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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fashion Revolution Day



Fashion Revolution with GYCT Designs

What is Fashion Revolution?  

One year ago today, over 1000 workers of the Rana Clothing Plaza Factory in Bangledash died and 2500 were injured after the building they were working in collapsed.  Obviously they were working in inappropriate conditions so that you and I could get a shirt for $5!!  Today we are taking a stand and saying this is not okay.  We wear our handmade clothing inside out to show others that we don't need to buy mass produced products to have great clothing!  

Now you might not think this matters.  Bangledash is far from you.  Well, let me bring it home for you.  I was a High School Fashion Design teacher for several years.  One day I asked my maintenance staff if they could help me with a little organizing project.  They sent a wonderful man named Juan to help.  As he was working to install the finished project, we got to talking.  He knew I was the Fashion teacher and he wanted to share his own experience.  He had worked for many years in a high end clothing manufacturing factory in California.  He loved it.  Had worked his way up to become a manager and was able to support his family and do something he loved.  Then one day, the owners came to say they were moving the factory overseas to cut costs.  He, along with all the others who had worked for this company, lost their jobs, their livelihood.  It was difficult to find work in the U.S.A. and as a result, he was now a maintenance man in a high school.  He was not complaining and didn't tell me the story for any other the reason then to be able to talk fashion.  But once our conversation ended and he went his way I started to think.  Here was a man who had worked his whole life for a company that decided money was more important then people.  A company that sent it's factory overseas so they could pay people less and make them work more.  For what?  A profit?  Popular opinion?  



I love handmade clothing, bags, anything.  It has become a passion of mine.  My husband would agree and add perhaps call it an addiction.  I have noticed over the years how many are unwilling to pay for handmade items.  They say, "I could get that for $10 at _________.  And you want how much????"  But what they don't understand is that NO ONE can make that item for $10.  Unless you realize that those making the item are not even making what we would consider minimum wage!!  Let me break it down for you.....


Cost of Materials  +  Labor =  Final Amount


Do you really think your tshirt only costs a company $10 to make?  If I can get a really good deal on knit fabric, I MIGHT be able to get it for $5 a yard.  For an average adult, it would take at least 2 yards to make the tshirt.  Umm......so what about labor?  Well....you decide.


What can we do?  

We can make our own clothing!!  We can consign, recycle and upcycle clothing.  Don't get me wrong.  I am not one to pass up a great sale, but I also know that the quality of mine and my family's closets starts with ME!  I can make a difference and so can you.  Think before you buy.  Support your local businesses, your handmade boutiques and learn to sew yourself.  Realize the cost behind everything you buy.  If you do sew, show your support by turning your clothes insideout and sharing on your social media with  #insideout.

Fashion Revolution Day Handmade

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Designer Swap: SassHenri's Waverly Skirt

Waverly Skirt from SassHenri by GYCT Designs

I am so excited to be part of the Betties Designer Pattern Swap!!  This is a group of Indie Designers that are just starting out.  We have a great little Facebook Group for those who enjoy sewing and testing new patterns.  The designers got together and decided to do a pattern swap and then share each others adorable designs!  I was lucky enough to get SassHenri's Waverly Skirt.


Waverly Skirt from SassHenri by GYCT Designs

This skirt is adorable and also super unique.  I love the fact that I have never seen anything like it!  It is really awesome.  

Waverly Skirt from SassHenri by GYCT Designs

The design has a ruffle that goes down and across the front.  It really is super cute.  I used a pink glitter costume satin to make this skirt for my baby girl.  Let's just say she will be wearing this to church all spring long.

Waverly Skirt from SassHenri by GYCT Designs

I also love the fact that it is an elastic waistband.  That way I can adjust it to customize for my little girl.

Waverly Skirt from SassHenri by GYCT Designs

I paired it up with a little ruffle top that I made for Project Run and Play this season.  I think it turned out super cute.

Waverly Skirt from SassHenri by GYCT Designs

And it is also great for playing in the back yard on the tractor.  See!!!  Go grab your own copy of the Waverly!!

Waverly Skirt from SassHenri by GYCT Designs

And make sure to check out all the other great patterns in the Bettie's Group!!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

FREE Fox Coin Purse Pattern and Tutorial

Free Fox Coin Pouch Pattern by GYCT

If your kids (or husband) are anything like mine, they LOVE "What Does the Fox Say?"  My baby girl can even sing along to parts.  (Never mind that my 4 year old knows the entire song.  I blame my husband.)  So I figured for this months FREE pattern, I would make a Fox Coin Pouch.  

Once I was done sewing up this cute fox, my son wouldn't let me have it to take pictures.  Aren't kids fun!!  I am glad he liked it.  I thought, I have got to share.  I know my kid isn't the only one in love with the fox.  So today, you can get the Fox Pattern and Tutorial for FREE too!!!!  (Lucky duck, or should I say Fox.)

Now, unlike last month, I decided to have a few of friends test the pattern for me.  That way I could make it all nice a pretty and I could add it to my shop.  So if you would like the pattern you can grab the FREE Fox Coin Pouch Pattern in our Craftsy Shop.  If you decide to whip up your own adorable fox, you'll need the following items:

Materials Needed:
1/8 yard main fabric
Scrap fabric
Interfacing
Heat n' Bond/Transfer Paper
Zipper (any size will work, but a 5" is best)


Free Fox Coin Pouch Pattern by GYCT

I love Craftsy!!  If you aren't signed up for Craftsy, no worries!  It is super easy and you'll love it.  Plus, you can get all sorts of free classes and patterns.  I promise, you won't regret it.  In fact, you can see what I made during one of the Craftsy classes I took.  Check out my Weekender Dress Post.  I loved this class.  Signed up when it was on sale and got the entire class, pattern and fabric for $25!!!  You can't even buy a dress like this for $25.  And I LOVE it.  Plus, I can access the class forever.  I can make another dress.  It was great fun!

Free Fox Coin Pouch Pattern by GYCT


Go grab your FREE Fox Coin Pouch and get sewing!!!  And don't forget to share pictures in our Flickr group or in our Facebook Group.


(I am a Craftsy Affiliate, however, all my opinions are my own.  And the pattern is mine, so of course I love it!)



Friday, April 18, 2014

Delicious Lemon Bars

Delicious Lemon Bar Recipe at GYCT

I LOVE Lemon.  It is so refreshing and always reminds me of spring.  So of course, when the the weather is cold and I am thinking of spring, I make me some Lemon Bars.  Super fast, super yummy, and a favorite.

Delicious Lemon Bar Recipe at GYCT

First, you'll make the crust.  Combine the flour, powdered sugar and butter in a bowl and cut the butter in.  I use my fingers, but you can use knives or a pastry blender.

Delicious Lemon Bar Recipe at GYCT

Then press the mixture into an 9x13 pan.  Bake it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Delicious Lemon Bar Recipe at GYCT

Meanwhile, combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend.  This is the trick to getting a really smooth topping.  Very important!!

Delicious Lemon Bar Recipe at GYCT

Once the crust is baked, pour the egg mixture over the top and bake it again for 25 minutes.  Then sprinkle with powdered sugar while it cools.

Delicious Lemon Bar Recipe at GYCT

So Yummy!!!


Delicious Lemon Bars

2 c. flour
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1/3 c lemon juice
1 Tbsp. lemon rind
1/4. c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix flour and powdered sugar in a small bowl and cut in butter until the mix clings together.  Press in a 9x13 pan.  Bake 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.  Make sure not to overcook.

Mix eggs, sugar, lemon juice, rind, flour and baking powder in a blender until thick and smooth.  Pour over crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cool before cutting.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Bunny Cans Craft

Easter Bunny Cans Craft by GYCT

Had so much fun making some Easter Bunnies.  It is always great to do a craft with the littles.  This one is super fast too!



Easter Bunny Cans Craft by GYCT

Materials Need:
Can for each person
Construction paper
Scissors
Glue
Markers
Cotton Balls

Easter Bunny Cans Craft by GYCT

First get your bunny ready.  Cut horizontal strips of paper the length of you can and wrap them around the can and glue.

Easter Bunny Cans Craft by GYCT

Make bunny ears with your construction paper.

Easter Bunny Cans Craft by GYCT

Slide the ears between the paper and the can.  

Easter Bunny Cans Craft by GYCT

Draw a face and then cut out strips of paper for whiskers.  Glue them to the can

Easter Bunny Cans Craft by GYCT

On the back, glue on the cotton ball for a tail.

Easter Bunny Cans Craft by GYCT

Fill up your bunnies with treats, Easter eggs or flowers and enjoy the spring!