what’s going on with fast fashion pt 3

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The last post of the short series, part three! You might have already read the first 2, but here is my little spiel and description: 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 stigma, 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 3, where I’m going to discuss how you can change your lifestyle and what you can do to help! If you haven’t read part 1 or 2, it will make more sense so CLICK HERE and HERE!

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How to make a Flannel Shirt and Shorts

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Hello Everyone! I have been holding onto this super cute cactus kawaii flannel fabric. I had a yard of it, so I thought it would be nice to make some shorts and a shirt out of it. I really liked the print and thought making a matching outfit would be a cute idea. It took me one evening and a morning to make.

 

I’m sorry I don’t have any step-by-step pictures, I was moving too fast. 

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How to Make a Cozy Sweater

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Hello everyone! I MADE A SWEATER! *yay* I love making sweaters. This is a very easy DIY and it requires little sewing. I used a knit/fleece fabric and it took me less than one day to make. I bought 1 1/2 yards of fabric, but it depends on the size of the sweater. The fabric I’m using is so stretchy and warm. And I wanted the length to be longer but not to long so I made it where my wrists were on my hips. And my signature sleeves, extra extra long. It’s also perfect for the winter! And I had some extra fabric so I made matching shorts!

 

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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.

IMG_4229Before I made this sweatshirt, I made a comfy cross sweater. I had large scraps left over from it and made a color blocked sweatshirt. In a way you could say this sweatshirt is up-cyled from scraps.  I had a lot of fun making this and I skipped a lot of hemming because of the color blocked. I originally hadn’t planned for the colors to be like they are, but because of the size of the scraps.  Along with pictures of the sweat 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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PRINCE KITTY

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Chinna is wearing a sheer, sparkly, light purple dress with solid, light purple polka dots made from sparkle net material. On his head is a purple paper crown accented with white pom poms. In his paw is a purple staff. You can tell by now…his favorite color is purple.

Dress:

I made the dress from my sister’s old skirt. First, I measured my cat’s neck. Then, I cut the skirt in half. Following that, I cut the skirt so it measured the length of his neck plus 2 inches. I did not want it to be too short after I hemmed it. The top and bottom were already hemmed. I turned it over so the seam that was already there was on the outside, facing me. After that, I sewed the ends together. I turned the skirt inside out so that the seams were on the inside. When I tested it on him, he kept tripping, so I trimmed it only in the front section.

Crown:

Step 1) Cut a piece of construction paper in half horizontally. You will only be working with one half of the original paper for this project.

Step 2) Leave the bottom edge of your newly cut paper straight, as it is. Draw the crown point design along the top of the paper,  and cut along the lines in somewhat of a zigzag or triangular fashion.

Step 3) Measure your pet’s head to see where the crown will need to overlap and be glued or taped.

Step 4) Decorate!

Step 5) Use tacky glue or tape to add pom poms on each of the crown’s points.

Staff:

Step 1) Find a paper towel roll.

Step 2) Choose 2 pieces of colored paper. I recommend construction paper for its durability.

Step 3) Wrap the papers around the towel roll and tape the sides.

Step 4) Fringe around the the top of the paper towel roll with a scissor (only one opening of the roll). Cut about a half of an inch deep.

Step 5) Buy or find a  foam ball (I love to reuse and recycle objects, so be creative!) and place it in the tube. It has to be bigger than the top of the roll.

Step 6) To secure the ball to the  top of the staff, tape or glue each fringed piece of roll to the ball.

My cat Chinna loved the outfit so much he fell fast asleep in it! He sometimes gets his arm out through the neckhole. I might hem it later to fit more snuggly.

The dress can also be worn like a collar or scarf! Just fold the top of the dress over and pull it towards the neck.

Feel free to leave comments and photos below to show off your royal pets!