Our New Color Story
Most of our colors are hand-dyed to order. As we were working toward a new vision of color, we discovered that a large dye raw materials factory exploded in March, and textile dyes are now in short supply. Most of the new dye we're getting in for our standard colors has changed substantially. We're making adaptations and sourcing the tail end of the old dye lots to finish up existing orders, but things will be changing.
We offer white (Frost) and black (Midnight) on most items. In addition to these two basic colors, our standard colors will now consist of a variety of basic neutrals. These might have to change just a bit if we discover we can't get the dyes, but as of now they are:
- Cream - a very light neutral, just to the warm side of white. Cream has a light tan base, not a yellow base, so it works with the lightest skin tones. It is also a very neutral fashion color.
- Antique Rose - a light neutral pink, sort of a ballet pink. This is our second lightest skin tone, and is also a lovely fashion color.
- Tawny - a medium tan beige, similar to our previous color Honey. This is a nice medium skin tone.
- Caramel - a deeper warm golden tan. This is a great skin tone for lighter brown skin, and is a great fashion color
- Espresso - a rich chocolate brown, suitable for both a deep skin tone or as a fashion color.
- Storm - a medium gray neutral fashion color.
- Whisper - a light true pink
- Navy - available only as elastics and not as fabric. Navy runs quite a lot, and we've had trouble with this in the past so we'll keep it as an accent, but not as a main story. If we break the code on how to keep it from bleeding we'll expand its bases. Please remember to use a color catcher sheet for the first few washes on Navy and on any deep color.
Each season we will select fashion colors to go with various prints and laces. Some colors might have a brief season, others might have a longer season. These are known as "Seasonal Colors."
We will have our tried and true rainbow of colors available as our "Legacy Palette." Some of these dyes have changed, so the new color might be somewhat different than what you've gotten in the past. For example, River was a nice true blue. Now that same dye is more of a violet blue, but we have found a new dye that is pretty similar.
We will have a palette of colors that are currently being produced to support kits of the month or Bra Builder Combo kits. These are "Highlight Colors."
We will have most of our past seasonal and special colors available to order as "Legacy Special" colors. We have the recipe and probably have the dye, but we're not actively producing these colors.
Finally, I sometimes get an order that asks for a color that I don't have in my catalog. I do my best on these, and they are called "Custom Colors."
Just like with any fabric, it might take a wash or two for any excess dye to bleed out. Use a color catcher sheet to help trap this excess dye. There are a few other things to note:
- Each fabric and elastic type will take the dye just a little bit differently. Everything goes together, but they may not all match perfectly. The water conditions and dye lot can affect the color.
- There is some room for personalization! I can dye a bit more intense or a bit more pastel. Please leave an order note if you have a preference.
- I'm happy to tell you what I think would be the best match for a fabric that you have. Please send me a swatch and I'll let you know what I think. I'll also tell you if I can't match your fabric. Then I'll use your swatch to target the right color intensity.
- I have 2 monitors for my work computer. I check my color rendition on both monitors and try to get it as good as I can, but there is a clear difference between the 2 monitors. This means that the color rendition on your computer or device might be quite different than mine. If you put together things that might not actually look lovely in person, I'll send you an email and we'll come up with a plan.
- In words, here is a description of our Legacy Palette colors:
- Frost is a bright optic white. Midnight is a true black.
- Cream, Latte and Honey are all based on the same color but at different intensities
- Cream is just to the warm side of white
- Latte is a light beige
- Honey is beige
- None of these colors is very dark
- Caramel used to be based on the same dye as the other skin tones, but the consistency was not always very good, so it's now a new color and a better match for warm, rich brown skin tones.
- Toffee is a nice chocolate brown
- Pewter is light gray
- Storm is a deep gray with a blue undertone
- Flame is a true red. Sometimes it can dye more orange-red, but not often
- Poppy is a medium orange.
- Peaches is a pinkish peach. It can be dyed light or dark, and right now is tending lighter.
- Daffodil is a true yellow most of the time. Recently it has been a bit more of a golden yellow.
- Limeade is close to the green of the Seattle Seahawks
- Seafoam is a bit more blue on the green spectrum and is more muted than bright. Right now it's dyeing with a strong blue cast in the green.
- Caribbean is a bright clear warm blue
- Sky is a light true blue
- River is a rich deep true blue
- Royalty is a slightly more blue purple.
- Courageous is a bright pink