Ideas to Upcycle Clothes

At the end of every semester, I take on one specific task: Go through my belongings and give away items I don’t use or wear anymore. Recently I had a few clothing items I knew I wouldn’t have the time to adjust or resize, so I decided it was time to give them away. After setting my affirmations for this month, however, I decided to pull out some items and see how I could repurpose them into something else. My Pinterest literally exploded as I searched for ways to upcycle my clothes! Here’s a short list of the projects I used to update and revitalize my wardrobe. Continue Reading ›

Sewing Tips for Repairing Clothes

When I tell people I used to sew for a living, I get two different reactions: “That’s such a great talent. I couldn’t even sew on a button” or “You must sew for yourself all the time!” In past blogs, I’ve addressed these common attitudes in posts about my former career in costuming and showed why those who make our clothes deserve more respect. I’ve even shared some common sewing terms to amuse people and show them that sewing isn’t a strange concept. What’s missing from all of this is some simple tips you can learn to repair your own clothing. So, before you think about tossing out a clothing item that has a missing button or a torn hem, consider a few of these simple sewing techniques you can learn to keep your clothing. Continue Reading ›

August 2017 Affirmations

August marks many important dates for me. Summer school is coming to an end and Fall semester will quickly approach at the end of the month. Plastic-Free July is over and has left me with even more ideas and goals for sustainable living. And, fingers crossed I can get some travel time now that school is over. With some time off, I’ve decided this month’s affirmations could also be used to catch up on sewing projects, especially since it’s something that would be great to check off my 30 list. Continue Reading ›

Plastic-Free July: Final Week

Although I’d like to say that this final week of Plastic-Free July went incredibly well after last week, unfortunately, I have to report that I ran into some hiccups. Early in the week, I headed to the grocery store, and I realized that looming finals and the urgency to get home to cook led me to forget my reusable grocery bags. At the end of the week, I went out to eat with a classmate, and although I avoided plastic silverware, I ended up carrying my food out in a Styrofoam container and plastic bag. Now that many other classmates and co-workers inquire about my blog and follow me on social media, I was also asked for my take on bags for small packaged snacks. It seems that in my rush to get everything in place, I found scenarios where I chose plastic. At first, I felt some disappointment, but instead, I decided to take a look at the situation from a different point of view. Was my use of plastic covering up something else? Continue Reading ›

What to Pack to Avoid Plastic Waste

Packing is probably the least fun for most people. Whether you’re packing for work the night before or packing for a long trip, packing can be a hassle. There are lots of suggestions out there on how to pack, but as I’ve found no one has a tried and true way that always works for them. While I’m no expert packer, I am always thinking of what to pack to reduce the amount of plastic I use and waste. Wherever I happen to be traveling, I’m constantly thinking of what to include on my packing list so I don’t rely on plastic. Since plastic is easy and convenient, it can be easy to rely on, but if you can, consider a few of my packing suggestions to add to your list and make your travels a little more convenient. Continue Reading ›