An interview with The ReFashionista!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Let me introduce you a very cool lady, her name is Jillian but she goes by the name ReFashionista on her blog of the same name

A girl after my own heart, Jillian, aka ReFashionista, with the help of her trusted sewing machine (and her little feline sidekick Basement Kitteh) creates her own cool dresses and outfits from 50c - $1 thrift store finds.

I enjoy following her creations, and I think you will too. So without further ado, here is an interview with the talented, creative, and funny, ReFashionista!:

Q. How did you get started with refashioning?

"One year for Christmas, I was given a sewing machine. It sat in the box for a week. The idea of machinery scares me…all those gears and metal bits just waiting to malfunction and possibly maim you. I was finally bullied into taking it out of the box. It sat on my kitchen table for a couple of days. I would stare at it intensely for minutes at a time. Finally, I plugged it in and tentatively put my foot on the pedal of my non-threaded machine. Hmph…not as scary as I thought."

"I started off making clumsily constructed little camera cozies and pillowcases for my friends from my old clothes that I didn't want anymore. I moved on to hemming too-long thrift store finds to make them more current. The more I played with altering clothes, the more I learned about what worked and what didn’t. Many innocent $1 garments died in the process."

Q. Who or what is your inspiration when refashioning?

"Movies inspire me. Coco Before Chanel (starring the adorable Audrey Tautau) was a huge inspiration for me. The scene that especially inspired me was where she was living with the Baron Balsan in his Chateau, and wanted to hang out with his wealthy socialite friends. Balsan bought her this expensive, verrrrry ornate dress for the occasion. She hates it. Rather than wear it, she takes apart one of his dress shirts and one of her plain dresses, and turns these pieces into a new dress that suited her and looked amazing. What could be more elegant?"

"I love websites like ModCloth and Urban Outfitters because their clothes have a fun, updated vintage style that I love."

"I’m not too pround to admit I’ll google a refashioning tutorial when I’m stumped or run into a problem with a refashion project."

Q. Show and describe to us your favourite refashion

"My favorite so far is this one. (see below) It started so ugly and turned out so cute! I’ll always remember it as the dress I wore to see The Pixies."



Q. Where do you source your clothes for refashioning?

"Usually I run to a thrift store that’s near my workplace during a lunch break. There’s a small chain of thrift stores in my town where all the clothing is $1 (and usually pretty hideous). We also have a Dollar-a-Pound Goodwill store that I’ll go bin-digging in occasionally. I work two jobs, so it's very rare that I can get a day to go thrifting. When I do, I try to stock up! Sometimes people just give me stuff, which is always awesome."

Q. What is you reason/motivation for refashioning?

"Honestly, because I’m cheap and picky…a dangerous mix when it comes to fashion. I got tired of seeing dresses in expensive boutiques that were poorly made, and wouldn’t survive one cleaning. The vast majority of the clothes I grab from the thrift stores are of a much higher quality than you see in newer clothing nowadays."

"Also, I have a weird body shape, with narrow shoulders, no boobs, and wider hips, so I had to alter a lot of my new stuff anyways."

Jillian's blog motto reads "I want to change the way you think about fashion"..I would therefore encourage you to check out for more inspirational thrift store creations!


MooBear Designs said...

Looks like I have found another person to inspire me... YAY. Erica you just know where we all are... is there like a directory with us all in it? I want it please!!

xo Steph

Wendy in Portland said...

How fun to find another creative and fun "recycling fashion" site, thanks to Jillian of Refashionista. (Isn't she great!). I will be visiting your great blog often. Thanks to all "refashioning" divas for your great inspiration!!

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