Refashionista Central

I ran across a group blog called Wardrobe Refashion today while searching for a site I recalled reading about in the latest ReadyMade magazine that features projects re-made from IKEA items. I never did find the IKEA-related site I wanted, but I was pretty thrilled to locate a multi-user blog devoted to refashioning, recycling, and reusing existing clothing and fabric stashes to make wearables.

I’m going to see if I can make the cut off for the 6 month pledge starting August 1. This fits right in with my 1 year DIY Clothing Experiment anyway, and it would be nice to see what other folks are doing with the contents of their closets.

Current projects in the works:

Vogue 2556 Issey Miyake knit dress in red slinky jersey with black contrast (Status: Need to re-mark pleats on front and figure out how to fasten dress without required snap tape.)

Butterick 4945 Vintage apron with wide flounce (view D–the one in the center made up in cherry print on the pattern info page–with pockets from view C added) in a novelty sushi print cotton (Status: About 60% complete. Need to finish top and back straps and attach to main apron body.)

Burda 8513 Hipster flared pants in a dark blue mid-weight herringbone suiting (Status: Cut and marked)

Butterick 4389 Flared party dress (View C) in gunmetal blue-grey stretch satin with textured white and slate print chiffon overlay (Status: Cut, marked, and bodice has been started. Do not have required boning to make strapless version, so will be adding spaghetti straps from View B.)

Simplicity 9004 Fish shaped novelty cat bed in brown fleece, tan suedelike poly, and camouflage twill (Status: 60% complete. The foam needed for this project is too thick to get through my machine, so I will be–UGH!–finishing this fish by hand using a long tapestry needle.)

For the morbidly curious, my nearly-complete inventory of patterns, fabric, notions, and refashion-ready clothes have been posted to a Google spreadsheet inventory.

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6 thoughts on “Refashionista Central

  1. I love this “wardrobe refashion” concept. My mother did this all the time when I was growing up.

    BTW – I realized I do have a “gazingus pin.” Workout clothes on sale… :whistle: Ummm, did someone mention running skirts?

  2. Dang, that Issey Miyake pattern is fantastic! The pattern for the dress (Butterick pattern, flared party dress) is exactly like a Calvin Klein pattern I had in the early 1980s. It made up beautifully and was very flattering.

    Great blog!!

  3. Hey, I am doing a similar recycle/ buy nothing project. i am jsut about to start sewing the vogue 2556. i have heard the sizing is funny. did you sew it smaller than it said? how did it turn out?
    Thanks for your help,
    from a stranger!

  4. Erin – I haven’t finished the V2556 dress yet, although it is about 50% complete at this point. I will throw it on my dressform tonight and let you know how the sizing runs. I have a feeling that due to the knit material and sort of “drape it yourself” look of the pattern that fitting will really depend on how you apply the snap tape closures. No one on seems to have made the dress from the pattern, only the skirt, alas.

  5. Hi I had to stop and read your ideas about refashioning wearables into works of art. I am an ART TO WEAR groupy… I read the magazines and keep stashes of recyclables handy. I am into dresses, tote bags, and wearable fiber jewelry. It is good for my creative and spiritual side. Have any of you been reading Quilting ARTS magazine or Make IT MINE magazine?
    There are some great ideas…. Here is one of my ideas I will share with all of you. Do you have a really short short skirt > sew it across the bottom and take a cloth belt I prefer something blue or canvas type of fabric or belt webbing and make the handles to a brand new gorcery bag tote. I say go green in 2008 and make all your bags from recyclables. ENjoy Lindy

  6. Lindy – That’s a great idea for making a grocery tote! Even though I have cats and like to keep a supply of plastic grocery bags around for litter box duty, I don’t need THAT many of them. I’ll dig through the box o’ castoffs and see if I have anything that would work for this. :em02: Thanks for stopping by!

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