Fash­ion’s higher plain

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Denise S. Cahill

BINDARING Red Cross Cloth­ing Sale vol­un­teer Emma Th­waites, of Swan­bourne, is mod­el­ling one of four out­fits cre­ated by sewing teacher San­dra Bryans that will be on sale at the 54th event on May 20. Ms Bryans sourced “plain clothes” from Red Cross op shops and cre­ated eye-catch­ing out­fits. This year’s sale at the Clare­mont Show­ground will also in­clude Op Shop, The Bou­tique, De­signer Edit, Em­po­rium and a Silent Auc­tion.

SAN­DRA Bryans sees fash­ion in clothes most peo­ple would not look twice at.

The sewing teacher, who runs Se­wanista Fash­ion Work­shops, has scoured Red Cross op shops to cre­ate four out­fits that will be on sale at the 54th Bindaring Red Cross Cloth­ing Sale on May 20.

Among the pieces is a one-shoul­der women’s top she cre­ated from her hus­band’s work shirt.

“I’ve taken fairly plain clothes and turned them into some­thing a lit­tle bit spe­cial,” she said.

Ms Bryans worked on cos­tumes for the movie Red Dog.

“They sent me down some vin­tage clothes to re­pro­duce,” she said.

“I made ex­act repli­cas of a 1950s pair of jeans and a few shirts.”

Red Cross Bindaring Unit vice-pres­i­dent Caro­line Arun­dell said while the main aim was to add to the $1.95 mil­lion the sale had raised for Red Cross, cre­at­ing fash­ion from sec­ond hand clothes was a highlight.

“A great se­condary ben­e­fit is that we take eight tonnes of do­na­tions of un­wanted clothes, shoes and ac­ces­sories and give them a sec­ond life,” the Mos­man Park res­i­dent said.

“We are sav­ing all of that from go­ing into land­fill.

“There’s a lot of stuff peo­ple look past be­cause it’s just not fash­ion­able at the mo­ment and we thought it would be fan­tas­tic to have some­one like San­dra, with her many tal­ents, give some in­spi­ra­tion to peo­ple.”

This year’s Bindaring Sale in­cludes Op Shop with prices rang­ing from $2 to $15, The Bou­tique stock­ing de­signer la­bels from $25 to $85, De­signer Edit where prices start at $99, Em­po­rium with vin­tage clothes, scarves, jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories and a silent auc­tion at www.bindar­ing­cloth­ingsale.com.au that closes at 11am.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467837

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d467837

Emma Th­waites, of Swan­bourne, with re­cy­cled gar­ments for the Bindaring Sale.

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