We are refashioning this week, something I have been longing to do, there is so many different labels for this… up-cycling, reworking, restyling, up-styling, repurposing I guess they all come under the same banner so we will choose refashioning today. I have chosen my hubby’s unused shirts and a cotton voile skirt that has never seen the light of day. The larger shirt I’ve placed exposed darts on the outside, front and back, I removed the sleeves and reworked the shoulders leaving a pleat that overlaps at the top, I then placed the sleeves back on backwards so they buttoned up on the inside of my arms it’s easier that way.
The pocket needed to go so I quickly unpicked her then put her back on crocked like you do. My favourite part is definitely the collar, I’ve removed it from the smaller shirt and added it as you see below. I rather likey like that. I then proceeded to remove the buttoned up area from the smaller shirt (is there a name for this?) annnnywhooch I’ve gathered the voile skirt and attached this to that button up thingy and it just drapes wonderfully.
I’m really trying to add some colour into my wardrobe I really struggle with it, and I’m sure most of you wouldn’t mix this animal print with polka dots with the new pants I’ve made today!! just maybe baby this is the beauty of not being great with colour, I like that they clash, so I may just stay on this path of having ‘no idea’ about colour, it could just work for me. Do you think if I added a splash of tartan I’d be going too far?
You know what? I really am enjoying not following any rules and just being myself, when I say rules I clearly mean I have always dressed to suit some sort of genre I have been heavily musically involved with, you name it I’ve been there, I’ve done New Romantic, Goth, Glam, Grunge, Boho, Retro 50′s pinup, Rock Chic and I’m pretty sure I have a tattoo to represent all of them, way to put a stamp on my ever evolving self. So with my fashion evolution I have come to a stage in my 40 years of living on this beautiful but unstable planet where I’m happy just putting an outfit together that doesn’t have a label associated with it and best represents me as an individual. Hey!! look at me being all grown up n stuff!!! no need to worry about being pigeon holed or me thinking I’m dressing differently when really all along I was walking amongst the same same but never knew it. Never with regrets, life’s too short for that. Maybe, I’ve found myself….as Neil from the Young Ones says ’H E A V Y’
So in a nutshell refashioning is one of the best ways to come up with something truly unique on a budget and is seriously eco friendly, re-using what we already have makes perfect sense. I seriously LOVED this challenge and definitely will be refashioning in the future.