Quick Tip: “Breaking-In” Your New Bra Size


Guest Maker: Sonya Philip

We are excited to present a series of guest bloggers to the Soakworthy space. They will be posting on all sorts of topics, from Lingerie design and production, to knitting and sewing as art. We look forward to expanding our idea of what is soakworthy. As usual, the opinions expressed are those of their author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Soak Wash Inc. Enjoy!
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dress forms
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My name is Sonya Philip and I’m a fiber artist, living in San Francisco. The techniques I use in my art are knitting, felting, and sewing. Last year I started a project called 100 Acts of Sewing, where I made one hundred dresses and documented each one after it was made, posting a photo on tumblr. The project was inspired after taking a pattern making class with Cal Patch at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland. Although I learned to sew when I was in middle school, I always found it frustrating and never imagined I could make my own clothes. Because of this, a major goal of the project is to make sewing accessible. There’s an incredible amount of satisfaction gained from making something instead of buying it. By mending or altering your clothes, you can give them new life and make things your own. Making clothes is a way to express your individual style, something that goes beyond whatever is the fashion of the moment. It’s a means of creating something that you feel comfortable in and works with your particular body shape.

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I work out of a studio located in an old Best Food Mayonnaise building in the Mission district. There’s still a terrazzo ‘BF’ on the entryway floor. Like most industrial spaces, it has high ceiling and concrete floors. I moved to the building in 2010 and share my space with four other artists. Since sewing more, I’ve made changes to my studio space. Yarn now competes for storage space with fabric. Although I’d love to have it all out on shelves where I can see it, most of the yardage is folded into several plastic bins. I have always loved fabric, with its varieties textures, patterns, and colors. Combining these elements in each dress is my favorite part. The design process is very intuitive, I treat it like a collage. Many of the dresses I make have are relatively simple in construction, but I love to include details, like bright bias tape facing or pocket plackets. The other major difference in my studio is now my sewing machine and serger stay out all the time, as does my iron and ironing board. It seems to go without saying, but if you have room to make a dedicated space for your sewing machine is out, it gets used more often. Several other artists in my building have started sewing either again or for the first time.

studio view
pins and needles

As the first year came to an end, I realized that I wasn’t done and decided to keep going – another year and another hundred dresses. After keeping the dresses together for an end of project exhibit, I am now working on putting them up for sale on my etsy shop. I’ve just come back from Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, where there’s an exhibit of the project. I was also fortunate enough to teach a two day dress making workshop. Even after all the dresses I’ve made, I draw a huge amount of inspiration from students, seeing the different approaches they take or the modifications they choose. It’s so fulfilling and I cannot wait to spread the creative energy and get more people making!

You can also find Sonya on her Facebook (www.facebook.com/sonya.philip) and on twitter @sonyaphilip.


Weekly Affirmation: Spring Cleaning

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.

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We’ve had a slow start to spring here in Southern Ontario. It’s not like it is always bright and sunny the moment March 20 rolls around, but we always seem to hope that this year will be different, this year it will be spring earlier than the last. We hope to put away our sweaters and hats and mittens and scarves and to slip into floral dresses and regular shoes. This means that it is extra dissapointing in the first few weeks when the snow is still falling and the temperature is stubbornly stuck around freezing. It seems as if we will be stuck in winter forever!

Shall We Knit, a yarn store in Ontario, posted this on Twitter a few days ago. The weater might not be here yet, but we’ll be ready when it is!

“Spring is coming (it has to right?) so I am going to get some of my summer sweaters ready! @soakwash and me!”


Guest Maker: Washing Socks

We are excited to present a series of guest bloggers to the Soakworthy space. They will be posting on all sorts of topics, from Lingerie design and production, to knitting and sewing as art. We look forward to expanding our idea of what is soakworthy. As usual, the opinions expressed are those of their author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Soak Wash Inc. Enjoy!
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Hello! I am Natalie Selles, a maker and blogger, shop girl and social media consultant in Toronto. I work here at Soak writing the blog and helping out with all things internet and marketing. I’m excited to be able to post a bit of my own perspective on knitting and washing, especially washing socks.

I’ve been knitting socks for about 6 years now. I’m not sure exactly how many pairs I have knit over the years, but I probably have about 20 in regular rotation just for myself. One of the most common questions I get about wearing handknit socks (or handknits of any kind) is about how I care for them. A lot of people only want machine washable sock yarn, or can’t imagine knitting socks with something that doesn’t have nylon in it. Now, I know that the Regia and Kroy yarns are some of the most durable yarns out there, but I knit my socks out of everything. I’ve got worsted weight boot socks out of Cascade 220, handdyed merino/cashmere/nylon blends, Koigu KPPPM and all sorts of other delicious buttery soft yarns. I knit them and I wear them and I handwash them all.

When I first started I put a few things through the wash that said machine wash or super wash on the label. My socks came out just fine, and that worked pretty well for me. However, in the last few years, once my sock stash started to rival my sock yarn stash, I started to handwash them all. I now hand wash everything I knit, whether it needs to be or not. My favourite way to do it is to fill up the biggest bin I own and do it all in one go. This bin is my bathtub. I fill it about half full with lukewarm water, then add a generous amount of Soak, and dump everything in. I forget about it for an hour or so, just to make sure that everything has really absorbed the water. Then I go back, squeeze everything out and hang it up.

Rainbow Socks

Sweaters and larger items get laid flat, but they get washed less often, so I don’t worry about them as much. Every two weeks or so I do a big load of socks and that keeps me going for the next while. I am very much looking forward to the weather warming up so that I can start hanging my socks up on the line, as I did in this photo from a few summers ago. Right now it is taking an awefully long time to dry anything in my apartment!


Lingerie Fashion Week – AW 2013

We were so happy to be a part of the inaugural Lingerie FW just a few weeks ago.

LingerieFW.4_Photo Cred Alberto Lama

The event featured two days of runways and displays by a number of established and up-and-coming brands from the lingerie world. This provided a perfect accompaniment to Curve, an industry trade show happening in New York on the same weekend.  

LingerieFW.4_Photo Cred Lisa B. Photography

 This event was a wonderful addition to the lingerie scene. Their next show is scheduled for August and promises to be bigger and better.

 

LingerieFW.5_Photo Cred Alberto Lama

Thank-you so much to Lauren Rich, the organizer of LingerieFW for putting on such a great event, and for providing us with these photos. We can’t wait to see what happens next!


Weekly Affirmation: Costuming with Soak

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.

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Our friend Virginia from the Boston based shop Gather Here is currently doing some costuming for the film industry. We have had a lot of fun keeping up with her finds on twitter and instagram, as well as her uses for Soak products at work!

“Wrapping costumes this morning. Using @soakwash for the vintage undergarments. http://instagr.am/p/WUVvnqTF7-/

“After 14 hours shopping for clothes I need to testify that @soakwash #handmaid is awesome. Handling fiber really does a number on my hands”


Introducing Holly Jackson

I’m Holly and I’m here to welcome you back to the lingerie oriented portion of the Soak Wash blog! If you haven’t read my previous columns, I’m a professional lingerie copywriter and lingerie columnist. I write for my own blog at The Full Figured Chest and at places like The Lingerie Addict and The Lingerie Journal.

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Spring is a great time to start thinking about lingerie, as the winter cold kills the impetus to wear your best frilly things for most people. Now that we’re starting to get out of the season of sweaters and scarves, it’s a great time to start thinking about how to revamp your lingerie drawer for spring. Now I realize that not everyone has my level of lingerie addiction (it comes with the job, I swear), but even non-addicts can take advantage of the early spring weather and take inventory of your lingerie drawer. If you’ve never done this before, here are some basic steps that will help you get organized.

1. Get rid of all of your busted bras.
The definition of a busted bra includes bras which have underwires that are bent or poking out, bras that have turned a different color than they were originally meant to be or bras that are so stretched out that they’re four sizes too big. If any of these sound like your bras, just toss them. This also applies to panties that have holes in them!

2. Wash all of your lingerie that has been sitting in the bottom of your dirty clothes basket.
Everyone has a pile of hand wash that has been sitting around waiting to be done, so take advantage of the nice weather and do it already. You’ll be amazed at the treasures you’ll rediscover in time for spring. If you’re like me and you do tons of hand wash at one time, check out the the Phil Basin. It holds a ton of items at one time and is a great way to separate out your hand wash laundry from the rest of your stuff.

3. Hit up the sales.
The newest spring stuff won’t be on sale right now, but there are still lots of treasures to be found on the internet for great prices. Now that you have a better idea of what you need, you can figure out which gaps you need to fill in. If you’re in the D+ cup range (hi fellow full busted people!) Brastop is a great way to try out discounted pieces up to a K cup. If you’re looking for rarer or more fashion forward pieces, ASOS and Etsy are always great places to browse.

Once you’ve done all of this, you can pick up new pieces that you actually need and love. If the stuff in the sales isn’t currently grabbing you, I’ll be back next time to talk about the newest spring stuff that shouldn’t be missed.


Stitch Red with Soak

Flora is a wash scent that is longer widly available. You can still find a bit of it in some Sears stores is you are looking for the larger bottles. We have also teamed up with Stitch Red to create a gift pack that supports women’s heart health. This is the last of our warehouse stock of 4oz Flora, so pick some up while you still can, and support a great cause!

For every Stitch Red product you purchase, Soak will contribute 5% of its profits to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth® and women’s heart health education and research.

Stitch Red Gift Set

As any company must do, Soak is dedicated to evolving and growing as a business. We have lots of samples floating around our offices for new scents and new products that we are very excited to bring to you one day. This also means that we can’t keep making the same things forever, so as new products come in, old ones must fade away.


Weekly Affirmation: On the Shopping Channel

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.

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We found this week’s affirmation on the Shopping Channel’s website. Jacqueline was over at the Shopping Channel on Monday selling a variety of Soak, Louet, Lantern Moon and Moda Lame products. If you missed the broadcast on Monday, don’t worry! The products are still all up online as well. You can check them out here.

“I bought this product a couple of years ago for the first time at a trade show & was so happy when I saw it for sale on the Shopping Channel & ordered some more. Works just wonderfully & is so much easier to use than the other type of soap made specifically for delicates as there is no rinsing out involved. I was also glad to see the small size bottle & one time mini packages included as they are the perfect size to take with you when travelling. Thank you Shopping Channel for having this excellent product for sale!”

Thanks Dixie!


Weekly Affirmation: Meeting Darlene and Karen

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.


This past weekend we sent Jacqueline and Chris off to The Big Apple to represent Soak at Curve NYC. We do a lot of knitting shows in a year, but we love our lingerie customers just as much! We were so happy to meet lots of our vendors in person for the first time, and to see old friends again. Apparently we weren’t the only ones! One of the people were were able to meet was Darlene Campbell of Campbell and Kate. We sent Darlene a little tweet to say hello and got this one in return.

“Yes! Finally! RT @Jacqueline_Soak Great to finally meet you @campbellkate at our @soakwash booth @curvexpo !”

This sparked a reaction from Karen of Seven Lies.

“@campbellkate you met the people from @soakwash?!? Ahhh! LOVE THEM. That’s my favorite bra wash ever. :)”

Hopefully we will be able to meet you as well, Karen! We are so glad to hear that you are a fan of our wash.