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Zero Waste

Google Zero Waste clothing. There’s a ton of stuff out there, right? “Zero waste clothing” is a subset of the sustainable clothing movement referring specifically to clothing manufactured with no waste.

How nice of Joost de Cock, pattern maker and philanthropist, to make this simple version available to anyone, anytime, any where at www.makemypattern.com. And at no cost! He calls it the Tokyo Top and you must just go to his fabulous website to learn more and make one for yourself.

I prance about the house feeling frisky in this slinky red ankle-length version.  I also made one in a bright yellow jersey, which I use for a bathing suit coverup.

Only a small sliver of fabric is cut from this clever take on a large folded rectangle. As soon as I saw the sliver I knew it could be fashioned into an embellishment. So each of my Tokyo Tops has a jaunty flower on the shoulder. Hope you love yours as much as I do mine. Don’t forget to buy Joost a cup of coffee by donating to his site when you get there.

Ooooh, Lookie! My Site Crashed

Anyone who’s worked in print journalism knows on some level her life’s work will end up lining the bottom of somebody’s bird cage. I accepted that as part of the ephemeral nature of daily news reporting. You could even think of it as a positive spin on the fate of the written word; at least there was a way to recycle old newspapers.

But what’s the use of the little bytes of data that have been permanently misplaced after a website cash? Old blog posts can’t even be recycled as bird-doo catchers. I’m pretty sure I’m not bitter nor philosophical about this turn of events.

Just amazed! Lookie…now you see it, now you don’t. Where did my 2016 posts go?

 

Hollyburn Sew Along

I’m so proud to post this badge: I participated in my first sew-along. As the (charmingly yellow!)  badge reveals, the sew-along was hosted at www.mymessings.blogspot.com.  (Which is in Melbourne, Australia, so I’ve been virtually travelling!) You can visit over there to see the indie pattern company Sewaholic‘s skirt as sewn by other participants.

Craft as Therapy Hollyburn skirt model 005 Craft as Therapy Hollyburn skirt model 001 I Googled “sew along” and found many sites where one can join in this activity, which is kind of a cross between a tutorial and a quilting bee. The Sew Along-er or sets the pace, stepping the Sew Along-ees through a pattern for which they have previously bought fabric and notions.  See? More interactive than a tutorial and more instructive than a quilting bee. And if you want to show off your handiwork, you have to finish it, so it’s very motivational, too. The instructions stay up at the website, though, and you can go back and do the sew along at any point later, too. I don’t think my first sew along will be my last!

It was a happy coincidence that my daughter had to swing home from college anyway and could model the skirt I made for her. It’s done up in a quilt weight cotton because her first employment after graduating with her journalism degree is a reporting job. In Texas. In the summer.  Hot, hot, hot! She loves the skirt in the shortest, fullest view (C) and I’m following it up with cool fabrics in views A and B, too.

Teeny Leetle Needle Book

Garden Party Dress

Wishing I had taken a better picture of my first original design!