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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


Planning for mini collection!

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So, the Handmade Fashion Challenge 2015 begins! 

Last weekend, I did some major cleaning and decluttering. And it was such a drastic change! I loved getting rid of the things that had no impact on my life. 

I sat down to think about what I wanted to make for my mini collection. Something for the upcoming summer season, something more appropriate for work and nice dinner dates. These are what I came up with.


Shorts - Cynthia crochet shorts

I need a new pair of shorts! I have a lot of skirts and long jeans but I only have 3 pairs of shorts that are not for workout. I recently found this new pattern, Cynthia, and bought it to expand my crochet collection.


Top - Sydney top

I have been meaning to try something from Seamwork magazine by Colette Patterns. I think this Sydney top will be a perfect quickie project that will go a long way. It would look great with so many of my tank top and dresses. I think I might go with chambray fabric for this. 


Skirt - Sew Over It Ultimate Pencil Skirt

I love my pencil skirt that I bought from Korea in 2007. I still wear it to work often and it looks great. It's very flattering and makes my legs look long and lean. It's a wonder how I don't have more than 1 pencil skirt!

I have a lot of pencil skirt patterns but I think I'll try this pattern by Sew Over It. After all, the name says it all -- THE ULTIMATE pencil skirt :)



I used to have a Nice Claup cardigan, which was a hand-me-down from my cousin-in-law. It was in this soft ballet pink color and it went with everything I wore. The feminine color was perfect over dresses, and it was conservative silhouette appropriate for the office too. I had to throw it out last weekend during my declutter because it had a huge hole in the underarm and it was just not worth trying to fix it (who knows how long it will be before I get to it) and it broke my heart. I need to make one just like it!

I haven't decided which one to go for. I was hoping to find something with thinner yarn but these are the ones in my queue so far:

Snow Queen

Lodi Cardigan

Sadie Cardigan

I am going to do more research before deciding which pattern to go with! 


{Announcement} Handmade Fashion Challenge

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I am an advocate for well-made handmade garments and accessories in this fast, trend-based fashion era.  Learning and participating in Fashion Revolution and MeMadeMay, I was starting to feel that many people, especially people who don't understand handmade clothing have this notion of Handmade = Homemade = cheap and ugly. I wanted to change that. Throughout the past 7 years since joining Ravelry and blogsphere, I have been inspired by so many indie designers and crafters. The finished objects I've seen were fashionable, flattering, filled with love and careful planning. Yes, there were some not-so-nice ones too:

But I promise, handmade fashion is not any less fashion-forward than mass manufactured fashion. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was catching up on podcasts on my ipod. I met Teresa, of CanaryKnits at TNNA 2 years ago and was thrilled to know that she had started podcasting. While I was listening to Teresa talking about decluttering, KonMarie Method from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and her capsule wardrobe, it made me think about my own closet full of unworn clothes, stash fabrics and yarns that was stuffed under the pile of clothes because my in laws occupied my work room since Logan was born. How awesome would it be to declutter, organize, get rid of things that do not "spark joy" and then fill the space with beautiful handmade clothing that I put love and care into from scratch.

I left a comment mentioning this thought on Teresa's blog and then the conversation started, and the idea turned into a real thing: Handmade Fashion Challenge 2015. 

WHY: Your clothing should be relevant to your life and impart positive energy into your every day. We want to encourage you to make pieces you’ll actually wear this fall/winter, and share the experience with your fellow crafters on Instagram!


WHAT: Mini collection of your choice of 4 pieces for your wardrobe fall/winter 2015 wardrobe. Anything, any craft, any skill level you want. But definitely something you’ll use.


WHERE: Instagram. The visual format is straightforward and the hashtaging allows everyone to easily share with each other. You can participate by announcing your planned pieces, photograph your progress, your finished items, and anything in between. Just remember to hashtag #hmfc2015


WHEN: July 1 - October 31, 2015.


PRIZES: A winner will be drawn from the pool of participants who have completed their challenge.


HOW: To be eligible for the prize draws, you MUST post finished garment photos of each piece you’ve created by October 31, 2015 with the hashtag #hmfc2015

Winner(s) will be announced on November 3, 2015.



Quiz: find out what will fit best in your wardrobe

Instagram: take fun and interesting photos with the free apps Aviary, Fused, Rookie, Instagram Layout, and more!

Thoughtful wardrobes: read more on the helpful Coletterie blog