At events and online, I get a lot of questions from customers. Here are the most common queries I get.
Does your clothing bleed?
Wash your tee on cold, and it won’t accidentally dye your socks or Dad’s underwear. If you decide you want to wash it on hot, I make no guarantees, but I will tell you this: When I wash mixed batches of shirts, I use Shout Color Catchers, and I’ve never had the colors bleed onto each other. That said, though, I always recommend you wash them on cold.
New Peace, Baby! Earth tees. Take good care of them, and they won’t bleed or fade!
Do the colors fade?
Not that I can tell. Besides their vibrant colors, one of my favorite things about the Procion dyes I use is how they work. They fuse themselves to the cotton fibers in the garments I dye, giving deeper and more permanent colors. We have a few Peace, Baby! tees kicking around my house (shocking, I know!), and some of them have been washed over and over. I can’t see any fading even on those often-worn tees.
Do the T-shirts shrink?
Wash them on cold, and the shirts should not shrink any more. By the time a shirt gets to you, I’ve already put it through its paces. They get washed at least twice, one of those times on hot. They all get put in boiling water to remove the wax. Some of the blanks I use come to me preshrunk. Others shrink a bit as I work with them. I always strive to let someone know when an item runs small – and by how much – in person and in my Etsy listings.
Some of the brands I use naturally run small, specifically:
- Gerber, which I occasionally buy secondhand for baby bodysuits
- Rabbit Skins, which I use for toddler and preschool-age tees
- American Apparel, which I use for preschool, adult, and ladies tees
Please don’t ever hesitate to ask me if you have questions about sizing.
A blue VW Bug tee boiling on my stove.
Do you do custom orders?
I do! I love the creative ideas and combinations my customers have come up with. To place an order, you can either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Etsy shop and click the “Request Custom Order” button in the left-hand column of the page.
Turnaround time is anywhere from two days to two weeks. It depends on what you’re ordering, the size of your order, and whether I have the blanks on hand for your order.
Totally fun Cutie Pi custom order baby dress set.
Can you batik my favorite team or cartoon character?
No. Because I don’t want to run into copyright issues, I don’t do any logos or copyrighted images on my T-shirts.
Are your T-shirts organic?
No. Organic T-shirts are very expensive, and my little company is still young. Simply said, I just can’t afford to keep a stock of them because I don’t know how well they would sell at the price I’d have to set. I can easily get organic T-shirts, and if that’s something you’re interested in, drop me a line and I can calculate prices for you.
I do try to buy quality secondhand items – mostly baby bodysuits – when I can and use those in my dyeing. Occasionally, I’ll hit upon an organic bodysuit or two. I’ll always make note that an item is organic when I list it on Etsy.
Adding organic tees to my line is a goal.
Do you use natural dyes?
No, I do not. The Procion dyes I use are a chemical. The reason I haven’t investigated natural dyes yet is twofold: Cost, and the fact that I love the bright colors of the Procion dyes. Natural dyes just can’t do that. I do plan to look into them soon, though, and perhaps have a separate line of items using those dyes.
A batch of pink items soaking.
Do you just make baby clothes?
I’ve got clothing and accessories for everyone from 0 to 100+. Baby and toddler clothing is the bulk of my business, but I also make T-shirts for youth and adults. I’ve got ladies dresses, too! And remember, you can always order something custom from me if you don’t see the adult tee you’d like.
Got more questions? I’d love to hear from you!