It’s summertime, which for Elisabethan means it’s time for art fairs & farmers’ markets!
These girls are escaping the heat on a muggy afternoon in Carbondale, CO, during the Mountain Fair by hiding in our rack of 8-Piece skirts. We had rainy weather on Saturday followed by high temperatures on Sunday, which made for a hot and humid afternoon. Fortunately, the grass stayed cool; these girls had the right idea!
Our girls’ dresses are a big hit at fairs. The fun, colorful, soft nature of our clothing lends itself well to kiddo apparel. Kids know a good thing when they feel it. Some folks have been buying Elisabethan girls dresses for years in a row. It’s a summertime ritual to find the Elisabethan booth and buy their dress for the year. This summer we sold so many girls dresses that we needed to make another batch mid-summer.
This family bought an Elisabethan piece for all three kids. They all look great, but the little girl in the dancing bears dress melts our hearts!
Is there a little girl in your life who needs a new girls dress? Shop here 🙂
It doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, summer art fairs & markets are a great way to get out and support local artisans. Many artists travel all over the country during the summer months to sell their wares and share their artwork. Your support helps them keep their small businesses going and keep pursuing their artistic passions.
At Elisabethan we use art markets to reach a broader audience and teach people about eco-fashion. People light up when they realize that their new purchase came from previously loved tee shirts. This unique way of making clothing insures that our clothing is super soft, previously shrunk, one-of-a-kind, and ecologically sustainable.
As our customer, you are helping transform the textile industry -one garment at a time- by supporting handmade eco fashion.
Where can you find Elisabethan next?
Thanks for all the support this summer – we look forward to seeing you out & about!!
We’ve added a bunch of new goodies this year. Need a make-up bag or pencil pouch? Pick up one of our new Zipper Pouches.
Our hand made buttons are made with vintage fabrics and love. They’re make a great accent piece to any article or clothing or accessory. Buy our Elisabethan handmade fabric buttons today!
Your everyday bag is here with the Gal Friday Tote Bags. Theyr’e made from oxford shirts and come with a handy pocket!
Looking for a change pouch or handphone case? Our button pouches are made of all recycled materials (Cassette tape not included🤘)
Did you catch that? Each year, over 100 BILLION items of clothing are produced globally. 3 out of 5 items end up in a landfill within 12 months. That’s approximately 60 BILLION items of clothing that go in the trash after just a year from the initial purchase. What a waste!
BBC Earth has done an incredible job of revelling the truth behind the pollution and effect the fashion industry has on our planet. The industry’s habit for fast fashion has pushed many animals close to exstinction and has polluted our air and water.
This reminds us that we not only need a healthy planet for our survival but for our everyday inspiraiton. Where would the fashion, technology, design, you name it industry be without the influence and knowledge aquired from nature?
We can make a change! When you purchase an Elisabethan piece you are making a choice to support a healthy planet – and you get a flattering piece out of it too 😉
Elisabethan stands with BBC Earth and their mission to combat fast fashion. We are happy to take the #SustainableMe pledge….will you join us?
I(we) pledge to…
Consider every purchase
Avoid fast fashion
Buy quality and consume less
Recycle and repurpose my clothes
Repair my clothing and footwear
That’s right folks, it’s 2019 and we’re happy to announce Elisabethan’s new website! This website is faster, easy to navigate and fully loaded with brand new Elisabethan pieces!
If you’re a long-time ‘bethan fan you’ll notice the new website is all Get What You See items. You’ll also find a new style, Shop Kitty! Our Shop Kitty Line includes pieces that designer Elisabeth Delehaunty selects to “trick out”.
Unlike our Elisabethan pieces, that are constructed from scratch using reclaimed fabrics, in Shop Kitty Beth embellishes existing garments that arrive via our raw materials stream. It gives her an opportunity to be more creative with appliques and other special details. These are truly one of a kind pieces!
Have no fear, if you don’t see what you’re looking for please call or email us and we’ll be happy to find the perfect piece for you!
Not only have we been working behind the scenes on the new website — we’ve been working on new designs, accessories, and other fun goodies. This is going to be a big year for Elisabethan stay in the loop by signing up for our newsletter and following us on facebook and instagram.
We cannot wait to show you what we’ve got!
There’s no question, Halloween is one of the highlights of Fall. Take a spooky fall evening, add sweets and top it with creative costumes and you’ve got a great holiday. Unfortunately, you also have a day that produces a bunch of waste (food/candy wrappers, low-quality costumes, accessories, plastic bags, etc). That’s why Elisabethan wants to offer a few tips on how to make your Halloween green!
Go Oldschool – Use a Pillowcase
There’s no need for your little goblins and ghosts to use plastic to collect candy – go oldschool and use a pillowcase. There are also plenty of other options – tote bags, backpacks, reusable grocery bags, lunchboxes all work great too. Take it to the next level and make your own.
Give Out Eco-Friendly Candies
Sweets and treats are a big part of Halloween – but with them often come excessive wrappers. Chose to distribute candies from a company that gives back to planet Earth. Here are a few that have less of an impact than your typical individually wrapped treats: YumEarth (Sustainable Packaging), Go Organic Fruit Chews (Compostable Packaging), or Glee Gum (Partners to plant trees).
Save the Seeds!
Pumpkin Seeds are a delicious and a nutritional powerhouse! Make them salty or sweet, you can’t go wrong when you cook your pumpkin seeds. There are plenty of recipes.
Get Creative and Make Your Own Costumes!
We all know the best costumes are homemade. Take some time, get creative and make a costume from clothing you either already have, borrowed from a friend or got at a resale clothing store. By making your own costume, rather than buying a generic costume (you may never wear again), not only do you help the environment but you’re not limited to what’s in stock. Don’t forget – homemade costumes always win the costume contests!
Bundle Up and Take a Walk
Trick-or-treating isn’t an errand, so don’t treat it like one! Bundle up yourself and your crew and hit the pavement, enjoy the night while strolling around the neighborhood with your family. Walking instead of driving to trick-or-trick is a BIG way you can make your Halloween greener. And let’s be honest, the candy isn’t just for the kiddos – walking is a great way to get a little extra exercise for those extra calories.
Compost Your Jack-o-Lantern
Make the most of your jack-o-lantern by adding it to your compost. Pumpkins compost quickly and will create fertile soil for next year. Remember it’s important to remove the seeds and smash the pumpkin into multiple pieces – this part is fun!
**Make sure you DO NOT compost pumpkins with toxic or plastic decorations (Paint, glitter etc.)**
If you don’t have a compost bin, simply dig a hole in your garden bed or yard, place the pumpkin in hole, and cover with dirt. If you do not have a yard, most communities have dropoff locations after the holiday.
Thanks for taking the time to make your Halloween more sustainable. Have a fun and safe Halloween! Boo!
Happy Earth Day! At Elisabethan, we try to live every day like it’s Earth Day and we wanted to tell you about items you probably didn’t even know you could recycle. Not only that, we wanted to teach you HOW to recycle these items.
There are plenty of organizations that take athletic shoe donations. MORE accepts gently worn shoes. The shoes are then sold in major metro areas to vendors who in turn create jobs and help improve the quality of life in cities. The proceeds from the sale of the shoes provides training and tools to the poorest rural farmers. Soles4Souls is another organization that takes shoe donations. Their mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
Those holiday lights sure look pretty but they don’t last forever – what should you do with them once they finally kick the dust? Donate them to HolidayLEDS, who recycles your lights and even sends you a 15% off coupon.
Yes, we said bras, you can recycle bras! The Bra Recyclers is leading bra recycling company that has partnered with Ambassadors around the world to recycle over 1 million bras and support over 80 non profit organizations. Their purpose is to ignite a ‘Bra-volution’ to decrease the number of bras entering our landfills, while providing substantial social benefits to women and girls in need.
Batteries contain heavy metals which can poison the soil and water in landfills. You’re able to recycle batteries by mail with BatterySolutions. Or stop at stores such as Ikea and Staples which have recycling programs for batteries and other items like ink cartridges and more.
In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. Lions Club accepts donations of glasses of all types. These glasses are then cleaned, sorted and distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.
Everyone loves getting a greeting card and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has made them eco-friendly. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycles your used greeting cards and creates new holiday and all-occasion greeting cards. Recycled cards are sold to support our programs and services for abused, neglected and homeless children, young adults and families.
Each year In the United States alone, millions of keys become lost or obsolete and are then thrown away. The Key For Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization that collects such keys are weighed and sold recycling centers as scrap metal. The profits are used to fill the food pantries and help the hungry. It doesn’t have to stop at keys! Other metals that can be scrapped can be donated as well, such as lock systems, copper, and all other metal items.
Kids outgrow sporting goods so quickly it’s hard to keep up. There are various places that accept sporting equipment and put it back out into the athletic world, one of which is Play It Again Sports. In fact, Play It Again Sports will buy or trade equipment with you.
Packaging materials are often necessary but once they’ve done their job they seem like a waste. Well waste no more! There are various ways to recycle packaging materials the Plastic Loose Fill Council and the EPS Industry Alliance are great resources to find recycling locations. Another option is to reach out to small business owners to see if they could reuse your packing peanuts.
The National Crayon Recycle Program takes unwanted, rejected, broken crayons to a better place, where they will be recycled into new crayons! This “recycling” education, community service has made it possible to stop more than 112,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from going into landfills with the help from schools, organization educators and kids across this country.
We recently had a great chat with the people of Trusted Clothing, an organization working on promoting ethical, sustainable and healthy fashion (how awesome?!).
Trusted Clothing asked us many meaningful questions such as:
What makes slow fashion better than fast fashion?
Want more info on Elisabethan and founder Elisabeth Delehaunty?
Check out this lovely article by Tamie Meck of the Delta County Independent. You may even get a peak of the the dress Elisabeth Delehaunty made for her senior prom!
We are getting ready for our first photo shoot of 2017… we’re kind of excited because we are teaming up with fellow eco-fashion designer Sarah Peterson of Threads & Alchemy and will being doing the shoot on-site in a couple of our hometown locales here in Paonia, CO… stay tuned for photos from it. In the meantime, here are some photos of new items we are adding to Elisabethan in 2017!
These images by Cole Rodger Photographics… they make us look good.
The classic Go Betty Tee continues to be a favorite, so we were inspired to turn it into a dress…
And expanding our dress offerings with the Tiered, Reverse-Applique Dress… We’re doing it in a shorter length too
Happy New Year Everyone! We wanted to start off this year by sharing a great ‘Bethan Story shared by the lovely Hilary. Enjoy!
I bought my first Elisabethan wardrobe staple 11 years ago!!! It was 2005. I had just moved to Paonia, the surprise town with everything. After a long winter Friday, some fellow co-workers at High Country News gathered each other up and headed in the bitter cold to the dark end of Grand Avenue for a sale event at a local clothing shop. I had no idea what to expect.
It was unlike anything I’d ever seen! Wide-eyed, I walked around the old building lined with endless colorful stacks of fabric, gazing with glee until I found a rack of jean skirts. That might sound kinda humdrum, but these were the coolest, most fun, creative, and fashionable jean skirts I had ever seen. They were A-line and hit just below the knee. They had been skillfully patched together from different pairs of jeans and adorned with the most whimsical fabric flowers and geometric shapes and buttons.
I sifted through the rack and found my FAVORITE SKIRT OF ALL TIME. A one-of-a-kind creation, it was just my size. That skirt has since lived in Seattle, Santa Barbara, and Portland, where I could always count on it to garner compliments from fellow artful clothing aficionados. Now it’s back home in Paonia, in good shape after all these years.
With that skirt I was hooked, and I developed a habit of saving to buy Elisabethan duds as often as I could. It’s been a fun ride to watch Beth’s creations evolve, and to amass my own small collection of her head-turning, über comfortable, and long-lasting skirts, shirts, scarves, and fingerless gloves. Keep ‘em coming, Beth!
We are always looking for new ways to utilize scraps here at Elisabethan, we figured this holiday season we would create an ornament that also doubles as a gift bow! We love to put these on gifts as well as around the house or to decorate a tree outside. Where do you put your Pompom ornaments?!
Stuff You’ll Need:
Cardboard/Paper (Cereal boxes work great!)
Make a pattern piece (Examples below) and cut out pattern.
Trace pattern onto fabric.
- If using T-shirt material you will need 18-20 cutouts.
- If using sweater or thicker material you will need 10-12 cutouts.
Cut out your cutouts – They do not need to be perfect.
Cut one 1″ wide by 12″ long strip per ornament – stretch it (pull ends) – save for later.
Fold cutout in half and cut two 1/4″ slits approximately 1/2″ apart at center. Repeat this step for each cutout.
Fold piece in half to line the slits up with each other. Feed the cutouts onto your strip one at a time.
Tightly center all of the cutout in the middle.
Tie the bundle together tightly over folds. Tie once more to secure.
Viola! Pompom Ornament!
Tie a loop knot at the end of the strip.
Now it’s time to decorate and hang your new Pompom Ornament!
Betsy and Susie are two of our favorite Paonia locals. They are both strong, bright women with an impeccable sense of fashion.
Here are their ‘Bethan Stories which we thought you’d enjoy.
“I was in the ladies room at Grand Junction’s airport wearing an Elisabethan skirt with the kick pleats on each side — blue, a louder blue, a plaid — and a woman of a certain age told me, ‘I love your skirt; it would look so great on my daughter!’ So I had to tell her that ‘You know, it might look good on you, too…'”
“Soon after we bought our house in Paonia in 2006, our son and his fiancée (now wife) came to visit after attending Telluride Bluegrass [Festival]. They brought me this tee for my birthday and he said “Mom, the woman who made this used to live in your house!”
Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to acquire many more tees, six skirts, three scarves, one pair of gloves and a hat. I’m wearing my newest, a Shopkitty upcycled sweater. I’ve also given quite a few Elisabethans to the grandkids. But most importantly, Beth has become a dear friend.”
Thanks for sharing your ‘Bethan Stories ladies, we love hearing them!
Have a ‘Bethan Story of your own? We want to hear it! Share your story with us via Facebook or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Guess what! This year Elisabethan celebrates 20 years of providing recycled, reinvented & repurposed clothing for people just like you!
Since 1996, long before the eco-fashion revolution, Elisabethan’s founder and creator, Elisabeth Delehaunty, has been committed to making exceptional garments & goodies from all the post-consumer fabric she could get her paws on.
Even before 1996, Delehaunty was scouring thrift & vintage store for materials in her hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts… Ask her about her prom dress from 1989…
Elisabethan officially began in a teeny studio in Crested Butte, Colorado, with owner Delehaunty selling pieces at juried art fairs all across the U.S. In 2000, Elisabethan moved to Paonia, Colorado. Delehaunty eventually expanded to a larger studio & hired a hand-picked, dedicated team to help with the growing demand for Elisabethan.
20 years later, Elisabethan goodies have been found in over 100 stores nationwide. This spring we even opened up a flagship store, called Refinery. Refinery is located on Grand Avenue, only a short walk from the Elisabethan studio, in a 100-year old building that used to house Paonia’s library.
Now it’s your turn, what’s your ‘Bethan story? What’s your oldest Elisabethan piece? Where did you discover Elisabethan?
Over the next 20 days we will be featuring Elisabethan fans & friends — send us your story & we’ll enter you in a drawing for a pair of Woolly Gloves, just in time for this holiday season.
To submit your story, send a photo of you wearing Elisabethan with your ‘Bethan story via Facebook or email to email@example.com. Thanks!
This article is a good reminder that even if your tees are too worn out for Elisabethan, it’s still worth donating them to thrift stores that can send them “downstream” to textile recyclers. Just ask if they do.
And as for what age group donates their clothing most, we see people of ALL ages donating clothing…how ’bout you?
We’re finishing up a batch of skirts for a very important customer… (hint: her initials are HRC)
We’ll share more details soon, but for now, here’s a photo of Sara getting the Tee Appliqué Skirts ready to ship to Philadelphia for a big event happening there this month!
#hrc2016 #presidentialpalette #nextfirst #madeinusa
Interesting read about a thoughtful, motivated, savvy young woman who is looking at what a career in fashion means today, and what she is doing about it…
“I’m not even the same designer that I was. I think it’s for the better,” Luna said. “I don’t want to sound snobbish or something, but the idea of designing something that doesn’t really solve a problem to me right now is so unappealing.” -Angela Luna
Click here to read the article: A Parsons Student Designed her Senior Thesis to help Syrian Refugees
So, we’ve been working on a new project, and if this is the first you’ve heard of it, we freely admit we are not great at self-promotion. We’ve teamed up with Allison McGuigan, former owner of Echo Consignments, and are opening a store.
Yes, a store. We call it Refinery. It’s at 138 Grand Avenue, Paonia, CO.
We had our official opening on Friday, May 13, 2016 —-it was a blast—-and now it’s full steam ahead!
It’s in the former Glennie Coombe Gallery, which carried Elisabethan for several years, in Paonia’s old library building, just a block away from our production studio. It’s a beautiful space to showcase our creations, and after selling our work all over the country, it’s something we’ve thought about doing for awhile… How ’bout a doing it in our own backyard? And with Allison’s carefully curated resale fashions, as well as works by hand-picked artists, we think it will be an experience unlike any other.
And we want Refinery to be a place to bring your creativity! Stay tuned for workshops and “making” nights later in the summer/fall—Refinery is a work in progress… follow the story HERE
Good read… ‘bethan fans know a lot if this already, but we just want to keep spreading the word: slow fashion is where it’s at. In the words of Maxine Bedat, owner of Zady — Be an owner, not a consumer when it comes to clothing!
RIP, David Bowie. 1/8/1947- 1/10/2016
One of my big influences as a kid…
Some really thoughtful comments from readers and some great stories of “Bowie sitings” on the streets of New York.
Watch that man.
We are excited to share news from one of our newer accounts, PanTerra Gallery in Bisbee, AZ… It’s time for their week long Celebration of Art to Wear, which started Saturday November 21st and runs through November 28th. They will be featuring one-of-a-kind and limited edition Wearable Art from current and new designers. We can spot at least one Elisabethan item in the collage of wearables… can you??
Good news! We got OFF the wait list and IN to Art Fair Jackson Hole — July 10-12, 2015. We never take for granted that we will get into these competitive shows, and this one is a definite favorite for us. SO glad that we will be there and get to see our Teton-loving peeps!
Our May event is starting (but only starting) to rival our big Holiday Sale in December… this one promises to be extra fun with a few creative friends bringing MAKING supplies from their stashes… in addition, of course, to LOTS of great clothing for your spring & summer wardrobe!
Go to the event page on Facebook for sneak peeks…
The Elisabethan In-Studio Pop Up Shop is open again… We know, we know… we haven’t exactly been making a big fuss about it. We’ve mostly let people know that we’re open thru Facebook posts and the sign we put at the end of Grand Ave, Paonia, CO.
We are officially open Wednesdays & Thursdays noon to 6pm, and plan to add Fridays with the same hours at the end of May. We know, we know… not exactly tons of time to shop, but we want to SURE we are THERE when we say we will be—drop-ins are welcome at other times if they are friendly and understand we are a working studio and might be in the midst of SOMETHING BIG.
The Pop Up shop is still a work in progress and we’ll try to share exciting developments with you. We are planning a kind of summer kick off Shin-Diggy May 27-29, so there’s that…
Need a little palette change from snowy WHITE (or around ‘bethan HQ, muddy BROWN)? Feast your eyes on these “coastal bright” Swish Skirts headed for A SHORE THING on Hilton Head Island, SC… don’t know why, but you need to click on the photo to REALLY see the colors…!
Well, we took a little break from the electronic/social media world over the holidays… we figured you had enough emails, tweets, posts & pins bombarding you with last minute shopping deals (and after Christmas sales) without us weighing in. So HAPPY NEW YEAR (and how did it get to be almost MID January?!)
We are excited to announce that we have been offered a booth at the American Craft Council Baltimore Show in February, and we ACCEPTED! We’re in Booth #5301. Click here for details. We’ll have some free passes to share with you, so stay tuned…
Just in case you are in OUR neighborhood—-we are putting all of RESALE stock ON SALE for Small Business Saturday. We need to make room for our Holiday Open House & Marketplace…
SO, all RESALE (no, not anything with an Elisabethan label in it) will be $5 per garment, or $3 each when you buy 3 or more pieces… We’re open noon to 6pm on Saturday. Come and get it!
We’re dipping our toe into the “brick & mortar” waters, so to speak… an in-studio POP UP SHOP for the holidays!
We’re kicking it off with extended hours this Thursday & Friday, November 13-14, from noon – 8pm.
Come unwind from your week—we ‘re starting off with racks of great RESALE clothing (when you are in our business, clothes just FIND you) at great prices.
Then as we get closer to the holidays, we’ll transition into an Elisabethan marketplace highlighted by our Annual Sale & Open House on December 5 & 6.
It’s an experiment for us… come by & help make it a success! We’d love to see you! (click on the “flyer” to the left to see details)
We are excited for our 2nd (we hope Annual) TRUNK SHOW with Pleasant Hill Designs in Dennis Village, MA (that’s on Cape Cod). We sent 2 very full boxes last week, loaded with accessories that will make great gifts as well as a lovely sampling of our tops, tunics, & skirts. AND we’ll have someone very special to Elisabethan on site to help Joanne and her crew at the shop host it. (thanks, MOM!)
Hope you can join us! Saturday, November 8 from 10 to 5 and Sunday, November 9 from 11 to 4.
PLEASANT HILL DESIGNS, 744 Route 6A (Old Kings Highway), Dennis, MA
It’s that time of the year—-the lint rollers are getting lots of use as we “primp” fall & winter goodies to get them ready to ship out to our favorite shops & galleries. Ashley and Peggysoup both know how to wield this critical tool with style!
Click here for the list of shops & galleries that carry Elisabethan!
Another milestone—-we’ve made the cover of a magazine! Long time customer Allison Elliot models her Swish Skirt on the roof of the active & passive solar home she & her husband Hal built. No it’s not Vogue, but in our mind it might be even better—we’re on the cover of Home Power!