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Leftover Lace Makes Versatile Designs

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Adding a little lace can give a design an instant lift. Whether seeking a style that’s a little edgy, sweet or a kickback to a couple decades ago – lace can make it happen. No-sew projects with doilies, remnants or upcycled materials can turn a plain item into an original statement piece, for a fraction of the price of a store bought item. Too tight, too short or too boring shirts can be made bigger and more fashionable by adding a lace extender. Sew a lace panel into the side seam or around the bottom edge of a T-shirt or… read more

DIY Fashions And Fun Made With Extra Fabric

DIY Fashions From Extra Fabric

There are tons of ideas for using up fabric remnants. If you have been saving up extra fabric, break it out and put it to use by making something practical, fashionable or educational. This floral bag tutorial incorporates a spring inspired print that could be changed out with the seasons, or for any other reason, with a découpage technique. This application could be used for backpacks and other bags, and even applied to luggage to make it stand out at pick-up. To color or put a print or pattern onto plain fabric, try a traditional shibori method for dying. Cotton blends work best for this, and… read more

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

Upcycled Fashions Becoming More Available

Upcycled Fashions Becoming More Available

Upcycled clothing designs are becoming mainstream. Once, one of a kind creations only existed formed from the hands of the crafty. Now however, upcycled designs can be purchased, boutique style, from several sellers. One designer offering handmade recycled clothing is Reet Aus. Her clothing line takes fabric remnants and cast off items and reforms them. Though depending on the specific piece, her production process reduces electricity use by 89% per item and drastically reduces emissions. Also, much less water is needed than it takes to make conventional fabric based designs, up to 85% less. Her website Trash To Trend features repurposed items… read more

Spoiled Milk – Out Of The Glass And Onto The Racks

Spoiled Milk – Out Of The Glass And Onto The Racks

Eco friendly textiles are in demand, and conscientious designers always have one eye open looking for sustainable material sources. Designer and founder of Qmilk (also referred to as Qmilch), Anke Domaske formed her start-up venture with her father in mind who was diagnosed with cancer. Thinking about the enormous amounts of spoiled milk poured out in Europe alone, and wanting to find comfortable clothing that had not been chemically treated led her to look into milk proteins. Though this sounds like a brand new concept, milk proteins were actually used in textiles in the 1930’s. However, during that time they were… read more

Fashions Inspired By Nature

Fashions Inspired By Nature

Environmental artist, Anni Rapinoja, has created some attention-grabbing works. Among her collections are a series titled Wardrobe of Nature. This assemblage of art meets attire takes on clothing in a way that gently mocks the synthetic and commercially mass produced for profit frocks. The shapes of each piece are reminders that humans are part of the natural world, but also as a concept that has been lost due to modernization that focuses mostly on monetary goals. One of the intentions of this collection is to remind that we need a natural balance that should also be mimicked throughout, and not… read more