I had trouble coming up with an opening for this post. That doesn’t surprise since, until recently, I had a creative block on what to do with this gorgeous piece of bamboo fabric. For over six years, this fabric was in my stash.
When I first saw this coral woven bamboo at a Sew Expo, I was amazed that bamboo could be turned into fabric. Furthermore, it was soft, had a gorgeous sheen, and draped beautifully. My mind’s eye saw a hazy image of a gorgeous garment. Over the years, a few patterns were garnered, but I kept hesitating to actually cut this lovely cloth.
What pushed me over the creative ledge was a simple bar necklace of white porcelain with gold luster by Cydney Ross. Somehow the paths of my bamboo fabric and necklace crossed in my workroom. I thought they looked great together. Somehow I had to find a style that played with this match.
Looking through my pattern files, I found a Simplicity pattern that I picked up for 99¢ years ago. Simplicity describes it as a tunic. Whatever it is, I think it’s pretty much off the fashion compass. It’s not on or off trend; it’s just a statement and I love wearing it.
Simplicity 8094 is truly a beginner’s pattern, almost like sewing two rectangles together.
To complete the look, I just went simple: a vintage acrylic cuff, white ring, white laser cut Rebecca Minkoff MAC bag and some very old Bare Traps white sandals, not worn in probably ten years. Also, I had a pair of white cotton leggings from Dharma Trading Company that I had never gotten around to dying any color. Now they will just stay white!
Simplicity 8094 has its own video.
Bamboo Sustainability: The Good & Not So Good.
In several ways, bamboo looks pretty good. It grows quickly, doesn’t need fertilizer, and regenerates from its own roots. Compared to cotton, bamboo needs much less water. Compared to wool, well, you don’t have to feed any critters. But here’s the negative: to make bamboo into soft fabric, things get sticky-wicky. The chemicals involved are very toxic and carry health risks. At least 50% of the process is hazardous waste that has to be put somewhere. The end result doesn’t seem very sustainable. As things stand now, I will do some serious thinking before I use bamboo again.
However, there may be changes coming that leave bamboo fabric soft and the environment reasonably unharmed. From the Good On You website: “…a similar fabric [to bamboo] called lyocell (also known by the brand name TENCEL®) uses a closed-loop process to recapture and reuse 99% of the chemical solution. Tencel® is often made from sustainable farmed eucalyptus trees, and the fabric was awarded the ‘European Award for the Environment’ by the European Union. The lyocell process can also be used to create fabric from bamboo. There are very few brands doing this now but there are new innovations getting close to production – watch…for products made using Monocel.”
If you have any garment’s made from Tencel® or Monocel, kudos to you.
The Painted Accessory
I haven’t included a polish review in awhile but I had several nice questions about my nails when wearing this color. It is Pony, a neon pastel peach by Floss Gloss. Floss Gloss colors run $8 + shipping or you can go to Amazon for a price of $10.
That wraps it up for this week. Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.
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Husband Michael gets credit for the fantabulous photos today (he also does some editing; if a man can understand this stuff, then it’s probably not complete gibberish).
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
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