Monday, December 7, 2009
My first re-fashion
cardigan - J.Crew, top - Old Navy, skirt - DIY (re-fashioned from a tee), shoes - Steve Madden
A few months ago, I came across the Wardrobe Re-fashion community. And while I lack the drive to give up new clothes completely for 2/4/6 months in order to join their pledge, I'm still very much intrigued with the idea of re-fashioning outdated or ill-fitting items to give them a new life.
My Dad has been cleaning out his basement and dropped off a bag of my old clothes last week. Much of the stuff are clothes I used to wear in high school (circa late 80s/early 90s) and had been sitting forgotten in plastic bins in his basement. On Friday night, I decided to sort through them. While some of them were just horrible (oversize sweaters and grunge floral dresses that are indecently short), I did find a few simple tops classic enough to wear even now. I also found this burgundy oversize tee which caught my eye. I held it up, and it instantly whispered "skirt" to me.
An hour later, three feet of elastic, a few snips of the scissors and a jaunt through my sewing machine created this skirt. Considering that I was just winging it (no pattern), I am really happy with how it turned out.
Of course, I had to wear it the next day to dinner at the in-laws. My sister-in-law liked it so much that she asked if I could make her one. While I don't have any more oversize tees in my closet to re-fashion, I will be scouring the clearance racks at Old Navy and Walmart to create a few more for me and her. And come to think of it, my Dad's got a few more bins of my old clothing sitting in his basement.