News Flash!

Well, here it is! Barefoot Fashion is once again up and running. Its been a crazy year full of ups and downs, but now my bare feet are solidly on the ground again and I am ready to run.

My most constant companion!

Those of you who followed this blog before will notice that it has a new look. It also has a new purpose, or rather an expanded purpose. Now instead of simply educating the about slow, sustainable fashion it will also feature my new line of handmade, recycled, one-of-a-kind garments. I still intend to blog about pertinent news in the fashion industry and even share easy dyi projects, but I will also show off what is happening in my sewing room.

Currently I am working on putting together an assortment of dresses and tops to present to a two local businesses: one that specializes in green products and another that carries anything hippie. I am also planning a booth at a local folk festival in October. All while holding a full time job and juggling a few other miscellaneous balls! Wish me luck and follow my progress. I’ll keep you all posted!


Dreams of summer

It’s time to think about summer!  I love to use vintage sheet fabric, and here’s a great way!  Using two sheets and two 5-packs of boys tank-top undershirts I came out with ten super-cute nighties for under $20.  Here’s how I made them:

     cut the undershirts to the length you’d like (they are ordinarily quite long!)

     make a pattern (similar to mine if you want them super-twirly) and cut out the skirt pieces

     stitch the skirt pieces together and then to the tank top (stretch the tank top as you go and it’ll gather the skirt itself)

     cut out a cute picture from the sheet and quickly machine-applique it onto the tank top (if you want it cutesy!)


     . . .and wear!

These are so easy, inexpensive, and enjoyable to wear!

Here’s my pattern/diagram if you’re so inclined to try it yourself!

SO the measurement at the top is about 1/4 of your waist measurement, plus a little bit for comfort.  The A measurement equals the B measurement to keep the length uniform.  Cut it out on the fold, and make two per nightie.

🙂 Give it a try!
Sheila (my blog: troutwife)

Must See TV

I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a TV show than I am about this one! Featuring Shareen Mitchell, this series premiers April 19th at 10:30 on Planet Green. Mitchell is a self-taught designer whose whole design premise is making the old new again. she is also animate about her role of helping women see themselves as the beauties they really are. The frosting on the cake is Mitchell’s blog. I will be watching and reading.

Missy Men’s Wear

There is something amazingly fun and alluring about a women in men’s wear. Not all of us can pull it off head to toe like the lovely Diane Keaton, but any girl with sass can wear a few pieces here or there. Conveniently enough, thrift stores seem to have a plethora of high quality, like new garments for men. No matter how I try, I just can’t seem to resist buying some of these garments for myself.

To quickly and simply incorporate men’s wear into your wardrobe, consider putting a small twist on the garments original purpose.

  • ties look great worn scarf style…try two or three at a time
  • men’s dress shirts in big/tall sizes make great dresses…style with a wide belt and ankle boots
  • cut off a pair of suit pants and fold up into geeky, cute shorts…my favorite shorts are Goeffrey Beene cutoffs

For a one-of-a-kind addition to any wardrobe, men’s wear makes a great jumping off point. Upcycling is all the rage now and it is way more fun than waiting in line to get into a fitting room. I’ve made some fun outfits for myself and my children using cast off men’s wear, but I haven’t even imagined anything as cute as the designs offered by Caroline Hobbs at her etsy boutique The Painted Oyster. Despite the fact that I love upcycling my own creations, I just cannot convince myself that I don’t need one of these little numbers.

The Painted Oyster

Shirt Dresses by Caroline at The Painted Oyster