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Tuesday, May 23

Commemorative



I had the distinct honor of creating a commemorative item for a friend whom lost her mother a few years back.  I was given carte blanche to transform her Mamma's favorite tie-dyed shirt into something more her style.   While at first intimidating - cutting up memories!!! - it rapidly became my favorite commission ever.  Blessed.  Honored.  Flattered.

BEFORE
AFTER

Et VOILA!  A long scarf.  And just in time for Mothers Day. One of my goals was to use every inch of the shirt, especially the neckline and cuffs, which usually get discarded.  I am happy to announce I converted the neckline into a necklace and the cuffs morphed into the posies thereon.  Only a wee bag of scraps were left.  As close to Zero Waste if ever there was! 


Posy Neckline Necklace
      



Scraps




  

Friday, May 19

NEW NAME!

We have a fresh new name!  

Everything will now be under Flora Frock and Fauna.  A quick analysis of the name will explain why, but here's the skinny anyway.  Since we are a sustainable fashion line we wanted to completely encapsulate everything beautiful that this stands for in our name.  Therefore:


  • FLORA - sustainable fabrics mean they come from flora/plants: organic cotton, organic hemp and the like.


  • FROCK - but not just dresses!


  • FAUNA - being eco friendly means we love everything about Mother Earth, especially her animals.  What's good for Her is good for them is good for you is good for us.  Most of our items are vegan - no animal products used - but occasionally, as you know, we use up cycled woolens and cashmere. 

So, welcome to the new Flora Frock and Fauna!  May we wander far and dazzle always.

Monday, March 6

Best Bean Soup Ever

So, I have this crazy 2nd cousin named Zeke whom is famous in the family for many things among them that he's raced the legendary Gumball 3000 road rally through Europe and crewed a boat in The America's Cup during the early '80s.  Zeke's a character, you might say and beloved by all.  

He also happens to have created the world's best black bean soup recipe, at least in my book.
Have at it!  Warning - it makes a huge pot, so if you don't plan to eat if for a week or feed a crowd, cut in half:-)  It takes less than 1/2 hour to make - bonus!

Zeke's 20 Minute Black Bean Soup
5 - 15 oz cans Black Beans, drained (can substitute red or kidney beans for some)
5 C. Chicken or Veg. broth
2T. Olive Oil
2 Onions, minced
3-5 cloves Garlic, minced
1T. Cumin
3-5 - 16oz cans Hominy (white or yellow)
1/4 C. Worcestershire
1 1/2 t. Tabasco
1 1/2 t. Salt

OPTIONAL toppings/sides:
Cilantro and or/ Avocado, Sour Cream 
Tortillas, Tortilla Chips or Cornbread
  • Puree 1/2 of your beans and 1 can of Hominy in a blender.  
  • Sauté onion and garlic in the oil until clear.  Add everything but the serving items.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer a minimum of 10 minutes but no more than 30.  Quicky soup!
  • Serve with toppings of choice

END of WINTER SALE!!!

Everything except custom orders are ON SALE!!!  Get your cashmere scarves at a reduced price for next year - $5 off as marked.  

Links are all in our Etsy store to the right of your screen.  Thank you for a wonderful winter season.  Now, let's move on toward spring, shall we? 


Cotton scarves for vegans too:-)  


Friday, January 6

Zero Waste Fashion - Our Definition


Zero Waste Fashion has become a "thing" in the last few years, but what does it mean exactly?  

I first read about one of the US based pioneers in the field, Timo Risannen, in an NYT article several years ago but had been unknowingly practicing a version of the concept with Jag & Nevie for awhile.  Mr. Rissanen has been teaching and writing on the subject for years now and I adore his blog.

Zero Waste dwells at the intersection of many eco friendly practices briefly outlined in a great series of articles on Seamwork Magazine's site.  Some of these concepts are mentioned below;  cutting, scraps as design elements and using previously manufactured items.

If you Google around you'll find fashion designers whom cleverly design patterns so as to cut fabric in ways that don't discard a millimeter of yardage. Holly McQuillan's work is a great example of this: 








Here she shows how to lay out pattern pieces for several garments in a very complex and effective way. 














Another part of the concept is designing with scraps from the fabric & fashion industry - my favorite example of this is Zero Waste Daniel  whom works and manufacturers in Brooklyn.




Zero Waste Fashion also includes up cycling which is where we come in. Finding beauty in a (re)useful piece of fabric from a discarded t shirt, sweater or pair of jeans is the absolute foundation of Jag & Nevie.

After using large chunks of a garment I incorporate the small leftover pieces as appliqués, fringe, patches, ribbons, what have you.  The studio is overwhelmed with bags & tubs of scraps waiting for their new incarnation;-)


APPLIQUÉS; FLAT & 3-D
FRINGE: T SHIRT FABRIC & CASHMERE

I am so excited every time I find a way to salvage a special texture like sleeve ribbing or a waist band.
SLEEVE RIBBING: CASHMERE HATS

JEANS: HEM AND INSEAM; T SHIRTS (made into a tote bag)
WAISTBAND PILFED FROM A PAIR OF SHRUNKEN BOXERS:-0



In summary, Zero Waste Fashion is just as the name applies - an endless array of techniques employed to prevent, or at least delay, the shameful amount of textile refuse accumulation that is rapidly polluting our planet.  If we wear what we already own until it is beyond salvation and buy from zero waste designers we will care for Mother Nature in the most chic and responsible manner imaginable.  Thank you for doing your part.

Wednesday, December 7

Heart Warming Eco Fashion Story

So, here at 7200' in the Rocky Mountains it's been 5* for much of the last 48 hours.  We love it, but nevertheless, a little warmth in story form is warranted.  Check out this cool manufacturing business that offers a living wage (imagine!) to garment workers in Kenya.  They also provide two meals a day at the factory.  Things like this are what makes eco-fashion so important.


Happy winter;-)

Wednesday, November 2

Lots of New Up Cycled Cashmere

Happy Fall friends!  
I've been busy whipping up delicious new cashmere goodies just in time for.... snow!  
Yes, it will make it's appearance this year, but you'll be prepared with a fluffy new sweater, or perhaps a scarf to cheer yourself up.  (truth be told... I pray to the snow Goddess, but don't blame me if we get buried:-)

Here are a few the offerings so far:
HATS FOR THE WEE ONES



Girls 12 m. to 3T
Girls 12m to 5T


Girls 3T to 8yrs 
INFINITY & LONG SCARVES

Neutral and fabulous

Oranges and Peachy Colors

Reds!












SWEATERS - READY TO WEAR & SPECIAL ORDER




Sweater Salvation:Custom Order - send your damaged sweater for a fancy fix

Chartreuse!  Size Large

Luscious Periwinkle and Turquoise
Thank you for stopping by and I send you lovely snuggled-by-the-fireplace good vibes for the impending season.