Fash­ion up­cy­cling, slow cloth­ing and cre­ativ­ity

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Mak­ing things makes us feel good. Sew­ing and stitch­ing aren’t usu­ally day-to-day tasks any­more, nor is the hum­ble skill of mend­ing. We think we don’t have time to mend, yet of­ten it takes a whole lot more time to shop for re­place­ments.

Wear­ing sec­ond-hand or up­cy­cled cloth­ing is sus­tain­able and there is noth­ing more or­ganic than choos­ing to re­use what al­ready ex­ists rather than buy­ing new.

SKIRT-TO-DRESS CON­VER­SIONS

You know those gor­geous long skirts that were once fash­ion­able? We can turn them into cool sum­mer dresses with just the slight­est of tweaks. The body cir­cum­fer­ence un­der your arms will most likely be equal to or less than the cir­cum­fer­ence of your waist – you may al­ready know this from wear­ing elas­tic-waist skirts as strap­less dresses. Here are some sug­ges­tions:

CHAR­COAL LINEN SKIRT

Find some sim­i­lar or con­trast­ing strips of fab­ric (po­ten­tially from old gar­ments, doesn’t need to be new fab­ric) – at­tach these to the front and back of the dress with dec­o­ra­tive hand-stitch­ing, but­tons or even safety pins. Con­sider cross­ing straps over, ty­ing bows or knot­ting them for in­ter­est.

BEIGE SKIRT TO SWING TOP

If you are re­ally ad­ven­tur­ous, you can tilt the skirt on its side to be­come a swing top by open­ing up part of the side seam (be­gin mid­way down one side and open just enough to go over the head) to be­come the neck­line. The old waist­line be­comes one sleeve, while the old hem­line can be fas­tened (with a safety pin or hand-stitches) to cre­ate the other sleeve. Best worn over tights and T-shirt.

WHITE SKIRT TO DRESS

If you are ready for a lit­tle more sew­ing, you can turn a full skirt with a nar­row waist­band into a cool strappy shift, by cut­ting out D shapes be­low the waist­band and us­ing bias bind­ing to fin­ish these cut edges.

PHOTOS: TIM SWINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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