Jacket Facelift

I just want to share a super easy way to upgrade your old jacket. This is really the simplest way to bring some new life to an old jacket.

Jacket facelift = new excitement = longer wear 💚. The most environment friendly thing we can do is to use what we already HAVE, instead of buying USED or NEW clothing. Adding a personal touch to your clothes makes you have a stronger relationship with them, and it will be much harder to break up with them. 💔 Loved clothes last longer because we take better care of them.

This styling I did for a friend of mine. My passion is definetly to tell others how to do things 😂 but sometimes I do forget that not everybody thinks this is so easy as I believe it is (my forgotten degree in fashion might have something to do with it). Since this practically takes no time (max 1 hour) I decided I could just do it my self, and THEN tell all of you how easy it was instead.

What you need

  • Printer
  • Transfer paper
  • Piece of fabric approx A4
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Thread in chosen color
  • Trims for decoration
  • Iron
  • Iron board or towels
  • Baking sheets

1. Choose a picture you would love to decorate your jacket with

2. Print your transfer-picture accordingly to the instructions following. Some pictures need to be flipped. Also make sure you add the correct side in the printer.

3. Iron the transfer sheet on to the piece of fabric using the instructions. Use the baking sheet between the picture and the iron.

4. Pin the picture onto the jacket. Zigzag around the edge. I used the button-hole seam to get the seam tight enough.

5. Decorate around with trims you like. That matches or mismatches the picture.

Enjoy your masterpiece 💚 easy peasy

My friend was very happy with her Frida Charlo picture and the vintage lace trim 😉❤

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.

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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 ❤

How to make pom-poms

pom poms (4)Do you need to make pom-poms? Well here is an easy DIY on exactly that.

Pom-poms can be used for so many tings, from upgradeing your sweater to make it more Christmasy, party decorations, headbands, you name it. Your creativity is the limit here. I will use it to upgrade an old worn out cap.

What you need 

  • Cardboard
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Ruler
  • Compass or something round you can trace

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  1. Decide what size your pompom should have. Mine will be big, so I chose diameter 8 cm. This is very easy to do with a compass, if you don’t have one you have to find a item that has that approx size you are looking for like a cup or a plate. Also a smaller item for the circle in the middle. My inner circle has a diameter on 3 cm. Trace these 2 circles and cut them out. Remember make a cut connecting the circles so you can get the yarn through in the middle.
  2. Put the two cardboard circles together, with the openings the same way. Then start pulling the yarn  through the opening. The more yarn you use, the more dense the pompom will be.
  3. When you are done pulling yarn through. It its time to cut open the pompom. Save some yarn for the step after this, min 15 cm. Cut the treads in between the two circles of cardboard.
  4. Take the extra yarn piece and pull it through the middle of the two pieces of cardboard and around. Tighten and tie a knot.
  5. Use your scissor to trim the yarn to make a ball.
  6. Fasten your pompom to whatever that needs a upgrade.

 

Easy right? Now you can make a hundred ❤ ❤ ❤

Here is my cap, I gave it some love. I put the loose treads back in place and fastened the pompom. All of the sudden it is a band NEW cap ❤

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ARMS = LEG WARMERS

the expedition to (2)This post is the first of a series that I have called “the sweater challenge”. How many redesigned items can I actually make from a sweater? The intention is to use as much of the material as possible to create as little waste as possible. The items need to look nice, and be functional. ❤ Do you want to join me?  I will be posting on Instagram with the tag #zerowasteredesign.

Or you can just follow me on IG under CodegreenbySoAmamador or my private account SoAmador 😉

So the sweater I am using is a 100 % cotton knit in the color “ultimate snoring grey”.  (Sorry about the bad lighting in the photos, winter happened)

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First up is making the arms into Leggings. Ooor what I will use them for…my thighs. I an choosing not to freeze this winter. UTI`s are soo LAST YEAR!

Equipment used

  • 1 ruler
  • 1 pair of sissors
  • Chalk for drawing
  • Lace with stretch
  • Sewing machine
  • Black thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Black fabric paint
  • Sponge
  • Plastic to cover the surface
  • Iron and ironboard
  • Cloth

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  1. First I used used a ruler and chalk to make a straight line across the arm from the armhole. After cutting it, I folded the sleeve from the seam and out. Then I get to see if the line is straight or not. Cut away the extra fabric. Repeat on the second sleeve.
  2. I cut off the rib (saving that for another item).
  3. Do the same on the other sleeve. Double check that they are the same length by putting the sleeves on top of each other. Cut away fabric to make them even.
  4. Measure the circumcise of the top and bottom of the sleeve. Then add 2 cm. That is your measure. Then measure the lace and cut 4 lengths.
  5. So since I didn’t have a color that looked good with the grey, I used black fabric paint and a sponge and dabbed it on the lace. I let the lace dry, then I ironed it on the setting wool for 5 min with a cover over for protection. I could have gone over one more time with black paint, but I like the effect with a little pink shining through. It gets a little vintage feeling.
  6. Sew the ends of each lace together with seam allowance on 1 cm. Pin the lace to fabric. I chose to let the lace cover 1,5 cm of the hem. Then the effect of the lace as see through will be more visible, blending better with whatever pants I am wearing that day. I used a zigzag with 5 mm wide and 3 mm stitch to fasten the lace.

 

Then its done! Hope this can solve the problems of way to many sweaters with arms you got laying around.  Or maybe just some inspiration for a DIY-Christmas presents 😉

Thx for reading ❤ Here is ANOTHER picture with terrible lighting. The ELEVATOR picture! But what ya gonna do when winter came and stole the daylight 😉

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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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