what’s going on with fast fashion pt 2

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Okay, if you’ve read part 1 you’ve seen this, but here’s the small spiel: We all say we want to help the environment, but that means more than just buying a trendy reusable straw. One of the biggest contributing factors some of the worlds most prominent problems has to do with fashion. As much as it pains me to say, the fashion world is flawed. Fast fashion, worker rights, non-inclusivity, racial discrimination, and so much more. While I will definitely expand on those topics in future posts, today I’m talking about fast fashion. In this 3 post series, I’m going to explore what it is, why it’s important, what you can do, and how you can do it. Get ready for part 2, where I’m going to talk about workers rights and fast fashion’s environmental impact! If you haven’t read part 1, it will make a lot more sense so CLICK HERE!

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the making of a vision board

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What else is there to do on a summer morning except to make a vision board. I like having order in my life, having a plan, a schedule. I obviously had to be even more planned and organized out, which led me to make a vision board. My sister and I cut things out of fashion magazines that “spoke to us”. What spoke to me were headlines about the women joining Congress. What spoke to my sister were ads for chocolate bars. That doesn’t matter, but we had fun collaging and were able to get through half a season of friends.

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7 Things You NEED to know about Eco-Friendly​ Fashion!

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Hello Everyone! In my last post from this series, I talked about Feminism and everything you need to know about it. I really loved writing about something important and also relevant to this blog and the world. In today’s post, I wanted to talk about Eco-Friendly Fashion. What it is, what brands are active with it, and a lot of more information that can help you live a more environmentally friendly life more easily. As I was writing this, I realized how uneducated I was on this topic, so I did a lot of research, for this post but mainly for myself. If you wanted to read more on this topic, at the very bottom of this post, there is a work cited section. After you read it, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Enjoy!

 

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How to Make a Pom Pom SWEATER!

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Hello Everyone! Yes anohther sweater. If you saw my Black Friday Post, then you now know what the surprise is. This DIY is really fun and different and easy. You can choose to add the pom pom to a sweater you already own, but I made mine from scratch. I already made a post on how to make a warm sweater, CLICK HERE. The size of the pom poms can vary, I used mini-rainbow ones, but that’s because my sister liked them better.

 

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My Sewing Mistakes, and how I learned From Them

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Hello Everyone! I’m going to be honest, I make a lot of mistakes. Not the usual amount, but a lot more. If I’m not in the right head set or if I’m too tired. And it’s really easy to make mistakes especially when sewing. Usually, I make the most mistakes when cutting fabric. No matter how many times I measure and measure, there is always a chance for a mistake.

HERE ARE SOME MISTAKES I’VE MADE AND HOW I’VE LEARNED FROM THEM!

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Making Shorts out of a Skirt DIY

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Hello Everyone! Summer is almost over, it’s time to clean our closets again. We ( My sister, mom, and I ) cleaned one and I found so many amazing upcyclable clothing. One of them, is a cute skirt that was old. It had a perfectly good zipper and two pockets. The fabric is an amazing lace and cotton, layered. It’s really easy to make and not time-consuming.

 

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DIY PJ shorts

Something I like to do for birthdays is make pajama shorts. I use their own shorts to make a pattern and trace that on the fabric. But before I start, I taking their measurements, waist and height of shorts. Usually I use a knit fabric which is their favorite colors. It’s the best way to get them something heartfelt and fun (at least sewing is fun  for me). Buying fabric is much cheaper than buying something. Here are some pictures of shorts I’ve made and an abridged version of instructions.

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Upcycled Beach Bag

Recently I upcycled a rough mini curtain into a tote bag. I rarely make up cycled bags or purses but the fabric was right for a bag. I loved the print and how durable it is.

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I cut out to rectangles and long handles and hemmed it. The rough fabric frayed very easily so I made took some extra steps to make sure it didn’t fray. In the front of the bag, there is a pocket large enough for a phone. I also have used it to hold chap stick and it hasn’t fallen out. Although The picture above, doesn’t show the pocket.

 

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Upcycled Cat Raincoat

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One of my favorite things to do is my clothing for pets. He actually lets me put clothes on him.IMG_1989

He never goes outside but he wears it to be in style. It is a basic shawl with a hood and a button in the front to keep it from falling off.

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I cut two quarter circles and sewed them write sides together and then flipped them inside out. Then I attached the hood and sewed the button in.

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If you are going to iron any type of material like this, I recommend putting another piece of fabric on top to prevent burning.
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Upcycled Off the Shoulder Shirt

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This was one of my favorite up- cycling project ever. I took a oversized mens shirt and made it into a off the shoulder shirt. It took me about an hour to make.

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The shirt was on sale at Walmart when we bought it.  The fabric is really soft and flowy. I love the red Hawaiian print. it’s a high to low shirt and has short sleeves. First I cut the top of the mens shirt off and trimmed the bottom to make it high to low. Then, I cut the sleeves using scraps.  I sewed the sleeves to the main piece and then sewed elastic across the entire hemmed piece. Lastly, I hemmed all the other edges.

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I normally wear it during the summer because of the fabric and length. Jeans and shorts go well with it. In the future, I would probably add straps to the actual shirt. This shirt was really fun to make.

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Color Blocked Sweatshirt

It can get a little boring during the summer. I didn’t have time to go to the store to get fabric. I looked in my fabric drawer and I saw a bag of scraps. There were a couple of large scraps. And I love to up-cycle so I thought it would be a good idea to make a quick little shirt.

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The front top portion is red and the bottom portion is black with a red pocket. The back top portion is black and the bottom is red. I cut the pieces extra big and then downsized from there. I love it so much because it’s loose and I can wear it in different types of weathers. It is thick but because of the neck hole and sleeves, it doesn’t over heat me. It’s made from a regular knit fabric. The colors look really good together.

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10 ways to be more GREEN

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Up-cycling, Recycling, anything that has to do with being GREEN, I love! There are many ways to become more GREEN and to help the community. These aren’t hard and don’t take time unless you want them too. And even though they’re easy doesn’t mean they don’t help.

1.  Get a Plant

Over 3.5 billion trees get cut down every year. Getting a small plant helps keep fresh air in your home, it helps the environment, and it makes your home GREEN . Plants aren’t even that expensive but they are helpful to the environment.

2. Get a Succulent

The most famous succulent are cacti. They don’t require much attention. You can keep them by a window and they’ll be fine. They also look cute.

3. Turn of Unneeded Lights

One of the most common ways money and energy gets wasted is when people accidentally keep lights on in their house unknowingly. Just by turning a couple of lights off helps a lot.

4. Cook Fresher with Fresher Foods

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Be green by using greens. Cooking with fresher food helps save transportation costs and helps the economy. It also can improve your health and cooking skills.

5. Turn the TV off

I’ll admit that I do watch TV more that I need to. But I am going to start watching less. It saves energy and can get you to do more productive stuff.

6.  Think about a Mini Compost Bin

They are simple to make, (and cheap ). They just require a little bit of effort.  Do some research before making one, but they help the environment a huge amount.

7.  Walk to Near by Places

Everyone can benefit from exercise. You can walk instead of taking to car which saves money spent on gas. It can also decrease pollution from the cars.

8. RECYCLE

This one is a classic. Everyone knows recycling is good but not everyone follows through with it. Putting a sign on top of it might give attention.

9. Do Some Up-Cycling

Upcycling is a great way to spend your time. Take some old clothing and repurpose them. You don’t have to stop at clothes, repurposing old every day items like pots or boxes work fine too.  Click Here or Here to get some up cycling ideas.

10. Grow a Garden

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Growing a garden is beneficial in so many ways. You can buy seeds from places like Home Depot and Grocery Stores or Farmer Market.

 

 

 

Imagine what would happen if everyone did a couple of these.

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