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Pattern Testing The Zero Waste Poncho

Pattern Testing The Zero Waste Poncho

Welcome Fall! It took me almost one month to release this post. As someone with a lot of goals, I find it hard to quell my constant need to do all the things (queue frantic music). Recently, I decided to return to school to complete my certification in Apparel Design and Merchandising from 2009! It's been a while, and adjusting to full time school mid pandemic/civil rights movement/election year/new preteen schooling at home has been a challenge! My new practice is learning to break my cycle of burnout quickly by halting all gears and resetting. I have a tendency to hyperfocus...

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Buying the Wrong Patterns & Planning for Success

Buying the Wrong Patterns & Planning for Success

I used to purchase so many patterns and not consider if it was something I will love and whether it will be a positive addition to my wardrobe. It can be challenging to surpass the excitement of possible patterns and wardrobe additions at the store and even in the excitement of social media. I believe the store and internet separates us from considering what we actually wear.  Recently, I have taken inventory of my closet. As I am a singer and had a lot of gigs pre-covid, most of my closet was dresses and extravagant clothing for live shows. I...

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Business Advice Mondays Part One: What Website Builder Should You Use For Your E-Commerce Site?

Business Advice Mondays Part One: What Website Builder Should You Use For Your E-Commerce Site?

Today marks the start of a new 4 part series, with one tip available each first Monday of the month in the final quarter of the year. If you are starting a new venture, or want to learn about ways to grow your business hopefully, I can save you a bit of a headache by sharing what I have learned along the way. I have been contemplating the best way to provide some advice on the best e-commerce site to set up your business. As someone who has had over 10 businesses and currently runs 3, I know a thing or...

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Sew All The Things! Free Garment Planning Worksheet

Sew All The Things! Free Garment Planning Worksheet

The leaves are officially starting to turn in the states, and we are passing the hustle and bustle summer energy of wanting to sew everything and simply not having enough time! I noticed that I usually plan to sew summer clothes in early spring but can never get the motivation to get started (or finish) projects. As Fall approaches, the weather turns, and we are more intentional with our wardrobe. We start planning more preparing for Winter. As creatures with circadian rhythms, we need more rest, and our pace starts to slow down. For me, in Winter, I am pretty much hibernating and...

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How I Switched to a Zero Waste Shave Routine, and Why I Recommend It.

How I Switched to a Zero Waste Shave Routine, and Why I Recommend It.

Shaving is something I have always had a love and loathing relationship with. As women, hair removal is a billion-dollar industry that has been long driven by men's preferences. The pressure to shave can feel immense. I started shaving around 14 or so, and recall using disposable head razors, then switching to waxing when I could afford it (which was rare as I was busy or broke all the time). Luckily, I grew up with a myriad of women who did not shave their legs or underarms, and hair was normalized. When traveling for out of town gigs, I would sometimes buy...

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