Posts Tagged ‘sustainable fashion’

boat neck ANEGADA top + giveaway

Boat Neck Anegada top in French Terry || sewn by a happy stitch
The latest pattern is out from Halfmoon Atelier and it’s oozing with the sexy casual style characteristic of all of Meghann’s patterns.  It’s called the Boat Neck Anegada and it’s defining features are definitely the wide neckline with overlapping shoulder portions. It gives it a very feminine, laid back look that basically screams, “Oh look at me, looking all cozy and super sexy cute.”  I guess I would call it non-chalant. There is a little bit of Flashdance in this top, in a very good way. Know what I mean?  I mean who says that being comfortable can’t look adorable!?   (more…)

The Nothing New Project – a year of used, handmade and swapped

the nothing new project- my year of used, handmade and swapped

At the beginning of the year I committed to buying no new clothes all year long and I’ve been sticking to it for the last five months.  After a while I started thinking of it as “the nothing new project”.  You know, as in…I’m not buying anything new.  But also as in “eh, no big deal…it’s nothing new” because I kind of needed to convince myself of that and I also wanted to recognize that for many generations buying new clothes was a luxury.   My grandmother, for example, would have mended garments until they were threadbare and sewn everything else, including men’s work shirts and suits.  It’s good for me to remember that the shift toward cheap, new clothing is a wild extravagance not a necessity.

That said, I do want to feel cute, sexy and fashionable and the world of fast-fashion makes finding a balance tricky.  Trends swing wildly from skinny jeans to wide cullottes; certain styles quickly become old and out-dated. It leaves me with competing emotions; I want to stop the wasteful consumption of new clothes but don’t want to stop dressing well.  I don’t want to become a woman who looks like she has ‘given up’ and is wearing the same sweatpants from 10 years ago. (Well, ok, I don’t want to look like that every day; some days I am just fine with that look).  Or, whose every outfit has that tell-tale 80’s look that is just to easy to end up with when thrift store shopping.  I have to admit that how I dress is important to me. I feel good when I like what I’m wearing, when I feel like what I’m wearing fits me well, looks good and fits who I am.  So at the same time as I don’t want to buy anything new I do want to feel like my wardrobe is fresh and fun.  That’s why I’m selectively buying used clothing, sewing handmade and swapping enough clothes to feel not only fully outfitted but (mostly) guilt-free!

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