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 ›

Fashion and Pantone 2017

Another year is approaching us and it’s time to focus on what’s important: Pantone’s new Color of the Year. Last year saw two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, chosen to enhance the feelings of tranquility and peace. This year’s color, Greenery, is all about revival and energy from nature. As a lover of nature and a supporter of making more sustainable choices, I’m instantly a fan of this color, and it’s not just the meaning behind it. This shade of green isn’t dark and heavy like forest green or bright like the yellow-green of an apple, but it still seems vibrant and deep. Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, says it best: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.” A few selections I’ve found from Braintree Clothing, Passion Lilie, Fashion ComPassion, and Fortress of Inca show just how much fashion is committing to this color and its purpose. Continue Reading ›

The Best of 2016

I can hardly believe that the end of the year is approaching. It feels like yesterday I was anxiously starting graduate school or staying up late to get my mid-terms finished and submitted. After completing my first semester (and unfortunately disappearing from this blog for a few months), it feels good to complete my accomplishments. Although I have plenty of semesters ahead of me, I’m happy to report there is more than graduate school that I’ve added to my list of achievements. 2016 has been a fantastic year of opportunities for career, travel, fashion, and friends. So, before 2016 comes to an end, here are some amazing highlights from this past year: Continue Reading ›

My 5 Favorite Repurposing and Craft Bloggers

If you have a Pinterest account or shop on Etsy, you’re probably well aware of the DIY movement and surge of craft bloggers and techniques.  Whether this is something completely new to you or not, there are plenty of resources available that I admire for their promotion of sustainability through repurposing and crafting.  With National Sewing Month in motion, I’m sharing a few of my favorite crafting and repurposing bloggers.  Their styles range from repairing items to give them a renewed purpose to fun projects that reinvigorate your décor style.  If you’re looking for some new crafting inspiration, take a look at a few of my suggestions. Continue Reading ›

Quotes for National Sewing Month

Although my sewing projects aren’t as frequent or as prevalent as they used to be, I still have respect for National Sewing Month this September.  Because of my costuming work, I’m aware of how much work sewing is and I continue to advocate for artisans all over the world, no matter their medium.  This belief is what makes National Sewing Month resonate with me even more.  And, as a supporter of sustainability, I believe everyone should learn to sew.  Like most people, you are probably very apprehensive to pick up a sewing needle and thread.  To inspire you to pursue your inner sewing creativity, consider a few of these unique quotes to discover what possibilities may be in store for you (even if that means you only attempt to replace buttons on a shirt instead of taking it to a tailor). Continue Reading ›