To keep up with orders on the world’s largest marketplace of handmade stuff, Kelly Engel starts sewing shortly after her four-month-old son wakes up at 4 a.m., and works until her husband, a school counselor, leaves at 7:30 a.m. She squeezes in a couple of hours while her two boys (her oldest is two and a half) nap in the afternoon. In the evenings, Engel returns to the sewing table until midnight, making the organic cotton baby… Continue
Added by Susan on December 10, 2012 at 8:06am —
TENCEL® is a trademarked brand name the Tencel Group (now owned by Lenzing AG) gave to their lyocell fiber fabric. Lyocell is produced from the wood pulp cellulose of various hardwoods.… Continue
Added by Susan on October 8, 2012 at 8:27pm —
How many things can you do with labels from clothing? I'm on an adventure to figure this out and here is one example of something I did last year.
I also reused lace from garments, ric rac from some thrift store package and lots of labels.…
Added by Carli Heinrichs on October 11, 2011 at 11:22am —
Organic Fabrics – What are They and Why Should We Use Them? Continue
By Nikki MacCallum, NikkiDesigns
We are all familiar with the term “organic” when it comes to food. But do you know what it means for a fabric to be organic? And why should we care?
In the first part of this series I would like to talk about one of the world’s largest crops that we are all familiar with, cotton. We have long been told of cotton’s many benefits and we assume because it’s natural, it…
Added by Nicolette MacCallum on November 21, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Hemp fiber has been used by mankind to make eco clothes since before recorded history. It is currently thought that hemp is the oldest cultivated plant in the world with uses dating back to the stone age. Bits of hemp fabric have been found dating back to about 8,000 B.C. revealing the oldest example of human industry. Fiber imprints have been found in pottery shards in both China and Taiwan dating back an estimated 10,000 years. Archeologists believe that, in addition to flax, hemp… Continue
Added by Susan on October 12, 2010 at 8:30am —
It wasn't long ago that clothing made with eco-friendly fabrics brought up images of treehuggers in burlap. But with ever-growing demand for clothing made from sustainable fabrics, more top designers are embracing the environmental trend. So which fabrics are truly eco-friendly? So many manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon, we've asked a panel of fashion school experts to guide us through the choices. The fact is, even if a garment is marketed as eco-friendly, the label doesn't… Continue
Added by Susan on June 15, 2010 at 2:00am —
By Clover Stroud…
Added by Susan on June 10, 2010 at 6:37am —
By Mariette J. Wingeier
Bamboo fabrics Continue
and starchy pulp are made from bamboo that grows widely throughout Asian countries. Starchy pulp is a refined product of bamboo stems and leaves through a process of hydrolysis-alkalization and multi-phase bleaching. Chemical fiber factories then process it into bamboo fiber.
are made from pure bamboo fiber…
Added by Susan on April 27, 2010 at 12:00pm —
If you have a new dorm room or apartment to outfit this fall, you’ve probably discovered that store bought duvet covers are expensive. Queen size organic cotton covers from Calvin Klein retail for around $350 and even Target charges $250 for some of their queen size covers. Thankfully, making one is a project a novice sewing enthusiast can accomplish with beautiful results for about $175 (and that’s using some of the most expensive organic cotton fabric on the market).
Added by Susan on July 21, 2009 at 7:27am —
Becky Carter’s Velvet Leaf eco-friendly DIY fashion boutique, in Sacramento offers certified organic, vintage, and sustainable clothing crafted by their very own fingers, which hardly leave a carbon fingerprint. Their store has a charming ambience that surely will make the shopping experience pleasant for customers as well as Mother Earth... [read… Continue
Added by Susan on July 2, 2009 at 6:00am —