Designs: Dawn + Dusk Collection

Pierogi Picnic: Dawn + Dusk Collection

It’s finally here!

After months of sketching, sewing and tweaking, I am excited to officially debut my newest collection for Pierogi Picnic! 

The Dawn + Dusk collection combines upcycled and vintage fabrics to create clothing that’s as stylish as it is sustainable. Merging warm and cool tones with soft textures and classic shapes, these unique pieces are perfect for wearing day and night. And as always, each piece is eco-friendly, handmade, and one-of-a-kind.

Design It Yourself series: Pierogi PIcnic

One part ready-made, one part custom order, the Dawn + Dusk collection offers eco fashionistas two different avenues in which to express their style.  The first is a limited edition set of pieces that was made out of vintage fabrics. That includes skirts, tops and accessories that are beyond replication. The second option is the new “Design It Yourself” series. With this option shoppers pick a base color, silhouette and embellishment and I create a piece that’s as unique as the wearer. 

 Whether ready to send or made to order, Dawn + Dusk collection has brought together some of my favorite silhouettes with soft fabrics, a green methodology and a feminine touch. View the full collection in my Etsy shop today!

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Coming Soon: The Dawn + Dusk Collection

Pierogi Picnic: Dusk + Dawn

I’m just a big tease!

Having announced that the debut of the new Dawn + Dusk collection would occur today – I realized just this past weekend how much more photo editing I had yet to do before showcasing all the new designs.

So…if you have it in your heart to forgive this one-woman-clothing-show, I’m postponing the big reveal for April 22nd, which is also Earth Day! So save the date, check back here in a week, and I hope to have more details for you.

In the meantime – here are a few sneak peeks to tide you over.

Enjoy!

Pierogi Picnic: Eco friendly, affordable, design savvy clothing

Pierogi Picnic: Eco friendly, affordable, design savvy clothing

Pierogi Picnic: Eco friendly, affordable, design savvy clothing

DIY: Handmade Winter Legwarmers

pierogi picnic: diy legwarmers

Just a couple weeks back much of the Midwest was engulfed in what was dubbed the “polar vortex”. With temperatures dipping down as far as negative 19 in Chicago-land, it was more important than ever to layer up to keep warm. And that’s exactly what I had to do along with millions of other folks. Slipping into layer upon layer of tights, leggings and socks, it suddenly hit me – I need some old-fashioned legwarmers! So I grabbed an old sweater and got to crafting. Within twenty minutes I was cozied up and ready to hit the great and frigid outdoors.

If you’ve been battling to keep your legs warm this season – give this easy tutorial a try! All you need is a pair of scissors, needle, thread and a chunky knit sweater. If you have any mismatched buttons lying around  grab those too for added embellishment. In just a half hour or less you’ll be on your way to a toastier, and more eco-chic you!

pierogi picnic: diy legwarmer tutorial

    1. Pick out a vintage or gently used sweater that you’d like to transform.
    2. Cut off both sleeves – leaving the original seams on the torso. Save the extra fabric to make a pillow or skirt.
    3. Roll the raw edge until you have a double fold.
    4. Grab your needle and thread to hem the fold. Start with two regular loop stitches.
    5. After making the second, pull your needle through the stitch’s loop.
    6. Pull taught and move on to the next stitch, repeating the process. This is called the “lock stitch” method.
    7. Grab a handful of mismatched buttons. 
    8. Sew the first button onto the original sleeve hem – not the lock-stitched one you just created.
    9. Add more buttons and repeat on other legwarmer.

And there you have it! In just a handful of minutes you’ll find yourself donning an adorable and toasty pair of hand-crafted legwarmers! Layer them over a pair of leggings and tall boots or transform your favorite flats into winter-ready apparel. Should your one-of-a-kind accessories get dirty, simply hand wash them in the sink with your favorite eco-safe detergent and set them out to dry.

Pierogi Picnic: DIY Eco-Friendly Legwarmers

Featured Designs: Love & Lace

Pierogi Picnic:  Love & Lace

I am so incredibly excited for the coming spring. I know it’s still several months away, but my mind can’t help but dream of longer days, budding trees and blooming crocuses. Perhaps it’s this longing for the season of awakening that drew my mind to the “Love & Lace” design.

Handmade using a salvaged t-shirt, this incredibly simple, yet romantic piece combines the softness of cotton and the allure of vintage white lace, to create a garment that’s both casual and eye-catching. With the versatility to be worn as either a short dress or tunic top, the “Love & Lace” design can be layered to your heart’s content.

But what about this design made me think of spring? The lightness of the fabric, coupled with the femininity of the lace makes me think of flirty frocks and less chunky knits – which is what spring fashion is all about! This specific creation also speaks to me as it’s the inspiration behind my new upcoming collection: Grey & Gold. Keep your eyes peeled for its debut this coming February! Until then – consider making this favorite a part of your personal collection.

Designs: Best of 2013

pierogi picnic: top ten 2013

I may be a touch bit biased when it comes to the best Pierogi Picnic designs of 2013 – so I decided to let the numbers do the talking!

Using my Etsy and website statistics, these are the most popular designs from the past year! I’ll have you know that a few of these took me by surprise.

What a year! 

          1. In Bloom tunic dress
          2. Take a Bow scarf cowl
          3. Green Gal retro bathing suit
          4. Sir Cycle mens sweatshirt hoodie
          5. Point Out the Way open back top
          6. Miss Cycle womens sweatshirt hoodie
          7. Blossom cotton women’s swimsuit
          8. No Sweat mens cowl sweatshirt
          9. Cosby Skirt upcycled sweater skirt
          10. A Bow On It sweater headband

Greening Martha: Eco Chic Autumn Table Runner

DIY Eco-Friendly Leaf Table Runner for Thanksgiving

There are so many incredible DIY craft tutorials out there to try – but how do we scratch that creative itch without compromising our earth-loving-ethics? That’s what the “Greening Martha” series is all about! I take some of the most lusted after Martha Stewart tutorials and give them an eco-friendly makeover, making you feel better about indulging your crafty cravings!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it was high-time to get some seasonal tutorials going. This month I’m bringing you a DIY twist for dressing up your holiday table: the Eco-Chic Autumn Table Runner.

Designed after Martha’s “Festive Fall Felt Trivets“, my rendition of this uber cute seasonal decor utilizes leftover fabric scraps from sweatshirts and t-shirts instead of virgin materials. By using textiles that you already have lying about your home you can spice up your Thanksgiving spread without purchasing new fabric, which wastes valuable resources and pollutes the environment.

For an in-depth account of the full effects of the textile industry, read this report from the Indian Textile Journal, which documents each step of the fabric creation process and its impact on the planet.

So in the true spirit of  the “Greening Martha” series, here’s a fun eco-friendly tutorial that will have you jumping for joy with your Thanksgiving table design, while feeling good about your conscious craft choices.

Greening Martha eco-friendly leaf table runner

Eco Chic Autumn Table Runner

Supplies Needed:

+ Various fabric scraps or used t-shirts, sweatshirt and other textiles
+ A sharp pair of fabric scissors
+ Fabric chalk, marker, pencil or crayon
+ A leaf (go get one from outside!)
+ A threaded sewing machine or old fashioned needle and thread

  1. Gather up your fabric, paying particular attention to the color scheme. Warm, earthy autumnal tones are best. Also try to find a variety of fabrics to create a more rustic look. Think cotton, knits, fleeces and other cozy textures.
  2. Grab your leaf and set it down on your first piece of fabric.
  3. Outline the leaf’s shape using fabric chalk, a marker, crayon, or anything else you may have lying around.
  4. Cutout your leaf outline – doubling the fabric if you want to be extra efficient.
  5. Trim up your leaf cutout to ensure it’s look even sharp.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 with your other fabrics.
  7. Once all your leaf shaped are cut out, set your sewing machine to a zig zag stitch pattern. If you’re stitching by hand – skip this step.
  8. One leaf at a time, stitch across the surface of the shape, lining up your next leaf just after you hit the edge. Alternate the orientations of the leaves with each new shape addition to ensure a more natural pattern.

DIY Green Tutorial: Thanksgiving Leaf Table Runner

 
And that’s it! In fifteen minutes or less you can have an eco-savvy, super chic table runner with which to adorn your Thanksgiving spread. It’s an easy, affordable, and of course, earth-friendly way to liven up your space without compromising your ethics.

Is there a sustainable how-to that’s caught your eyes for the holidays? If so – share the link in the comments below!

greening martha diy eco table runner

Car-Free Week

Me and my bike!

Car-Free Week starts this coming Sunday – are you ready to rock and roll on your bike?!

With the temperatures cooling down and a crisp breeze in the air, it’s the perfect time of year to ride your bike to work. I know I tend to defer to public transit on hotter days, by these beautiful fall mornings mean I have no excuse! So consider ditching your car from September 22nd-28th and opt for a fossil-fuel free commute!  Continue reading