What Project 333 Taught Me & Ruthless Spring Cleaning

So there is this big trend to reduce the amount of clothes that you have in your possession to reduce space and return to a minimalist form of living. They’re calling it Project 333 and truthfully I am about a year or so behind in hearing about this trend.

Recently, I reduced a bunch of possessions, while combining 3 separate homes across the country down into one concise space at my new place. This includes my #sewingstash and am quite glad to have combined and cleaned up what I do use. It is nice to know that there are others out there reducing and recycling, as well. In doing so, I also have found that there is a Goodwill near my place that is also accepting the donations. Only trick is, you have to go during their open hours. No drop box available, regrettably.

So. Tips to clearing out the clutter:

 

  1. Bring your mother. She’ll be more ruthless than you’ll ever be. 
  2. Mark 3 – 4 boxes; deem one for charity, one for rags, one for second hand and one for consignment stores.
  3. Grab a garbage. Have it near by. Some things just cannot be given away.
  4. Go through everything, sox include. Toss anything that doesn’t have a partner, mate or matching pair.
  5. Underwear drawer must also be gutted: stained or unwearable (due to fit) items must be gotten rid of. There is no reason to keep them. And by the time you come to either being small enough to wear those items or big enough because you’re making muscle gains at the gym, you’ll be able to afford a new pair of whatever you were hoarding. Don’t let the fear of the past or future or what-if’s keep you from accomplishing this major cleanup.
  6. Toss hangers that don’t hold clothes. Excess hangers clog the wrack and create frustration.
  7. Toss anything that is tied to bad memories of a holiday or a person you have memories of that aren’t pleasant. I had to toss a fantastic shirt that I never wear because it reminds me of the extremely frustrating shop keeper where I bought it from. They also happened to be a TV personality and I think of them each time I see the shirt.
  8. Tourism shirts: you don’t need one from each year of your family vacation since you were 12. Keep the ones that fit best/fit now/unstained/matches the theme of clothing that fits your personality now.
  9. Think about who you are now and who you want to become, and the image you want your clothing to depict. Does your wardrobe reflect this? Do the clothes you have left in the closet show these aspects of you?
  10. If you are out of college, you do not need to keep the clothing with their logos (unless you work there now as Alumni). There is no need to keep these items. They have served their purpose and have made you who you are now: not someone who wears those items but has moved on and grown up, and is striving for something now with new goals and tasks.
  11. Athleisure:  it must fit, and must not be stained. The modern trend is to look good at the gym both before and after your workout, as if you don’t need to be there. Only keep what looks best.
  12. Washing. You don’t need duplicate pairs of something unless you are going to be backpacking across Europe and likely never to find a washing machine. You can afford to do laundry now and you can also plan to be able to do so. Only keep 1 or 2 of an item on hand, if that. Most wash cycles now allow for a delicates wash option and if I am in doubt when I do laundry, I put it on the most gentle cycle frequently. Also saves wash time!
  13. The same goes for any bedding, blankets or pillows you may have on hand in the closet in question (or dresser drawer). Seasonal items are acceptable. But are there any you don’t need? 

    During the time of my drastic pair-down, I discovered there was one large bucket of towels that were not needed. Feeling guilty at the thought of throwing them out, I decided to donate them to a Pet Hospital nearby. (They were so excited to receive the items, btw!) And later if I have any blankets, I’m going to do the same thing!

    Spring cleaning is an ongoing process and I am still note done. In preparation for a big garage sale, things are slowly and finally getting organized! 😀 ((That’s what combining 3 cross-Canada rooms/apartments will do!)

     

    AND WHAT AN ADVENTURE IT HAS BEEN. STAY STRONG, LOVS!

XX              PS. IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU.

Why TV Clothing Fits Better

The reason clothing on TV fits better than it does in real life is due to tailoring. I find that when I watch TV I will see garments that fit better on TV than they do in real life simply because the wardrobe department had time to alter each garment and personalize it to make it fit the actor. Not because actors are perfectly fit or shaped. The garments they are wearing have been altered.

For instance, if a celebrity is underweight, they could go jean shopping but what they wind will still not fit perfectly and thanks to their publicists, their clothing MUST fit perfectly. So what’s the easiest fix? Buy clothing larger than the individual, and get each piece tailored down to size by a clever seamstress.

If you are comfortable sewing your own, use this site to guide you as you fix your items:

https://www.bespokepost.com/the-post/how-to-tailor-your-own-clothes

If you are looking for a good tailor in your area, phone the bridal shops to see whom it is that they recommend. There is nothing worse than a bad tailoring job and you need your items to look good. Word-of-mouth recommendations are only effective if they are from a reputable source.

Things to avoid for choosing a tailor:

http://www.mensjournal.com/style/shirts-pants/getting-it-right-what-not-to-do-when-seeing-a-tailor-20150227

By tailoring your items, you’ll look better and feel better. There is nothing better than feeling confident because you’re comfortable in your own skin and proud of how you have prepared to look for the day ahead of you. Life is tough enough without worrying about what you have on and have to live in for the next 8+ hours! (Related reading:

http://www.glamour.com/story/look-better-in-your-clothes-wi)

According to the afore, notated GLAMOUR article, it is also important to buy an article that fits your largest “part”. If it’s a top, make sure it fits across the chest and your shoulders. If it is a bottom, make sure the garment fits nicely across your butt but doesn’t lower when you’re wearing the item and bending or stretching. A clever tailor will be brining in the areas that are loose. This is how the garment alterations will be transformed and look great! (This also applies to work uniforms as well. Bigger is better in this case.)

If you have Public Service uniforms, this is a helpful article on how to tailor and alter proper uniforms that must retain certain emblams, etc… as well as overall garment care: http://www.marlowwhite.com/alterationswpid-54ca3d7fbef7dae243cd1f870aa27658.jpg

And finally: 10 basic tips and comments to keep in mind when getting articles alterted:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/10-Things-You-Should-Know-Before-Getting-Your-Suit-Tailored-/10000000177632365/g.html

Happy DIYing! 😀

Sincerely,

Sewn for Sport

 

 

 

Create Your Own Clothing: YouTubers Review

Dear Sewers,

 

You may find that there are a lot of bloggers out there who share their thoughts on clothing, and then there are those who really put themselves into what they sew. I have found that there are quite a few that are most helpful and most respectful and faithful to their own followers. As a result, here’s a list of some people who have some great instruction on their pages:

Kenandrewdaily – the aspiring designer constantly shares projects online with tips on fabric shopping from the bigger fashion fabric districts. Also focuses on branding your sewing, should you be working into the business of fashion. Self-taught, he’s now working developing his line. According to his videos, his friends find it strange that he sews, but in his words, it’s what he’s always done and loves to create clothing.

DIY: Bomber Jacket is a super fun DIY project creation! (FYI: he also finds a good amount of fabric at cheaper sales in different locations.

 

Withwendy – Canadian based, self-taught seamstress who works with challenging fashion fabrics such as leather, mesh, faux fur and jersey, creating garments for herself and friends based on designs she sees out in the fashion world. She shares super-practical information regarding those who are just starting out: she has entire video serious devoted to just that! She’s taken a lot of time and effort in her videos and works to make it as simple as possible for her viewers who want to make their own clothing like that they see on TV or on celebs, etc…

How To Buy Fabric is an example of one her most-informative links.

 

Coolirpa’s Thrifted Transformations

Shopping exclusively at thrift stores, April creates custom designs based on runway-looks that are hitting magazine stands everywhere. Usually spending less than $10 per garment, she finds looks that are almost-right, and deconstructs them into her something to match her taste. She has re-created everything from gowns with lining, to suede skirts into shirts! It just shows all you need is a little imagination…

DIY Blazer Jacket

 

Those are just a few of my latest discoveries but they are worth checking out if you are seriously into sewing or looking to update your wardrobe without paying loads for brand new garments.

Often I find that I can find fabric at thrift stores, bargain sales at warehouse fabric stores, or even from garage sales (best friend has seriously scored doing this!) In the end, it can save you money and fit better than what is in the stores. The three links above also do just that.

Happy Sewing!

Stay tuned…

 

 

The Mitten Project

Just in case the link from my last post didn’t come clear, I wanted to share this again. I recently got a loom knitting mitten from Michael’s and this was super helpful for making mittens.

Basically, I struggle with basic knitting. Maybe it’s the 4-needle mitten patterns only that I can’t seem to figure out, but for some reason, the actual loom does seriously make it easier to hold and created the mittens that I wanted to make for gifts.

I used basic yarn that I had on hand, which was a multi-colour, 4 ply. I made a few mittens that way and then moved on to making the mittens using Baby Blanket yarn in the colour, “Little Sand Castles” by Bernat, which I purchased on sale for $2 a ball at a local craft store.

The particular ball has no stretch to it, but it is super soft and that’s what the selling point was for the mitten Project. The particular ball of yarn was purchased at a store different than my loom, which was purchased at Michael’s. As well, the brand of loom I have is a little different than the one in the picture, however, it was purchased using Michael’s 50% off coupon, so in in the end, I paid $3.75 for the loom, the tool and the small instruction book.

SHIPPING IDEAS: if you wanted to mail this to a knitter you know, or a beginner to knitting, the product would likely cost you $10 in Canada Post shipping, despite being small and light. The height of the pegs in the package would cause you to run into mailing this as a “package” instead of letter mail.

Overall, LOVE this tool so far and can’t wait to share more about what I continue to create with it! Apparently you can do scarves and headbands too.

Stay tuned!

Loom Knitting For Mittens

 

And yarn that I used:

 

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Corporate Consideration: How to Calm Down a Interviewee

One thing I haven’t written about a lot lately is that within your business,  you need to optimize putting clients first. That means they need to be calm and relaxed before a taping. Before you interview them, show them you care. #television #journalismskills

If you work in a business that involves advertising their products/brands, you need to design an environment in which they can just walk right in, receive the royal treatment, and leave happy feeling that their voice was heard and that their brand has been exposed to a larger audience of potential clientele.

If you need to organize your life, click here. #officesupplies

The best visual description I’ve ever seen has to be by Alejandra Tv on organizing all your research, notes, dayplanner, etc…

So, if you need to schedule time in for your clients and even to do further research on their business (even if it is something that you already had someone else research,) do the research yourself to find out what is your client is describing. If you are a #makeupartist, and you have them in your makeup chair, and they begin to panic, due to nerves, prior to a taping, get them talking about their favourite things (which is likely going to be the cause, charity, or business adventure they’ve arrived to talk about.)

For the squeamish, this next part is a little graphic:

The best example I have of this is when I had to do an ex-restorative arts professional. Which means he worked in the mortuary services and reconstructed accident victims from scratch, in order to present them for open-casket viewings. Thing is, he was here to talk about finances and corporate outreach for organizations. And he was a basket of nerves.

I began by asking him what he did before he worked in Public Relations. He began to describe times when he would help recover suicide victims to bring some closure to the families. (This was a huge turn in our conversation; I never imagined we’d be discussing mending a skull by sewing it back together in and reshaping of the cranium using spray foam! He literally molded this individual’s noggin back together.)

Had the interview been about “bringing closure to families of accident victims or suicides”, I would have found the man for the job!

This could be an entirely different interview, and he was such a dream to work with, and full of really interesting information, that he’s the one I’ve mentally filed away for a future story regarding trauma, victims, deaths, accidents, etc… Anything that he may be perfect for, I’d be calling him. And all because he was nervous, and it was my job as the makeup artist – last person to handle him before an interview – to put him at ease, in order for us to get the actual interview out of him.

Sometimes all you have to do is dig for the information. It’s there. People love to talk about themselves. And you’ll blow their minds with how personal the conversation can be.

This individual happened to come back later and thanked me for making him feel relaxed prior to the interview. And it has built a great professional relationship because of one small chat.

Good luck #journalism Rookies!

Introducing… The Happy Panda~

When I say Happy Panda, I’m meaning eating like you’re eating nothing but bamboo; super healthy! Mostly, eating according to the FODMAP diet, gluten-free, removing corn and other such products.

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These jelly beans are from Bulk Barn. And since beauty is only “skin deep”, basically, your skin will reflect, to some degree, what it is that you eat. And if you still want candy, opt for these gluten-free beans, marked in store with a green “Organic” label.

All the candy there is marked whether they are “organic” or not… meaning, are they #happytummy or not?

#HappyPanda