Patch it UP

Patch it up (1)Do you have kids? If you do you would know all about how fast they wear out clothes. It’s insane, my son is 4 and he can break a pair of pants by his 3rd wear. Always on the same knee. As a parent I really don’t want to buy clothes all the time. The amount of clothes you have to buy just because of growth is crazy. That is really not sustainable, or good for your wallet. But there are some things you can do, like clothes swapping, buy used and YEAH fix things when they are broken!! ❤

When you do buy new things, buy things with good quality and opt for the options that causes the least harm to the environment. The options are starting to become more available, as the trend of eco-consciousness is reaching the chains as well. (Finally) ❤️😊

Anywayz lets get back to patching. This is such an super easy fix for en-longing the life span of your clothes, not only pants but jackets as well. If you add a patch with your kids favorite superhero. The item is not only fixed, it is upgraded to the coolest item in the wardrobe.

What you need;

  • The broken pants or jacket
  • 1 pair of sissors
  • Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 1 piece of fabric in the same thickness as the broken one
  • 1 iron-on patch with a motive
  • 1 cloth to cover the iron on patch
  • 8 pins

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  1. Measure the hole and add a couple of centimeters to be sure the patch will cover up the hole. Draw up the patch on the back of the piece of extra fabric, using chalk and a ruler. Cut it out.
  2. Place the iron-on patch in the middle of the patch. Set the iron to cotton. Cover the patches with the cloth. Iron for 30 sec to 1 min. Do the same on the back of the fabric.
  3. Sew a straight seam around the iron-on patch, just to be sure it does not fall off. Sew a zig-zag around the edge of the patch. width 5 mm and length 3 mm works well as a a setting.
  4. Pin the patch over the whole. Remember to lay the pants flat before you start pinning.
  5. Sew on the patch using a straight seam close to the hem. Sometimes the clothes are really small and navigating with a machine can be hard. Then using a needle and thread, stitching it on by hand is way easier.

So easy, don’t you think? Ruined pants become like new, just with much more personality and love in them ❤

I hope you liked this tutorial. Thx for reading ❤

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Sweater weather

codegreenbysoamado (5)2So finally it seems like winter is upon us. The degrees have fallen below 0 in the couple of days and the first snow has arrived. The need for warm sweaters, hot tea, blankets and flickering candles is real ❤

So since the latest wool sweater I bought had been attacked by moths, I thought it needed some extra love. So I decided it should have a upgrade and a pinch of color. (I need color, all grey just makes me sad)

I will show you a super easy way you can upgrade your sweaters, and seriously it doesn’t take that long either 😉

What you need

  • Patch in your preferred design
  • Iron
  • Iron-board (or use a towel)
  • Pins
  • Cloth (to cover the patch)
  • Needle
  • Yarn for embroidery
  • Scissors

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Iron on the patch

  1. Start with placing your patch. To be sure of the placement, pin it in place and try on the sweater so you know it looks alright.
  2. Then set your iron to cotton (low) with no steam. To make the glue set you need a high temperature even if the fabric is much gentler, like wool. Cover the patch and the sweater with a cloth and iron it for 30 sec to 1 min. let it cool and check if it stuck to the fabric. If not repeat the process.
  3. turn the sweater inside out, cover with a cloth. Then iron the back of the patch.

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Sew loop hem around neckline

  1. Cut off around 50-70 cm from the yarn. Prepare the thread by making a knot on the end. Thread the yarn into the needle.
  2. Decide where you want to start the hem. I recommend that you start in the V on the V-neck or on the shoulder seam if you have a round-neck sweater.
  3. Pull the needle through the fabric, fasten the thread by pulling the thread until it stops by the knot. Then put the needle back in the same hole back through the fabric. Pull the thread until you get a little loop. Decide the length of the stitch, mine is approx 4 mm, and make sure your thread goes through the loop. Pull the thread so the stitch sits naturally on the fabric.
  4. Next, you make a loop again by putting the needle back in the same hole as the tread. Repeat until you have sewn around the neckline. Fasten the tread with making a knot on the back of the fabric.

Then it is d.o.n.e!  It doesn’t have to be much to make a piece of clothing unique and personal.

Thx for reading and enjoy my goofy looking face. The sweater turned out pretty good though.  ❤ This one will definitely be a good friend this winter.

 

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Fall for the coat

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Due to the fact that it is actually middle of October, it is getting colder here in Norway and Winter IS coming, 4 real. Again I am a little late realizing it was time for an upgrade of the fall jacket. To be more sustainable I wanted to opt for a used option. No hunt was needed, there she was hanging at my local thrift store. A-shaped. Short length, but not to short. Big nice hoodie. Trumpet sleeves. A little abused, but still cute. Missing one button, and a couple of other loose ones. She shows clear signs of use by the pilling of the fabric. But all in all this is an easy fix.

Some of the fun with getting pre-owned clothes is that they carry stories with them. I believe this especially applies to jackets because they don’t get washed that often.  This is what I found out about the previous owner just by fixing this coat. She has long blond hair, likes trips to the woods, has petted an animal at least once, moves like a normal person, eats fish and uses toilet paper.

Fall is here!

The total time I used to get this darling in order was approx 30 min. I had an old single black and white button in the same size that I used. luckily the button lost was on the inside, so I did not really need an identical button. No need to interfere with the design, I think it looks great the way it is ❤ So I also needed to fasten two other buttons. Then I went over the whole coat with a pair of scissor, and cut off the pilling. Places to look for is under the arms, hemline, pockets, neckline and sleeves. To finish her off I went over with roll of tape to catch any hairs or loose fabric.

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Here is some couple of things to look for when you buy a used jacket. 

-Purpose. What will you be using the jacket for? Can it work for several types of outfits? The chances for it to be used is better if it can be used with the rest of your excising wardrobe.

-Quality of the material, does it match its purpose? If it is for winter it should have some content of wool in it to keep you warm.

-Fixing. Does it need repairing? is it something you can fix your self or do you need a tailor?

I love this coat. it makes me feel like little red riding hood or one of the dark riders in lord of the rings, depending on the mood. 😂 ❤

Thx for reading. Let me know, would you dare to fall for a used jacket?

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