New Indie Interview

I’m the featured Indie Designer today on Stylelist.com’s blog! Come check out my interview HERE.

The site is pretty awesome, it’s got so many great fashion links… hours of perusing! Enjoy.

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Reconstructed T-shirt Ideas

Do you reconstruct your own t-shirts? T-shirts are probably one of the most popular reconstruction projects for sewers of all levels. EVERYONE has got a t-shirt in their drawer that they don’t wear anymore, so why not put it back to good use? I know that there are many books already on t-shirt reconstruction, but, just in case you’re not one of the owners of them, I thought I’d give you a few of my favorite reconstructed t-shirt ideas.

  • Do you hang your laundry on the line to dry? When I started doing this, I had a dilema of sorts regarding where to keep my clothes pins in my reach. I opened up one of those forgotten t-shirts into a rectangle, cut slits around all sides to make strips that I could tie around the holes in the basket so my clothes pins wouldn’t fall through, and voila… new again!
  • Tube tops… now who doesn’t like a great tube top to throw over your bathing suit during the summer? This one is very simple… just cut straight across at the underarms, then hem the top. Now, if you’re wanting a tube top out of a baggy t-shirt, there are a couple of ways to go about it. First, same as above instructions but add a strip of elastic that measures slightly smaller than your pit to pit measurement and sew that into the hem (this creates a nice flowy tube that’s not too constricting). Or, you could simply start with the cutting at the underarms, then try the top on inside out and pinning it down the sides to make it fit more snuggly, sew sides and hem top. Instant summer!
  • You’re not still using plastic grocery bags are you? Well, if you’ve got those spare t-shirts on hand and are thinking of making the switch to reuseable bags, here’s your answer. Cut arms off, cut collar off and cut it down a bit longer on the back of the shirt to match the front, sew the hem (bottom) of the t-shirt together, and there you have it… reuseable bag with handles!

No matter your level of craftiness, t-shirt reconstruction is definitely attainable. Here are a few of my favorites available on Etsy just in case you’re not feeling too outrageously crafty. The first one is from Kdottie and looks to be one of the most comfortable skirts I have ever seen, and the second is from HaschenDesign; I just love the color of this one!

New Tag Lines & Logo

I’ve been working with a professional graphic designer on a new logo and am very excited to get a new look! In the process of proofing she also sent some tag lines over for me to check out. What do you think of the following tag lines?

“reclaimed fashion”, “bringing new life to yesterday’s fashions”, “recycled.reworked.remarkable”

I think they’re all pretty awesome! I’m looking forward to showing off my new logo and new look! In the mean time, here’s a few of my current reconstructed favorites on Etsy for you to enjoy. The first one is called dollhouse jumper by NENEE. Isn’t it just adorable? She made it out of a maternity dress! The second reconstruction is called ‘candy suckle dress’ by heidiandseek. I really love the classic uniqueness of this dress; it’s just a bit funky but still really cute without going over the top!

Mounds of Second-Hand Clothing

Wow! Jackpot!

Most of my friends and family love to be able to hand off their once loved clothing items to me, as I will often put them to great use. So, this last week I was given this fabulous treasure trove of clothing that should keep me busy for a while! Not only is this an enormously huge donation, all of the items have already produced little images in my head of what they want to become for their third-life as they are all in great shape! I’m going to have to make this family something special and useful out of their forgotten clothing 🙂

Stay tuned for the treasures to come out of this stash!

Time is sooo not on my side!

I often wonder why there was ever a song about time being on my side… hmmm…

With not a whole lot of time to create lately, I’ve been feeling a bit stressed. For me, creating my handmade items is really like therapy. I put my heart into my creations and absolutely love to marvel at the finished product! Creating makes me feel whole everytime I get to do it.

At least there’s Etsy for me to peruse while I’m at my 9 hour per day non-creative zone day job!

This is ‘pippin the crayon eater’, a plushie made by LiLMonsters on Etsy. He’s made out of a repurposed/reconstructed scarf, and apparently likes to go shopping!

No reconstructed fashion wardrobe is complete without a rockin’ pair of earings… right? These ‘recycled record vinyl flower earings’ by misscourageous on Etsy are such a great find, and a great idea! Cute and eco-friendly.

Keep creating everyone… so I can live vicariously through your work 😉

Friday’s Reconstructed Finds on Etsy

This Friday I’ve gone for reconstructed fashion items from fellow Trashion Team members… enjoy!

How cute is this tunic top from fisheye? I absolutely love tunics… they always seem to portray a put-together look while still giving you plenty of room to breathe, relax & be comfy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, I know that summer is ending soon & mini’s will get put on the back burner, but this one from RunzwithScissors is too cute to store away for a whole season! What a fabulously rich chocolate brown! Pair with some cute cream colored leggings & some boots… voila… fall attire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one will probably throw you off a bit. It’s an unattached hood! How cool is that! Fairytalefibers makes these great hoods out of upcycled wool that are the perfect fall accessory. Who wouldn’t want a warm, eco-friendly, non-bulky hood for those drizzly days?

 

So, don’t be shy… give reconstruction a try!  HAHAHA  I had to! But seriously, these are just many of the unique fashion statements available out there that will help lessen our impact on the environment just by doing what we love already… SHOPPING!

Story Behind the Reconstruction

My latest reconstructed Etsy listing, the Tie One Off Tote, has quite the story to tell…

It was an extremely hot day (we’re talking 114 degrees!) in Istanbul, Turkey about 6 years ago when I was cruising around the city deciding how to spend my 5 days there. While haggling with the vendors in the Grande Bazaar, I came to a shop that had air conditioning! I think maybe I became slightly disillusioned by this since I had been traveling all over Turkey for the last week & a half in mid-July, with no AC, because all of a sudden I thought that everything in the shop was so cool & I had to start trying on clothing to get a couple of outfits to take with me. I was backpacking throughout Europe & Turkey! What did I need with any more outfits to carry?!?! Anyways, I ended up buying 2, not 1, 2, long (long!) skirts in this shop! Needless to say, I did trek them along on the rest of my journey & they made it back to the States with me. I didn’t wear them on my trip, because it was summer after all, & I never actually wore them once I got back home either. Long skirts don’t really look good on me… again… it must have been the heat! 🙂 Oh well, the navy skirt has now turned into a fabulously upcycled tote bag that has a special place in my heart because of where it came from. Hopefully someone will love this bag as much as I do!