Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Mens stretch nylon undershirts make sexy no bra tank suits and are easy to dye. Just add bikini pants and voila! We'll show how the fish pattern is created today using three colors of dye; liquid yellow, aqua and navy blue.
First drip a line of undiluted yellow across the dampened shirt and accordion pleat it.
Add rubber bands to this area to hold the dyed area snugly.
Above the yellow stripe, drip a solution of 1/2 aqua dye + 1/2 water and bind this with rubber bands in one long clump.
Trace one half a fish shape on paper and cut it out for a stencil. Wherever you want a fish, fold the shirt horizontally (keeping the front and back together), place the stencil on the fold and trace the outline with a magic marker.
Now, dip undiluted yellow dye along and inside the outline. Gather the outline in 1/4" accordion pleats enclosing the shape with one continuous gathering up of pleats. The pleated outline is secured with a rubber band. Repeat twice more so there will be fish both fore and aft.
Now, make a dye bath with one package or 1/2 bottle of navy blue dye. After submerging the tank top in cool water, simmer it one hour in the dye bath, stirring occasionally. The last step is a rinse until the water runs clear.
Tomorrow we'll be sharing tie dyeing with a Japanese paper folding technique.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Consider your location and the tools you will need. The beach is the perfect place to set up 'shop'.
Pots, bottles for squeezing paint, pattern and backing blocks, C-clamps for gripping blocks to fabric, rubber bands, eyedroppers and magic markers.
Apply color to dampened fabric. If using block, clamp the blocks on the dampened fabric and then submerge the entire suit in cool water, then simmered for at least an hour in a dye bath. The hot dye sets the colors under the blocks or rubber bands and dyes the background at the same time. A dye pot of enamel, pyrex or stainless steel should be large enough to hold the complete bundle with just enough room left for stirring.
Soft water works better that hard water for dying. After it's simmer, the suit with the bands and clams still in place, is rinsed until the water runs clear. If you are doing this on the beach just swish your garment in the ocean. The rinsing is repeated without the bands and blocks, and the suit is laid out in the shade to dry.
Tomorrow we'll give instruction on how to make a fish technique in tie dye. Ta-ta.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Tie-dyeing, an art first recorded in the Orient in the sixth century, is blossoming to new life. The mystery of the patterns emerging from the pot intrigues the most casual blue-jean bleacher, and in the hands of Will and Eileen Richardson, tie dye has become a contemporary art form. The Richardsons, a husband and wife team, run a studio called Up Tied in New York. They work their magic on a dazzling variety of garments.
Their friend and collaborator Halston Frowick, converts Up Tied originals into fashion fantasies for the wealthy and famous - from Jacqueline Onassis to Ali McGraw. The Afro poncho above is from Halston, New York.
The photo above is a mans nylon undershirt and re-purposed military fatigues. Block dying transformed a dancers standard white leotard into Barbara Carrera's on of a kind tank suit (below).
This week we'll be sharing the various techniques used to create these beautiful pieces. Ready to give it a try? Come back tomorrow for more info. In the meantime, source a piece you'd like to use as your canvas.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Theibaud, now 89 years old, has had a very extensive career starting out as a cartoonist and worked as an apprentice at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He began painting and exhibiting his work in the 1940s and started his teaching career at a succession of colleges, most notable U.C. Davis where he is still emeritus part time.
His figural swimsuit series of the 60s is a favorite of mine and I can't wait to see these close up. From what I understand his family has recently purchased a condominium in Laguna where he has begun to re-explore the beach series in a more abstract way.
Monday, March 22, 2010
The show opened on Sunday at 11:00. We managed to score a free parking spot on the street right across the street from the Concourse Exhibition Center, which is no easy feat in itself in San Francisco but I guess it was our day for good car karma.
The show was quite large with 70+ booths displaying vintage fashion of all forms. Oh what eye candy we saw, and the attendees were also fun to watch as they pranced around in vintage finery or were trying on lovely pieces.
I became enamoured with this burlesque costume and it almost came home with me, but alas, I decided to leave it as it was one of the first pieces I saw that I was interested in since I was particularly focused on finding vintage swimwear and accessories. I told myself to restrain and see what else might be available and I'm glad I did.
We stopped by Donnaland who had quite a large booth presence. I ended up purchased three straw beach bags from her as well as two swim caps. I fell in love with this vintage pin up but she wasn't for sale. She was holding open a large jewelry case and one of the workers told me that she has a hole in the top of her head and asked me if I knew what it might be, I had no idea, perhaps a water bottle of some sort. But whatever, she sure was cute!
At another booth I spied this cute home sewn cotton swimsuit and cover up. I almost brought this set home with me but it was very tiny and short waisted so I decided to leave it, but really loved the colors and the print.
And then we rounded a corner and there was one rack of men's clothing where I found this awesome shirt. All of the menswear was top quality and I knew right away that it had to be Brian of Snappygabs, he always has such fabulous menswear. Isn't this the coolest graphic?
Eileen and I went on to the next booth where she fell in love with this vintage Bonnie Cashin mohair coat at Divine Elegance. Eileen had been cold all day and was only sporting a cute beaded sweater but she really struggled with talking herself out of the coat. Once she tried it on and fastened the toggle closures it never came off. Laura, the owner of the store, gave Eileen a deal she just couldn't pass up. She bought it and wore it the rest of the day. Eileen was very good at restraint, she only purchased this and a cool vintage apron all day.
Next spot we saw was ally n scura, a vintage eyewear booth. Wow, Scott had sooo many beautiful pairs of eyeglass frames for the vintage fashionista. Many of them were new old stock vintage pieces. Really a nice display and his booth was busy!
I thought these sunglasses were really fun.
While I was busy at one booth buying a fabulous 50's bikini, Eileen got sucked into Foxy Couture. This booth had it all, McCardell, Chanel, Pucci, Hermes, you name it. She had top quality items and beautiful couture pieces. We spent lots of time in her space just drooling over her incredible inventory.
And two large display cases filled with the most wonderful vintage accessories and handbags. Swoon!
But I think our most fun stop of all was visiting Anna Newman Vintage where we met Anna and Maggie of Denise Brain Vintage. All of us are fellow members of the Vintage Fashion Guild so it was especially nice to meet up with these gals who I've met on line but never in person. Denise caught me looking at her from the booth across the way but she didn't realize who I was until I walked up and handed her my business card from Glamoursurf.
After that we sat down for a quick bite and then came home. It was a lovely day spent with my birthday buddy Eileen, surrounding ourselves in high quality vintage, and coming home with some wonderful new stock that will be up on the site very soon.
I'll be going back in September for the next show for sure. If you love vintage, you really should treat your self to a visit as well. Be sure to bring plenty of cash and a reserve of energy.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I've looked to try and find the finished ad on line to no avail. I must say though that I do like the 60's chinaware, and the swimsuit isn't too bad either!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Check out the two piece 'flirtatious bathing suit with sissy trunks', it comes with its own matching companion cape or skirt. And I adore the heart shaped pockets on the overalls.
And as an added bonus are a layout and instructions for making your own apron pattern. Looks fairly easy to me, I may just make one of these up this week.
Don't forget, if you are looking for a vintage swimsuit pattern we have a wide selection at glamoursurf. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This is just a small sampling of what we brought home. I'll add the sea glass to our collection and the shells to the jar we keep them in. We found only one half of a sand dollar. And we didn't find any dark blue sea glass, which is my favorite and I always jump around with glee whenever I do find a piece. We did find a lovely shade of light blue pieces though.
Some of these have a natural hole in them and I may get inspired by my sister Barbs jewelry work to make them into some sort of necklace or artwork. But for now, they just bring a smile to my face as I think they are a beautiful free gift from nature.
Friday, March 12, 2010
How to become a swimsuit designer.
Facts and figures on being a lingerie and swimsuit designer.
And just for fun, design your own swimsuit.
And if you're already savvy at sewing pop on over to Pattern School for a good dose of articles on selecting swimwear fabric and sewing information.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
California Surf Museum’s 2010 special exhibit, explores many aspects of feminine wave-riding. From the Hawaiian surfing Queens of myth and legend, to the freshly crowned champions of the women’s pro tour, Women on Waves celebrates more than 300 years of women’s performances in surfing. The immense progress women have attained is a testimony to their talent and tenacity — which has been visible nowhere more than in the surf world.
At the same time Women on Waves chronicles the beach fashions women endured or created, the milestones they accomplished and the oft-overlooked influence the feminine mystique has had on surfing. The dance on waves, the natural connection to the sea, and the grace and beauty which is surfing, shares a decidedly feminine aspect.
The connection between women, the beach and fashion is always fascinating — the exhibits compilation of swimwear not only traces the styles and developments in women's attire, but documents the evolution of freedom and achievement attained over the last century as well. This collection of swim and surf apparel includes several world-class collections from around the nation — and tells an amazing story.
Although no exhibition can attain a complete history, the WOW show attempts to document the highlights of women's contributions throughout the sport and culture of wave-riding. For those who seek a comprehensive overview of the surfing experience, this provides one — but from a feminine perspective that will delight both men and women alike.
The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center for the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations.
While we haven't visited the exhibition yet we plan to over the summer. Glamoursurf was lucky enough to have been contacted and was able to supply the surf museum with some of our vintage swimwear. These photo's by Zamora Surf show a couple of the suits we supplied.
There is another fabulous blog post by Carla Rowland about the exhibit here. If you get the chance to go, it sounds like a brilliant exhibit.