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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!

 

Makeup Collection Makeover

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My makeup detox is pretty much finished. Using almost all natural beauty products for the last month or so I have already noticed improvements in my skin and I feel so much better using only cruelty-free products.

Simplifying felt great, going through by makeup I realized there were so many products I hardly ever used. I found it easiest to start my replacing the products I use everyday (mascara, concealer, brown powder/pencil, blush, and a face powder) and then build from there. Here is my old and new makeup collection:

My switch to natural makeup

 (there is arrowroot powder in the yellow tin)

My makeup bag is much smaller which I love and it means I now actually use all the products I own! So far every new product I’ve tried has been comparable, most even better than, what I had before. I’ve found the hardest thing has been having to order makeup online and not being able to get a very good sense on what the colour is actually like.

I am continuing to try new brands to find the products that I really love and will be making videos for my YouTube channel about different natural beauty products. I also always appreciate any recommendations!

How To Turn A Dress Into A Skirt

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If you have a dress that you’re a little tired of, turning it into a skirt is a perfect way to give it new life. Depending on your dress you can even make matching separates (I like my results so much I even included them in my summer capsule wardrobe)!

This is a tutorial designed for a fitted dress with a waist seam* and a zipper. It is a project that requires some basic sewing skills, a sewing machine, pins, thread, a pair of scissors, and an iron is also helpful. You might also want a hook and eye and depending on your skirt, some elastic, grosgrain ribbon, or bias tape – see step 7.

Dress to Skirt sewing tutorial

 

*If your dress doesn’t have a waist seam, you can still turn it into a skirt but you will have to draw a line at the waist and cut above that, you might also need to add elastic or a band to ensure that it fits your waist.

 

Here’s how you do it:

Separate1. Zip the zipper to the very bottom (it’s important that the zip stays at the bottom, because you will be cutting the zipper and need to make sure it doesn’t come off).

2. Unpick the area at and above the waist seam, unpick through all stitching in this area (roughly 1-2 in.) so the zipper is unattached.

3. Cut above the waist seam all around the fabric (I cut about a 1/2 in. above the waist because I still want to make a cropped top with the top part, if you don’t want to use the top part, I would recommend cutting about 1 in. above the waist seam).

4. Cut the zipper (between the teeth if metal) about another 1/4 in. above where you cut the waist.

5. Press down the cut edge along the original waist seam. If your dress has a lining or waistband (like mine) ie. you had to cut through multiple layers, press the cut edges towards each other creating a clean finish.

Press

 

6. Take the zipper ends and bend behind the waist seam, pinning and hand-tacking in place.

pin zipper
inside zipper view

– Either fold the cut end over the zipper or sandwich between outside and inside layers. This is a great trick for shortening any zippers at the top. If you want, for extra security you can also hand sew a thread stop at the top by wrapping thread between the teeth at the end.

Pin Zipper
outside zipper view

 

7. Stitch along top edge, stitching down the cut edge and trapping the zipper (be careful stitching around zipper teeth! It’s a good idea to just use the handwheel in that area so you don’t wreck your needles on the zipper).

– Depending how you want your waistband to look and feel there are a few different optional ways of finishing the waist:

  • you can add a grosgrain ribbon on the inside for stability and a clean finish
  • you can stitch on an elastic if it needs to more fitted
  • you can add bias tape to the inside edge for a clean finish
  • you can also top-stitch across at multiple allowances for stability and a top-stitch look

Finished zipper

* Your waist will have stitching along the top. My waist band had a flap over it, so I decided to stitch under the flap.

8. After everything is finished on the waist, you can also add a hook and eye at the top of the zipper. This will relieve pressure on the zipper (so it won’t unzip while you’re wearing it!) and will hold the waist seam.

 

I hope these instruction are clear, if you have any questions please ask! Also if you’ve tried this project I would love to see your new skirt!

 

 

DIY Scrap Material Bunny

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Have small pieces of fabric? Why not make this little bunny.

DIY little bunny - free sewing pattern

 

It was designed to use up scrap fabric from some of the clothing projects I’ve recently made. You can click on the picture or this link to be taken to the Fallow Slow Goods blog where you can view and save the pdf pattern which can be printed on a regular sheet of paper.

This little bunny looks great made out of all kinds of material – especially printed pieces! The finished project is about 5in tall, but you can also scale up or down the pattern on your computer if you want to make it in different sizes.

Happy sewing!

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