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Published November 4th 2015
Happy place tie dyed fashion and manchester
If you are as old as me, you may remember having a go at tie-dyeing, a popular craft from way back in the 1970s. It was a fun activity to do on the weekend, but oh it is a little harder to do than it looks. Many of my fails ended up in the bin. And all the tying of knots around the cloth is hard work. No need to bother with all that mess and trial and error, for some clever ladies have it all wrapped up for you.
This funky retro piece was a chenille beach jacket, which was like a wearable towel to put on when you got out of the sea soaking wet. It is now reborn ready to hit the beach next summer. Image by Out and About
A new business to Adelaide is the fabulous Tie Dye by Liset's Little Bazaar, from lively entrepreneur team of mother and daughter, Liset and Sally. Now these clever women must have so much fun together, seeking out items to dye and then doing all the tying and dyeing. Sally told me they have been working long hours to get the new range ready to open the business.
A customer checks out some sheets for her bedroom. Image by Out and About.
The range of tie dyed items include boho style clothing for ladies, men and kids. There is also a wide range of manchester items including fitted and flat sheets, pillow cases, cushion covers, curtains, doona covers, and more. Most of the clothing items are upcycled quality preloved. Sally believes we have so much in the way of pre-loved clothing and linen in this country, we don't need to go out and continually buy new imported items. So this creative duo, choose fantastic colour combinations and mix the dyes, and then get busy tie- dyeing. If you have a favourite item you would like dyed, they can do it for you.
The tie dyed range includes doona covers and sheets, which are ideal for balmy summer nights. Image by Out and About.
There is a range for sale in the shop in Hamley Bridge, west of Gawler, which also sells pre-loved clothing, jewelry and bric a brac. But if you are not out that direction any time soon, the team offer two great shopping alternatives. The best way to check out these fab fashion and homewares is to catch the girls when they attend many regular Adelaide markets. You can find out where they will be next on their facebook page here.
Another way is to gather your friends together, for a home shopping day at your place. The tie dyed items will be brought to your place where you can try on the clothes in private. A good way to see that doona cover on your bed. There are bonus incentives for the party host. If you are interested in this fun shop at home party send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of the brightly coloured clothing at a market stall. Image by Out and About.
When you visit many countries overseas you see how people embrace colour by wearing beautiful bright fabrics and patterns. Personally I think we wear far too much black in Australia. This range of clothing bursts with brightness and fun. The colourful clothing is popular with kids, and adults like them for casual beach wear, holidays and parties. These happy clothes really suit our relaxed and casual summer lifestyle. There are some funky dyed jeans and light casual pants, ideal for hot summer days or to pop over your swimsuit to go to the beach.
A fabulous pair of jeans has a new lease of life with tie dyed colour. All set for summer. Image by Out and About.
Teenagers like the bright colours of the manchester for their bedrooms. I can also image the sheets or doona covers would be perfect for a vintage caravan. I have been lost in the seventies for quite some time now and I could happily wear this clothing on some occasions. Inspecting the tie dyed items on sale put a smile on my face and took me back to a happy time, when life was free, colour was embraced, and wearing black was only for funerals.
Get your funky feet along to check out Liset and Sally's wares, and see the groovy range of tie dyed fashion. Image by Out and About