BEST DIY FACEMASKS

I actually started reesearch for this blog this spring when Covid-19 first presence in march. But Norway decided that facemasks is to difficult to use for the people of Norway, I kind of hung it right here. But now with Covid on the rise because traveling for a Norwegian is part of our basic needs😉.

After 1,5 weeks of recommendation to use masks in public transport , single use masks are to be found everywhere in the streets. You should think that disposing thrash into a trashcan shouldn’t be that hard, but obviously it is. One solution is to make your own fabric mask ❤️ It´s inexpensive, better for the invironment and better for your health. Yes breathing toxins from the prodution of single use masks have not been reesearched yet, but still other reesearch done from enveironmental toxins that we wear, eat and breathe does affect our health as a coctail effect we still does not know to what extent… I like to practise a better safe than sorry approch. If you want to do the same I suggest useing organic fabric, preferably dyed organic or with plant colors as well. If not just make sure you have washed it really well before you use it.

First is the choice of material, the ones that are proven to have the best effect according to medicalnewstoday.com is tightly woven cotton of 600 threads pr inch, and 2 sheets of chiffon made from polyester and spandex filter out 80-99% of partricles

Other materials that have done good is tightly woven cotton, (no, do not use a BANDANA) plus natural silk or flannel, and cotton quilt with cotton-polyester batting. Filters that have performed well is vacuum cleaner filters(not recommended in Norway) and Zwiffer refill dust cloths. It gets kind of technical when the best combination is a positively charged fabric and a negative charged fabric, but thats why you want to combine cotton with silk or a synthetic fiber. Anyhow what materials you choose, FIT of the mask is everything, it needs to be snug.

Materials NOT to use, include knits, because they stretch and make the fabric have more filtration. So no tshirt and sock masks should ever be made and used.

I made this fitted mask pattern that graded in 3 sizes. I find my 6 year old fit the small, myself the medium and my hubby the Large

Old school pattern drawn by hand

What you need

  • Printed pattern on A4 paper
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Woven cotton fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm
  • Filter fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm (silk or polyester chiffon) I will use polyester originally made to filtrate pollen
  • Polyester or silk fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm
  • Elastic band 6 mm
  • Metal tread ( 8 – 10 cm)
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Iron board
  • Iron

What to do

1. Use the paper scissor and cut out the preferred size

2. Iron the fabrics, remember different temperature for different fabrics

3. Fold the fabric, remember to fold with the direction of the tread in the fabric.

4. Pin the pattern on the fabric and cut around. Do the same with all the fabric layers

5. Pin together the mask front and sew a seam with 1 cm seam-allowance. Do the same with all the pieces

6. Iron down the middle of the seam, so the edges fold to each side. Use the edge of your Iron board. Do the same on all the pieces except. Remember the right temperature to each fabric

7. Cut small triangles in the seam allowance along the curvy seam on all pieces.

8. Pin the front of the mask together with the back with the seams facing out. Then fasten the filter ontop of the front with the seam-allowance facing inwards.

9. Sew a seam over the 3 layers on top of the mask and on the bottom with 1 cm allowance.

10. Cut off extra fabric on nose and chin.

11. Turn the face mask inside out.

12. Iron the edges.

13. Fold the metal wire after the shape of the nose.

14. Insert the metal wire and pin the edges down, marking with a pin where is starts and ends.

15. Sew one seam with stitches 4 mm, 0,3 cm from the edge. When getting to the wire sew around it at approx 0,75 cm.

16. Sew a topstitch seam on the bottom of the mask as well, 4 mm, 0,3 from the edge.

Point 17. 19. 20. 22

17. Pin all the 3 layers down in the remaining openings and sew a seam on both sides.

18. Try on the face mask and measure around the head (or around the ears) from one edge to another with a measuring tape. Measure the width of the mask. Add all the measures together and then add 2 cm. Size Large can look like this 43 cm (back head)+ 32 cm(neck) + 7 cm (side length) + 2 cm (seam allowance) = 84 cm. Cut the elastic band in the total measurement. Or you can just make a rough cut at 84 and avoid the math.

Point 18

19. Measure 1,5 cm, fold 0,5 cm around the elastic band, fold again so the measure is 1 cm. Iron and pin down. Make sure the elastic is loose and away from any pin.

20. Sew 0,2 cm from the edge with a 0,4 mm stitch. Repeat on the other side.

21. Try on the face mask to adjust the length of the elastic band. Then pin the ends together, let them overlap at 1 cm. Sew a zigzag seam back and forth to fasten. Adjust the elastic to hide the seam within one of the sides.

FINITO 💚👌🏼 enjoy your custom fitted face mask. Now you can experiment with all kinds of printed fabric or colors to match your outfits. Bring some FUN into Facemasks. They might be around for a while

STAY SAFE 😷✌🏼

Summer Caps Redesign

Do you have some old caps laying around? Maybe they have some spots or you just don’t feel their vibe anymore?

I had a couple of those that was in need of a upgrade. I will show you two methods you can use to upgrade your caps. One you do not even need to sew at all, the other one is a little more intricate, and requires a little more work and patience ❤ I use creation of redesigns as a form meditation, time I use on making something doesn’t really matter anymore. It is how you feel while creating that is the most important. ❤

What I used for “pura pinchi party”

  • Printer
  • Transferpaper for printer
  • Textile glue
  • piece of white cotton fabric 20 cm x 20 cm
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Black fabric pen (for drawing on the cap)
  • (Optional) sewing machine or needle and thread

1. Iron the piece of fabric

2. Place the fabric on top of the front of the caps, pin it so it lays flat and wrinkle free. Cut into the fabric where the line is rounded. Make a dart at the same place as the caps has before

3. Trace the exact line of the cap with a pencil.

4. Add 1 cm in seam-allowance and outline the shape with a ruler .

5. Do a couple of test prints so you find the rignt size of your picture. It needs to fit within the frame of the front cap pattern. Depending on the intended design of course 🙃

6. When the correct size is found. Make the final print on the transfer paper, make sure the paper inserted in the printer the correct way (always read instructions, and yes I have done this wrong many times 😉

7. Place the cap pattern ontop of the printed picture and trace the pattern, remove 1 cm (the seam allowance). It gets very thick if it is left on, so it is better to remove it.

8. Place the picture on the middle of fabric. Iron accordingly to the instuctions of the tranferpaper (mine needed a baking paper ontop and ironed on cotton setting for about 60 seconds)

9. Sew the dart, with machine or by hand. This can also be glued. But I think the results look better with a seam.

10. Cut small inserts around the rounded lines on the side, this helps the fabric lay smoother on the inside. Cut the extra fabric around the “button” on top of the cap so it fits.

11. Carefully fold and glue little by little.

Behold your creation of beauty ❤ ❤ ❤

I also added a mandala inspired drawing on the front cap to cover up a spot. 😉

On the second cap I have mixed painting, sewing, printing, and gluing. This cap I required in Mexico, where it was passed out to all the boys at the party. As the feminist I am, I had to claim it for my self. I think it now has turned out as real statement piece? Now is the question, will I dare to wear it?

I will not go too much in to all the small details of creation here, but give more of an overall idea to hopefully get you inspired enough to create your own design. ❤

What I used for “macho alfa”

  • Fabric paint from panduro, pink, green, blue, red, yellow, gold
  • Fabric pens,
  • Fabric glue
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread in ass colors
  • Old butterfly hairclip
  • Transfer paper (butterfly picture)
  • Vintage applique flower
  • Crochet tablecloths
  • Ass trims and laces
  • Dotting tool
  • Paint brushes

1. I painted the front of the cap with pink approx 3 times drying inbetween

2. Then I added gold dots around the red letters with a dotting tool

3. I painted the palm leaf on the cap with green color. This served a purpose since there was a spot. It works as a great coverup.

4. Creation of different flowers using trims, lace, and painted crochet linens. Every color is carefully chosen and put together according to the placement of the flower. So trying and visualization is important before I choose a color. Of course I painted more flowers than I really used 😉

5. The big flowers got sewn on and the small ones got fastened with fabric glue.

6. The final details on the cap was the butterflies and the metal star. The blue butterfly is created by picture print on transferpaper, ironed on a piece of fabric, then glued on. The black butterfly is an old hairclip I have saved, I removed the clip in the back and sewed it on by hand. The star was just something I had laying around, this was also just glued on.

This is how to easily upgrade some old caps, with just stuff you have laying around. It feels great to repurpose old items that would normally dusted away in a drawer or a cabinet. Only the imagination creates the limits here ❤

Rules Of Redesign

I need to share some thoughts about HOW TO redesign. Many people belive it is just taking something old or used and create something new with it but the WAY we do it is important to think about.

If we start redesigning from something that can be used the way it already is, or if we use SEVERAL items to create a ONE new. That would not be a sufficent use of resources or energy. In addition If we create more WASTE in the process that is not great, and I believe it kind of loses the whole point of redesigning.

In my redesign process I always check-in with my “Rules Of Redesign” before making a single sissor cut.

  • Is the quality good? To use quality fabrics is key to make something that will be long lasting. If you can steer away from polyester, acrylics, lycra, microfiber and opt for pure natural fibers instead,
  • Has the item fulfilled it’s puropse? Or would you use it as it is? If NO then remove and save everything that you are not going to use for later projects. Save buttons, zippers, rib hems, cool prints, labels etc.
  • Plan the design. Create something that will be used. Will I love it? This is important, loved things will be used and cared for; unloved, not so much.
  • Will I ruin more resources to create one thing? Is it worth it?
  • Will this design create more waste? I try to use as much as possible when ruining one item, or I save the leftovers for later. Zero waste would be the goal
  • Will I have fun doing this? Time is precious, there is not much point in doing something if it doesn’t give you a little tickle in your tummy ❤

By doing this I become more mindful of my designs, what the purpose of the item is, and what my needs and wants are.

I am going to show the process of when I redesigned a tunic I found at my local thrift store Fornebu Gjenbruk. I think the style is called Shalwar Kameez, and is a traditional combination dress with trousers, typically worn by women and some men in South and Central Asia. The trousers where missing so I only had the Tunic to work with. The quality I believe is pure cotton, with patterns stitched into the fabric. This is probably a homemade dress becouse it has no labels and several types of stitching on the inside. The seams have a lot of allowance which makes it useful during several stages in life, loosing or gaining weight or regifting.

My idea was to make this into a summerdress. To start with I made a sketch of the design I wanted. Unfortunately it got lost in the process, or else I would have shown it here. (Hot mess yes) I wanted to keep the main design of the dress, but make the dress cuter and more functional for HOT summer times in Mexico <3. So my plan was to cut off the sleeves, reuse the pattern on the bottom as a sleeve cap. Then I wanted to close the slits in the side, and make the dress shorter. Then I could’ use the bottom pattern as a belt.

So for me this checked everything on my Rules OF Redesign list. I would not use this design as it currently was. The quality was good. This was made to last from the beginning. The design was cute and functional, and redesigning it would not take any extra resources or create a lot of waste. Then I was ready to start cutting.

I ended up not using the details on the sleeve ends. They just did not work. The belt I made from the hems I cut off from the slits. In addition I added some tassels that I had saved from a blanket that couldn’t handle the realness of life. To make it coherent with the dress I just added a little piece of fabric with the pattern of the dress.

In the end the only leftover fabric was a tiny bit from adjusting the size of the dress, and the sleeves. The fabric is so pretty I will easily save it for later. ❤

What do you think about when you create your redesign?

Fashion vs Personal Style

Right at this time fashion weeks are roaring through the fashion capitols of the world. Have you lost your passion for fashion yet?

Now that we have entered 2020 I want to dare to ask the question, do we really need fashion at all? 

Fashion is per definition in the dictionary «a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour.»

Fast fashion is a concept supported by the companies that wants you to buy more and more to ensure continuous finacial growth. It is designed so it can keep us coming back for more. A lot of it is made of bad quality fabrics, seasonal trend colors, cuts, volumes, patterns and prints. It’s all made so you have to change your whole wardrobe frequently. Fashion also gets to decide who is HOT and who is NOT. It’s how we can separate the rich from the poor. The cool from the uncool. 

We need to start talking less about what is in fashion and more about personal style. We are all responsible for saving our planet, and to ensure our children have future. Now is time we clean up the mess, and start making changes. The way we think, behave and spend our money can make a huge difference. 

It is predicted that second hand shopping will grow and make up to 1/3 of the closet within 10 years.

This also means that people will become more creative with their clothing, reusing what they have, altering, redesinging, repearing and swapping. Building a wardrobe instead of throwing half the closet every season. 

The shift can start as soon as we start having a conversation about personal style instead of what is in fashion. 

This is a shirt I got from Fornebu Gjenbruk, a great local thriftstore. It has my colors, and is perfectly fitted my shape. I had a lot of fun redesigning it.

To me it is important to focus on the solutions rather than keep repeating the same problems. I belive if we switch our mindset from fashion to style we actually have a solution.

Style is defined as «a particular of doing or saying something, or refers to a unique form of clothing or way of arranging your appearance. An example of style is the way a person expresses themselves using what they are wearing.»

By switching our mindset from fashion to personal style, we will use our clothes much longer and only purchase new items when we really need them. (Insert quality items). But only when we start valuing our clothes and the work that goes into making then will we see a real and lasting change. (Try making a piece of clothing for yourself). That means purchasing quality clothes that can last for generations. Loving our clothes. We need to bring back the mentality from our grandparents. Take care of our clothes, reuse what you already have, and when its broken mend or redesign it. I belive there used to be a lot more pride in a personal collection of clothes, filled with quality items. Your grandparents had worked very hard to purchase their clothes or even made them their selves. Inheriting something like a quality dress or a suit could be seen as a big deal and a real honour.

I absolutely love this picture. It went viral some years ago, This is an interview with some school kids about the fact that we that don’t have school uniforms here in Norway. The kids are very sceptic to the consept of school uniforms, becouse then they couldn’t keep their personal style.

The creativity to updress clothes for festiveties was usually based around one dress or a suit, and using styling and acessories to make it more festive. Attatching removable collars and cuffs to dress up an everyday outfit. Using Belts, neclases, scarves, ribbons to spice it up. Repurpousing an old piece of clothing, like the wedding dress by redesigning it and dying it black. Then it could be used as a mourning dress 🖤

My grandparents did take care of their clothes because resourses where little. I believe we should do the same to save our planet and reduse our own footprint. 🌍 Some say that this environmental caring is just a trend and will pass soon. But I don’t think caring for our earth is a trend. Its brought on by deep care and concern. If we act now, we can actually make a change.

Personal style is something that doesn’t depend on what season we are in and what someone decides is considered fashion now. It is based on who you feel inside as a person and how you want to portray yourself. It is art, it is beauty.

When we start to develop a personal style, it is easier to create a wardrobe that will last you for years. That would be the base of a sustainable wardrobe for the 2020´s.

https://www.wiego.org/informal-economy/occupational-groups/garment-workers

https://www.scirp.org/Html/4-8301582_17027.htm

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/textile-wastewater

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/19/17800654/clothes-plastic-pollution-polyester-washing-machine

Rumper redesign

So before summer holidays I got this second hand rumper on a Norwegian thrift app called Tise, where you can sell and buy used clothes and accessories. Then I basically gave it a well needed facelift.

Since I am a very quick and updated person I choose to post this now as summer is over and we have officially entered september and a whole new season ❤ I hope I can bring you some inspiration anyway 😉✌🏻

Usaully I DO NOT BUY synthetics due to the micro plastic and that I basically don’t like the feel of it. But the colours and the pattern screamed my name. So I thought ok, I do have a guppyfriend for washing sooo. Anyway when I finally got it I really didnt feel the shape of it. Very trendy at the moment with the cut off leg on the middle of the leg. But that is not very flattering in my opinion. The sleeves was more of a butterfly cut. The whole rumper looked kind of frumpy to me.

Before I start the redesign process I like to ask some questions to ensure that this item will be used for more than one occation. I want my clothes to be in my closet for staycation and not vecation ❤

First question is

-What will I be using this garment for?

For me this was for summer holidays in Mexico. Which means approx 30-36 degrees everyday. But I also want this to be something I can wear on more chillier days as well

My second question is:

-How can I make this garment flattering for my body shape?

At the moment I am quite skinny and my body shape is an hourglass, so I usually don’t have that many problems when it comes to fit. But I like to enhance the hourglass shape. To be aware about what styles and colors you like, and what kind of body shape you have, makes it way easier to fill your wardrobe with clothes that are flattering, and you are in love with ❤ which is key for re-wearing your clothes.

The before picture

By cutting the legs above the knee, I make my legs look longer and give the rumper a more versatile look.

The sleeves was not great, so cutting off the butterfly wings made a huge difference. I was going to scrump the sholder line more, that would make the look even more feminine. But I choose not to. I love the clean and simple lines. And this rumper gives me a kinomo vibe. I can both use it with sneakers, flipflops or with heels for a more festive look.

Las Coloradas In Mexico

Instead of buing new clothes and by altering and redesigning clothes we can make a huge impact when it comes to saving water, energy and toxic pollution to save our earth. Use what you already have, swap, borrow or thrift 💚🌍♻️

What would you have done with this rumper?

Pants = shorts

Having a HOT girl, boy, man, woman, child summer still in august? But not enough shorts to wear?

So the planet is hot, and so can you be. By reusing something we already have we can reduse our imprint on mother earth. Right now EVERYTHING counts ❤ Just take some of your old worn out pants and make them into shorts.

How:

1. Cut off one leg of your pants in the desired length. I added some length as well to fold it up. Approx 2,5 cm + 1,5 cm. Fold the pants. Make sure you measure well before cutting the other leg off.

2. Fold, pin and iron.

3. Stitch it up, with a machine or by hand. I did not have my machine with me this summer holiday so I did a handstich with an invisible seam.

4. Wear proudly ❤

I forgot to take a before picture before I cut the legs off 🙈 but I have several after pics instead.

Here is a no makeup resting bitchface picture for you. You’re welcome.

Diy – upcycled headband

Are you sooooo bored of wearing the same wintercap the whole winter? Ready for a change? I was yesterday. So I made this headband from a old cap I have had laying around for years. What is better than buying something new? It is to repurpose something that you already have 💚 The look is a little russian inspired, but hey you gotta still keep warm when it’s winter. And the russians sure knows how to do that! I love the look of the thick headband. But if you don’t you can easily make it in to  a more narrow fit.

What you need

  • Old cap
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Some ribbon or fabrics to match
  • Measuring tape
  • Your head and a mirror ❤

1. First, cut the top of the cap. I only cut of about 8 cm. Then measure or fold it to make sure you cut it even on all sides.

2. Next you fold the edges towards the middle of the cap. Here you can choose the width of the head band (mine is 12,5 cm), also if you want the edges to meet in the middle. I left a gap of 2 cm. Then the headband will have more “shape” added in by beeing more narrow in the middle part. Fasten with pins and hand stitch and fold in rough edges. Use a cast over stitch which helps the material keep it stretch.

3. Choose the detailing for the front. I ended up with 2 layers of lace (to keep the finishing the same at both sides) wrinkle the headband together in the front, fasten with pins and hand stitch in the back. If you want a more toned down look you can repurpose the top of the cap you just cut off.

4. For the last detailing I added a silk ribbon that I fastened with a straight seam in the back.

Whatya think? Here is pictures of me not being able to casually look away and pretend like my picture is not being taken ❤

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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