Sewing Winter Garments


Stylish Fabric is my go-to for sewing apparel fabrics. They have all the options, prints, and colors at affordable prices.  I've been sewing a lot of garments with their merino-like wool and  waffle knit. These fabrics come in an array of different colors and prints and great for sewing winter garments. Some of my recent makes above: ruched center front sweater in the camo brushed waffle knit, a cashmere like turtle-neck sweater in this chambray blue, beanie hats for me and the boys in a mix of the different fabrics above, an off-the-shoulder sweater, and a long cardigan with pockets (copper merino-like wool).


How to Machine Embroider a Sweatshirt

With the holidays right around the corner I wanted to share how to embroider sweatshirts. These can be great as gifts, family themed photos, and just lounging around and staying warm.  I love Threadsy for my blank basic needs. They have great options to pick from in sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, hats, and more all at wholesale prices. Another great feature is no minimum orders so I can order as little as one or more if need be. Threadsy offers top brands with trendy fits like Bella + Canvas. This particular one is one of my favorite sweatshirts to embroider. Not only is the style and fit just right it has a nice medium weight to it which makes it perfect for embroidery. Get the details below on how to embroider your own sweatshirt. 




Sewing with Satin


Tis the season to pull out the satin fabric, it's a luxurious material I'm always drawn this time of year.  I am picky when it comes to satin and my go-to is Shannon Fabrics Silky Satin. They have an array of colors to pick from and it's silky soft as you hope in a satin. Get some ideas below on what to sew with this pretty material. 

Make a bias cut midi skirt. This is a great piece to have in your wardrobe. I even have a black and ivory one. I like pairing this skirt with sweaters or jackets. 

Satin Pillow Case. I made one for myself and sister and now we both can't sleep on anything else. Stitch these up in pretty holiday colors like reds, greens, and even browns (Shannon Fabrics has all the colors). Add embroidery on the hem for a custom touch (monogram, cute sayings, etc).

Stitch up some eye masks. These make great fit ideas and can be customized with embroidery on the front. 

Scrunchies!! Everyone loves scrunchies and these are great for low ponies or buns and the satin material makes gentle hair ties.

Use as a liners for luxurious projects like this faux fur key hole scarf.

Satin face mask are great for sensitive skin and a practical project to sew for yourself or anyone in your life. I like making the simple 3-pleat mask tutorial here


What You Need To Consider When Buying Second Hand Designer Jewelry And Fashion

Many people are interested in second-hand jewelry and fashion, not because they are broke but because it's a means to get quality, genuine and exceptional items at a lower price. Second-hand fashion and jewelry are as effective as brand-new products; they add the beauty you desire and help you gain class status without much expenditure. The trouble for many is finding genuine and authentic jewelry products and fashion sold in some outlets. Some outlets stock counterfeit products in the name of second-hand goods to attract the market. You need to understand some tips to avoid falling for these counterfeit products.

Why Buy Second-Hand Jewelry And Fashion Items

Price is the biggest motivation for most people to buy second-hand items; however, there are many reasons why people choose second-hand products.

  • The Best Quality For The Money: A second-hand item does not mean that it has depreciated hence being disposed of at throwaway price. These are items being sold through second-hand stores; maybe the previous owner went for an upgrade in exchange for their own. Some of the jewelry in these stores are top-notch and still retain the quality as the new ones. Take, for example, a diamond bracelet; the diamond does not expire, neither does it depreciate.

  • Sustainability: Jewelry and fashion products may sometimes be made of metal that cannot decompose. The best way to manage these metals is through recycling; however, in recent times, people have an idea of how to conserve the environment through second-hand trade. I suppose one man's poison is another man's meat.

  • Vintage Style: There is always some value and pride that comes with owning the oldest jewelry on the planet. Imagine buying a necklace made from diamonds over a century old. It gives you prestige and sometimes can be a profitable opportunity since older jewelry attracts higher prices.

The best place to find unique crafts is the second-hand store. You will find jewelry and fashion from all the nations and regions. Some of these items can help you associate yourself with your origin or background. For example, owning jewelry from Persia will enable you to link with your heritage. With time, you can pass it down to your generation to remind them of their heritage. However, you need to exercise caution when buying second-hand items, especially jewelry.

Tips For Buying Second-Hand Jewelry And Fashion

Getting second-hand jewelry and fashion should not be a challenge due to the availability of the stores. The challenge is figuring out whether they are legit or not.


I would not advise you to buy second-hand jewelry online. You need to be curious enough to walk into the store to inspect the product. There are many ways you can decide the authenticity of the jewelry you want to buy. The methods involve being keen and observing tiny changes hence the need to be present. Here are the guidelines to determine the authenticity of the product you are buying.

Brand Marks

Many brands will stamp their products with logos or tiny brand initials. These initials are in hidden areas to avoid being conspicuous. Check for these hallmarks at various sections of jewelry before paying for them.

Magnet Test

Magnet test is necessary when buying jewelry made of certain items such as gold and diamond. Real gold will not be attracted to magnets. You can also ask for other tests such as acid tests or an x-ray of the jewelry to ensure it is legit as described.

Certificate of Authenticity

Some jewelry comes with a certificate of authenticity usually created by the manufacturer. However, not all of them have the certificate; you can ask for it as an additional precaution.


The documentation that comes with second-hand jewelry can be forged; hence you need to inspect them appropriately to avoid being a victim. You can check out the following: grammar errors, spelling, and signatures that appear forged.

The Seller

Certain second-hand jewelry stores are known for their keenness when inspecting the products. Such stores are known for legit products; hence buying from them will not disappoint you. When buying jewelry such as used David Yurman bracelets, the dealer has a record for dealing in legit products. Another factor to consider is the seller's history of existence and how long they have dealt with jewelry.

Customer Reviews

Some buyers cannot just resist the temptation of buying second-hand jewelry from online stores. Despite not having the opportunity to inspect, they are willing to try out the items. To avoid fake second-hand products, you need to research the dealer. You can do online research to find out the comments of other buyers about the dealer. Check for online reviews; if you find negative comments about selling fake products, avoid the seller even if some people received authentic items. You can be a victim amongst the many.

Product Pricing

Despite being called second-hand jewelry, they are not supposed to go at throwaway prices. They should not sell cheaply; hence, you need to confirm the prices and compare them with other market prices to ensure they are legit. The prices should be worth the product, they should not be too expensive, nor should they be too cheap to raise doubts.


When considering buying second-hand jewelry or fashion, you can ask for a friend's help. Seek help from someone who has dealt with second-hand products. However, you need to focus on key factors such as price, customer reviews, and authenticity considerations. You can ask for a test to identify the authenticity of the item you intend to buy.

If you need a used David Yurman bracelet, we got your needs covered. We deal in a wide range of bracelets for you to select. You will find the relevant documentation and necessary certificates should any exist to accompany your products. As you enjoy the value associated with second hand jewelry and fashion, you need to be keen, but you can trust us to deliver the best, legit, and quality items.


6 Easy Ways to Create a More Sustainable Wardrobe

Most people might not think of what’s in their closets when we talk about pollution and waste. But the fact is that the fashion industry does actually create huge amounts of waste, and that waste is very rarely recycled. Moreover, the problem is getting worse as fast fashion increasingly dominates the market. 


Wondering how to be more eco-friendly in your wardrobe selection? You’re not alone. Many shoppers are now in search of more sustainable looks that will slide seamlessly into their style. These six tips will help you choose greener options no matter what color you’re wearing.


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1.     Look for classic designs and high quality materials. 

Your wardrobe is an investment in yourself, and that means it’s important to buy clothes that will stand the test of time. Rather than cheap pieces that might look dated or come apart in a few years, invest in some durable classics that are made with quality materials. These are the clothes that form the foundation of a functional wardrobe. 


What should you be looking for? Experts recommend seeking out clothes in neutral colors with classic designs. Some examples include khaki chinos, dark jeans or a little black dress. Remember that you’re looking for the good stuff, so read some reviews of the brand and look for signs of quality like patterns that match at the seams, neat hems and a money-back guarantee from the manufacturer. 


2.     Go for sustainable fabrics whenever possible. 

Some fabrics and fibers are more eco-friendly than others. In general, natural fibers like cotton are more sustainable than synthetics like polyester, thanks to their natural biodegradability, but production methods matter a lot. Common fibers like cotton are often produced with heavy pesticide use and monoculture farming, so choose organic cotton when it’s available. 


What about synthetics? The good news is that they don’t require water use or pesticides like natural fabrics, but the bad news is that they don’t biodegrade in a landfill. Even worse, they degrade over time and shed tiny bits of themselves, called microplastics, into waterways. Since it can be tough to avoid synthetic fabrics completely, try to choose recycled synthetics whenever possible and wash synthetics carefully to reduce microplastic shedding. 


3.     Shop for clothes second hand. 

Secondhand shopping is a great way to keep clothes out of waste streams, and there are more ways to do it than ever. Thrift and vintage stores are the classic options for secondhand enthusiasts. Stores like Goodwill are perfect for those who don’t mind doing a little digging in search of something unusual and cool, while vintage stores are good for those who want a more curated selection. 


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Apps like Depop, Poshmark, eBay and Facebook Marketplace are the other major ways to shop secondhand today. These platforms all offer huge selections, plus filtering tools and search functions that can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. The potential downside is that they can be more competitive than a thrift store, since you’re shopping alongside hundreds or thousands of other people from around the country. 


4.     Don’t forget about your accessories.

Accessories can make an outfit, but have you ever considered their impact on the environment? What happened to that cute but cheaply-made purse that broke after a few months, or your old plastic phone case that you threw out? Unfortunately, the answer is usually that they end up in a landfill or in the ocean, where they have all kinds of negative effects on the environment.


Today’s accessories can help us do better, though. Many eco-friendly accessory companies now offer cute hats and purses made from recycled and sustainable fabrics, and that’s just the beginning. New developments in sustainable materials have given us cool accessory options like compostable phone cases to replace plastic ones — and tech lovers can even get eco-friendly Apple Watch bands that are as comfy as they are green.


5.     If you don’t love it, skip it. 

When you’re out shopping, it’s not just easy to buy things you don’t need, but it’s even possible to talk yourself into something you don’t really want. If something is made from an uncomfortable fabric, you don’t think you can pull it off or it’s a little bit too small or too big, there’s a good chance you won’t wear it very often. A few years later, you’ll probably be throwing it out. 


Practice saying no to yourself when you’re not totally sold on something. Save the cash and put it toward buying high quality clothing that really fits your style. In general, smarter and more conscious shopping practices will help you conserve your budget while buying more clothes that you’re actually proud to have in your wardrobe. 


6.     Learn to repair and sew clothes.

Much as gardening is a great next step for eco-conscious cooking enthusiasts, sewing and general clothes repair are awesome skills to learn for anyone who wants to make their fashion choices more sustainable. Knowing how to sew is one of the best ways to free your fashion from the cycle of consumption and disposal because it allows you not just to repair old clothes, but to create completely new ones from old materials. 


If you’re interested in learning how to sew, start with some small projects like sewing a button back onto a shirt. As with almost any other skill you might want to learn, YouTube tutorials are your best friend. Once you’ve mastered some home sewing basics, you can set your sights on more advanced projects, at which point you’ll also probably want to invest in a sewing machine. If you find that you enjoy sewing, you might even start designing and making your own clothes! 


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If there’s one thing we know about fashion, it’s that it changes all the time. When fashion consumers make more sustainable choices, it helps steer that change in a more positive direction that can fight the influence of fast fashion and make everyone’s wardrobe a little bit greener.
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