Clothing Blanks for Crafty Shopping Girls
An über-popular ShoppingGirl.com T-shirt design featuring a metallic diamond pattern, created by Founder Tom in 2011.
An über-popular ShoppingGirl.com T-shirt design featuring a metallic diamond pattern, created by Founder Tom in 2011.

ShoppingGirls LOVE to create. Fine Arts, Crafts, Cuisine, Landscapes, Home Interiors; ShoppingGirls are inspired to make things their own.

Since we’re going to talk about the hot custom clothing movement, especially slogan T-shirts, which have made a huge come-back this season, we have included a few vintage photos of popular ShoppingGirl.com T-shirts designed by Founder Tom, who has owned the business since the 1990s.

Paula aka "Skully" displaying one of Founder Tom's plus-sized ShoppingGirl.com T-shirts, vintage 1998.
Paula aka “Skully” displaying one of Founder Tom’s plus-sized ShoppingGirl.com T-shirts, vintage 1999.

ShoppingGirls literally fought over these super-popular shirts, with battles ensuing even among the celebrity crowd in Los Angeles.

Circa 2011. Love-struck ShoppingGirl has found that item she's been hunting forever....
Circa 2011. Love-struck ShoppingGirl has found that item she’s been hunting forever….

That’s understandable, because every ShoppingGirl rightfully admires her own skills as an Apex Shopper. After all, we ShoppingGirls have learned through experience, effort, and advice from others how to maximize our money to get the best value on the products we purchase. Some people may scoff at ShoppingGirls, but those scoffers benefit from their ShoppingGirl moms, wives, sisters, daughters, and friends who bless their lives with great food, comfortable homes, meaningful gifts, and events celebrating the Good Things in Life.

While our Founder, Tom, designed all of the ShoppingGirl.com T-shirts, he had them professionally produced. Hey, he ain’t a crafty ShoppingGirl. However, you are, and you may not yet have discovered the wonder that is Clothing Blanks, even if you have made a few of your own T-shirts.

From Dharma Trading Co. online. That's Real Charmeuse Silk. This chemise is only $32.73, comes in sizes Small to Extra-Large, and you can dye, paint, or embellish it to the exact shade or design you prefer. Similar camisoles and other silk clothing and accessories are also available.
From Dharma Trading Co. online. That’s Real Charmeuse Silk. This chemise is only $32.73, comes in sizes Small to Extra-Large, and you can dye, paint, or embellish it to the exact shade or design you prefer. Similar camisoles and other silk clothing and accessories are also available.

So, what are Clothing Blanks? They are, simply enough, apparel and accessory items that are produced in a plain form using fabric and thread easily dyed, painted, and otherwise embellished as you like. They are produced without sizing or other treatments that clothing manufacturers typically put onto fabrics, which can interfere with dying or painting the item. Clothing Blanks are intended for you to customize to your exact taste or outfit needs. Create an item to match another piece in your wardrobe, or dye items in the perfect shades for your skin tone. You are no longer restricted to the often limited color range of most manufactured clothing.

If you haven’t yet discovered the convenience of Clothing Blanks for making your creative apparel dreams come true, check out these wonderful resources that will fill your creative journal and Pinterest boards with possibilities.

Cute And Meaningful Silvertone Charms With Patriotic Mottos - Try as Trim on a Jacket, Hat Band or Dangling From the Hem of a Scarf.
Cute And Meaningful Silvertone Charms With Patriotic Mottos – Try as Trim on a Jacket, Hat Band or Dangling From the Hem of a Scarf.
In Cotton, This Twist-Front Dress With Flared Skirt Is A Style That Flatters Practically Everyone.
In Cotton, This Twist-Front Dress With Flared Skirt Is A Style That Flatters Practically Everyone.

The best known online resource for Clothing Blanks, dyes, paints and related items is Dharma Trading Co. They have been in business for a long time, are knowledgeable about their products, provide detailed how-to information on their website, and offer a wide range of products suitable for all ages and experience levels.

Great Warm Weather Rayon Babydoll Top With Tie Back.
Great Warm Weather Rayon Babydoll Top With Tie Back.
Another Popular Style-Long Flowy Dresses Are Trendy This Season and This Comes in Sizes from Small to 2XL.
Another Popular Style-Long Flowy Dresses Are Trendy This Season and This Comes in Sizes from Small to 2XL.
A Half Circle Skirt You Can Custom Dye To A Color No One Else You Know Will Have.
A Half Circle Skirt You Can Custom Dye To A Color No One Else You Know Will Have.

If you want to create just one piece, an entire wardrobe, or items to sell on Etsy or at your local boutique, Dharma Trading Co. has what you need for a great price. The more you buy, the cheaper the each item is, and the shop frequently features clearance items, discounts, and sales.

Another Trendy Romantic Dress with Flirty Sleeve Details-Remember You Can Dye Or Paint These Any Color You Desire.
Another Trendy Romantic Dress with Flirty Sleeve Details-Remember You Can Dye Or Paint These Any Color You Desire.

The Clothing Blanks come in an astonishing variety of styles and sizes. You aren’t limited to the usual T-shirts and tote bags here!

Seriously-A Handwoven Bolivian Alpaca Shawl For Only 39 Dollars You Can Embellish Into A Masterpiece.
Seriously-A Handwoven Bolivian Alpaca Shawl For Only 39 Dollars You Can Embellish Into A Masterpiece.
The Butterfly Jacket Is A Nice Layering Piece Especially For Updating Your Spring Wardrobe.
The Butterfly Jacket Is A Nice Layering Piece Especially For Updating Your Spring Wardrobe.
Black Rayon Wrap Pants Are Great Coverups-Try Stenciling Or Stamping With Metallic Paint.
Black Rayon Wrap Pants Are Great Coverups-Try Stenciling Or Stamping With Metallic Paint.

Most of their line comes in white, but they also have a line of black apparel, great options for embellishing with studs, crystals, metallic foils or paints.

Design Your Own Perfect Little Black Dress, in Rayon.
Design Your Own Perfect Little Black Dress, in Rayon.
Black Wrist Warmers You Can Embellish And Sell, Gift or Wear Yourself.
Black Wrist Warmers You Can Embellish And Sell, Gift or Wear Yourself.
The Infant Fairy Romper For Toddlers - Make It Special For Your Kid.
The Infant Fairy Romper For Toddlers – Make It Special For Your Kid.

Dharma Trading Co. offers apparel in all kinds of sizes too, for regular and plus-sized adults, kids and babies. In addition to clothing and accessories, they have lots of other items, such as bed and bath linens, decorative household items, toys such as stuffed animals ready for embellishment, creative pieces for costumes such as masks, and lots of excellent fabrics and specialty threads and the like for those who want to sew their own special pieces.

Customize Your Own Zoo Of Stuffed Cotton Toy Animals.
Customize Your Own Zoo Of Stuffed Cotton Toy Animals.
Shut Freaked-Out People Up By Using A Personalized Nursing Cover.
Shut Freaked-Out People Up By Using A Personalized Nursing Cover.
Piratey Gear Might Benefit From These Sailing Ship Stud Embellishments From KitKraft.
Piratey Gear Might Benefit From These Sailing Ship Stud Embellishments From KitKraft.

There is truly no end to the creative possibilities you have open to you. If you are a ShoppingGirl who is frustrated trying to find apparel in flattering shades, this approach is ideal for you. Not only can you wear the most flattering colors, but you can ensure that your entire outfit matches perfectly (if that is the look you’re after). As most ShoppingGirls know, you can even find undyed Shoe Blanks (these are commonly used for weddings), so your footwear can match your customized bag, belt, scarf, and outfit pieces as well.

Jasper Dyeable Sandal From the DyeableShoeStore is a Trendy Yet Practical Design.
Jasper Dyeable Sandal From the DyeableShoeStore is a Trendy Yet Practical Design.

What about the old-school classic, RIT Dye? It still works great for all kinds of things, but may not offer the range of shades or intensity of color saturation that you’re after. Still, it’s worth visiting the RIT Dye website, where you’ll find lots of tips, techniques, color charts, and the like. One of the advantages of RIT Dye of course is that you can pick it up at your regular grocery store on a whim (although the color selection may be extremely limited). It’s also an affordable and easy to use product that’s a great option for children’s projects. Just keep your kids and the dye away from the family pets….

And two final tips about good old basic black apparel: Faded or thrift store/used finds can be surprisingly revived with a simple dye bath, depending on the color and fabric. This is a great way to freshen up your black apparel. Also note that, unless your black separates were purchased at the same time and from the same line, it’s unlikely that they match perfectly. There are many shades of black, some more blue, others leaning toward brown or even red, for example. You can overcome this issue by dying your outfit yourself all in one batch.

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