Eco-Friendly USA-Made Garments | "Wear it out!"

#bananachips, j/k, #handmade #woodenbuttons
spring #accessory collection in progress coming to the web on may 1st
#happymonday #make #believe
#tbt @cait_ciaccio in handmade-to-order Scoop-Back Crop Tank and Ruffle Pencil Skirt from our #earthdayrunway #fashion show. Kicking off Earth Week again on April 21st a new line up available online May 1st. #sustainablefashion made from #recycled #tshirts. #crop #tank #ruffle #skirt #chinodoll
Inverting #tshirt hems into tiny tubes that are braided and conjoined with #ribbonclamps for new accessories, available with our May 1st webshop update.  Stay tuned!
Need to corral materials in your studio? Try this easy method of bending #wire #hangers with a hook and loop closure!  Perfect for hanging on a dowel, stick, pipe, or nail.  #neverstoplearning #artlife (at UWM Studio Arts & Craft Centre)
#tbt to last summer exploring  #wildflower fields in full bloom with @dakotasky in a scoopback tank #dress
These backless “Tulip Tanks” are now available pre web release in #mke at @thirdcoaststyle #ecofashion #sustainablefashion #recycle #tshirts

Are you interested in learning to sew and/or improve your pattern-making skills? Do you have unfinished sewing projects that would benefit from consultation and a new eye? Are you interested in altering your own clothes to fit? How about doing your own repairs, creating your own patterns, or marketing your work? 

Sign up for sewing classes at the UWM Craft Centre, bring your started projects, clothing to alter or swap, inspirations and ideas to develop! With two 2-session back-to-back workshops it’s easy to pick what’s right for you! 

Students are encouraged to show upcycled/recycled work during the Earth Day Runway Event at the UWM Union Concourse on Monday April 21st 2014 in celebration of Earth Week on Campus! See the PRESS RELEASE HERE

Class listings are described below, for a full list of Craft Centre Courses, and sign up info for the

Fibers I: Sewing 101, Tips and Tricks
Date: Monday & Tuesday, April 7 & 8
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm 
Beginning sewing for more than just beginners! Learn important sewing vocabulary, and the tips and tricks for efficient snipping and stitching. Create and reverse narrow strips without a hanger! Get even pleats without doing math! Get to know your household machine; use the many available machine feet to create various edgings, use it to sew on buttons and buttonholes, zippers, and to do professional looking hemming with ease. Create samples in addition to a lined satchel that applies these skills to take home.
Instructor: Vanessa Andrew
UWM Students/members: $25 Faculty, staff, alumni: $35 Community members: $45

Fibers I: Fashion Pattern Making 
Date: Monday & Tuesday, April 14& 15
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Learn the basics of pattern making to create form-fitting patterns based on your own measurements! Apply anthropometrics to draft flat patterns that use simple graphing in addition to special darting techniques to bring 2-D into 3-D. Create a block pattern for future use and appropriation, and test it out on a stretch knit garment. Use draping techniques on a dress form to add-on to your item. Study your favorite garments and swipe patterns to recreate them!
Instructor: Vanessa Andrew
UWM Students/members: $25 Faculty, staff, alumni: $35 Community members: $45


Madam Chino goes to the Desert with Sara Caron in our new backless “Tulip Tank” available this May at

Madam Chino goes to the #desert with @shortcutttt in this #handmade backless “Tulip Tank” available this May at #ecofashion #sustainablefashion #ethicalfashion #recycled #tshirt #clothing
#tbt #summer
studio nights
Patterning is the process of trial and error where applied geometry meets the unique physics of a fabric. This #sweetheart #peplum tank made from #recycled #tshirt #sleeves was patterned from scratch to fit, but needs deeper darts to account for the stretch of the sewn knit.
Thank you MKE family for donating your T-Shirts to #sustainablefashion @gobot36 @properwood @jenna_valoe @toefill and @sjbollow’s dad John, also @skyhigh1988 for sharing the event, and @brinlu and @brentgohde too :)  If you live in #MKE and are cleaning closets, Madam Chino will reincarnate your preloved #tshirts. View it at