Convertible Dresses – Good For Budgets And Boredom

Convertible Dresses – Good For Budgets And Boredom

Convertible fashions offer more ways to wear an item and can add both utilitarian and fun elements to a wardrobe. Several designers wanting to offer their customers versatile pieces in addition to ecofriendly choices in fabrics are adopting the conventional convertible dress and giving it an ecological makeover. Here are a few examples of adaptable clothing options and how they can be recreated in different looks. This 5 in 1 dress from Thieves Boutique offers a multifaceted style that even allows sleeves to be worn several different ways. Watch the demo and learn how the dress can be effortlessly changed around: The… read more

Reuse Your Old Sweaters

Reuse old Sweaters

Sweaters that will probably never be worn again can be given new roles. Consider upcycling them into functional or wearable new pieces. Things for the home like pillows, blankets and rugs can be made from sweaters. They can also be converted into potholders, baskets and even bags. Additionally, dolls and soft toys can be born from a forgotten sweater. Sweaters that you may not be able to part with, but don’t necessarily want to wear as is, can be made into new clothes. Gloves, hats and scarves can be crafted from sweaters. Many projects can be done that do not even require… read more

The SmartWatch Revolution Is Upon Us

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Not so long ago, the digital watch was the cool, hip new timepiece on the market. Then came the 1st generation of “smart watches”, though we cringe at calling them even that. Those early pioneers were little more than laggy, expensive electronic statements of wealth, and we’re perfectly OK with them staying right were they are in the tech junkyard. Last year, Pebble successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a new generation of smartwatches. Their $150 model syncs via bluetooth with smartphones and displays emails, texts, phone calls, and more. Last week, Samsung finally announced their “Galaxy Gear” smartwatch,… read more

Create Natural Impressions With Sun And Botanicals

Create Natural Impressions With Sun And Botanicals

There are many natural applications that can be used for dying fabrics and materials. There are also several ways to add prints and patterns to designs by using age-old, resourceful techniques. Naturally coloring fabrics and designing prints can be done right in your backyard. Read on for great how to’s and look below for the before and afters. The sun can have powerful effects on textiles, and that can be used in your favor if trying to add a decorative touch to fabrics. A simple, organic way to add prints to fabrics is to work with flowers, greenery and herbs… read more

Extreme Green Designs

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The global move towards sustainability has instigated a burst of creativity and innovation amongst all sectors of design. Whether you seek an efficient alternative to conventional transport or wish to port around humanely crafted fashions, chances are, you’ll be presented with at least a handful options that were invented with the merits of sustainability in mind. Thus, the idea of a green market may not be new to you. There are within each branch of design, however, notable exceptions that boarder on the bizarre.   Bacteria Clothing Biocouture is a UK based design consultant agency, who specializes in merging science… read more

Goodbye Phonebooks, Hello Creative Reuse

Goodbye Phonebooks, Hello Creative Reuse

Phonebooks, due to advancements in technology, are probably soon to be phasing themselves out and going into paper extinction. Some states are allowing residents to opt out of receiving certain phone directories to save costs and environmental resources, as there are actually many benefits to discontinuing phonebook production. The Iowa Policy Research Organization reported that in addition to the tons of ink that is required for printing them, around 5 million trees are also used. Only about 20% of all phonebooks are recycled. According to the Environmental Protection Agency outdated issues produced a massive 840,000 tons of waste in 2008… read more

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Lace and crotchet are interesting materials that can be made up of intricate designs and patterns. Though there is no exact idea of when lace and crochet making were first used or specifically where they originated, historical clues point to lacemaking surfacing sometime around 1500 A.D. There are many ways to reuse lace and crotchet textiles, and the following are some ideas for reinventing time treasured fabrics. Furniture applications are an unexpected way to display lace. Capable Father This process can also be done on dressers, shelves, benches or any other furniture piece by blocking off a small section or… read more

Earth Friendly Fabrics With Style And Comfort

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Wardrobes need everyday clothes that can move; not uptight, uncomfortable pieces that you can’t wait to get out of. Some fabrics are known for their stretch and breathability, as well as their capacity to maintain shape. Bamboo fabric is one choice that is soft and airy, yet still form fitting. Crafted from the woven fibers of bamboo, it is a great choice for clothing due to its versatility. However, some can be chemically processed. A better alternative is mechanically processed bamboo which is made without using harsh chemicals or pesticides. Another ideal fabric for relaxed wear is certified organic cotton…. read more

Recycled Tech Jewelry from a 14 Year Old

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Taylor Burghard is making a buzz in central Missouri for her innovative jewelry designs, which incorporate pieces from old computers and other electronic devices. Though she is only fourteen years old, making this up-cycled jewelry is more than a hobby. Instead, Miss Burghard has utilized her talents to create her own business designing and selling this jewelry. Like other entrepreneurs, her ideas stemmed from an early passion. Along with a love for jewelry, Burghard has had a great deal of experience with computers. From age two, she was already getting a taste of entrepreneurship helping out at her parent’s shop,… read more

Fall Boots Don’t Have To Break The Bank

Fall Boots Don’t Have To Break The Bank

When the weather starts to turn, the wardrobe pieces tend to change out. Chilly, rainy days call for fall boots. Available in many ecofriendly options they can also come with top prices, especially if you are purchasing them right before the season starts. The following do it yourself versions are near comparable to the upscale ones, only these won’t leave you penniless. Sweater boots are a comfortable go to, but this relaxed look can set you back budget wise. This style from Woolby & Co. is made from recycled materials like sweaters and jackets. However, making your own sweater boots… read more