The Workroom at City of Craft

CUTE!! @art_attic stitched up the Horned Owl doll.

One of our favourite local Toronto events are the City of Craft shows. I could not be happier that they have decided to start doing a Spring show on April 20, in addition to their usual Winter one!

Our local sewing shop, The Workroom, is going to have a booth. They are going to be selling Soakboxes and Soak in both 3oz and 14oz bottles. They have all 5 scents, so this is a great opportunity to check out the our new Yuzu in person.

The Workroom will also have a number of products by local artists, such as these super cute  Kiriki Press Embroidery Kits, Uppercase Magazine and sewing patterns by Victory Patterns.
Victory Patterns


Soaking in Space

We are big fans of Chris Hadfield, the commander of the International Space Station. He is the first Canadian to command the ISS. We have been following along his videos, tweets, interviews and songs for a few months now. If you are at all interested in space stuff, he is a very cool guy to keep an eye on.

We were extra excited when we saw this science experiment that he did recently. There was a competition with Canadian highschools to come up with an easy experiment that Hadfield could preform on the ISS with materials on hand. The winning experiment was to see what would happen when he wrung out a wet washcloth when there was no gravity. This answers an age old question: What happens when you Soak in space? The results are amazing and totally Soakworthy!


Lingerie Spring Forecasting

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, but we probably think that they are making an excellent point. Enjoy!


It’s a great big world of lingerie out there! I think is is why lots of people are intimidated by the idea of getting into lingerie as well as one of the reasons that lingerie blogs are so popular. The lingerie industry is huge, frequently mystifying and we’re all looking for a guide to it.

 Today I’m going to cover the latest and great offerings from brands and designers for Spring 2013, but I hope this will also help serve as a basic guide to what the lingerie world has to offer. Today we’ll cover everything from international mega brands to independent Etsy sellers making limited edition collectible pieces.

 Florals:

Florals are always everywhere for spring, but I’m thrilled to see so many different takes on them this season. 

The Fantasie Deliah Set offers a subdued take on vintage florals with a supportive bra and high waisted panties if you’re looking for something sweet but still slightly out of your regular bra routine.  

The flip side of this is the new “Hyper Floral” capsule collection from Etsy seller Nearer the Moon. The set features printed satin against navy eyelash lace, along with lots of sexy burlesque cutouts and buttons. These pieces are a limited run, so be sure to snap them up while you can.

 Pastel Mesh:

Claudette has revitalized the mesh bra in the past few years, and their offerings this season are colorful and sexy. I love this Dessous bra in Cyber Yellow and this Camouflage mesh set. Both are affordable and supportive, but cater to two entirely different personalities.

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 Mesh can channel old Hollywood glamour too, as it does in this pastel ruffled robe by indie designer Dottie’s Delights. This is one of those completely glamourous pieces that is also accessible and look great on everyone, which is rare.

 Purple:

Purple is the hot color this season and will continue to be trendy moving into fall and winter. There are too many great examples of purple bras to list them all here and I suspect by the coming winter we’ll be inundated with them. That said, this Huit Icon Balconette and this Marlies Dekkers Space Odyssey bra are some of the best of the bunch.

 What lingerie trends do you see yourself embracing this spring? Do any of these pieces catch your eye?


Weekly Affirmation: Wedding Clothes

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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This week’s affirmation comes from Twitter again. Have fun at the wedding, Christina!

“Using to handwash a dress for a wedding. Smells gorgeous and you just leave it to soak for 15 minutes. Magic.”

 

 


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
fabric stack

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.

cutting table
window

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”