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The true cost of our clothes

“The True Cost” is a story about fashion and its true price. About a billion dollar business that stages every style as a new revelation that we are allowed to receive – provided we buy it. But this story doesn’t start on the catwalks, it begins here: In the textile factories of Bangladesh, India and China.

»The fashion industry simply must gather its wits. It has to pause and contemplate how it was conceived initially. It has to question itself.«
Stella McCartney, designer

Fast Fashion – a billion dollar industry

 

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Super fast: The fancy wrap

Dear friends,

today I give you an on the fly fashion-tip.

I owned a big, broad stole made out of fine cotton, that I never used because I felt literally overwhelmed by all that fabric. But then I had the idea to turn it into a wrap.

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It was done in less than one hour.

IMG_1762First some preparatives: Iron the stole and fold it in half. Fix the side seam vertically at an altitude of ca. 16 inches with three or four pins. Now there are 9 inch left of the stole’s fabric that drops down casually. Of course the seam isn’t turned over.

For the straight neckline fold the already folded stole once more in half. Then align the selvage with the

side-seam. On the upper part, define the middle of the shoulder section and fix the length of the neck opening by sticking a pin about every 11 inches.

Make the incisions along the fold. After that you tuck two small seams of fabric with the iron and quilt them narrowly. And voila there is a comfortable wrap – or tunica – to suit you at home, in the garden or at the beach.

I wish you al lot of fun doing it on your own!

Yours,

signation-barbara

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NEW FROM OLD

The fascinating world of DIY offers fantastic possibilities to shape your life individually.

Your favorite dress has become too tight? What now??? It would be so hard to say goodbye – but you don’t have to! Just look for some fabric that fits: If you shirt has pattern, simply find something with a harmonic, plain color. Same with plain colored dresses. The mix of materials is trendy and you can’t be wrong. Ever!!!

IMPORTANT: The whole design with these new lateral inserts will look better if you also add some of the new fabric to sleeves and neckline.

Here a DIY-example, how to give a new, actual look to your favorite dress.

All the best

signation-barbara

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MUST HAVE – A brisk Poncho – Model No. 1

A brisk and quick poncho is now completed!

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The hood protects against the wind  and the casual poncho pocket in a trice picks up a car key.

The free pattern with sewing instructions will be soon available for download.

See you soon – kind regards,

signation-barbara

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Happy Easter

Frohe Ostern 2016Dear friends in the world ,

I wish you a relaxed and joyous Happy Easter.

We now have a week of Easter vacation and we wish our computer specialist Matthias relaxing Easter. After Easter it goes with the patterns of ponchos and other new models continue full force. Because the spring sends already the first messengers and gives us a lot of desire for something new.

Until after Easter

Kind regards!

signation-barbara

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UPDATE – MUST-HAVE in this season

Here I introduce to you the first series of ponchos.

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The model no . 2 looks fantastic at the first sunbeams in fine knitware-linen in a delicate graytone with a powdertoned shirt.

The model no . 3 of fine boiled wool in a tender greytone with a large collar and large button is a chic Pondon to the jacket.

The model no. 4 of fine Jersey in a rose powdertone with a large shawl collar

with a decorative excluder seems very elegant and feminine.

The various sewing patterns will be posted starting next week in series in order to free download .

Look up ever for nice fabrics.

See you soon, kind regards

signation-barbara

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In between: “Inspiration pure – our fiddle-weekend”

In the matter of: Knitting, Crocheting, Yarncolorizing, Drawing of sewing patterns, Cutting and Sewing.

This was a very joyful potter arounding with a lot of laughs, mutual exchange of experiences and a few top results.

Of course it was also feasted, Tasty has been brought and in the evening we sat with anexquisite wine (Chile 120 carmenere 2013) in a casual setting with discussions around the world.

Dear creative friends, I wish you  a weekend like this one.

See you soon, it goes on with the ponchos!

Yours,

signation-barbara

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PONCHOS, a MUST-HAVE in this season

Image of Poncho No. OneFrom cuddly warm to lightly – Ponchos are propper especially at warmer temperatures as lightweight coats and complete every Outfit.

Herewith begins a small series with different models of ponchos produce by themselves with  free dress patterns for download.

A stylish Allrounder” Nr. 1

With hood for the cold days and transition period. Can also be used by hasty people who quickly want to buy buns at the bakery next door.  You always look fancy with a poncho.

For this model the pattern for free download will come soon.

Share a creative afternoon with your girlfriend and  in the evening you stroll already with the finished Poncho.

I wish you much joy for a creative afternoon.

The next post contains the Model No . 1

Warm greetings,

yours

signation-barbara

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