Recycled Fashion Blog Update

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Readers, as I settle into life as a mother of two, Recycled Fashion blog posts have been rather sporadic in nature. I know it has been 8 months since baby #2 arrived in my world, but the adjustment has taken some getting used to.

For the time being, I'm afraid blog posts will still remain rather infrequent until such time that my little guy settles into life as a child beyond baby years.

I will continue to write when I can, share facebook posts relevant to the content of this blog as well as instagram and tweet when a spare moment arises.

One day, I will dust off ye old sewing machine again ... one day.

In the meantime, here is the older 'baby', turning 6 soon, showing off his recycled efforts.

:: "Look Mum, I'm a Ninja!" ::

Until next time ...

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Second Hand Disco Party Dresses

Friday, July 11, 2014

I have an invitation to a party, not just any ol' shin-dig, this is an excuse for a dress up, complete with an award for the 'best dressed'. The dress code for the night is a fun one - second hand disco party dresses; frocks of glitter, shine, ballgowns and op shop horrors, now if that isn't the start of a top night out I don't know what is. As yet, there are no frocks on my shortlist, but a browse on the www has raised a few eyebrows and opened the disco shopping floodgates.

Should I go for:

..a 70s glitter mini dress with a touch of glam rock

:: from Fat Vintage ::

..a gold party dress with vintage flair

:: from Harlem Rag Shop ::

..an 80's prom dress complete with gold geometrics and party bow

:: from Dogstar Bazaar ::

..a 90's gunmetal taffeta number


..a sleeveless beaded flapper-esque piece

:: from Detroit Clothes ::

...or all out sequins

:: from Polina Ivanova ::

Whaddya reckon?

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No Sew T-shirt Bag

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

T-shirt grocery bags are one of the easiest upcycle projects you can do, simply take an unwanted t-shirt, a pair of scissors, and sew one straight line at the bottom

Did you know though, there is an easier way to make a t-shirt bag without the need for a needle and thread? There are two no sew t-shirt bag tutorials that I can't wait to try out, one by Lee seen on leethal.net using the bottom t-shirt hem to make a drawstring casing:

:: seen on leethal.net ::

The other, a no sew fringe t-shirt bag seen on Tealou & Sweatpea, is done by cutting long strips at the bottom of an old t-shirt, that are tied together in knots to secure:

:: seen on Tealou & Sweatpea ::

Call me lazy, but I love it when a simple project gets even easier, don't you?

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JORD Wood Watch Giveaway

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I must admit, I'm not much of a watch wearer, although that's not to say I don't like or appreciate watch designs. Mr Recycled on the other hand, loves his watches and is rarely seen without one.

I received an email asking if I would like to review a JORD wood watch. Handcrafted JORD wood watches aim to be as eco-friendly as possible, made using sustainable woods sourced from around the world, without the necessity to use rubber or plastics.

Taking the opportunity to gift a JORD wood watch to Mr Recycled, he chose his preferred design settling on Fieldcrest in natural green.

:: Fieldcrest in Natural Green ::

Our nicely boxed watch arrived last week. On first appearance one would expect JORD wood watches to be heavy, but that is quite the opposite and probably the most surprising feature of all.  The best characteristic has to be its distinct woody smell that you might expect of a tree after rainfall.  Impeccably made and beautiful to look at, JORD wood watches quickly received our nod of approval, such a refreshing alternative to clunky metal.

Due to their natural make up, JORD wood watches are one-of-a-kind pieces, no two will be identical, even if you do choose to order two of the same line.

I'd also like to share a little upcycle project seen on JORD's blog, where artist Dan Tanenbaum creates a mini motorcycle masterpiece using several  JORD Wood timepieces. Sweet, yes?

:: via JORD Wood Watch blog ::

JORD Wood Watch Giveaway

JORD have graciously agreed to giveaway a second watch to one Recycled Fashion reader. To be in for a chance of winning one of JORD's beautiful sustainable wood watches, enter via rafflecopter below.  The contest will remain open for two weeks, a winner selected on Wednesday 8 July.

Check out the full JORD Wood Watch range here.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary watch to assist with this blog post, but no other compensation.
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Rag Weaving Inspiration

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Followers on facebook and instagram will be aware that I took part in a rag weaving class with Handmaker's Factory last weekend. Rag weaving is an age old handicraft that recycles unwanted clothes, fabric and yarn in a technique that can be used to make rugs, pot holders, placemats and similar. You can read more on my Weekend Notes article, and Handmaker's Factory blog.


:: Rag Weaving Class at Handmaker's Factory ::

Now that I have acquired a new recycle craft skill as well as a weaving frame courtesy of Handmaker's Factory, I have been searching the web for rag weaving inspiration - ways in which this technique can be incorporated into a recycled fashion piece.

The most obvious choice would have to be a rag woven bag by weaving a series of fabric strips to make a few pieces large enough to sew into a tote, clutch or purse.

Here are some examples:

:: Nautical Style Recycled Rag Weave Tote by ACLhandweaver ::

:: Multicoloured Rag Weave Clutch by GirlGeniusGoods ::

:: Rag Weave Coin Purse also by ACLhandweaver ::

On the fashion front, Geneva's rug mini skirt shared on her blog back in 2011 can't go without a mention.  Although Geneva did not weave first, she did use two woven dollar store rugs to make it:

:: Rug Skirt seen on A Pair and a Spare ::

Moving away from fashion, yet using old garments to create new, denim can be a great material to use to weave into durable rugs and placemats:

:: Nudie Jeans Recycle Rag Rug seen on Denim Observer ::

:: Denim Placemat seen on The Country Farm Home ::

I am sure there are plenty more rag weave pieces to be inspired by on the net, if you know if any more, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Greener Grads

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A US initiative Greener Grads emailed through a video the other day which I found quite interesting, and I think you will too.


We often think of disposable fashion as wasteful, but what about graduation gowns worn by tens of thousands of student graduates each year?. Many students and parents purchase a brand new gown for graduation ceremonies without giving it a second thought, when the reality is, that gown is worn for a mere 90 minutes - 90 minutes folks, if that isn't wasteful wear, then I don't know what is.

Seth Yon, a former employee of a graduation industry giant wanted to utilise his unique skill set to focus on offering students and their families environmentally friendly graduation products at a more affordable price through his new site Greener Grads.

With the help of Goodwill, Greener Grads has a mission to collect and sort gowns, with a goal to collect 10k gowns in spring and summer. Collected gowns will be steam cleaned and barcoded to tell their travel story. The good news is that Greener Grads is well on the way to reaching that goal, and Seth is now in the process of building an e-commerce side of the site to offer the resale of recovered gowns by fall 2014.

If you have a gown you would like to donate or you are interested in finding out more, head to Greener Grads website or Facebook page.

Good luck to you and your team Seth.

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Disclaimer - I have no affiliation with Greener Grads, Seth Yon has no clue who I am other than to send me an email introducing his business.. and what a great initiative it is.

Melbourne Frock Swap at Seaworks, Williamstown

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Melbourne is said to be the fashion capital of Australia, and that can also be said for recycled fashion too. We are blessed with plentiful vintage and secondhand fashion markets, with a number of events scattered throughout our fine city.

Melbourne Frock Swap is one of the newest market's on the recycled fashion scene, positioned at Seaworks, a historic boat shed located on the waters edge of Williamstown.

:: Melbourne Frock Swap @ Seaworks ::

When two sisters, Nicole and Rachael, searched for an appropriate venue to hold Melbourne Frock Swap, Seaworks in Williamstown ticked lots of boxes; its size and location appealing most.

:: Seaworks situated right on the waters edge with beautiful views across the bay ::

With space for over 40 stallholders, Melbourne Frock Swap at Seaworks' indoor boat shed currently operates 4 times a year in rain, hail or shine. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to last market last Melbourne Frock Swap market held on 1 June 2014 although Nicole and Rachael report back with positive news of the day's success:

"Erica! It was amazing! We had the best day and the feedback has been so wonderful, all positive. It rained - all day (grr) but even with the rain, it was a really good turn out and we are so, so happy with how everything went"

"We are all really excited about the September market. It will be spring, it's a fortnight before Spring Carnival opens and we are going to tie it all in with that" Nicole and Rachael, Melbourne Frock Swap.




The next Melbourne Frock Swap will take place on 14 September 2014, open from 10am to 4pm with $2 entry. Check out Melbourne Frock Swap on Facebook for more information.


Maybe I'll see you there...

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