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!

Wearable Collections

The three “R”‘s…reduce, reuse, recycle….by now, every school child in the nation had them ingrained in their mind. Yet, the fashion/textile industry remains one of the most wasteful in existence. At the consumer level, there are very few options for American fashionistas wishing to participate in the final “r.” For the most part, it would seem that textile items past the stage of reuse are destined for the landfill.

Although their outreach is not nearly as vast as the UK’s wide-spread and highly efficient Wilcox, Wearable Collections has made a great start. Hopefully, they are just a hint of what is to come.

Going Postal?

As an eco-fashionista, I know that buying local is usually the most environmentally sound decision, but let’s be real. Often times, what I want or need is not available on the local market. Since mail order companies usually have the most diverse selection of eco-friendly, sustainable clothing, I often find myself shopping on-line (not to mention that I am helplessly addicted to both etsy and ebay). This makes the issue of greener shipping very real to me.

Today while I was in line at the post office, I noticed a flier of the USPS new green movement. Not only have they recently issued a set of eco-advice stamps, but apparently have been working on their ecological footprint for a while now. There is an entire website dedicated to this initiative and I must admit that it is quite impressive. Everything from the day-to-day function of the postal service to the creation of shipping cartons is being ecologically improved. When considering the greenest shipping option the site makes this very valid point about fuel conservation, “When you order a product on online, choose the Postal Service to deliver it. We are already coming to your house 6 days a week so it’s not an extra trip for us.”

Now, shipping USPS is more than just a convenience issue. It may just be the most eco-friendly choice as well.

*Image is property of the USPS.

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!)

     hem

     . . .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)

Its Not Raining…YET

May starts the rainy season here in South Florida. By “rain” I don’t mean drizzle, I mean torrential down pour. Determined that I will not spend another rainy season slogging through dirty water with out the protection of rain boots, I did a bit of research. Like I said in an earlier post, rubber takes at least 1,000 years to decompose so I was naturally skeptical about buying a new pair of boots and I haven’t had much luck in that department at the thrift stores. The good news is, there are ways to recycle rubber. Although it isn’t picked up at curb side like glass, paper, and plastic most city recycling centers do accept rubber for recycling. Recycled rubber can be made into new consumer goods such as shoes and rubber matting or chipped to make playground mulch.