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« on: May 25, 2008 05:01:19 PM »

So, I end up wearing men's "painters' whites" for work most of the time.  They don't fit well (since I'm not built like a man), but they are durable, handy and inexpensive.  There is a line of women's painters' whites, but they are more than twice as much as the men's version (at my contractor discount at my paint store) and it's just hard to get excited about paying much money at all for clothes that are going to be "ruined" pretty much instantly.  BUT, I'm so tired of not getting to dress like a girl very often.  This is my compromise.

THIS is my butt:


I dyed a pair and made "painters' purples!"


And since every pair of men's painters' pants I buy eventually get too short, I bought a 24" inseam and just cuffed them.  I added some handmade seam tape left over from making boxer shorts and snaps because these pants never stay cuffed.


Pardon the wrinkles, but I draw the line at ironing painters' pants.

Before shots:

These are unbleached cotton, but traditionally painters' pants are true white.


It seems like all the pockets on these things would be handy, but really the only truly cool extra feature is the double back pocket on one side.  There's a "cell phone" pocket on the leg that dumps my phone everytime I crouch - I don't know if it magically holds cell phones when these pants are worn by men or what.

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Sometimes I get to where a tyvek bunny suit for work and I thought it was a good idea considering I'd be working with a giant pot of simmering purple pants.  The red on it is Venetian Plaster, the blue spots are bits of painters tape.  I didn't actually wear the hood for dying.


Thanks for looking!  I know it's not very exciting, but the women painters I know are going to appreciate it.
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2008 05:37:08 PM »

Nice job! I don't blame you for wanting to bring some femininity to your job.

I love that shade of purple.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2008 05:44:43 PM »

I AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR PANTS!  I love anything purple, but those pants are just fabulous!    They are the bomb.com!  (as my friend Lynda would say).  How did you make the dye?  Is it just store bought or did you make it yourself?
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2008 05:46:37 PM »

I think those are great!!! way to go with girlin them up!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2008 06:24:53 PM »

horray for cheap and pretty Wink

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2008 06:40:24 PM »

I AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR PANTS!  I love anything purple, but those pants are just fabulous!    They are the bomb.com!  (as my friend Lynda would say).  How did you make the dye?  Is it just store bought or did you make it yourself?

Thanks!  It's just RIT dye.  I followed the directions for stove top dying, used double strength solution (2 packages of dry dye to about 3 gallons of water, 1 cup salt, 1 tablespoon laundry detergent) - so the whole project was less than $25! 

It was a cool day, so it was pretty easy and I think I may do another pair in another color, but maybe not until fall.  We'll see.
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2008 06:41:17 PM »

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I wonder if that pocket falls below most men's knee so that it doesn't go upside down when they bend. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2008 08:23:45 PM »

 Cheesy Great dye! What do you do that requires you to wear such interesting painters clothes?
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2008 10:54:32 PM »

Cheesy Great dye! What do you do that requires you to wear such interesting painters clothes?

Thank you, ma'am!  I'm a decorative painter... which means I do fancy paint, glaze and veneer plaster work on walls and ceilings mostly, but also floors, counters, cabinetry, moulding, furniture. decorative accessories and the occasional clawfoot bathtub (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238878.msg2623698#msg2623698).  I only wear the tyvek when I'm going to be sanding a lot, generally with Venetian plaster and SkimStone because it's really fine dust and often an intense color (like that red) - with that I wear the hood and a respirator.  (it's not the type of thing you see at Home Depot, btw)

I just realized I was rambling.  It's past time for me to be in bed, methinks.
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2008 12:39:47 AM »

Wow! I'm totally amazed by how great that purple turned out! It's the perfect shade. :O
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