Tank from a Skirt DIY

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Today is Fashion Revolution Day! I am taking part in the HAULternative movement which instead of traditional hauls of cheap, fast-fashion clothes, people create hauls of vintage, second-hand, DIY, investment, rented, or swapped clothing. I created a video of garments I updated and customized.

One of the items was a skirt which I turned into a tank top.Skirt to tank DIY

I found this skirt at a thrift store and really liked the fabric, so I made it into a flowy, adjustable-strap tank. Here’s how I did it:

1 – You need a few measurements to make the pattern:

  1. Your bust + 3-6 cm ease – I used 4 cm (you have to be able to pull it on over your head)
  2. The length you want it along the side (armhole to hem)
  3. How high you want the neck (from the bottom of the armhole)
  4. The distance between the straps (it’s good to measure a tank that you already own that’s not very stretchy)

2 – Lay your skirt out flat and folded in half and the hems even. Using fabric chalk or markers (make sure they erase) measure up from the hem the length you want your tank to be (measurement #2) and go around the hem.

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3 – Divide measurement #1 (bust+ease) in half and measure and mark that distance along the line you just drew. From that point draw and angled line to the hem (the more angled the more volume it will have).

Skirt to Tank DIY

4 – Take measurement #3 (neckline height from bottom armhole) and do the same as step 2 measuring from the dotted line you drew.

Skirt to Tank DIY

5 – Divide measurement #4 (distance between straps) in half and measure and mark that along the new line.

Skirt to tank DIY

5 – Then you can create the neck line and armhole shapes. Draw a gentle curve along the top line, going above slightly where the strap mark is (you can play a bit with the neckline shape), draw straight the width of your strap and then make a sharper curve down to the second line for the armhole (use a tank you already have for reference on the shape of the curve.

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6 – Then add a seam allowance (whatever you prefer using, I like 1 cm) all along the edge you drew. You can then cut it out and this is what mine looked like at this point.

Skirt to Tank DIY

7 – It’s also good to cut out a smaller facing for a clean finish at the top of the tank so I just traced off the shape again but with half the length.

 

So that is the basic tank pattern and here’s how to sew it:

You will need your tank and facing as well as 2 long strips of fabric or ribbon for straps and 2 smaller strips or ribbon pieces for the loops in the front.

1 – Sew the back seam together on the tank and facing. measure how far apart you want your straps and the back and make a mark on both sides, equal distance from the back seam.

2 – Sew together the facing and tank (right sides together) leaving a gap for the front and back straps.

3 – Create 2 little loops out of fabric or ribbon and sew those into the 2 holes for the front straps.

4 – Measure out 2 long lengths of fabric or ribbon (should be able to go from your back to the front and behind your neck with plenty of extra to tie into a bow.

5 – Sew the long straps into the 2 holes that you left open for the back straps.

6 – It’s a good idea to understitch along the top edge of the facing to prevent it from rolling outward or showing.

You are done! Take the long straps from the back, run them over your shoulders, through the loops and tie behind your neck at the height you want.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you try this yourself!

 

Spring Capsule Wardrobe

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So happy it’s spring!! I’m really looking forward to this season and a new capsule wardrobe!

This one was more difficult to plan, I’m not sure what to expect for weather so I hope there will be enough options for warmer or cooler weather. I’m excited to wear more dresses and I also included some more prints which I think will be fun to play with and create outfits around.

I have 30 items and am planning on adding 3 more. Here is what’s in my spring capsule:
(most of my pieces are older or thrifted, but if the item is currently available then it’s linked)

Tops
1. Black org. cotton tank   – The White Briefs
2. Dark green draped tank   – DIY
3. Grey cotton draped tee
4. Beige org. cotton oversized tee   – Stewart+Brown
5. White chiffon & jersey top
6. Cream silk blouse   – Amour Vert (and dyed by me)
7. Grey org. cotton knit top  – People Tree*
8. Plaid men’s flannel shirt   – secondhand from my brother

Dresses
9. Black and grey silk tank dress
10. Brown ombre wool knit dress   – Obakki
11. Purple draped wrap dress   – Obakki
12. Black floral flared dress   – made with a retro Butterick pattern

Bottoms
13. Red chiffon maxi skirt   – thrifted
14. Black flared skirt   – Obakki
15. Mustard velvet shorts
16. Blue ikat print silk pants   – Amour Vert
17. Dark-wash denim   – Naked & Famous

Sweaters/Jackets
18. Beige cotton cardigan
19. Black bamboo wrap cardigan
20. Red plaid hoodie shirt   – DIY
21. Denim jacket
22. Green oversized sweater jacket   – designed and made by me
23. Light grey button-up sweater   – thrifted

Accessories
24. Brown braided belt
25. Rusty orange scarf   – craft market
26. Black vegan tie-dye bag   –Matt & Nat*
27. Beige vegan cross-body bag   – Angela & Roi

Shoes
28. Grey vegan lace-up boot    – Vegetarian Shoes
29. Beige vegan wedge booties   – Novacas
30. Grey vegan lace-up sandals   – Bhava

I will likely also be adding a pair of flats, a hat, and a chambray shirt to complete my 33 piece capsule wardrobe.

 

Interested in creating your own capsule wardrobe? The Project 333 Dress with Less Microcourse* is a great guide to help you build it!

Also you can watch a recap of how my winter capsule wardrobe went here.

Hope you have a wonderful spring! :)

 

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Everyday Natural Makeup Routine

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Last year I began detoxing my makeup and now I feel like I have a routine and simple selection of natural, cruelty-free products that work well for me. I don’t usually like to spend a lot of time getting read in the morning, so I’ve created a makeup routine that generally takes me about 10-15 minutes to do.

I like the look, it’s fairly clean, light, and natural looking with the soft browns and pinks but accentuates the eyes – perfect for spring!

 

The products I’m using are:

1. 100% Pure Luminous Primer http://www.100percentpure.com/collect… (vegan)
2. RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up in 11 http://www.rmsbeauty.com/shop/un-cove…
3. 100% Pure Eye Brow Powder Gel in Taupe http://www.100percentpure.com/collect…
4. Arrowroot powder (add raw cacao, cinnamon, cosmetic clays or other ingredients to make it darker, google different recipes!)
5. Sappho Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Craving Cocoa http://sapphoorganics.com/collections… (this colour is no longer available)
6. Jane Iredale Eye Pencil in Basic Black https://janeiredale.com/us/en/mineral… (vegan)
7. Honeybee Gardens Mascara in Espresso http://honeybeegardens.com/truly-natu… (vegan)
8. Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush in Awake https://janeiredale.com/us/en/mineral…
9. 100% Pure Luminescent Powder http://www.100percentpure.com/collect… (vegan) (I believe this is the same one, I think the packaging is just different)
10. 100% Pure Lip Creamstick in Perfect Naked Pink http://www.100percentpure.com/collect…

 

Hope you enjoyed the video! I’d love to hear what you think of the look or what your favorite natural beauty products are! :)

 

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

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It’s time for a new capsule wardrobe! Since it’s winter, this one is a lot darker and cozier. I’m looking forward to comfortable sweaters and warm layers. This capsule has 30 pieces and I plan to add the final 3 after a couple weeks to see what I find I still need.

I also created a video that goes into more detail about the clothes I chose for my capsule, and how I put it all together. You can watch that video here.

 

My fall Project 333 wardrobe was a lot more challenging than summer, simply due to the fact that you wear so many more clothes in the fall/winter, but it was still a great experience! You can watch a recap video of how my fall capsule wardrobe went here.

 

Interested in creating your own capsule wardrobe? The Project 333 Dress with Less Microcourse* is a great guide to help you build it!

 

 

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe

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After doing Project 333 this summer (you can watch an update of how it went here) I’m doing it again for fall!

It was harder to put together the fall capsule wardrobe because I love to layer and of course wear a lot more clothes in the fall, but I’ve been wearing it for a few weeks now and so far it’s going well. It’s fun to create new outfit combinations and having a capsule wardrobe made packing and moving overseas with only a couple suitcases way easier (I live in Berlin now!).

I chose a variety of garments all within a neutral color palate, and accented with red, blue, and purple tones. In addition to the items shown in the video, I added a jean jacket and a pair of burgundy leggings which brings my total to 33. I also unfortunately couldn’t pack the ankle boots or the small black purse (my bag was just at the weight restriction) so I’ll be on the hunt for perfect vegan replacements.

During the move I spent a month in Edmonton (where I’m originally from) and the local media was interested in my capsule wardrobe and the Project 333 challenge – so exciting! I was interviewed by the Edmonton Journal, you can read the article here. I find it immensely encouraging when people are interested in and want to learn more about sustainable fashion options, reducing consumption, and slow fashion ideas in general! :D

Right now I’m getting settled in to a new life in Germany, and plan to get into a routine of making more videos. So please check out my youtube channel.

 

WCFW Outfit

During my stay in Edmonton I decided last minute to make an outfit for the WCFW winter city competition.

I used commercial waste fabric from Vancouver designers (leftover fabric from their production) as well as some scrap fabric I had from another project. The hat was knit from local alpaca wool.

I had this jacket in mind for a while to make from that pink fabric and decided to go with a retro/Parisian feel adding a long sleeve silk and jersey blend dress (realizing quickly that sewing a knit and slippery woven together was not a good idea for a last minute project ha), and a knit hat.

My beautiful friend Kassia modeled for me, with makeup done by her talented sister Savana, and the photos were taken by my brother Jerreck – so thankful for wonderful friends and family!

 

How To Dye Silk with Roses and Irises

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This is my first tutorial video; it covers a basic approach to naturally dyeing using an easy eco-printing technique.

If you are new to natural dyeing, using flowers and leaves from your garden is a great way to start. Just know that nothing will turn out how you expect (usually it turns out better) and it is a very experimental and often serendipitous process.

For this project you will need:

  • a piece of silk (or wool) clothing or fabric
  • flowers such as roses and irises (if you use other flowers, do some research to make sure they dye well and are non-toxic)
  • elastics
  • a thick stick or dowel -optional
  • a stainless steel pot (with a steamer -optional)
  • water

Often with natural dyeing a mordant is used which helps the fabric take more dye and makes the colour last longer. For this project I wanted to keep it very simple and easy so I did not use a mordant and the colour will almost certainly fade over time- something I don’t actually mind because I will continue to over-dye and add to it. However you are welcome to use a mordant like alum on your silk if you are familiar with the process and you will get brighter, longer lasting results.

In the video I show submerging the bundle in hot water, from my experience this tends to create softer prints while steaming creates clearer shapes, I recommend experimenting with both!

 

The top I used in the video is a 100% silk blouse by Amour Vert.

Please ask if you have any questions, and I would love to hear about your flower dyeing projects!

Also I just started making videos on my YouTube channel, I hope to make more and continue to learn and improve the quality.

 

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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Recently I’ve been very interested in the idea of a capsule wardrobe; essentially a simplified and versatile wardrobe with minimal pieces. I’ve been working on simplifying my life and belongings and it’s also perfect timing for something like this since we’ll be moving 3 times this summer & fall (it will be a little crazy)!

I came across this awesome website, Project 333, which has great info and decided to try the project 333 challenge which means you try to live with only 33 clothing and accessory items for 3 months. These 33 items include clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry (which I didn’t include in mine, but will try next time), outerwear, and any accessories. You don’t include things like underwear, socks, sleepwear, or work-out clothes. Seems simple?

Creating my project 333 wardrobe was an interesting challenge, these were the main things I considered when building my wardrobe:

  • Lifestyle/everyday wear – since I don’t work in an office or require business attire I usually dress fairly casually
  • Versatile garments – can they be dressed up or down? Can they be worn different ways?
  • The weather – summers in BC can get pretty hot but can also be rainy and chilly
  • Colours – I like grey as a neutral and then adding colours that work together (a lot of the project 333 wardrobes I’ve seen online tend to rely heavily on black, but some color is always nice in the summer)

I think it’s easiest to start by pulling out the clothes you wear most often (hopefully your favorites) and then building from there. This is also a good time to remove any clothes that you no longer wear.

This is what I ended up with!

 

My summer capsule wardrobe consists of:

  • 1 pair of jeans – dark wash skinny jeans
  • 3 pairs of shorts – plaid denim, grey high-waist chambray, & mustard velvet
  • 2 skirts – red chiffon maxi, & pleated blue shorter skirt (made from this dress!)
  • 1 blazer – rust colored boxy fit
  • 1 casual jacket – white over-sized
  • 1 cardigan – loose-fit cotton
  • 1 flannel button-up – plaid red/navy
  • 1 blouse – cream loose-fit
  • 2 dresses – one casual linen & one fancier strapless
  • 1 crop top – matches blue skirt (the skirt and top actually used to be a dress)
  • 4 t-shirts – drapey olive green, loose grey, v-neck grey, & fitted black
  • 3 tank tops – fitted turquiose, looser navy, and trapeze silk
  • 1 belt – brown
  • 1 hat – cotton
  • 1 scarf – multi-coloured stripes
  • 4 shoes – boots, nude heels, sandals, & flats
  • 3 bags – 1 large black, 1 medium white clutch, 1 small yellow

= 31 total!

So I actually ended up 2 short. Now I decided not to include jewelry because I usually only wear just a necklace (which I guess could count as another of the 33 items) but when I do wear jewelry I like to stack a lot of bracelets or wear multiple rings so I easily could have used half of the 33 items just on jewelry. Since this is my first time I’m going to try without including jewelry and depending how it goes, I might try including it next time. Also since I didn’t hit 33, I’m leaving the last items open (I honestly had a lot of trouble selecting other things I might want) and will fill them in if I feel like there’s something else I really need.

**I filmed an update video about how my first project 333 capsule wardrobe worked out.

If you are also doing project 333, building a capsule wardrobe, or just simplifying your closet, please let me know. I would love to see yours and hear any tips you have!

 

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