May 6, 2012

What's Old is New - Thoughts on Refashioning

image source - a totally mind-blowing refashion

I've been working on a project for sometime now (OK, so I've actually been working it out in my head, but I've thought about it TONS) and though I can't unveil it just yet, its been crazy hard for me. It has to do with refashioning a thrifted garment into something else. I tell ya straight, I'm no good at this sort of thing. I've tried it several times before now and every time, I feel like the finished result is well....taking a garment and refashioning it into something that it wasn't really meant to be.

This is not to say that I don't wear thrifted items, cause I do. I'm also not above taking in a side seam here and there, shortening a hem or sleeve, but that's not really refashioning is it. That's altering. When you refashion something, you actually cut up the fabric - or seam rip it apart (btw, I would rather jump off a cliff than do that!) - and make those pieces into something new and utterly amazing. It's that amazing part at the end that I never quite get. Ha. I've also found several times, that there's just not enough fabric, that hasn't been claimed for something else, to work with. Well, except maybe if you were working with some gigantic dirndl skirt.

Friends, I need some of your thoughts here. Do you refashion thrifted garments into wearable garments for yourself? Are you happy with the finished result? Me, I'd just rather start right at the beginning and take a length of cloth and make whatever it was I was thinking about making out of the cloth rather than a thrifted garment.

Refashioning Yay or Nay?
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