Who Made My Clothes?

It’s Monday Makers’! And the start of fashion revolution week. Fast fashion effects us all. It’s been 5 years (April 24,2013) since the tragic Rana Plaza tragedy that killed 1,138 garment factory workers in a commercial complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The tragedy, enabled by political corruption and fuelled by corporate greed (three floors were illegally added), is the deadliest garment factory collapse in history, further injuring more than 2,000 workers, most of whom were women and children. So while we’re getting dressed this week  or shopping for that latest trend………lets ask ourselves and really think about;

#whomademyclothes ?

Then take action-Think Slow Fashion before you buy this summer. Share or Repair garments, shoes and the like. Hold clothing companies , celebrities and manufacturers accountable for their brands and productions. Support workers rights for a livable wage and safe work environment. Because…..




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Spring/Summer Colour-Skagit Valley Inspiration

Here’s a short fly-over of how our valley looks this week. If you’re looking for spring/summer colour for your next sewing project perhaps this will inspire. Enjoy!

View Fly-over here
Media credit: King5 drone Dexter and K5Greg

Oh and if you’re near PNW, bring the family, come up and enjoy the view in person. Our Skagit Valley Tulip Festival street faire is happening the weekend too. FMI: Tulip Fest Street Faire


P.S.note-can’t embed iframe code in wp,sorry ;(

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Monday Motivation- DIY Kurti

It’s Monday again Makers’ and record rain here in the PNW! Keeping my slicker handy and my wellies at the ready. 😉  I know I haven’t been posting much of my makes of late. Change is in the air and life has a way of ‘getting in the way’. LOL. So today I thought I’d touch base with you lovely readers and fellow makers with this short kurti upcycle post.

Remember about a year ago I found a snazzy retro 60’s looking rayon summer dress that was way too big for me? I thought it would make a fab pair of palazzo pants. Well, I changed my mind. I deconstructed it an cut it up to fashion a sleeveless kurti. I love the simple versatility of a kurti.  I also used up some scrap calico (given to me by fellow diy’r -D) for the Nehru collar ,placket and armholes. The contrasting color combo was a big step out of my style box, but taking risk in design is what makes our DIY creations unique,right? (shoutout ❤ to D)

Handmade Kurti from upcycle dess

I cut the top off just under the armholes. I used my self drafted kurti pattern and collar  for what was left of the material. There are many tutes online if you want to do one yourself. I highly recommend Savi’s Studio video.   After much thought, I decided to use a slit neck design and sew a simple decorative placket in front. This way I could make the neck a bit more modest. I didn’t need to do anything for the hem or side vent, as I just left the bottom of the dress as is. Made the whole process easy peasy. I used up the top part  I cut off for some slouchy big pockets in front. You know me, pockets are a must! I’m going to love layering this with a pair of white linen peddle pushers and beach sandles and I can layer it over a summer silk turtle neck for ‘summer’ days in the PNW.

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Happy sewing Makers,Cheers!

P.S. Shoutout to fashion blogger Anita at Look for the Woman for her twitter poke last week. Her recent post ‘5 Worst blogging Mistakes’ motivated me to post possible. ❤


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