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Hello Refashion Co-op. I hope you are well. I mean I really hope you are all well. I loved the colors of this long loose top. It wasn't that it didn't fit, I just did not like the shape. The long gray skirt under it was comfortable but way too tight. I decided to put them together. I cut the shoulders off the top so that I had a skirt shape left to work with. I pinned the loose top around the gray skirt so I could use the waistband of the gray skirt for my new skirt.
The gray skirt underneath acts as a lining or a built in slip so the outer skirt isn't too sheer.
I really liked the color combo and I will wear this as soon as it gets a little warmer. It has been a bit too cold for this outfit where I live. Labels: Chickie. Wednesday, April 01, The Fancy Sweatshirt. How are you doing? Are you under a "stay-at-home" order? I am where I live. That means a lot of stress for everyone. I really hope you are well. I am home and I have more time to sew and that is what I am doing because it is soothing and calming for me.
I had this simple dark gray sweatshirt. There was nothing wrong with it. This sweatshirt was plain and that made it perfect for refashioning. And there is nothing wrong with wearing sweats or pajamas the whole time we are all at home either. You do what works for you. Here is part of my stay-at-home crew. I added a ruffle to the hem of the sweatshirt and used the ribbon to dress it up even more. It was cozy and comfortable for my daily walk. Saturday, March 28, Paint-dyed house shoes. Labels: Unfashionista.
Friday, March 27, Dip Bleach Dress.Firstly, roughly a metre of upholstery fabric I bought in the Scope shop in Lewisham some time ago, and secondly, an old belt from my wardrobe. Hello Refashioners! There are four new patterns in the Winter collection. This collection has been a long time, I mean a really long time, in the works.
So the task for this dress became turning something very ordinary into something chic, with a hint of polo spectator. It looks a bit strange because there are very few garment types that are typically made from the same heavy denim as jeans are — even denim jackets use lighter weight denim.
So, my target garment for this fabric had to be another pair of jeans. Cut up jeans to make more jeans, you ask? What is the point? The label basically bought up loads of vintage Levi s!! I actually read quite a few articles praising these jeans before coming across one that mentioned they use TWO pairs of vintage Levis for each finished pair.
Of vintage, wearable jeans! These particular jeans are bog standard Marks and Spencer dad-jeans of absolutely no fashion merit of any kind no vintage Levis were harmed in the making of this project. The only criteria for selection were that they were a little big on me but not massively outsized and they are a fairly light wash so the pocket shapes will show up once the pockets are removed.
Unfortunately when I tried it on at home, it was just too short to be wearable. The options were 1 cut the bottom part off and wear it as a weird looking top, which meant losing the scalloped edge along the hem, or 2 add something to make the skirt longer.
I still had the front and sleeves left in stash. The front had a lovely tonal embroidery on it which was too good to throw away! So… there have been a few people in the world of sewing blogs notably Carolyn, Sue and Jodie who have ventured into making their own shoes. And most of the stuff I found on Youtube required a full setup of specific styles and sizes of shoe lasts and specialist hand tools, not to mention materials and hardware that are not available for easy purchase by total amateurs.
Rather than do the sensible thing and invest time and money in skills, tools and materials, I continued to research shoe making with the idea of attempting to make a wearable pair of shoes from household objects with only basic tools.
Still, sandals are simpler because that eliminates the need for toe puffs and heel counters specially shaped pieces of plastic that help the heel and toe hold their shapeand the lasts are not as critical to the process.
One option was to butcher an old pair of shoes for the hardware, but without the lasts to help you put it all back together again, it was going to be tricky. Another idea was clogs or some kind of wooden soled shoes, but that would have required a lot more in the way of carpentry skills. They have a whole course on how to make cork wedgesand the course description page has a breakdown of the steps involved along with video stills from the lessons.THRIFT SHOP WITH ME! (looking for clothes to refashion & alter)
I should note here that I did not purchase the course, but looking at those few images was enough to make me believe that it could be done with minimal tools, and to give me the basic steps. So what follows is in no way a review and is not a reflection on the quality of the course, just to be clear, though it looks excellent.
I gleaned three key pieces of information from the course page. One, you can build up the 3D shape of the wedge by glueing layers of cork together. This allowed me to use abundant, cheap cork placemats instead of going for more expensive items such as cork yoga blocks.
Two, you can shape cork easily by hand using a file. And three, you can use the file to take a fairly simple extrusion of a sole shape into a more complex 3D object that looks like an elegant shoe I was finding it hard to visualise this initially.
I started by gathering raw materials.Thank-you so much for keeping this linky open. It has become a valuable resource. Thanks Joy - I'm just in the process of going through and checking all the links are still active. I'm loving checking out all the projects that are linked up.
So nice to see more being added all the time too! I agree, great resource Jill! Lots of work to keep all the info up to date, but it's worth it. Thank you! Hi Jill, You have such an amazing blog! You've created such a great platform that not only spreads awareness about up-cycling clothing but provides people with direct information where they can get started immediately! I personally love going to second hand markets and make an active effort to recycle my pre-loved clothes sustainably - so I am so happy I came across your blog!
Please check it out, as i'd be great to collaborate and spread awareness together by nurturing our beautiful earth and lending a hand to a sustainable future! What do you do with your old clothes when they wear out, or no longer fit, or you just don't like them any more? For children's clothes, we often pass them on to friends with younger children. For adult clothes, they generally go to the charity shop. If the clothes are really worn, then perhaps they get used for cleaning rags, or just thrown out.
I've seen lots of ideas scattered here and here around the internet, but I wanted to create a resource of such projects all in one place. Email This BlogThis! Jill July 30, at PM. Jill July 18, at PM. Unknown July 27, at PM. Anonymous September 25, at PM. Unknown May 18, at PM. Unknown May 19, at AM.
Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment. Subscribe to: Posts Atom.Did someone mention a challenge which involves refashioning clothes? New-U are hosting a clothing swap event, encouraging people to appreciate preloved clothing. The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water, producing 20 percent of all wastewater while also generating more greenhouse gas emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.
Can you recycle old clothes into something new? Working with a selection of preloved clothes brings challenges, are the weight of the clothes similar, do they coordinate, how much fabric is there in reality when you take the original garments apart?
Do they wash well? If you love working with preloved clothes check out all my refashion posts. Next thought — how about creating a patchwork kamino? Using the wrong and right side of the fabric from two of the shirts to make a patchwork fabric for the main panels of the kamino, then using the pale shirt for the cuffs and front edging panels. To refashion garments you may wish to think about your new garment in blocks, this enables you to plan the garment with different fabric from old clothes, you may also wish to create new fabric from patching together pieces of preloved clothing.
For this pattern, I decided the main body of the Kamino is one fabric type, to create the appearance of cuffs using the same fabric as slim front panels, and finally the bottom panels in a third fabric. I started by sewing up the main panels of patchwork fabric. These were then cut to different lengths of blocks and sewn together into strips. Once each strip was sewn I zigzagged the edges of the seams. I then sewed up strips of fabric to create a block of patchwork fabric big enough for one pattern piece.
If you are making your own, ensure you allow the seam allowance when arranging your strips of fabric roughly over your pattern piece. With all these seam allowances it is best to line the kamino — this particular pattern is super easy to line. Sew up the lining the size of the body of the kamino, pin around the neck and sides, baste in place.
Add the front edge panels, which fold over to the wrong side. Lastly add the bottom panel, following the pattern instructions to gather the panels in between the notches.
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My original plan was to add the checked shirt on the right side and wrong side for the bottom panel but it just did not look right, so I pinched a little plain navy fabric from my stash keeping the checked shirt for the inside.
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Very modern. I have a loom so I use the old clothes to weave rugsplacemats and table runners. I also make potholders by paperpiecing scraps together. Like you I donate or repurpose.By altering, accessorising and combining clothes in new ways, you can revamp your wardrobe and look amazing. Join our army of refashionistas, creating new outfits from unloved garments, and get some seriously crafty ideas for giving your old favourites a second chance. Rediscover your clothes and get creative inspiration.
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And a lot of the movement has been pushed by heavier women themselves, who have created and thrived in the business world providing fashionable clothing for other women. So, we know that finding cheap, flattering clothing for heavier women can be difficult.
So, why not try and find some cheaper options from, say, thrift stores? After all, there are often some very cute things for plus sized women in thrift stores, and everyone should be able to afford things that fit them.
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The "Birthday" Dress, by plus size designer Zelie for She. This can often be a very fun project and really make older dresses look nicer. But what happens when skinnier women are taking clothing away from heavier women? For the most part, when refashioning is done, you keep the garment essentially the same size.
If there are any sizing changes, it may be that parts of the waistline are taken in or the skirt is shortened. What is really bothering people is when skinnier women buy XXL dresses and transform them into smaller ones.
Artist Jillian Owens takes plus sized dress and refashions it into a smaller cocktail dress. For some women, going to thrift stores may be their only option. Artist Kristi re-imagines a plus size dress as a skirt according to the artist, the top sported a stain.
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