My infrequent blogging creates a backlog of things I want to share with you, and then comes the task of grouping some of those things together into one post in an attempt to catch up. Zero waste seems like a good place to start.
I really, really dig the concept of zero waste! The idea that nothing is wasted while making something new is super-cool. Soy jersey is probably the softest and most luxurious fabric I've ever laid hands on, and it happens to make full use of the soy plant. (Technically I wouldn't say closed loop and zero waste are the same, but they both apply to soy fabric production.) Zero waste can apply to clothing design, too. This gentleman has certainly made waves in his pursuit of zero-waste fashion by designing zero-waste garments, and this lady is refashioning straight from the fast fashion sale racks.
Appreciating zero waste means I have a few bags and piles of fabric scraps and remnants. My sewing room looks like a pit at the moment for lots of reasons (too much travel, not enough sewing, too many friends/ family members cleaning out their closets and forwarding perfectly usable castoffs, my deep love of a good challenge, I keep lots of scraps because I like zero waste), so I watched the entire first season of Hoarders and concluded that I'm messy, but not a hoarder.
I sewed a few bags, to get rid of some of the larger scraps and remnants. There is always a need for bags in my house, between the shopping and sewing meetups and hauling food to PTA meetings and my sister and niece, who are always ready to claim a new tote as soon as it rolls off the back of the presser foot! I'm happy to report that I had no emotional issues using the fabric and giving the bags away. The bag on the left was made with parts of khakis left over from the Austin Museum of Art khaki dress, the bag in the middle used a printed home dec remnant and the bottom of a bedskirt that my nephew didn't want, and the bag on the right was just scrap cotton print and scrap denim:
Then I turned to the pile of knit scraps. My 7-year-old needs long sleeved t-shirts. Correction: he needed them for the two weeks of fall-like weather we had last month, and since has lived in short sleeved tees and shorts in the lingering heat. But I bet he will need those long sleeved t-shirts at least by Christmas. So I snagged a stack of brand new t-shirts my dad gave me last summer -- some promotional t-shirts and some plain ol' men's cotton tees -- and using a pattern made from a traced tee in my son's drawer, cranked out a couple of new long sleeved shirts.
The first (all black tee) was a quick cut-up and small-izing of a men's long sleeved tee, keeping the ribbing at the neckline and wrists. The second tee was a little more challenging, because I used a black promo tee with a logo so prominent that I couldn't cut an entire new shirt front from the existing shirt front. So I grabbed some red knit from my scrap pile, leftover from a previous t-shirt project, and used it for the top of the new tee. And because the original tee had short sleeves, I used the red and some other black knit scraps to cobble together long sleeves. I didn't think I'd like the shirt while I was putting it together, but I kind of do now.
Totally unrelated to hoarding and the sad state of my sewing room, but related to my 15+ year crush on Kenneth Branagh and my love of all things Scandinavian, is the PBS series Wallander. All three of the new episodes have aired on PBS but they are available to watch online till mid-November. See them! Love them! They are excellent and the bullies meet their right fates. ;)