This morning Chelsea (our newest PR intern) and myself marched our happy little selves right over to the dye house to do some tie dye! By now, I'm sure you know we have a solar powered dye house attached to our offices, right? (If you don't, you're living comfortably under a rock, no offense).
First, we made our way into where all the dyes are kept to pick our colors. Once we were done ooh-ing and aah-ing at all the options, we went with purple, coral and turquoise. NOW I realize most of you don't have a dye house attached to your home or office so go to your local drug store and pick up garment dye if you want to play along!
Next we picked our targets. Chelsea went with a heather grey tank and I decided to go with an oversize 3/4 sleeve top.
When you're deciding where to place your tie dye patterns make sure you secure the rubber bands tightly. I mean, what's the point of tie dying if you can't see any of the patterns you made? You can even use more than one band per area to be sure it's secure enough.
Outside we dipped, we dyed and we played around with the gorgeous colors we chose. Don't forget gloves!! Your hands will be forever stained. Make sure to wring out the garmet as much as you can prior to hanging it up to dry or it will drip all over the place.
I'm actually surprised I'm not covered in dye at the moment. I am not a master dyer so there was plenty of dye flying around when I was making my top. This is not for the faint of heart!
Next, we hung our tops out to dry in the sun. When they're mostly dry remove all rubber bands. After they're dry we'll stick them into the washer/dryer to be sure we don't turn shades of blue, purple and orange when we wear them.
OH! How would you like to wear one of our creations? One lucky reader will win a custom Gypsy 05 over-sized top with a never before used (and probably won't be used ever again!) dye process, made by your favorite Gypsy girls! Just leave your name and email in the comments below to be entered! Winner will be drawn on February 7th.
SEE! We told you to wear gloves! We prematurely took our gloves off to remove the rubber bands and all of a sudden....purple and blue fingers and palms! Take it from us, keep those gloves on!
Photography by Melissa Manning
By now, you must know that Gypsy 05 is an eco-friendly company, right? Right. Did you know that every single thing we do is in house from design to production? Well, it's true! Pacific Blue Dye House is Gypsy 05's parent company. The dye house is on the property (I can look out my window and see it!). The talented men and women that work downstairs specialize in unique dye processes with low impact dyes in the most earth friendly way possible. In addition to all the dyes being low impact, how do we power up the dye house and our offices? Solar power, of course! After the installation at the beginning of 2010 we have been a fully functioning solar-powered company.
Whenever you get a Gypsy piece you know its completely one of a kind. No two pieces are exactly the same. Everything is dyed by hand and soaked individually, meaning the dress has already been cut and sewn prior to dying the fabric. If you're buying a tie-dyed piece, all the rubber bands are put individually on each dress, by hand. It's pretty amazing to know that no one else in the world will have the exact same dress as you.
After your dress goes through the dye process, it gets washed and dried. Wouldn't it be so convenient to have a dryer that big at your house to do your laundry? I wouldn't mind it. I mean, 3 people can hang out in there comfortably. Sometimes I eat my lunch in it. Just kidding, I don't, but maybe I should...
Sometimes, we don't even use the dryers. Garments occasionally get dry in the warm California sun, our best resource! After each piece is dry, it's ready to be tagged, bagged and sent out.
Our solar panels are the only things that soak up the sun. The leaders of our pack, Dotan and Osi, catch a few rays with the help of the panels.