The Story of a Green 3 Christmas Sweater Skirt

‘Twas a few months before Christmas, and all through the office, there was chaos in prepping for Christmas, let’s be honest. Sweaters were boxed up and on their way to Aspiro, so was the staff, ready to be heroes. Why are we heroes you ask? Because the story behind the Green 3 Christmas Sweater Skirt is so vast! So listen closely as I begin my tale…

Christmas Sweater Skirt Panels

Christmas Sweater Skirt Panels

Christmas Sweater Skirts are all made from recycled sweaters that Green 3 receives in bulk. They could be as old as from 2001 or as new as from the previous Christmas. Some sweaters even have holes in the sleeves, but Green 3 looks past that. We look at the center of the sweater and see if there’s anything of value that is either gaudy or a pattern. Any sweaters that can’t be revived because there are too many holes are sent to be turned into a recycled yarn or are taken home by a Green 3 employee in hopes of turning it into another project. Any sweaters that are still wearable, but not in Green 3’s vision of a Christmas Sweater Skirt, are donated to the local thrift shop or shelter, after being laundered with the rest of the sweaters Green 3 uses for the skirts and scarves.

Green 3's box of Christmas Sweaters

Green 3’s box of Christmas Sweaters

From there, we send them to Aspiro so we can cut them in bulk. Before we found Aspiro to help us out, we used to cut them by hand with a rotary cutter, one at a time. This used to take us 15 minutes per sweater, just to cut! As the skirts gained popularity, we knew that wasn’t a viable option anymore. With Aspiro’s big saw, we can cut anywhere between 5 and 10 sweaters at once! It makes the process a lot easier!

Imagine a long table in a big room. The table is about 30 feet long and at least 7 feet wide. It’s a colossal table that allows us to do this multi-step sorting process. Yesterday, founder Sandy Martin and our close friend, Lois, unpacked 30 boxes filled to the top with the most ridiculous sweaters you can find on planet Earth. Sandy and Lois looked through each sweater to make sure there weren’t any holes or issues with the garment before piling them into stacks. Each sweater in the stack has to be lined up seam-to-seam to ensure all pieces are cut exactly the same way. Then, Sandy and Lois clipped the sweaters together so no fabric gets loose!

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Clipped Green 3 Christmas Sweaters

Cool, right? It gets even better! From here, we have someone cut the fabrics using the Green 3 pattern. In our Christmas Sweater Skirt, there are 10 panels. When we cut the skirts, we use the gaudy or pattern on the front to make 2 panels, and then make 2 panels on the back from the plain fabric. Sometimes, the entire sweater is gaudy or patterned, so we can take 4 panels of that and use it. Green 3 also uses excess fabric from our scarves to use for plain panels.

Green 3's Christmas Sweater Skirt panel

Green 3’s Christmas Sweater Skirt panel

Above, Sandy and Lois have placed the cut-pattern on a stack of sweaters. Then, a big fabric saw is used to cut cleanly through each sweater. After a panel is created, we cut off the sleeves, too. If there are no holes or stains in the sleeve, we can use the fabric for another panel. If it’s not long enough for a panel, we use it for our Christmas Sweater Scarf. After it’s cut, it’s scooted down to another section of the table where we sort the panels by plain, pattern, gaudy, and “de-bead.” Within those categories, we also try to sort based on color. Most Christmas sweaters we receive are black, red, green, or blue.

Stacks of cut panels

Stacks of cut panels

Organized panels

Organized panels

After it’s sorted, we get into the trickiest and longest part of the Christmas Sweater Skirt process- taking off some beads. That’s right- we take off beads that someone else probably spent hours on! But we promise, we have a reason why. We create a one-inch border around the edges of the gaudy panels so that they can be sewed. A lot of beads are made of glass and when those beads get in the way of a sewing needle, it can break it. Therefore, we have to cut them off. The process is long as there could be a lot of beads around the edges, and sometimes they are put on with individual thread. We also have to take off the clumps/balls of yarn used, for example, as the puffs on Santa hats. These can cause the machine to get clogged up.

Leftover beads!

Leftover beads!

And that wasn’t even all of the beads! There were a lot more, but that’s okay. At Green 3, we take pride in our recycled Christmas Sweater Skirts. Not only are they adorably quirky, but they are perfect for any Christmas/Holiday party you have. You may think this is the end of my tale, but it’s not!

After we gather the panels, Aspiro will sew the panels’ edges to keep the knits from fraying. After that, Green 3’s sewers will sew the panels together with an elastic band. The best part of the skirts are the comfort they bring. Not only that, but each skirt is individual and there are no two alike. Usually on each skirt, we sew 2 gaudy pieces, 2 pattern pieces, and 6 plain pieces together. Sometimes when we have extra panels, you can receive a special Christmas Sweater Skirt with extra gaudy or pattern panels, to complete any festive look. Check out some reviews:

“This has quickly become one of my favorite holiday pieces! It is timeless and beyond cute. I love that no two are alike and tha mine has santas face front and center! Thanks for creating such a perfect holiday skirt!”

“One of the reviews I read said to order one size smaller than you usually wear, and I was hesitant to do so, but I went with a small, instead of my usual medium, and the small is perfect! The selection of Christmas sweaters is wonderful, plenty of festive pieces interspersed with the solids. The quality of the product is great too. I (almost) can’t wait for next December to wear it!”

The completed skirt!

The completed skirt!

How fun! We love making garments that have a story, create comfort, and are crazy fun just for you! The skirts are made knee-length and are made in the USA! They are also machine wash and dry so you don’t have to fret about dry cleaning! This is the fifth year Green 3 has been making these skirts, and we cannot wait to keep up with this tradition! To order yours, please click here!

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The Polar Fleece Takeover

Winter is coming.

We may have a slight reference to Game of Thrones, but we are serious today. If you are from Wisconsin, you may notice that today is very brisk out. Even across the nation, temps are lower as fall approaches. It’s a chilly 55 degrees here at the heart of Green 3 in Oshkosh and we need something to keep us warm. We have the perfect solution for those crisp mornings that are coming up within the next few weeks.

Introducing Green 3’s polar fleece! Get the comfort of a poncho while keeping warm with the 100% polyester fleece material.

Polar Birds Poncho | Green 3

Polar Birds Poncho | Green 3

Made right in the USA, our polar fleeces are designed and printed in Oshkosh with an eco-friendly patented printing process. The entire creation process of the fleeces are within Wisconsin, making it unique against any other poncho in your closet. Cover your noggin with the hood that’s attached, keep your fingers warm with the front pocket, and if you happen to get too warm, you can unzip the 1/4 zipper. The adult one size fits most cannot be more true as our polar fleeces fit anyone from a size 2 up to a size 24. Talk about versatility!

The best part about the polar fleece is that it can be paired with just about anything. Sport the fleece with a pair of leggings and tall boots without having to worry about showing off too much. Not a leggings person? Wear a pair of jeans and it looks casual! It’s a win-win for everyone.

The responses to the roll-out of these gems is so powerful, we are keeping this on for our Spring 2016 line! We wear them around the office and cannot keep our hands off them. If you are just in love as we are, get your own polar fleece here!

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The Harsh Winter Won’t Scare Us

If you have been on social media today, there has been reports from the Farmer’s Almanac of a harsh, cold winter coming this year. That’s where we come in! At Green 3, you won’t only find sweaters, but we also have blankets, scarves, hand warmers, hats and more. Today, we’re writing about some of our new garments in our 2015 fall/holiday line.

Fall Foliage 2 | Green 3

Fall Foliage 2 | Green 3

 

 

This long-sleeved, double-up tee is the perfect way to get cozy this fall or winter. When the leaves change and the slightest bit of snow falls, put this on for warmth and comfort. Made from 100% organic cotton in the USA, it’s the best quality you can imagine. Not to mention, you’re saving on laundry as this is one t-shirt. That’s right, this is a faux layered look! This foliage tee was designed and printed in Oshkosh, Wis. with environmentally friendly, water-based inks.

Don’t forget to check out our other layered tees to choose from! We have tees for animal lovers, Halloween lovers, and Christmas lovers! Click here!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Sweater Scarf | Green 3

Christmas Sweater Scarf | Green 3

 

We are in love with these Christmas Sweater Scarves! Why, you ask? Not only are they cut and sewn in Green Bay, Wis. at Aspiro, but they are also made out of reclaimed Christmas sweaters and jersey t-shirt material. How eco-friendly! Each scarf is unique so you don’t have to worry about having the same one as your friend or neighbor! Plus, they’re warm and comfy! What’s not to love?

Looking for some other knit scarves? Check out our complete scarf line here!

 

 

 

 

Call Me Handwarmers | Green 3

Call Me Handwarmers | Green 3

 

Complete your fall/holiday outfit with a pair of our handwarmers. They’re perfect for those who are on the go and need to use their fingers for their phones! Green 3’s handwarmers are made from 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton! That’s right, we are one with the environment and we love it! Knit, cut and sewn in upstate New York, you’re sure to fall in love with them, too! The one size fits most makes it perfect for yourself and for gifts.

Find more handwarmers and mittens here!

 

 

 

 

Owl Hat | Green 3

Owl Hat | Green 3

 

Has your mom or dad ever told you that most of your heat comes from the top of your head? Protect that noggin with one of Green 3’s hats! These unique, one-of-a-kind hats are sure to keep your head, and ears, warm against the winds and snow. Just like our handwarmers, these are made from 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton. They are also knit, cut and sewn in upstate New York! Don’t worry about the hat blowing off your head either, as it’s a one size fits most!

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Looking for more accessories for your fall/holiday look? Read about our leg warmers!

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Introducing Circa-Home

Green 3 is always moving forward with you, our customers, in mind. So when you look around your home, you may have a Green 3 throw, maybe a few of our recycled pillows, or maybe you have a closet full of our original tees. But, is there something missing? That’s where Circa-Home comes in!

Circa-Home is an all-natural, USA company that specializes in body care and candles. The company, based in Urbana, Maryland, focuses on plant-derived oils and vitamins to breathe life back into your skin and into your home.

Green 3 will be carrying three fragrances in the hand lotion, the hand and body wash, and the Madison Jar candles. We also will be carrying fragrance-free in the lotion, wash and candles for those who don’t want to mask the scents from the natural ingredients.

Circa-Home's Amberwood Madison Jar Soy Candle

Circa-Home’s Amberwood Madison Jar Soy Candle

Spruce up your living room or bedroom with 100% soy wax candles that eliminate odors, burn clean and are safe for the environment. Made right here in the USA with essential oils and lead-free wicks that comes in Ginger Lime, Marsh Rosemary, and Amberwood fragrances. The candle burns in your home at a lower temperature than other waxes and up to 90 hours. With an American-made and American-grown product like that, you can’t go wrong!

Ginger Lime Hand & Body Wash from Circa-Home

Ginger Lime Hand & Body Wash from Circa-Home

Are you on a never-ending hunt for a soap that is natural and won’t dry out your skin? Look no further. Circa-Home proudly makes a hand & body wash made from the derived-oils of aloe vera, coconut oil, rice bran, acai palm fruit and passion fruit seed. The anti-bacterial soap lasts up to 1,000 pumps and provides incredible benefits from vitamins A, B and E. Moisturize, hydrate, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, protect skin from elements, reduce irritation and inflammation while cleansing biggest organ. Get the hand & body was in Amberwood, Ginger Lime or Marsh Rosemary.

You can also get this in fragrance-free with all the benefits you see above!

Marsh Rosemary Hand & Body Lotion from Circa-Home

Marsh Rosemary Hand & Body Lotion from Circa-Home

And last but not least, a USA-made lotion that is made with eight plant-derived oils! That’s right- this hand & body lotion is made from shea butter, soybean, rice bran, jojoba seed, acai palm fruit, marigold flower, passion fruit seed and vegetable glycerin- nature’s most beneficial ingredients. The oils and butters will leave your skin feeling hydrated and moisturized while working to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, irritation and inflammation. This amazing lotion will also repair your damaged skin and protect it from further element damage. With up to 450 pumps out of this bottle and anti-bacterial, you will be left feeling refreshed. Get this lotion in Marsh Rosemary, Ginger Lime, or Amberwood.

Get the lotion in fragrance-free for the same benefits!

Every garment at Green 3 tells a story, and now these wonderful, natural products from Circa-Home can tell a story in your own home. Share your stories with us on social media on our Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram!

The Story of a Green 3 Skirt

When we say that every garment at Green 3 has a story, we mean it. Whether the garment’s journey is short-lived or becomes a piece that stays within our main collections, we love sharing with you what that journey is. Have you ever wondered what our skirts’ journeys are? Today, you’ll find out!

There are many different styles of skirts you can choose from, as far as color and the length. But did you know we also make skirts that are 100% organic cotton, 75% recycled cotton knits, and re-purposed? With that, each style of skirt has its own, unique story to tell.

100% Organic Skirt

Our basic, black jersey skirt is made from 100% organic cotton!

Our basic, black jersey skirt is made from 100% organic cotton!

Every idea thought of at Green 3 starts in Oshkosh at our home base. Between Sandy’s ingenious ideas and the talent of Alex, our in-house artist, Green 3 makes these designs breathe life. From there, our skirts are sewn in-house or in Green Bay at Aspiro. Pre-shrunk for the ultimate comfort and proudly made here in the USA with environmentally-friendly, water-based dye.

75% Recycled Cotton Skirt

Our 2014 Holiday skirt is a wardrobe essential!

Our 2014 Holiday skirt is a wardrobe essential!

This unique skirt is sewn out of the finest, recycled cotton in an assortment of panels. They are then sewn together in upstate New York with a relaxed-fit waistband that hugs your curves. You can wear this knee-length piece with pride as it’s made in the USA.

Reclaimed Skirts

This uncommon skirt will be the talk of wherever you are as it draws people in to know the story behind it!

This uncommon skirt will be the talk of wherever you are as it draws people in to know the story behind it!

Would you believe us if we said this was made out of ties? That’s right! The front panel that you see is taken from reclaimed and re-purposed ties that we find. The back and lining is made from woven fabric, soft and comfortable for you. Because there is no one tie alike in Green 3, each skirt is unique and a one-of-a-kind! Buttons and a tie on the side make it seem like the real deal of taking a tie and turning it into a skirt. The best part is is that Green 3 keeps this made in the USA, too.

We hope that you’ve seen a little of what the extraordinary stories of these skirts are. In this post, we shared with you all of our sale skirts, where you can take an additional 40% off of them for the weekend of August 7 through August 9! Shop online here!

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