Archive for August, 2013

August 28, 2013

How to Declutter Your Wardrobe and Save the Environment

ImagePlease don’t feel bad. It’s  not your fault. We know you have tried everything to make it work but it’s not meant to be. It’s time to re-invent your wardrobe.  Yet, for some of us it’s so hard to get rid of our unwanted clothes.  There are millions of reasons that make us keep those unused clothes clogging our closet. We at Bumbling Panda are committed to helping the environment. So, here are a few tips on how to get a brand new wardrobe that will help our environment and will save you more than just a penny.

Step One: Clean Out Your Closet

Take out all of the unwanted clothes out of your closet. You’ll want to make 3 separate piles: clothes you definitely don’t want, clothes you’re not sure about, or clothes with stains or tears in them that can be fixed.

Step Two: Donate or Sell

Take the pile of clothes that you know you do not want and sell or donate them to a thrift store. The most common way would be a yard sell but there are other ways to do it. Second hand stores, like Plato’s Closet and Buffalo’s Exchange, will usually give you the option of cash or store credit. You will get more credit than cash. I personally choose to get store credit because I can always go back to the store and use that credit to get clothes to complement my new wardrobe. But, if you don’t mind doing a little more work and research you can try selling your clothes at a Consignment Shop.  These shops will sell the clothes for you in exchange of a small percentage of the sells you make. All you have to do is prize your clothes and collect your money.

For all of the sentimental ladies that feel like a horrible person when you throw away your clothes, how about we find them a second home where they can be happy for the rest of their lives? There are second hand stores and thrift stores that will find your clothes a second home. Thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army offer a tax credit for your donations.

Step Three: Rekindle the Love

Now, take a closer look at the pile of clothes you weren’t sure about. As you go through each piece of clothing, try to remember what it was you liked about it: the fabric, the color, the design…or maybe it was just too expensive and now it hurts to throw away your hard earned money. The trick is not to count something out just because is plain or boring. That boring dress can be the fabric you use to make a blouse that will go well with that dress you love so much.

A lot of your clothes can be altered, re-hemmed, or taken in, in order to look like a brand new piece of fashion.  Be creative as you try to recreate and refashion your clothes and you’ll remember why you fell in love with your outfits in the first place.

Oh, you don’t know how to sew? We got you covered.  Check out our YouTube page where we have easy to follow instructional videos on how to make great clothes.  We will also be posting easy to make tutorials on our blog that will open your mind to endless possibilities.

Save the Earth!

Those are just some tips that help you declutter your closet and do your part to save the environment at the same time. If you have any others, be sure to leave them in the comments below. That warm feeling you have in your tummy is not nature calling. It’s the feeling of accomplishment. Job well done!

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August 26, 2013

Designing Our Clothing Tags

We’ve been busy bees! After a long week of sewing and stitching, I finally sat down to pull some colors and text together. Here’s a sneaky sneak of the clothing tag draft just for our blog followers! 🙂

I’ve always liked the idea that there is a story behind each piece of clothing so I thought I would let our customers know what and where their clothes have been. Once our designs hit the store, each piece of clothing will have a unique label that indicates the content of the fabric as well as what the clothing was made from, whether that’s a thrifted item, recycled material or new fabric purchased from a store (or all of the above).

I’m not sure yet if this will be the final design for the tags, but what do you think? Check out the draft below and let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to like our Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest too!

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August 24, 2013

A Refashioned Dress from a Shirt

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When I first saw this shirt in its original form, I fell in love with the print and color of the fabric. It was great for fall, especially with the leaf motifs and the colors bleeding into each other like watercolor paints.

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Original shirt

The only problem was that the shirt’s cut and design weren’t exactly my style. So I decided to cut it up and add a few extra seams here and there. I came up with a dress that is more suited for me. It’s chic and cute and works great for summer too.

The fabric is light, silky, and comfortable. It is so versatile and easy to wear. I styled it with a belt, but when fall comes around, I can wear it with leggings and a blazer.

It feels great to refashion a shirt that might have gone to waste and be able to change it into something I really love wearing. I love being able to use my creativity to make something that is stylish, while also knowing that I’m saving the environment and dressing responsibly. Instead of going to landfills, the shirt gets a second chance while I add another piece to my wardrobe. Everyone wins. 🙂

August 17, 2013

Website Currently Under Construction

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by our website. We are currently under construction so please be patient with us and check back often for updates.

To view some of our most recent designs, check out the gallery on our Designs page. You can also learn more about Bumbling Panda or check out our History page.