Monday, February 14, 2011

tweal: upcycling fashion & giveaway!

You probably thought I'd blog about chocolate today, right?  Nope, this year, Valentine's Day is a giveaway... for something a little more inspired than chocolate, just as sweet, but with a lot less sugar. ;)

Today you have a chance to win a gift certificate at tweal!  Not familiar with tweal?  Time to get to know Judy and her beautiful, handmade, upcycled clothing (including shirts, lingerie and dresses) and quilts.  So, read a little from Judy, and also check out her blog.
For many people, living a sustainable life may include buying organic, eating vegan food, growing a garden, or using the car less. Most of us don’t consider the impact that our clothing choices have on the planet.  The truth is that most of the clothing we wear comes from very far away places, for very little money, and is made by people who are not treated well in places which are not safe to work in. It’s a hard reality to face.

I had always dreamed of being a fashion designer, but felt it was beyond my capabilities as I am terrible with math and numbers. I grew up sewing and have always loved it, but for many years I ignored my urge to sew and create because it didn’t seem important. Last spring I was dealing with the loss of someone very close, and I needed to do something to take my mind off things. So I started sewing, and I haven’t stopped since. Tweal had emerged!

From clothing to lingerie to quilts, I love to experiment with fabric and design to see what I can come up with. I like to challenge my brain to make something different every single time! What’s the fun in repeating if I can explore instead?

I use only repurposed, upcycled, and recycled fabrics for my tweal creations. This is very important to me - why create new fabric, even if it is organically produced, when we have an excess of existing fabric? Not only is it more ecologically sound to re-use fabric, it’s cheaper too. There are thrift stores all over the country, all over the continent, full of fabric and clothing just waiting to be reinterpreted.
Buying handmade builds community and contributes to self-sufficiency, two things that are almost non-existent at the mall or the outlet store. This philosophy inspired me to start tweal.  All of my designs are one of a kind and handcrafted with love and imagination. I have a freehand design style that uses no patterns, numbers or standard measurements. Instead I use my eyes and my hands to create beautiful and interesting pieces. No two creations are the same - each piece is unique and beautiful in its own way. Just like you and me.

Whether you pick up a needle and thread, you can support the handmade movement.  Encourage independent business growth in your area, and empower people to provide for themselves and their families. We can do our part.  And, we can still look adorably hip and fashionable too! 

Here's YOUR chance to shop for some cute and original fashions at tweal!  This is an exclusive offer for readers of this blog.  For your chance to win a $20 gift certificate from tweal, leave a comment on this post, telling us which two (2) tweal items suit your fancy!  (Gift certificate is redeemable at tweal.etsy.com or tweal.artfire.com)

Go browse, then comment, and when I come back I'll tell you one or two of my fave tweal pieces!

33 comments:

Kristin said...

oooh, ruffled cotton panty trio! i love the burgundy/navy tank, too.

janet said...

I think it is great that you're into sewing. My mom used to make all our clothes when I was a kid, but don't feel like I have the creativity, time or patience to make my own clothing... I save the creativity, time and patience for the kitchen! :)

I love the Upcycled Navy Blue Yellow Flower Cotton Halter Dress and Recycled Pink Burgundy Brown White Argyle Knitted Ruffle Sweater!

Staci said...

So many great pieces! I love the Recycled Red Cotton 2in1 Drawstring Polka Dot Ruffle Tank. So cute and would show off the artwork on my back beautifully. I also love the Pink and White Polka Dot Cotton Panty/Bra set too. I'm a belly dancer and that top would be cute (and comfy!) to practice in!

Anna said...

I really, really need to learn how to sew. I'm too tall for regular clothes (or even the tall sizes some regular shops offer) and I love upcycling!

My favourite must be the pink heart dress - how could it not, on this day ;) Also, everything girly helps when one's over 6'6" and the high waistline means it would actually fit me. Second place goes to the t-shirt and plaid dress. Demure in front, so sexy in the back, and I absolutely LOVE how the buttons of the plaid shirt it has been made from show up in the skirt!

Beth said...

Everything is so cute!! I LOVE your designs! My two favorites are the Grey Gray Yellow Ruffle tank top and the Reversible 2n1 flower blue cotton shirt.

Kelly said...

Oh man, thank you SO much for turning me on to Tweal! Love!

My two favorites are the Ruffle Hourglass Tank Top and the Plaid Halter Sun Dress. Pretty!

Jen said...

I love the White Cotton A-Line Ruffle Dress and the Eco Friendly Pink White Polka Dot Cotton Bikini Panty Bra Lingerie Set!

Allysia said...

Some beautiful stuff here - it's really tough to choose! Let's go with "Upcycled Teal Green Polka Dot Cotton Halter Tunic Top" and "Upcycled White Pink Green Ruffled Cotton Heart Halter Tank"! Definitely want to win this one :)

Karen said...

Hard to choose just two items as favourites - so many cool things! I like the navy blue yellow flower cotton halter dress and the teal green polka dot cotton halter tunic top. love these clothes!

Shawn, Jamie & Penny said...

this may be a duplicate post, sorry! Couldn't tell if my comment "took" or not.

wow, these are beautiful pieces! The two that caught my eye the most (must be hankering for warmer weather!!) are the Upcycled White Green Ruffled Cotton Tank Top - Recycled, EcoFriendly and the beautiful Upcycled Grey Gray Yellow Ruffle Cotton Tank Top - Recycled, EcoFriendly. The second one is really stunning. Thanks for sharing the website through your blog! Happy Valentine's Day!!

Anne said...

I had a hard time deciding on two. I picked "Upcycled Navy Blue Yellow Flower Cotton Halter Dress" and "Upcycled White Green Ruffled Cotton Tank Top"

Ariel Lebert said...

I love any of the plunging neck-lines! I think they're sexy but they still have class! The pink flower halter is awesome too! Just a t-shirt with a little style... yes please!!!

Tracy Simmons said...

What gorgeous pieces! I am really loving the vintage leather boots and the upcycled black cotton halter!

peanutbutterandginger said...

So cool! I love the fuschia halter dress and the kelly green beige ruffled tank! These are so unique and fun! I love the shoes, too.. but my feet won't fit in them!

jvegegirl said...

I love the burgundy 2-in-1 skirt and that lovely pink halter bra!

Anonymous said...

I love the recycled sweatshirt & the striped green tshirt made into a dress.

YOU ARE SO CREATIVE!! All the flowers & ruffles are adorable.

Your work is gorgeous!

mtbvegan said...

So hard to pick just two! But, if forced I'd really like to have the Grey Gray Yellow Ruffle Cotton Tank Top & also the Black Cotton Pink Peach Paisley Ruffle Halter Tank. Both are so cute!

Heather said...

Very hard to pick two. Love the Pink and Purple Cotton Halter Lingerie Set and the Teal Green Polka Dot Cotton Halter Tunic Top. My fav Blanket was the Snowflake Fairy Blankie.
Sure would be fun to win :)Thanks for the chance!!!
Heather

vogueyogini said...

Wow - congratulations for taking advantage of your talents! To say you are talented, though, is an understatement. Great designs! Although it was hard to pick two, I absolutely without-a-doubt love the asymmetrical teal top. And the grey yellow ruffle tank follows as a close second. Adorable and eco-friendly - love that combo. You just keep on with your bad sewing self!

aimee said...

what a cool site! i really like the universita di roma shirt and the cotton panty trio! but i'd wear almost any of it! sooo cute!

Emily said...

This is great! I try to buy vintage and consignment clothing as a form of recycling, but upcycled clothing was something new to me. I think the Red Hot Bandeau Bra would look cute (and school-appropriate) beneath the Peach Pink Cotton Lingerie Tunic Slip! Plus then I'd have two cute pairs of undies, never a bad thing!

Melanie said...

My 2 favourites are the Recycled Red Burgundy Navy Blue Cotton Ruffle Tank - EcoFriendly and Upcycled and the Upcycled White Pink Flower Cotton Halter Dress Recycled EcoFriendly

melaniebreton at gmail dot com

Erica said...

i love the "Upcycled kelly green beige striped ruffled tank top" and the "Upcycled embroidered peach pink cotton lingerie tunic slip panty", and would wear either with pride :)

Nicole said...

Oh, I love their cute summer dresses and tops!

Nicole said...

Oh, I love their cute summer dresses and tops!

vegAnn said...

Recycled 2in1 Red Burgundy Cotton Heart Skirt Top Upcycled and EcoFriendly

&

Recycled Navy Blue Plaid Cotton Halter Dress EcoFriendly Upcycled

love love it. Me and my friend are big on used clothing, and this is the perfect combo.

Faith Ellens said...

Gorgeous pieces! I want the v-neck tank top!

Rachel said...

Everything is adorable, but my favorites are the burgundy argyle sweater and the mauve purple ruffle top. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Joy said...

Omg I love the Recycled Pink Burgundy Brown White Argyle Knitted Ruffle Sweater and The pink flower halter! I wonder if she can create something from something I have but can't wear. I'll have to read her profile to see...

cachet said...

love the green ruffle striped tank and blue cotton ruffle dress! awesome upcycling!

Nueyer said...

Love that first blue and yellow piece! Something sunny and makes me feel like going to the beach =) I wish I could refashion stuff like you do... I have a bunch of clothes that I can't fit into but don't have the heart to throw them away.... any ideas?

Check out my little blog at http://angelheartscrafts.blogspot.com

Jessica @Vegbooks.org said...

I like the Upcycled Pink White Gingham Plaid Flower Ruffle Girls Dress - EcoFriendly, Recycled -- it would be adorable on my daughter! And I'd wear the Recycled White Pink Grey Plaid Cotton Halter Dress Upcycled EcoFriendly.

Amanda Thomas said...

I adore the Upcycled Navy Blue Yellow Flower Cotton Halter Dress and Upcycled Pink White Blue Canada Polka Dot Panty Trio Set.