It is easy to restyle a new piece of clothing, when given the opportunity to work with second hand garments. The cost is minimal, and relatively guilt free when working with unwanted fabric, particularly damaged textiles.
I've reached a point recently, where I've admitted that I own too many clothes, yet I'd still like to be creative, and continue to refashion old garments into funky new stuff.
What does one do?
I saw an advertisement shared on I Love To Op Shop's facebook page, Brotherhood of St Laurence, seeking a volunteer Creative Garment Refashioning Seamstress for their Hunter Gatherer stores.
"We are currently looking to build a creative team of dedicated male and female volunteers with an interest in fashion. Experience is essential in clothing alterations, hand sewing, machine sewing and fabric or design skills. These skills are needed to perform repairs, make clothing alterations and adjustments, as well as creating new items from existing garments."
I arranged to meet with the Manager of the Hunter Gatherer store in St Kilda, we had a little chat, and came to an agreement. I'd take a bag of un-stylish second-hand clothes every few weeks, and work on refashioning them to make more sell-able, after which they are returned to the store, ready to put up for sale.
And there we have it, an answer to my dilemma.
I've made a start on a few items already. The first, is a skirt with a gorgeous Central American 'tribal' print, which sadly, sat in the store unsold. I've resized it, and added a press stud fastener to the top. A simple adjustment, makes the world of difference:
Of course Her Royal Catness likes to get involved, but fear not if you are allergic to cats, I do rid refashions of cat hair prior to return!
The second item, is a blue and white button up floral top, which needed a more flattering fit:
Look, no cat!
About Hunter Gatherer
"Every frock, blouse, handbag, skirt, coat, trouser, hat and shoe at hunter gatherer is specially handpicked from the hundreds of thousands of wardrobe items donated each year to the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s 21 community stores or “op shops” across Victoria." More here
Hunter Gatherer, St Kilda Store
82a Acland Street, St Kilda Vic. 3182
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