Sustainable Fashion Rethinking

Sustainability is a popular word lately. The more we realize that the resources from our planet is limited, the more we need to rethink about everything, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the things we use, the way we use them. It’s all connected together. There are many factors to consider when it comes to sustainable fashion.

Design is the first step. It starts with the concept before a clothing item is born. As designer they have to think about whether the design is wearable. When clothes end up not sold it’s a big waste. Perhaps they shouldn’t even be created from the beginning. Materials are another important factor. Does the production of raw material require a lot of energy? Is it environment-friendly? Which materials would be preferable, man made or derived from animals?

Annika Matilda Wendelboe from Sweden is one of the first designers to use organic and Cradle to Cradle certifiedCM materials which could be safely composted when the garments reach the end of their life. Many of her clothes are creative and multifunctional. This Lille Prinsen (Little Prince) jacket is made from hemp, a very environment-friendly material, could be machine-washed and could be worn with the scarf on or without.

Production involves textile weaving, dying, pattern cutting and sewing etc. There are always new technology to aid the process, such as using software to facilitate the pattern cutting, so there would be less waste throwing away. Using non-toxic dying method greatly benefits people involved in the manufacturing and also the environment.

Creative pattern cutting from The North Face Zero Waste Project products as little waste as possible .

Nowadays a lot of clothes are produced in Asia, which means they usually have to travel a long way until they reach the customers. Transportation is one important thing to consider. Packaging could contribute to another unnecessary waste. Storage such as warehouse also requires energy, especially in places where weather can be detrimental to the clothes. Whether the materials are fair-trade or the clothes are ethically made can play a big role for the local communities.

Isabell de Hillerin is working with local manufacturers in Romania and Moldova to support the production of handmade materials, which are then beautifully and skillfully incorporated into her excellent well-cut pieces.

This stage is mostly related to us consumers. We should use our clothes as often as possible, this means that we have to be conscious of what suits us best and what to buy, so we don’t end up hanging those in the closet only. The cleaning method of the clothes is also important. If the clothes has to be dry-cleaned, it not only adds to the bills but also pollutes the environment when non-green products are using. I personally prefer those items that could be cleaned and cared at home. Clothing company can teach customers how to take care of their clothes so the clothes last longer. Company can also consider providing repairing service, which could prolong the life time of clothing.

Nudie Jeans is one company that provides repairing service for your favorite Nudie jeans.

When a piece of clothes served its term and is no longer flattering, we need to think about how we could use the last bits. Upcycling is great as there are numerous innovative ways to sew different pieces from old clothes to make them a piece of “new” clothes. With new technology now it’s also possible to recycle many fabric fibers from the old clothes.

HM Conscious Exclusive Collection 2016: Materials include organic silk, hemp, recycled linen and Tencel® blends as well as new innovative materials, such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass, and Denimite − fabric made from recycled worn-out denim, of which H&M is the first fashion company to utilize.

As consumers we probably don’t have direct controls in many of the stages, but we can always choose the clothes using sustainable materials such as organic cotton or recycled materials, locally or ethically produced, that have time-less design and are durable so we could use it longer. I also hope those eco-friendly clothes will be affordable so many people will wear them. Green fashion needs to be in everybody’s life, not another new line of “luxury” which are only accessible to a few.

How to Hem Pants – Step by Step for Beginner

For a petite, learning how to hem is almost essential, unless you can hire a tailor or stick to petite brands only (but hey, even petite brands don’t always provide the right length, right?). So last weekend I got to learn a bit how to do a simple hemming with a sewing machine at Inger’s.

This is a Zara casual suit pants with side zipper, EU size XS. The material is stretchable cotton and polyester blend. It has nice side slits and industry-made invisible line at the hem, but for me it’s too advanced to recreate the same, so I decide to do the simplest hemming, which is double fold and sewing together. Remember the material is stretchable, so when you sew make sure that you stretch the material as well, so the lines don’t end up being too tight. I also suggest that you practice sewing some lines first if it’s the first time you use the sewing machine, and do it with a supervisor! Or perhaps practice on some pants you don’t mind “destroying accidentally” first, heehee!

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Little Black Dress Remake

Have you ever bought something simply because it’s cheap but ended up not wearing it often? I certainly did. Sometimes we only look at certain aspects when we shop at sale instead of the whole picture. That happens especially a lot when we’re not familiar with style and quality that we want yet.

I got this black dress because it has the right waist line, and the length of the skirt is just right, as the hem ends above my knee. However, what I don’t like is the puffy sleeves. It also makes it difficult to wear with other clothes, as the sleeves tend to bumpy. I ended up not wearing it often. The other day I decided to remove the sleeves. I have zero experience in sewing, nor do I have a sewing machine, so the whole work was quite tedious and time-consuming, I would say. To do that I used a small scissors to reap the seam first, then did some overlock stitches to secure the fabric, at last I did invisible stitches to sew the shell and lining pieces together. Since my hand stitches are so ugly, I decided not to put here as an example, lol. Anyway, the result is better than before, so even it took me a long time, I am quite satisfied for now.
Remake - removing puffy sleeves

I felt happier wearing this dress now and it’s easy to add a blazer over it, when the spring is still chilly in Stockholm. I styled it with a big irregular pearl necklace and a thin white belt, as the waist part is slightly loose but I am way too green to modify that.
Little Black Dress Remake

HM sunglasses / Faux Pearl Necklace /HM shoes / HM bag

Perhaps you also have such a piece in your wardrobe that could be reused after some remake? Please share!

How to Break in New Shoes

When I used to wear sport shoes, I usually have no problem with them. However, when I started to wear other shoes, even simple flat ballerina shoes, the old annoying blister causing friction problem came back. Here is what I did for my new shoes.

How to Break in New Shoes

For me the most serious problem lies on the heels, so I placed a band-aid around the red skin area on my heels caused by the friction. Then I lined the heel part with padded heel liners. I didn’t do it according to the instruction as the middle part, where it hurt most, is strangely not padded, so I tried to place it a bit on the side. Or perhaps I should search for another type of heel liners next time lol. Then I wore a pair of thick socks and wear my new shoes at home for a week or so. By this way it helps make the shoes more adjusted to my feet, then I can wear it with bare feet more comfortably outside.

Dear readers, what is your shoe problem and how do you deal with it?

My Favorite Petite Fashion Blogs

My interest in fashion only develops recently when I decided to give up my childish T-shirts and sporty tights to dress more stylishly and properly to my age. The first thing I do is of course to look for successful petite bloggers and learn from them.

Here are four blogs that I like and would love to share.

Jean | Extra Petite
Jean is an Asian girl based in Boston. She is famous for her sweet and cute style that could be applied easily to petites. I especially love her choices of feminine dresses and I think it suits her really well. Her early posts on DIYs are also very useful for girls who like to play with sewing machine.
Extra Petite

Sarah | Framboise Fashion
I think anyone would agree with me that Sarah is stunningly beautiful and has an angelic face with lovely smile. Her blog is full of quality shots of outfits and travels. Rumors say that she’s also a petite, but she dares to break the rules by wearing those casual jeans, loose jackets and long coat and she looks great! I look up to her for some comfy inspiration.
Franboise Fashion

Kelly | Alternations Needed
Kelly is a lover of jeans and men’s wears. I absolutely love her chic style, with those neutral colors and layers. She provides a lot of tips on alternations, which is very useful for petites, especially when you need a bit extra touch on the jackets or shirts you get from boy’s department.
Alternations Needed

Paulina | Kapuczina
To be honest I don’t know if Paulina is a petite, but judging from her pictures I feel that she’s not those “professional model” type, that means her style can be a petite-inspiration. She has an elegant, clean and simple style, using a lot of basics from inexpensive brands. I especially like that she preaches minimalism – slow life and slow fashion.

Dear readers, what are your favorites? Please share!