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 ›

The Truth Behind Bamboo

Taking on Plastic-Free July for the second time, I thought would be simplified since I had participated before. I could not have been more wrong. Unfortunately, eliminating plastic is not as easy as it sounds. We rely on plastic more than we realize. A few years ago, it was reported by the Huffington Post that Americans threw out 31 million tons of plastic, making up 12.4% of the nation’s municipal solid waste. Plastic isn’t completely going away anytime soon, or ever. We are very dependent on plastic. So, what’s the alternative? My research and experience indicate many are turning to bamboo. From beauty products to reusable silverware, bamboo seems to be the rage for the eco-friendly alternative. Just how eco-friendly is it? Here’s what I’ve found: Continue Reading ›

Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

When you pick up a tube of mascara or find some colorful eye shadow on sale, do you think about its connection to animals? I’ll admit, the thought didn’t always cross my mind. I saw purple eyeshadows with sparkles or a tube of raspberry lipstick and was excited to experiment. I hardly ever wear make-up, but I found it something I could entertain my imagination with. After learning some of the truths behind my beauty products, I was discouraged to learn that my seemingly harmless purchases may cause more harm than I would like to admit. Researching ingredients like palm oil made it only more problematic and then I was introduced to the complexities of cruelty-free. Why is it complex? Let’s take a look at the cosmetic industry and animal testing . . . Continue Reading ›