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Recycled Fashion Finds #8

Friday, July 29, 2011

Recycled Fashion Finds Friday!

Thank you to all of last weeks contributors, including Cat on a Limb's wonderful Shirt Refashion with Obi belt, Mongs pretty dress to shirt refashion, the coolest thrifted pink jeans worn by Danie, and Style n Season's bag refashioned with a white out pen.

Also a special mention for Charity Shop Chic's ruffle shirt refashion fitting for Glastonbury festival, although she didn't make it to the festival, she imagined she was...




Right then readers, what did you find (thrift) or create this week? Would you like to share:

  • A second-hand fashion garment you found at a market, thrift store, op shop, charity shop, car boot sale, fete, garage sale, at the side of the road?!.
  • A fabulous recycled fashion find you scored online.
  • A refashion project
  • A hand-me-down
  • A garment you've made yourself
  • It could be a link to a clothing item you are selling on your online store
  • A sewing pattern, or fabric you've found which you intend to make into a fashion garment
  • Your clothing item need not be vintage, although we do love a good vintage find of course.

  • *You can share your finds and creations on the link up below.*

    If you are participating in Recycled Fashion's link up, and have a blog, be sure to grab a badge and pop it either on your blog post or on your side bar. Thank you!






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    Doily Inspiration

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Inspired by the following fashion items which can be replicated with some thrifted doilies and a little sewing/crafting:

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    1. Doily Hemmed Jacket

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    How: Sew doilies to the inside of your (or a thrifted) jacket sleeves and bottom hemline


    2. Crochet/doily back top

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    How: Cut open the back of an existing or thrifted top, replace with doilies, sew back together.


    3. Doily Shoes

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    How: Find black doilies (or dye white doilies black) and mod podge onto a pair of existing, or thrifted white shoes

    4. Doily Masquerade Mask

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    How: Cut out doily to mask shape, coat with lacquer or glue to make firmer, stick diamante's in place, elastic to tie on each side.


    Readers, do you have any more links? Have you made any DIY doily fashion creations?

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    Waste Not; Shirt Giveaway WINNER

    Monday, July 25, 2011



    Winner of the Waste Not: Shirt Giveaway, using random number generator


    Number 19: Gia Pet, congratulations! I will contact you via email.


    Daggy cool yellow cardigan

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    I picked up a 1980's yellow cardigan for $5 from my local op shop this week. Whilst this yellow cardigan has potential, with the best shoulder bows, gold buttons, and made from 100% wool, it doesn't fit so well, a little bit daggy some might say...


    (Definition for daggy: uncool, unfashionable)

    With a little chopping and resize, daggy cardigan is no longer, I hope you agree?

    *click on images for clearer picture*

    Shoulder bows!

    How to resize in less than half an hour:


    Step 1: Find and use an existing well fitting jumper as use as a template
    Step 2: Turn cardigan inside out, lay existing jumper on top, and draw a line with chalk outlining jumper against cardigan.

    Step 3: Sew a straight line a few cm's away from your chalk line. Try on for size to make sure the fit is not too tight. If OK, cut off excess.
    Step 4: Finish off seams (over-lock or zigzag stitch). I also reattached garment care clothing tag.


    Step 5: Admire new fit.

    *Shared with these great blog link ups
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    *Last chance to enter upcycled shirt giveaway

    Recycled Fashion Finds #7

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Recycled Fashion Finds Friday!

    Following on from last weeks yellow theme, three contributors of last weeks Recycled Fashion Finds wore thrifted yellow outfits. Both Danie of No Guilt Fashion and Mommie Moxie are looking fabulous in thrifted outfits through their pregnancies, and Mongs of My Thrifty Closet in a lovely yellow thrifted shirt.

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    Danie of No Guilt Fashion wearing a pair of thrifted Khaki shorts yellow, which she dyed a nice shade of mustard.


    From yellow to green..


    Be-Have Urban Atelier transformed an ordinary 80's apple green chenille sweatshirt into a cute romantic top


    and pink...

    A pretty necktie necklace made by SouthernScraps out of a thrifted necktie purchased from Salvation Army for 50c

    Lastly, Alison of Heavenly Handmades transformed a linen vintage dress into a wearable skirt, Becca of knit happens scored an amazing pair of heart shoes from a charity shop. And Debbie of Minnado's House completed an entire outfit made with thrifted fabric.

    Debbie's lovely nautical themed skirt


    Readers, what did you find (thrift) or create this week? Would you like to share:

  • A second-hand fashion garment you found at a market, thrift store, op shop, charity shop, car boot sale, fete, or garage sale.
  • A fabulous recycled fashion find you scored online.
  • A refashion project
  • A hand-me-down
  • A garment you've made yourself
  • It could be a link to a clothing item you are selling on your online store
  • A sewing pattern, or fabric you've found which you intend to make into a fashion garment
  • Your clothing item need not be vintage, although we do love a good vintage find of course.
  • *You can share your finds and creations on the link up below.*

    If you are participating in Recycled Fashion's link up, and have a blog, be sure to grab a badge and pop it either on your blog post or on your side bar. Thank you!






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    DIY Ikat Tablecloth Dress

    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    With a little inspiration from last Friday's Herald Sun

    Jennifer Hawkins wearing Ikat Print Sass & Bide Dress $590

    I've made my own version of an Ikat dress, from a pastel coloured table cloth purchased for $2 from a trash and treasure market.


    Using the Collette Sorbetto pattern for the top half of my dress, pink bias tape around the neckline, and blue on the sleeves, adding extra length to make it a dress, and an elastic waist.



    Tut, should have ironed, but you get the idea.


    Sass & Bide $590
    My version approximately $2.20

    Shared with these link ups.

    Vintage Japanese Woodland Shirt

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011



    Vintage Japanese Woodland Shirt SALE

    My vintage Japanese woodland shirt is a wardrobe favourite.
    $9 purchased from Stella Bluz on etsy.


    Linking up to Everybody, Everywhere's Nifty Thrifty Challenge

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    Nuno Magazine Review

    I feel privileged to be sent a digital craft magazine Nuno for review, put together by Elizabeth Abernathy Graham and Rachel Abernathy Braff.

    A zine with a difference, Nuno features creative resourceful handcrafted products. Not only is each item beautifully photographed, but everything featured in Nuno magazine comes with a tutorial to recreate what you see all by yourself. Imagine that? An ad free magazine packed with eco-friendly craft, which does not encourage you to buy a product, but instead encourages you to make what you see.


    On the DIY and recycled fashion front, here are some of my favourite projects, featured over three editions of Nuno magazine:

    1. Vintage linen hat
    2. Kool-aid silk dyed top

    3. Silvered shoes

    4. Recycled sweater sleeve leg warmers


    1. Upcycled mens shirt lace cuffs
    2. Tablecloth top

    3. Recycled sweater sleeve leg warmers

    4. Pebble and felt bracelet

    As well as individual project tutorials, you will also find other useful tips such as how to salvage yarn leather and vinyl, and how to felt wool knits.

    Nuno is not just a zine dedicated to fashion, you'll also find other craft projects ....Filled with inspiration, resourcefulness and crafty ideas, Nuno is a magazine more people need to know about. Spread the word!

    Waste Not; Shirt Giveaway

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Megan Franken is a girl after my own heart. Not only is she an aspiring Zoologist, but Megan is the owner and creator of a recycled clothing range available online; Waste Not: Recycled Clothing By Megan Franken. Megan is generously giving away one of her upcycled shirts to one lucky Recycled Fashion reader, but before providing you with the necessary details to participate in our giveaway, here is an interview with Megan, showcasing her store:

    What is your shop/online store called and what do you sell?

    I have an online store called "Waste Not: Recycled Clothing By Megan Franken" (Waste Not for short). For about a year now I've been producing one of a kind recycled clothing, sewn by hand and cared for in an environmentally responsible manner. My clothing can be hard to describe; I use recycled fabrics, patches and fabric letters to create unique designs, which I sew on to high quality recycled clothing. I'm always venturing in to new territory and you will always find something a little different around each "corner" of my store.

    Tell us about you, and your motivation to start your store

    I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Currently my business takes up the majority of my time, but I'll be starting at university in the fall (I hope to become a zoologist). As a huge environmentalist (and somewhat of an anti-capitalist) I decided an authentically environmental business was the way to go. I simply want to show people there is a way to run a business in such a way that there is virtually no impact on the environment. After having many of my friends start their own business' due to my inspiration, I truly feel I have achieved this goal.

    When did you start trading? (when did you start selling your products)

    I started selling my products about a year ago. As well as selling online I also sell at craft fairs and through consignment.

    Is there any particular product in your store that is most popular?

    Actually, I recently experienced my first huge traffic increase due to a shirt I made that says "I Heart Zach Galifianakis." I'm still a bit in shock after logging on to my computer to find I had 700 views in a couple hours. So we shall see what the future holds in store! (Pun intended).

    I Heart Zach Galifiankis Upcycled T Shirt

    PS if anyone is unsure who Zach Galifanakis is, lets see if this photograph gives you a clue

    zach galifianakis Zach Galifianakis' Role in R.I.P.D. DOA

    Image c/o: shockya.com

    Would you like to show us some of the products you currently have for sale?

    The first is a green men's tee featuring this beautiful patch that originally came from a Montreal Jazz Fest tee.

    Jazz Nymphs in a Blue Moon Upcycled T Shirt


    The second is a trademark patch of mine, the Orca Whale. A super simple patch to make, I create it using two pieces of recycled fabric and some matching cotton thread. I've added it to a black body suit for this item.

    Orca Whale Upcycled Body Suit/Romper

    Lastly is one of my favourite sweaters - I call it "sweet heart with a broken heart." It began with one of the coolest secondhand items I've ever found, a brilliant red sweater with a scalloped neckline. I've added a yellow and red "Broken Heart" patch to complete it.

    Sweet Heart with a Broken Heart Upcycled Top


    Where can we find your store?

    www.meganfranken.etsy.com
    Facebook
    Twitter @WasteNotRC

    The giveaway is to win one of the following shirts, the winner will be able to choose between the two:


    Harmonious Upcycled Top

    A combination of two tops to create this one of a kind off the shoulder green tree blouse

    The will fit an array of sizes differently. It is intended to be worn slightly loose and off the shoulder (in this case it would fit a size small or medium) but could be worn more tightly if you are inclined.

    OR


    Orca Whale In Bubbles Upcycled Men's T Shirt

    This delightful recycled tee says "Save the Whales!" in its own subtle way, with Waste Not's trademark Orca Whale design

    This shirt is a men's size small. It would fit a medium if you like a tighter fit in your t shirts


    To enter this giveaway to win one of Megan's upcycled shirts, tell us which product you would choose, and do one or more of the following:

    1. Leave a comment below
    2. Become a blog follower on Recycled Fashion
    2. Follow Waste Not on
    Facebook and leave a comment
    3.
    Follow RecycledFashion on facebook and leave a comment
    4. Follow Waste Not on twitter
    5. Follow RecycledFashion on
    twitter and retweet the giveaway

    Each activity above counts for one entry into the competition. Please leave a comment below when you do any one of the above, along with a way of contacting you.

    National and international readers are all welcome to participate in the competition, which closes 24th July 2011, the winner to be drawn at random.

    Good luck, and a big thank you to Megan.

    Reflections of a 3 month shopping ban

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    On 17th April 2011, I signed up to the Free Fashion Challenge, a ban to stop buying any new fashion garments for a three month duration. Bear in mind as a second-hand shopper, my shopping ban prevents buying new thrift fashion. No garments, no patterns, no fabric, no underwear, no sewing thread, no shoes..



    Today I receive an email in my inbox:
    "You made it through the 3 months without shopping!"
    Two immediate thoughts spring to mind

    1. I didn't realise today was the day and have not therefore been counting calender days before my ban is lifted. This is a good thing.

    2. I do not feel the need to rush out and hit the op shops tomorrow to replenish the bargains I missed out on over the past few months. Another good thing.

    How has this changed my habits over the past three months? To be honest, I have been avoiding op shops, to avoid temptation. Taking aside my last guided op shop tour of course, I found myself visiting op shops much less often, only doing so when I needed something for my son or for the house, avoiding all contact with clothing and fabric!

    The Free Fashion Challenge has made me reflect on my current wardrobe, donating and selling (eBay) some of my unworn garments. I have been addressing my large fabric stash, and pile of clothes set aside for refashioning. Creating my own garments suppresses the need to go out and buy (thrift) new.

    A few questions have been asked by Free Fashion Challenge on completion of project

    Q. What would you buy now if you could pick some items/brands wisely?

    A. Hmm, Ok, underwear. Ethical underwear. isismade writes an informative blog post with links on where to buy ethical underwear here

    Q. What strategy would you choose?

    A. I think of a motto once said by Geneva of A Pair and a Spare "Why buy when you can DIY?" Scouring retail shops, magazines, and online fashion sites can certainly provide inspiration, but really, one can replicate most fashion trends by restyling existing fashion garments. Therefore when picking new items, I would ask the following question, "could I make this myself?" A fitted trench coat, a pair of jeans, or a pair of shoes, probably not, therefore staple wardrobe items would be the only items to consider buying (or thrifting) new. Anything else? Thrift/DIY it.


    Q. Are there things you discovered during your participation?

    A. Thrifting can be a recreation, a free time activity. There is nothing wrong with this, for hunting treasures can fix a creative need, and thrift shopping is a better activity than high street retail shopping. However, what I have discovered, is a time perhaps better utilised, whether that be sewing, making, reading, writing, baking, or family time, at least one can save money on the latter.

    Q. Inspiring websites, swopping events, social communities that really help you?


    A. Refashion Co-op, Refashionista, NewDressADay, A Pair and a Spare, Honestly WTF, pinterest are just a few websites/blogs which continue to inspire.

    Three months is not a long time for a shopping ban, for many, the Free Fashion Challenge continues for an entire year. Will I continue to stop (thrift) shopping for fashion? Absolutely not! On my next guided Bayside op shop tour (Sat 20th August), I will be scouring the garment racks with the rest of my crew.


    Readers, have you banned yourself from shopping at any time? How long for? Did you find it difficult?

    Recycled Fashion Finds #6

    Recycled Fashion Finds Friday!

    Thank you to Iris Inspired, a new contributor to Recycled Fashion Finds, who shared her lovely 100% thrifted outfit on last weeks link up, orange and navy blue with polka dots work so well:



    And the very clever CharityShopChic transformed a skirt purchased in a UK charity shop into a bootylicious dress inspired by Kelly Rowland!



    I haven't created or thrifted any clothing pieces this week, but I did make a bouquet of roses out of newspaper, gift wrap, bamboo kebab sticks and wrapped them in a thrifted doily for a gift.


    In other news, my upholstery dress has been featured on Recyclart!

    So readers, what did you find (thrift) or create this week? Would you like to share:Link
    • A second-hand fashion garment you found at a market, thrift store, op shop, charity shop, car boot sale, fete, or garage sale.
    • A fabulous recycled fashion find you scored online.
    • A refashion project
    • A hand-me-down
    • A garment you've made yourself
    • It could be a link to a clothing item you are selling on your online store
    • A sewing pattern, or fabric you've found which you intend to make into a fashion garment
    • Your clothing item need not be vintage, although we do love a good vintage find of course.
    *You can share your finds and creations on the link up below.*

    If you are participating in Recycled Fashion's link up, and have a blog, be sure to grab a badge and pop it either on your blog post or on your side bar. Thank you!






    Link up arranged through InLinkz





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