Recycled Fashion Sewing Inspiration

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I registered to attend an upcycling sewing workshop held today in Richmond, presented by sustainable fashion designer Ellie Mücke.  Studio Mücke has featured on Recycled Fashion before (you can read the interview here).

Workshop Overview
         Through this hands-on workshop run by the director of MüCKE label, Ellie Mücke, participants will gain an insight into how to transform old garments into new ones.
         In striving to provide products of the highest quality from design through to manufacture, MüCKE ensures its products have minimal impact on the earth through sweatshop-free manufacturing and the re-use of old materials to make new items.  MüCKE reuses or recycles all material waste and minimises water usage where possible. As they grow, their goal is to continue making positive change by respecting the processes of production, the planet and its people. This means being responsible for their products throughout their entire life cycle, from conception to end-life and back again 
We were told to bring "3 or more old / reclaimed shirts; your own, partner/husbands or from a charity store".  I purchased three shirts from my local op shop.  Alas, I'll have to use my shirts another day, because my little soldier has a bad bought of tonsillitis, which mean's unfortunately, I've missed today's workshop.

As I sit at home, and comfort my poorly child, asleep next to me on the couch, I browse the net for a little inspiration, and find some pretty cool projects going on.

On the topic of men's shirt refashions, this butterfly shirt, and these  two summer dresses demonstrate femininity in otherwise masculine garments, made by a French designer based in Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes; machemisedhomme.

The ruffled rose sleeves tutorial seen on JuliaBobbin would be such a beautiful finish to any dress.

Amy Jo has a great tip for placing doilies on clothing, spray with adhesive first. As seen on Refashion Co-op.

BurdaStyle is running a Vintage Modern' sewing contest, currently down to its final 20 contest finalists.  My personal favourite, is this dress.

Jillian aka The Refashionista, presented her first ReFashion show at SHE Columbia, you can see her fabulous creations here.

Congratulations to Max California for winning Project Run & Play's kidswear design competition with her son's outstanding Sargent Pepper Jacket, so much detail, and what a great choice of colour.

And in other news, the UK launches its first sustainable fashion degree at Buckinghamshire New University, more details here

Have you been inspired by a fashion project seen on the internet lately?


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