Is it a Pussy Bow or a Blouse Bow?

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I’m not sure why these are called Pussy Bows, and blouse bow sounds old timey. Neck scarf bow? I’m really not sure what to call it.

I inherited some of my grandmother’s vintage clothes and one of her blouses had this amazing detachable neck bow. I took it apart and drafted a pattern from it exactly as it was and it turned out pretty awesome.

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And when I made it in pink it totally reminded me of the latest Gucci looks that are feminine but somehow tough at the same time. It’s a pretty great accessory for a punch of color.

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I’ve made up a bunch of these bows in red, black and pink and you can pick one up at  Cut and Sewn on Etsy.

And if you really want to DIY your own blouse pussy Gucci whatever bow you can get my downloadable PDF pattern with complete how to instructions here:

What Does Slow Fashion Mean To Me?

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There’s a lot of talk about Slow Fashion right now but I think it can be difficult to figure out exactly what that means to each of us.  I think it is about a lot more than just fashion, but fashion is one entry point into a way of thinking more about how we consume and how we participate in the world.

 

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Loved Clothes Last Zine

But specific to fashion what exactly is SLOW? I recently found Fashion Revolution on instagram (@fash_rev) and starting following them for their interesting posts and when they offered the second print issue of their magazine I snapped it up.

This zine turns out to be a great guide to finding your place in Slow Fashion. It contains all kinds of helpful tips on recycling, caring for fabrics, mending and editing your wardrobe. As well as info on the life cycle of garments, the truth about the secondhand clothing industry, and new designers making a difference.

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They really focus on mending and cleaning clothes to make them last longer and that is great, I’m all for that. But I wish people would talk more about handmade. Weather you learn to make your own clothes or you hire a local sewist to make them for you, handmade is a great way to find clothes that express your style, last longer, fit your body and have a deeper meaning. Rather than the short lived high you get from shopping handmade clothing is an experience. There is nothing slower than handmade!

So, what does Slow mean to you?

Thanks, Jenifer

DIY Turban and Rain Hat Sewing Patterns

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I’m releasing two new hat patterns this summer from my most popular hat designs. Now you can make these great hats for yourself.

This rain hat is perfect rainy days and fun to make. It even comes with instructions for little storage case so you can take it with you instead of bringing a bulky umbrella.

This pattern was first published in the book Hat Shop by Design Collective. You can get a PDF version here
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And one of my favorite summer hats that perfectly covers up my frizzy humidity hair is a classic cotton turban in colorful fabric. This is easy to make and a breeze to wear.

I have several in gingham because I love the look, but they look great in florals, plaids and solid colors as well.

Make your own turban from 1 yard of quilting cotton, gauze or linen.

You can get the PDF downloadable pattern here