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SoSheSews is independently owned and operated by Brooke Helfen, and located in Atlanta, GA.

All items are handmade by me (Brooke!) using recycled, repurposed, and upcycled materials.

A little quote about WHY I do it:

"I am really interested in re-use, particularly in the garment industry and see it as an opportunity not only to save resources and avoid contributing to inhumane industries, but also to promote one-on-one trade where the buyer deals and interacts directly with the craftsman."

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  • Female
  • Born on November 26
  • Joined November 9, 2006

Favorite materials

Cotton, Vintage, Recycled

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About

SoSheSews is independently owned and operated by Brooke Helfen, and located in Atlanta, GA.

All items are handmade by me (Brooke!) using recycled, repurposed, and upcycled materials.

A little quote about WHY I do it:

"I am really interested in re-use, particularly in the garment industry and see it as an opportunity not only to save resources and avoid contributing to inhumane industries, but also to promote one-on-one trade where the buyer deals and interacts directly with the craftsman."

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Check me out in these other places!


My site!

http://www.soshesews.com


My flickr!

http://www.flickr.com/soshesews


Come follow me on Twitter!

http://www.twitter.com/soshesews


My Blog!

http://soshesews.blogspot.com/

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A few things I really like to brag about:

My Eco Coffee Sleeves were featured in Barista Magazine June/July Issue (in the I Love Stuff section). For those that don't know, my husband is a professional barista!

http://www.baristamagazine.com/



My wedding (November 2009!) was quite an event... completely DIY... I made my own wedding dress! Check out the pictures!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/soshesews/sets/72157622845702199/


My wedding has been featured by Green Upgrader

http://greenupgrader.com/9950/craft-recycled-brooke-and-bens-diy-wedding/

and Offbeat Brides

http://offbeatbride.com/2009/12/colored-crinoline-vintage-dresse?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OffbeatBride+(Offbeat+Bride)

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About my products:

The materials are washed or cleaned before usage. I make it a point not to use materials which are damaged to the extent of making an essentially "damaged" product.



If you have any concerns about sizing, please send me a conversation and I will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. I have nearly 10 years of costuming and fitting experience, and will do my best respectively to offer you accurate measurements and suggestions.

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PACKAGING!!!

Every single item I ship is gift-wrapped in recycled, salvaged paper (not newsprint) and is secured with a cute fabric bow made from leftover fabric scraps from my designs. I consider it just an extra little "freebie" and am glad to do it for every order. I also include a handmade card from vintage, recycled ephemera. If you are shipping your purchase from me directly to the recipient, please let me know so that I can inscribe the card accordingly (please let me know what you'd like the card to say).

Almost all of my packaging materials are recycled as well. A few years ago, I found literally hundreds of greeting cards inside a dumpster behind a major, big chain book store. I didn't have a use for hundreds of valentine cards, but I did save as many envelopes and I could and I will use those to ship my smaller items.

Also about a year ago I found about four boxes filled with hundreds of 10 x 14 envelopes outside an industrial complex. I cut the logo from that company off the end, and voila! I have delayed almost tons of paper from the landfill and have at least given it a bit of a life.

I also live in a huge loft-style apartment complex in the city with lots of younger folks moving in and out all the time and having their stuff shipped to them a lot. I'm always amazed that I can keep myself stocked on bubble wrap, craft paper, and boxes year-round without a problem FOR FREE. All I have to do is take a peek every now and then.

And the best thing is, since I really never have to pay for packaging supplies, I can pass those savings on to the customer... and pass the earth a little break at the same time.

I encourage anyone who recieves a package from me to continue to re-use those materials for projects of packaging of your own.

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A big thanks to the following for including me in blogs and websites!

*Peekaboo Picks featured my Pencil Case in a blog about eco-friendly school supplies!

http://peekaboopicks.com/2008/08/29/eco-friendly-school-supplies/

*Shibooya featured my Recycled Fruit Bags Pouch in a blog about Recycled Handmade finds!

http://shibooya.com/2008/03/24/

*Krug's Eco Logic featured my recycled change purse in a recent blog!

http://krugsecologic.blogspot.com/2008/10/recycled-change-purse.html

*EmBellSHhairclips featured my Fleur Pink Flowers in her very pretty blog! :)

http://www.embelish.blogspot.com/

*Haute Crafttour for listing my eco-pouch in a great how-to blog about fusing plastic bags!

www.hautecraftour.blogspot.com

*Green{goody} featured my Eco Bangle Set in a blog!

http://greengoody.blogspot.com/

*Are Handmade Jewelry did a piece on recycled plastic items and featured my Pleated Black Eco Clutch!

http://arehandmadejewellery.blogspot.com/

*Meg{moir} included my Fleurs in a "Wish List" blog with some other great finds from Etsy!

http://meg-moir.blogspot.com/2009/03/etsy-wish-list-home-decor-edition.html

*Amanda from funkeyfinds (funkeyfinds.etsy.com) wrote up an awesome blog (on SheCan'tDecide) about my Eco Bangle Bracelets! :) Thank you Amanda!

http://shecantdecide.blogspot.com/2009/03/fabric-fabric-fabric.html

*Cuteable featured me in a Flickr Friday post! One of my Eco Owl Coin Purses!

http://cuteable.com/

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