Monthly Handmade Fashion Guide

Welcome to our monthly handmade style guide, where we feature all handmade all the time ūüôā

I am really noticing a trend in the last month, and feel it is going to ROCK 2017; velvet! Soft and flowly velvet dresses, Embellished jackets, velvet hats, vintage velvet, Victorian style velvet, and so much more!

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Soft romanticism has never gone out of style, it now only seems to be really coming back. Velvet’s¬†soft glow seems to flatter all bodies, and brings a lovely glow to all that wear.¬†

Velvet was once( and can still be) very expensive and was reserved for only the very wealthy. There are many different types of velvet, including: Chiffon velvet, Cisele,crushed, burnout,embossed, hammered, velveteen, silk….the list goes on! My personal favorite is silk velvet, it is shiny and the softest and most luxurious.

Let’s take a look at some amazing handmade products that feature velvet!

This stunning vintage velvet maxi dress can be found at Apple Branches Vintage

Vintage 70s Wine Red Velvet Dress Baroque Gypsy Maxi

A classic example of burnout velvet, this silk kimono duster is stunning with it’s art deco print. Find this beauty at:Sunheart Clothing on Etsy

This is a fabulous example of upcycling; this velvet jacket has been embellished with beauty! Find this jacket at Unigunde on Etsy

Emerald Green Velvet Coat, Embroidered, Applique, Art, Gypsy, Boho clothes, Hippie, Upcycled, Recycled, Eco Friendly, Reused,Size XS -S

I am in love with this patchwork velvet purse! Love the hippie vibe it gives, and would be perfect for any summer festival! You can find this bag at Loop the Loop on Etsy.

Velvet Purses Patchwork Hobo Bag Burgundy Hobo Bag Velvet Hobo Bag Boho Hobo Velvet Hippie Hobo Bag 70's Patchwork Bag Hippie Shoulder Bag

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide- Small Business Saturday

This months style guide is in honor of the upcoming small business Saturday on November 26th, and all of the amazing reasons you should support handmade and small shops.

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Consider all the small business that surround you now, how they have thrived with customers just like you.The time, commitment, and effort that these small business have put into staying alive is worth your support. The personal commitment that folks put into their  small businesses show in the hands on customer service they give, the packaging in their products,  and the effort they have gone to to make unique handmade products for you to give to your loved ones.

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Local businesses are also more likely to give back to the community.Small businesses bring economic advantages; when you buy local more money stays within the community. One Chicago study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city while only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer. Also, when local residents shop at small businesses within their communities, their tax dollars stay within the local economy, helping to improve their community as a result.

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Also , I have preached wholly on why buying handmade benefits you, the economy, the earth, and so many other ways, but here are a few reasons why you should consider handmade:

  • No 2 handmade items are exactly the same, each is unique and special, and you own the honor of having the only one like it.
  • Handmade products are usually made in a more environmentally sustainable way than mass produced ones.
  • Handmade items are not made by children in sweatshops in Third World countries making 10 cents a day. Experienced and trained crafts-folk are making your items; and while you may pay a bit more, this reason alone should inspire you to support handmade.
  • When you take your money and hand it to a handmade artisan, you are saying ” I support what ¬†you do” and you are supporting quality over the quantity of huge conglomerates.

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Without further ado I would like to offer a list of my favorite handmade businesses online that you can shop from, in the comfort of your home. Please be sure to support local business this small business Saturday. You will be offering more change to this earth than you know:

1.) www.dramatiquedesigns.com – Upcycled clothing and accessories

2.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/laranoelledesigns – Crochet accessories and Clothing items

3.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/BoogaBugРCustom  clothing and accessories for youngsters

4.) https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoyfulArtExpressions РHand-painted Quote Art

5.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyOwlKnitsPatterns – Adorable knitting patterns

6.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/LunaPines – Natural Raw Crystal Jewelry

7.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoreTree – Handmade Clothing & Bridal Gowns

8.) http://www.mountaingirlclothing.com/ РUpcycled clothing

9.) https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeaflingBags РHandmade waterproof leaf bags and backpacks

10.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameHall – Exotic Indian clothing for women

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

This month is all about poppin fall colors. Fall is a favorite month of mine; hot tea, roasty toasty coffee, finger-less gloves, and snuggies. 

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Fall in my neck of the woods can get a bit dreary, dark , and a lot rainy( I live in Portland, OR), so I really enjoy having some bright POPS of color to bring some cheer to an  otherwise dark day. Color has always been know to affect our moods, and bright, cheery, and happy colors are uplifting to the mind, body and spirit. You deserve to rock those colors, and feel joyful.

Let’s take a look at some fabulous handmade fall fashion in bright, cheerful ¬†pops of color!

*Check out this fabulous nomadic patchwork sweater coat from dramatiquedesigns.com*

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Look at this gorgeous handknit cape in yummy candy apple greens and other fall colors from www.coupcoup.etsy.com*

CANDY APPLE CAPE - Hand knitted cape in delicious fall colors - one size fits many

I have been in love with mountain girl clothing, for like EVER. Clothing is up-cycled and handmade, and the vibrant colors make me DROOL. Check out this  Mexican embroidered denim fringe bell sleeved crop jacket. To die for!

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*This  felted witch hat from http://www.handicraftkate.etsy.com hat is amazing on so many levels. It is perfect for the upcoming spooky holiday, but, um Hello, I would wear it all year round; the colors are STUNNING!*

Halloween Wide Brim Rainbow Witch Hat. Wizard Costume Hat. Fantasy Hat. Cosplay Hat. LARP.

Whatever your color choice, be sure to add a bit of color to bring some cheer to you and the people around you; trust me the world deserves it ‚̧

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Monthly Handmade Style guide

It is crazy to know that fall is just around the corner I can hear pumpkin spice latte’s calling my name……

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This months style guide is dedicated to leg warmers. Leg warmers, you say?!?! ” But, Erin, leg warmers like TOTALLY went out in the 80′, like for sure”! ¬†No, no ,they are STILL in style, like for sure.

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Leg warmers have come a long way from the cheaply made 80’s version. Now we have knitted leg warmers, up-cycled leg warmers made from sweaters, and so much more. There are many ways to wear your ultra cute legwarmers without looking like a flashdancer too! Wear them over leggings with a cute skirt, over skinny jeans and paired with ankle boots, pair with flats or pumps for a bit of zest to your style.

*Check out these adorable hand crocheted lace up leg warmers from Handmade Health on Etsy*

Leg Warmers, Cables of Love,  Delft Blue with Shocking Pink

Legwarmers are also extremely utilitarian, keeping your legs extra warm during the cold months; they also work extremely well for yoga or pilates! Whatever your reason, don’t miss out on getting yourself a pair, in the style that suits you best. Excellent as a birthday/holiday gift as well.

*Gorgeous handmade, upcycled sweater legwarmers, one size fits all(really!) @ Dramatique Designs ¬†<—— click here*

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

I am dedicating this month to up-cycled items! I cannot stress how important it is that we support eco-conscious and green designers. It is not just because  up-cycled and re-purposed items are so unique, and amazing; because they are! This is more about reducing what we put in the landfill and reusing as much as possible.

According to the EPA almost 13.1 million tons of textiles are thrown away every year. Only 15% of which (roughly 2 million tons) are recovered for reuse or recycling. It‚Äôs gotten so bad that it‚Äôs estimated that the average American throws away 65 pounds of textiles every year and that nearly 48% of this is perfectly reusable. Did you know that¬†textiles are the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the United States?¬†Just one pound of textiles can produce as much as 7 pounds of CO2 emissions into our atmosphere; that gives us a lot to think about. ¬†Let’s share some awesome up-cycled¬†articles¬†of clothing. Start getting excited, because anther amazing reason to support¬†up-cycled designers is the uniqueness of the item you are getting! One of a kind, nothing else like it in the world!

*Find these adorable handmade, up-cycled bustle tees @ http://www.dramatiquedesigns.com

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Love, Love , Love up-cycled tees! So many think “Hey, I have this old tee I do not want, I will just toss it(don’t!) or donate it. Remember, donation centers do not take EVERYTHING , so how about offering it a seamstress you may know, or washing it and posting it(with other shirts) on a public sell site like craigslist? If all else fails just donate it, but please do not throw it out!

Summer is a GREAT season to rock your up-cycled looks and there are so many variations on clothing when it comes to re-purposed and refashioned wear. 

*Find this fabulous up-cycled hippie jacket @www.mountaingirlclothing.etsy.com

Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead Upcycled Womens Clothing Hippie Boho Blues Native Woven Fabric Applique Button Up Sweatshirt Size Medium

Next time you shop, consider up-cycled. You are helping to reduce the amount of garbage that goes into our landfills, supporting handmade, choosing to be one of a kind and unique, and so much more!

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

Soft, flowing cotton;  a natural fiber, and you can make nearly any piece of clothing with it. Layering allows you to wear this breathable fabric all year round . I have been noticing a lot of cotton gauze, fine cotton lawn; both very lightweight fabrics that seem to dance and flow. This is the perfect fabric to be be introducing itself to  summer.

 

*Photo property of ANKOAAU;Find this gorgeous bohemian cotton blouse in their shop @ www.ankoauu.etsy.com *

BOHEMIAN PINTUCK BLOUSE in orange Autumn paisley, boho style in cotton gauze handblock

What is cotton you might ask? I know you may be thinking ” I know what cotton is”!! ¬†Well let’s have a little lesson on : How it’s made! Cotton grows ¬†in the warmer climates of the US ¬†like: Texas, Florida, South Carolina ,as well as countries like India, Brazil, Turkey, and more. After cotton has been harvested, the cotton stalks are cut down and chopped.Since hand labor is no longer used in the U.S., the crops are harvested by machine.Textile mills use machines to open bales or modules of cotton. The mixed cotton goes into a carding machine, who’s job it is too straighten the fibers.Then large loom machines weave the fibers into fabric. Whew! That was the short version of how cotton is made:)

*This photo is property of FRACTALWINGS  and this gorgeous handmade cotton gauze top can be found @ www.fractalwings.etsy.com*

Summer bliss hippie boho cotton gauze top, festival clothing mori girl romantic vintage inspired lace

Lightweight cotton is going to be HOT this summer; well, actually it is going to be COOL, but look hot. You get the point:) Whether you choose gauzy tops, flowing cotton kaftan’s or breezy harem pants, cotton is¬†definitely¬†the way to go to stay calm, cool, collected and as always: fashionable.

*Photo property of AIDACORONADO Find this whimsical flowing top @ www.aidacoronado.etsy.com *

Angel bohemian tunic cotton gauze crochet unique style v neck 2 layers

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Monthly Style Guide

T-Shirts; they are so universal! Whether worn for comfort or style there are plenty of amazing choices to choose from. 

*Check out this up-cycled pineapple t-shirt from our shop @  http://www.dramatiquedesigns.com*

Upcycled Pineapple Tshirt-Large-Hipster Tshirt-Repurposed Tshirt, Shredded Tshirt-Hipster Tshirt-Punk Tshirt-Yoga Tshirt

*cute* t-shirts are really in at the moment; cats, unicorns, dogs etc. And children and adults alike can rock this look!

Have a look at this rockin t-shirt with a really “punny” saying! Guys can rock this look to and you can find this shirt @ http://www.witticismsrus.com

Cat T-shirt, I knead you, kneading cat, cat shirt, crazy cat lady, graphic tee, graphic tee, ladies shirt, mens T shirt, funny tshirt

There are also unique ways to rock t-shirts; in dress form! Wear with boots, leggings; whether way t-shirt dresses are so cute and funky! Check out this  really amazing t-shirt dress from http://www.lokazu.etsy.com

Ganesh Om Charcoal Tee Dress Babu Designs Sure 100% Cotton Preshrunk Comfy T-Shirt Dress Black

You have a million ways you can rock your t-shirt, and I am positive they will never go out of style! Be sure to check out our website for tons of amazing , up-cycled t-shirts. A unique way to rock a classic style! ——> http://www.dramatiquedesigns.com

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Monthly handmade style guide-Embroidery

Embroidery seems to be popping up as a hot trend for 2016;the 2015 Milan fashion week showed off their 2016 spring line with  some really amazing haute couture  embroidered pieces that wowed.

From left to right: Antonio Marras, Fausto Puglisi, Fay, Gucci, and Etro

*Photo found on fashionista.com*

Embroidery is an age old handicraft of decorating with needle and thread, and can be a long but rewarding process, especially if done by hand! Machine embroidery is typically the way clothing is embellished by hand these days, unless you are dealing with a truly “Haute Couture” item.¬†Haute Couture refers to the¬†creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing that is made by hand from start to finish with extremely high quality fabrics. Here is an example of some amazing haute couture work being done by famed belgian fashion designer¬†Raf Simons .

Christian Dior embroidery in Haute Couture Ateliers

*Photo found on quintessenceblog.com/*

Not only is the art of embroidery amazing to ooo and ahhh at; it is also quite cathartic as an art to practice, if you ever have the hankering to pick up a needle.Embroidery, sewing, knitting, etc.¬†can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging. So¬†whether¬†you’re up for¬†giving the craft a try, or just admiring it ¬†from afar, remember to buy handmade; as the work that goes into these pieces are built to last a lifetime.

*Crazy quilt hat, hand stitched by me, Erin Bass, with unique embroidery . Available in my shop :http://www.dramatiquedesigns.etsy.com*

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Monthly style guide-Mixing color

Mixing color is more common nowadays than it used to be. Having the  fearlessness too be yourself shows a fierce confidence that we all deserve!

The  trick to mixing colors is starting with  colors that are flattering on you.

You can use contrasting colors, as long as the prints have a color in common. Contrast in fashion is always fun!

Thakoon photos via Vogue.co.uk

It’s ok to mix the same style of patterns in one outfit, but only if it’s in small doses, and only if you choose different scales of the pattern. Do not mix all large prints, or all small prints; do a mix of small/medium/large.

A good rule of thumb to follow for mixing patterns in fashion is to never let your patterns compete with each other; and most of all  have fun! Do not be afraid to be yourself and let that inner, colorful being come out.

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