living more ethical: a journey

, About two weeks ago I decided to start completely staying off Fast Fashion. I’ve been avoiding H&M, Zara and Co for the last couple of years and only own very little from these shops and what I own, I regularly wear. However I feel like even those few pieces are too much and now I want to stop buying there all together.

Just a few days ago I found a pair of trousers that was exactly what I was looking for at the Second Hand Shop, by chance! And for less than 5€. It’s an H&M piece, but I do not mind, it has been worn before and now I will wear it. Sure, I’d prefer a high quality vintage piece, but I can live with that. It feels like giving it a new home and putting at least a little stop to all this waste.

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You know, that I love sewing and most of my wardrobe is already handmade and I have a few vintage pieces. But from now on I want to stop giving money to brands that pay their workers basically nothing, have low working conditions at dangerous work places and sometimes even exploit kids. Most pieces from those fast fashion companies are also really low quality – cheap materials, loose seams and they often (not always!) do not last a long time.

However, with the Star Wars shirt from H&M I was taking a first step, I got it in December and it was one of the last new shirts I bought recently. And I thought a lot about it, from first seeing it on someone on Instagram, to actually finding it in store and considering buying it. Eventually, of course, I did get it, and I don’t want to do that anymore. For once, I want to avoid high street, which is easy, but I also have to avoid most online shops, I guess. To be honest, I’m not yet sure where I can still shop, because I’m pretty sure most pinup/alternative shops produce their stuff pretty cheap as well. Additonally they waste so much water producing fashion that’s in for a season (well, I don’t really follow trends that way anyway, but you know).

When I do not wear something anymore, I usually give my clothes (of course in a good condition & cleaned) to charity or sometimes even sell them. So, I don’T want to change anything regarding how I deal with my old pieces.

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So far, when it comes to shirts, trousers etc I think it’s very easy to find them second hand, be it from friends, online or in stores and of course make them myself. But I’m a bit concerned when it comes to cute bags and shoes, because while I’m sure I can say no to a shirt, it’s more difficult with bags. I will do my research however and then see where I can shop and slowly move from fast fashion produced things to fair fashion and second hand. In case you can recommend shops (especially for lingerie), please go ahead and tell me.

Personally I draw quite some inspiration from Annika Victoria, https://nephtyis.com and Marzia and hope to one day completly move to second hand and eco- and human-friendly brands.

diy – Bronze Dino Jar

Raptor Dinosaur on a Mason Jar
This might be a little bit of a generic do it yourself, but I have been planning to do this for quite some time: a dinosaur on a mason jar. You know with my love for Jurassic Park and everything related this was a must. I want to list a few ideas down below as well, so maybe you can draw some more inspiration.

Raptor Dinosaur on a Mason Jar

It’s fairly easy, but here is how I went:
I covered both the raptor and the lid in bronze spray paint until you could not see the former colour anymore and let it dry. Then I used superglue to attach my dino to the lid, let that dry and gave the construct another layer of bronze paint. That’s it, basically.

Raptor Dinosaur on a Mason Jar
Raptor Dinosaur on a Mason Jar

I am also thinking about using light pink to do a bunny on a mason jar and Donald Duck would look fantastic in bronze as well. Also, the minature funkos could make for an amazing jar topper as would Halloween (or since it is closer Easter) decor. All the kitchy things you find, especially with pastell spray paint you can give your decor an amazing theme. But in general it’s a great upcycle, because you probably have all the things at home already and spray painting a boring old piece of decor makes it a thousand times cuter.

Raptor Dinosaur on a Mason Jar

Did you ever make a mason jar topper and if so, what did you use?

Upcycling Gloves

Upcycling Gloves
I wanted fingerless white driver’s gloves of faux leather for about two years, but I never found any. So when I saw a pair of gloves with fingers, I decided to upcyle them – I also need them for a cosplay, so that’s a true win.

You need:
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– gloves (Blue Banana send me this pair)
– fabric marker
– fabric scissors
– punch pliers
– maybe needle and thread

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It’s also something you can do very easily. To decide how short you want to go, just put on the gloves and mark where your knuckles are (the ones closer to your hand) and cut the fabric. If it frays you have to hem it by hand with a few blind stiches, but if it’s (faux) leather there is near to no need. The exact length should be slightly below your knuckle so it’s comfortable to move your hands. In case your gloves have a lining and the inside of the (faux) leather is okay on the skin, you can now remove the lining.
Upcycling Gloves
Upcycling Gloves
Then to determine where to put holes get references from pictures from the 20s/30s and have a look at the driver’s gloves. Usually there is a big one on each knuckle or there are small ones where the fingers start, sometimes there are holes on the fingers, it’s completely up to you where you punch them. I had to use scissors to get them out, because my pliers are somewhat weak… They now look like little ghosts.
Upcycling Gloves
However it’s a cute way to create fingerless driver’s gloves or to upcyle gloves with worn down fingers.
Upcycling Gloves

While they send me this pair, I do not receive payment for the post. However the link to the website an Affiliate Link.

Handmade Update – December

This month I prepared some things for etsy and had a bit of a Star Wars obsessive sewing marathon.

Cinema Cats Altering
Altering Cinema Cats
1st, 5th of December
I love love love this fabric and the dress, too, but with the collar it was way too tight – I think that has to do with being slightly claustrophobic in certain situations and so on. So, I removed the collar, made it wider and added a black velvet bow.

Kitchen Aid Cover
Kitchenaid Cover
1st, 6th, 7th of December
For a colleague of my mum I made a cover for the kitchenaid she owns. And I really love the fabric.

BB-8 Dress
BB-8 Dress
8th, 9th of December
After going to comic con I really wanted a BB-8 Cosplay dress, so I made myself one. The applications aren’t perfect, but they are my first ones after all. At first I used the skirt below, but I changed it again to my original plan.

BB-8 Skirt (etsy)
BB-8 Skirt (etsy)
9th of December
So, this skirt will be sold on etsy, I really love the fabrics, it’s low-key BB-8 inspired, but can be worn in spring without a reference as well.

Cherry Skirt (etsy)
Cherry Skirt (etsy)
9th, 10th of December
Since I had some Cherry fabric left, so I made a skirt for etsy.

Black Mini Skirt
Black Mini Skirt
14th of December
When I wanted to wear the Star Wars jumper, I needed a skirt – I wanted a black (or grey) one, but I don’t own one – and I also wanted a short one, I don’t own that either. So I made one, in the morning, right before wearing it.

Black Mini Skirt (etsy)
Black Mini Skirt (etsy)
15th, 16th of December
Then, since I had some fabric left, I made another one for etsy. I really love the fabric and I hope it’ll make someone really happy.

Millenium Falcon Bow Saskia
Millenium Falcon Bow (for Saskia)
26th, 27th of December
When I prepared the Dress for Saskia, I also decided to make a matching bow and so I did, I inserted some sort of fleece, so it is naturally stiff.

Millenium Falcon Dress Saskia
Millenium Falcon Dress (for Saskia)
26th, 27th of December
And that is the dress. I hope it will fit well. It’s a different pattern from the one I made for myself last month, more Lolita and with a cream coloured lining.

What did you make this month? Or this year? And are you selling things on etsy? What would you like to see from me?

Handmade Update – November

This month I worked on my cosplays for Dortmund Comic Con and then I found amazing Star Wars fabric in Neu-Ulm!

Scarf
Scarf for Mum
4th of November
Last month I made a skirt of this fabric and this one I also made a matching scarf for her to wear with the skirt.

Jurassic Park Tote
Dinosaur Tote
6th, 9th of November
For Comic Con one of my outfits – the one below – is Ellie Sattler, and since I needed a bag for the outfit, I wanted to make a tote saying “dinosaurs eat man, woman inherits the earth” to carry all my important things.

Jurassic Park Outfit
Ellie Shorts
4th of November
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Ellie Blouse
5th, 6th, 11th of November
And this is the Ellie outfit, I shortened the pair of trousers and made the blouse. It’s my first real blouse, but I think it’s okay, the sleeves could haven been attached a bit better as well as the collar, but that’s that.

Mia Wallace Outfit
Mia Trousers
20th of November
For Mia Wallace I only needed a pair of trousers, but I did not find one to my liking AND fitting, so I made one and this is the first successful pair of trousers. I already made a pair of short and leggins, but this trousers were unsuccessful. Always. And I’m really happy with this pair, it’s high waisted and the fabric is amazing.

Star Wars Skirt
Star Wars Skirt
20th of November
I was looking for Star Wars fabric for weeks, months even. But the ones I found were always stretchy, I did not take them, but the ones I found with my grandma are amazing. So back home I just had to make the skirt instantly, so I can wear it at Comic Con. But maybe I will just wear it every single day for the rest of my life. Who knows?

Star Wars Bows
Star Wars Bows
22nd of November
To wear with the skirt and to sell on etsy in January or February, I made some bows of the leftover fabric and I hope to prepare some more things until I’m going to open the shop.

millenium falcon dress
Millenium Falcon Dress
22nd, 24th of November
OF COURSE I had to get this fabric when I saw it. I knew it had to become a dress, but I wasn’t sure about the style, so I made this with a bit of ruffle around the cheast and above the waist. It’s pretty comfy actually. ANd when it came to lining I went for a nice red cotton that I had laying around – it’s cute and I did not find a black or white cotton fabric at ten at night in my room (I do not have good lightning).

What did you make this month? And what Cosplays did you make?

Handmade Update – July/August

Finally another update on my sewing progress. I did not do a lot of sewing in July, but I did sew quite a few things in August, so I decided to sum it up in one post only.

Picture will follow soon!
Red Tulle Skirt
22nd/23rd of July
This was the only thing I made in July and I can’t even wear it, because there’s nothing underneath and it does not look the way I want it yet.

Psychodelic Dress
Psycodelic Dress
6th of August
The fabric is 16th Century Selfie by Tula Pink and I love it. Sewing this dress started my power sewing time of August. I guess, I will have one in September as well, because I have so many fabrics waiting to be made into dresses. I added padding in the top so I can wear it without a bra (and pockets!) and the outfit photos are already taken, so I just have to edit them.

Balloon Skirt
Balloon Skirt
6th of August
This time I used a smaller waistband and I like the outcome, also as you probably know by the type of print, it’s a gütermann fabric. And a very cute on, that is, I think it’s so great for every season and as with the one above the photos are already shot. As I do recently, I added pockets here, too.

Alice Skirt Apron
Alice Dress with Apron
3rd – 7th of August
As you know I work as Alice (yes, I will post about that soon) and I needed a new dress that was a b it fancier. Allso, the old one was a little worn down. So, this is the new one – and I think without the apron it looks a lot like my favourite princess Merida!

New picture will follow soon!
Yellow Dress
9th/10th of August
Here I had a change of plans, actually I wanted something with a little town on the hem, but then I decided I’d prefer it just like this. AND it has pockets! Since yellow is my favourite colour and it works well with my hair now

Town Skirt
9th/10th of August
So, I will make a skirt out of the yellow fabric on which I started to paint a little Italian town on. Pictures will follow as soon as I’m done with it.

Jacket
Upcycled Jacket
23rd/24th of August
This one is not fo me – it’s way to large anyway, but I really like it. It’s for the one that also plays the Mad Hatter. So, I just added all the details and I think it looks like a mix of a zircus director, Liberace and a fancy king. Of course, I do want a similar one now. I also fixed a few trousers. I had to add some more details to the jacket by the end of the month.

Forest Dress Autumn
Green Autumn Landscape Dress
31st of August
I got this beautiful fabric (birch fabrics acorn trail) at a large fabric store near Ulm and wanted o make a dress out of the fabric before autumnl, because it’s just autumnal! And I really wanted a v-neck again. I did a few stupid things while cutting the fabric, but eventually I could even everything out.

Upcycled Dress for Mum
Upcycled Dress for mum
31st of August
I fixed a dress my mum wasn’t happy with by changing the collar and adding a waistband so it was a little longer. (that’s the before) Actually I also fixed a few dresses for a friend, but those where only easy small changes (making the waist tighter)

Nutcracker Skirt
Nutcracker Skirt
31st of August
Yesterday I went to Karstadt where I get most of my fabric and they already had Christmad themed fabric! And Michael Miller for that! Oh my, I wanted to buy everything, but I “only” got three. So, today I started the Christmas Dressmaking season with aMichael Miller PATT# CX 5953 Nutcracker

That’s it for now. What did you create last month?

diy – Oxfords (Upcycling Shoes)

diy Oxfords
Today I have another diy for you – finally. I mentioned my upcycled shoes here already and now I’m gonna share how I went. It’s really easy! And on other shoes news – I have been featured here on the IC homepage!

diy Oxfords
You need shoes (preferably faux leather), acrylic paint, brushes, satin ribbons, newspaper etc to paint on.

diy Oxfords
diy Oxfords
First you put some newspaper on the ground to keep your carpet from being painted as well. I used shoes that were already “oxford-ish”, so I only had to cover the upper part of the shoes in black paint. But you could of course paint that shape on the shoe without those applications. If you’re aristic you can also paint patterns like flowers or hearts. Let it dry for some time and replace the shoelaces with the satin ribbons. That alone makes shoes appear much cuter and really different!
diy Oxfords

diy Oxfords
From time to time you might have to repaint the shoes, but in general the acrylic paint stays quite well, so be careful not to paint something you don’t intend to.
diy Oxfords
I hope I could inspire you with that little diy and you might want to change up your shoes a little!

Handmade Update May

This month I had to do a lot of fixes and I really did fix things! Yay! Other than that I made a few things (finally made the petticoat!).

Space Planet Skirt
Planet Skirt
1st of May
The Outfit can be found here already. I just love the fabric.

Petticoat
Petticoat
5th, 7th (to shorten) of May
You know, I wanted to make a Petticoat last time, but I did not manage to do it, now I did it! And it’s so fluffy – you can see it underneath dresses in most of my current Insta posts.
The fabric: here (German website).

Movie Theater Cats Dress
Movie Theater Cats Dress
Movie Theater Cats Dress
16th, 17th of May
If this isn’t the cutest fabric, I don’t know! I’m excited to wear it to the movies!
The fabric: here. (Timeless Treasures Movie Theater Cats)

Upcycled Oxfords Shoes
Oxfords Upcycling
28th of May
I really wanted to upcycle these shoes to own some faux Oxford-ish pumps and I love how they turned out. There’ll be a tutorial up soon. (:

Tassel Garland
Tassel Garland
28th of May
Just a little decoration for my room (and look at my lovely glowing star!) made of tissue paper.

Wonderland Signs
Wonderland Signs
28th of May
Of course, I also needed a bit more Wonderland in my room (sorry for the bad lightning).

Cherry Headband
Cherry Headband
28th of May
Some weeks ago my mum found a similar headband online and since I already own a cherry skirt and minidress, she thought I had to get it. But since I still had some fabric left (I feel like I own an infinity amount of this fabric), I made it myself.

Fimo
Fimo Figurines
28th and 29th of May
I also felt like making some fimo figurines again, so BB8, R2D2, Donald, a rose and brush (painting the roses red) and some Disney villians were it.

Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Ornaments
29th of May
Then I decided to upcycle some ornaments in a wonderland style, but I’m not exacly happy – have to work at that.

20s Prom Dress WIP
20s Prom Dress – currently WIP
23rd to 27th of May
Actually I wanted to finish my 20s Prom Dress this month, but I did not finish it yet. I have to work on the sleeves a little bit (will take about a minute) and gather the sides as well, but other than that it’s done. So, you can have a first look. (:

What did you work on recently? What are your future plans?

diy – Fluffy Crown

Fluffy Crown
I have two main personality traits – the sarcastic, dark, socially awkward and loner trait on one hand and the creative, happy and fluffy pastel pixie on the other. Today’s tutorial is fully embrassing the latter. This crown is inspired be one the lovely pixielocks on YouTube wore.

Ich habe zwei Haupt-Charakterzüge – den sarkastischen, dunklen, sozial befangenen und Einzelgänger Zug auf der einen Seite und den kreativen, glücklicken und fluffig pastellfarbenen Elfen Zug auf der anderen. Das heutige Tutorial dreht sich komplett um letzteren. Die Krone ist inspiriert bei einer, die die entzückende pixielocks auf YouTube getragen hat.

Fluffy Crown
What you’ll need a hot glue gun, a pair of scissors, fluffy material aka a feather boa (you get those cheap, fake ones at craft supplies), a small hairband – preferably metal or the colour of you feather boa (you can either use an old one or buy one, I got mine for 2€)

Was du brauchst Heißkleber, Schere, fluffiges Material bzw. eine Federboa (man bekommt diese billigen, falschen im Bastelladen), ein schmalles Haarband – möglichst Metall oder in der Farbe der Federboa (nimm einfach ein altes oder kaufe ein neues, meins hat nur 2€ gekostet)

Fluffy Crown
Measure and cut the lenght of the feather boa you need. If yours is small, take two stirngs, if it’s super fluffy one is enough.

Miss und schneide die Federboa in der passenden Länge. Falls sie schmal ist, mach zwei Stränge, wenn sie sehr flauschig ist reicht einer.

Fluffy Crown
Fluffy Crown
Add glue to the hairband and press the first string against it.

Gib Kleber auf das Haarband und press den ersten Strang dagegen.

Fluffy Crown
Then, add the second one. Press and hold for a few seconds, then glue the next part to the hairband.

Dann füge den zweiten dazu. Drücke und halte immer für ein paar Sekunden und klebe dann den nächsten Abschnitt fest.

Fluffy Crown
That’s it! It does look kind of like an exploded bird at first, but once it’s setteled it looks quite fine and I will wear it every once in a while (or probably more often).

Das war’s! Zuerst sieht es ein wenig wie ein explodierter Vogel aus, aber sobald sich das gelegt hat, sieht es recht gut aus. Ich werde die Krone sicher ab und an tragen (oder eher noch öfter).

Fluffy Crown

Fluffinesssssss ♥
Soon, I’ll show you how to make those cute and fluffy Pom Pom earings!

Bald zeige ich euch noch, wie man diese süßen und fluffigen Pom Pom Ohrringe macht!

diy – Glitter Shoes

Glittershoes
In my latest post I mentioned that I thought about blogging in English for several reasons and you probably see what I decided. Since I do not speak English on a daily basis – though I read books an watch TV in English – I hope it’s fine.
Today’s post is a little and super-easy upcycling for shoes that look a bit worse for wear.

Im letzten Post habe ich ja erwähnt, dass ich aus unterschiedlichen Gründen überlege auf Englisch zu bloggen und ihr seht wohl, was ich entschieden habe. Ich werde also versuchen beides durchzuziehen, es kann aber sein, dass ich gelegentlich das Deutsche unter den Tisch fallen lasse – ist ja bei Outfits auch nicht so wichtig, oder?
Heute geht es auf jeden Fall um eine super einfaches und schnelles Upcycling für Schuhe, die schon etas mitgenommen aussehen.

Material:
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  • old shoes (I recommend an abrasive surface) | alte Schuhe (ich empfehle eine raue Oberfläche)
  • glue (I use decopatch) and a brush (about 1-2 cm broad) | Kleber (ich verwende Decopatch) und einen Pinsel (etwa 1-2 cm breit)
  • glitter in colour of your choice | Glitter in einer Fabre eurer Wahl
  • hairspray | Haarspray
  • something to work on, e.g. old papers | eine Unterlage, z.b. alte Zeitungen

Tutorial:
Glittershoes_diy
I’d recommend waiting a bit between the steps and only using the hairspray when whole shoes glitters.

Ich würde empfehlen, ein wenig zwischen den einzelnen Schritten zu warten und das Haarspray erst zu verwenden, wenn der ganze Schuh voller Glitzer ist.

Now go ahead, feel like Judy Garland as Dorothy from Oz. To be honest, I prefer Wicked over the original story of Oz. Making Elphaba a good person is just a wonderful idea and I’m always one for nice backround stories. I consider her a wonderful Person even though the version by L. Frank Baum portrays her as evil. When I’d been to London I had the chance to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and it was just amazing. If you should ever have the chance – do it! And maybe you can wear glitter shoes – but I’d deem green shoes more appropriate.

Los geht’s, fühlt euch wie Judy Garland als Dorothy in Oz. Um ehrlich zu sein, ich mag ja Wicked lieber als die ursprüngliche Geschichte. Elphaba zu einer guten Person zu machen, ist einfach eine wundervolle Idee und ich bin immer offen für schöne Hintergrund-Geschichten. Für mich ist sie eine wunderbare Person, auch wenn L. Frank Baum sie ja eher böse zeichnet. Als ich in London war hatte ich die Möglichkeit das Musical im Apollo Victoria Theater zu sehen und es war einfach klasse. Wenn ihr auch mal die Möglichkeit habt, nutzt sie! And vielleicht könnt ihr ja Glitter Schuhe tragen – auch wenn ich grüne Schuhe angemessener finde.

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