Sorry for the long hiatus! I had a busy little fall sewing custom projects and taking on some new responsibilities, including this rad post for the Quarter Section Collective!
For now, I wanted to share a quick project I worked on back in December for a charity auction. The auction was for an organization called Long Way Home that is about the very things I’m all about - reduce, reuse, recycle! It’s based in a Guatemalan village that literally builds their community out of recyclable and or sustainable materials. Naturally I was happy to lend my skills to their cause. The theme of the night was “Rubbish to Runway” and I was asked to make a few garments without buying anything new to make them.
As a former fast fashion junkie with a bad shopping habit I still have many remnants from my old ways hanging around the house. Far too many to be specific. My initial idea was going to be t-shirt couture in which I fashioned a party dress out of old t-shirts. While rifling through some bins in my sewing room in search of said old t-shifts I stumbled across a stash of clothes that literally came back to haunt me. I cracked open the lid and thought “What?! These are still here?! Did I not give these away two years ago!?”. It was packed tight with garments from H&M, Forever21, and other mall mishaps. And of course, a few 50s style pin up dresses that I long since gave up on after accepting that, that style just isn’t me. I swore I gave these things away at a clothing purge a few years prior but apparently not.
I scrapped the t-shirt dress idea in favour of taking these forgotten dresses that I never wear, and clearly weren’t hip enough to be snapped up at my clothing purge, into two outfits that were more suited to my design style these days. Two of the dresses are "classic" fast fashion mishaps and one, is actually a really cute indie label that had just simply finished serving it's use.
I’m pretty stoked with what I came up with!! Check out the before and after photos below! If you click on them a few more details will pop up by hovering your mouse over the photo.
I hope to re-purpose more of my unwanted clothes this year and this was the perfect project to motivate me for that. I have so many things that are impossible to give away because there's just no appeal to fast fashion labels as a second hand item. I've already mastered the reduce part of the three R's now it's time to master the re-use part!
Thanks for looking and thanks to River Sky for the party shots!
Nicole A Go Go