so much and it’s a waste to throw them away when most of it is still intact!). Now you can extend life to your “tights”! Hope this helps out anyone! I do it to all and any pair of tights I own and garters add some character, too!
P.S. If you make them long enough, you can fold over the openings twice so you can hide bad cuts and still make a neat cuff! Enjoy!
(submitted by g1rlvsb0y)
This is one of our favourite SockHacks. Most of my tights have now become thigh highs because of wear and tear (thigh friction is a butt, amirite?). The same can be said for the rest of the Dreamers. It’s just a fabulous way to keep the look even if the garment isn’t totally wearable anymore. However, you WILL need garters, but garters are totes fun. And yes, we recommend them for male-identifying persons too, that just makes our hearts all warm and fuzzy.