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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion coming to you from Central Oregon.

Make Your Own - Anna Allen Pomona Pants

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé

I don't know whether I will one day have an entire me-made closet, but I'm definitely headed in that direction.

Pattern

When I found Anna Allen's Pomona Pants pattern, I knew that they would be a perfect first pant project! I had started another pair of pants a couple years ago, but my mom ended up finalizing it... Patience is not my strong suit....

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé

Printing (& Assembling)

It took me a while to finally print the pattern and get started, I wanted to make sure I had all the supplies and was in the right mindset.

Then one morning, I finally decided to jump in. I took a pair of scissors and a roll of washi tape and went to town on the 57 pages of the pattern (!)

If I had to do it again, I would probably make the effort to go to the print shop and have it printed on construction paper. The pattern folder contains all different kinds of files so you can either print at home or at a print shop. I'm keeping that in mind for my next downloadable pattern.

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé

Measurements

I am not one to alter a pattern to my measurements yet so I just checked my measurements against the table in the sewing instructions.

I'm very happy with the result so far and wouldn't change a thing.

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé

Fabric

I made my first muslin/pair with an old linen duvet cover. I did not make things easy for me as the fabric was very sheer and I ended up doubling it.

For my second pair, I chose a soft denim cotton I got at Joanne's. I am the worst at understanding imperial measurements so I ended up getting more fabric than I needed which - in hindsight - was a blessing because I forgot to cut the second leg on the wrong side of the fabric (as you can see on the first picture) and ended up needing more fabric to correct my mistake!

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Cutting

I invested in a rotary cutter and boy am I happy about it! I already had a cutting mat from a previous foray into collage so that was one less tool to buy (though they're often sold in kits: cutter + mat).

A rotary cutter is so much more convenient and precise than a pair of scissors, I am obsessed with it! I'm about to make a braid rug and am considering rotary cutting the strands instead of ripping them apart.

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé

Sewing

I won't go into the details of sewing the pants. Get your own pattern and give it a try. All I can say is that the instructions are very clear and that the project is quite easy. I say it often, I am not a seasoned seamstress and I am not very patient, but I still managed to make my own pair of pants in an afternoon (after a morning of cutting and assembling the pattern, which, since I'll go to the print shop next time, won't happen again).

I should mention that I decided to do without the back pocket. I like the pants better without it. It reminds me of the Jesse Kamm Sailor Pants (with an elastic waist though).

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé

Style & fit

These are honestly my favorite pants and I might make them a couple times more, maybe in a thicker fabric for the winter (right now I'm wearing them with a pair of tights underneath).

I love the high waist, I love the wide leg, I love the wide elastic band.

The pattern is pretty versatile, you can also make a pair of shorts and another pair of pants with a tapered leg.

I'm considering giving the latter one a try next time, so that my ankles and calves are more toasty in the winter.

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé

Tools

Check out my List of Sewing Essentials!

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé

Outfit details

  • Coat (38) - COS
  • Cardigan (OS) - Babaa
  • Turtleneck - Thrifted
  • Pomona Pants - Made by me
  • Boots (5.5) - Blundstone

Sewing Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants by Conscious by Chloé


Have you been working on a sewing project lately? Please share your pattern recommendations below!

The Conscious List

Snowy Mountain by Mael Balland for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Mael Balland

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend?

A neighbor mentioned a ski hut that I'm dying to go check out. A snowshoeing trip is on the horizon!

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

  • My friend Jessica makes the most beautiful citrus eucalyptus wreaths. Get yours if you're in Portland.

  • You might know about my obsession with interior design books and The little book of living small really checked all the items of my list.

  • In case you missed it, here's my Small and Meaningful 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.

  • My friend Julie recommended the How to Save a Planet podcast and I really enjoy the conversations between journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. The episode about electric cars was quite surprising to me!

  • I thrifted another quilt and might use this sewing pattern this time to make it into another quilted jacket.

  • Is it still time for me to get into sourdough baking again or is it too "beginning of the pandemic"? I'm obsessed with Linda Ring's bread art.

  • My favorite online thrift stores.

  • I started watching My Octopus Teacher without high expectations but was really touched by the story. And now we started watching the Earth at Night and Tiny World series. Animals are so fascinating!

  • Our neighbor brought us Matzo Brittle and it's so freaking good. I have to ask for her recipe.

  • I've received my 2021 Year Task Planner, so many possibilities!

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What are your plans for the weekend?

Habit Shift - Land Acknowledgement

Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boots Stone by Conscious by Chloé

Last Saturday we went to visit an outdoor pottery sale at the cutest compound. The owners welcomed us with open arms and offered us hot cider. We chatted for a while, warmed up by the fire and made our way back home.

Mitch and Michelle's Pottery Compound by Conscious by Chloé

We had seen the prettiest view on the way there so we stopped to shoot a couple pics before the light would disappear.

Three Sisters Oregon by Conscious by Chloé
For some reason I keep mixing up these Three Sisters (North Sister, Middle Sister and South Sister formerly named Faith, Hope and Charity by early settlers) with the Native American Three Sisters (corn, bean and squash) and this all because I was reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer when I moved to this region.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I might have also come across the legend of the Australian Three Sisters and mixed it all up (it's quite fascinating).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This constantly makes me think about the people who first lived on this land and what they must have called these 3 volcanic peaks.⠀⠀⠀

Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boots Stone by Conscious by Chloé
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This map is an amazing resource to learn more about the land you're standing on today and the people who cared for it before you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This week, I read more about it on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde websites to learn the history of the Klamath Tribes, the Klamaths, the Modocs and the Yahooskin and this breathtakingly beautiful region. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boots Stone by Conscious by Chloé

If you want to craft your own land ackowledgement statement, check out this guide.


Where do you live? What's the story of the land you're standing on?

The Conscious by Chloé 2020 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Zero Waster

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the Zero Waster by Conscious by Chloé

This year, I decided to focus on small Portland shops, makers and lovers who - more than ever - need our support after a dreadful year.

Everything is shoppable online, so don't fret if you're not local ;)

For the homebody in your life who cares about the planet.

First, consider:

Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Zero Waste Reusable Cotton Rounds by Hidden Opulence Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Cleansing Grains Face Wash urban Oreganics Good Intent for Conscious by Chloé

  • A powder face wash sold by Portland zero waste Store Good Intent.

Zero Waste Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix by Good Life Market Delivery Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Espresso Cup by Vía Raíz Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • An unbreakable espresso cup sold by Portland store Vía Raíz.

Zero Waste Paperless Towels by Saged Home for Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Maple Storage Containers by Beam & Anchor for Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Shaving Gift Set by Blendily Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Soap Dish by Margaret and Beau Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A soap-saving soap dish by ceramist Margaret + Beau at Cupboard goods.

Zero Waste Reusable Mason Jar Bubble Tea Set BB TEAJARS Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Organic Cotton Produce Bags by Utility Zero Waste for Conscious by Chloé

  • Organic cotton produce bags by zero waste store Utility Zero Waste.

And here's the complete 2020 Holiday Gift Guide, the Conscious by Chloé Shop and more Portland Zero Waste Stores.

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the Zero Waster by Conscious by Chloé

This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

The Conscious by Chloé 2020 Holiday Gift Guide - For the DIYer

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the DIYer by Conscious by Chloé

This year, I decided to focus on small Portland shops, makers and lovers who - more than ever - need our support after a dreadful year.

Everything is shoppable online, so don't fret if you're not local ;)

For the crafty person in your life who's always excited to learn a new skill.

First, consider:

  • A homemade gift, like a notebook.

  • A gift of experience, like a workshop at the DIY Bar.

  • A gift to support their favorite art collective, like Future Prairie.

Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Wall Hanging Kit Modern Macrame Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Sandal making kit by Rachel Sees Snail Shoes Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Split Leg Potter's Apron by Portland Apron Company for Conscious by Chloé

Pendleton Leather Tray Kit by Klumhouse Portland for Conscious by Chloé

Kitchen Print by Wilcraft Studio Owner Chelsea Heffner for Conscious by Chloé

  • A fun print by Wilcraft Studio founder Chelsea Heffner.

Ceramic Classes by Radius Studio Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • Ceramic classes via Zoom by Radius in Portland (pick up the supplies at the studio).

Tools to Liveby Gold Scissors Little Otsu Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • An elegant pair of scissors from Portland shop Little Otsu.

Wall Mounted Paper Holder by Schoolhouse Electric Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A wall-mounted paper holder by Portland Store Scoolhouse Electric.

Big Tote by Hand Eye Supply Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A big tote from Portland Makers Hand-Eye Supply.

Note to Self Linen Journal by 11:11 Supply Portland for Conscious by Chloé

  • A trusty journal from Portland Store 11:11 Supply.

And here's the complete 2020 Holiday Gift Guide & the Conscious by Chloé Shop.

Small Meaningful Ethical and Sustainable 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the DIYer by Conscious by Chloé

This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!