14 October 2013

DIY:: Fashion Redesign

 
 Recycle, the possibilities are endless…
 
Hi Everyone! 
Today I was featured in the Jamaica Gleaner on something I enjoy doing the most, redesign, making something new out of something old and unwanted. Here's the article, hope you enjoy it! 
 
Often times we have clothes that hang in our closets taking up space because we don't wear them, either because they are ill fitting or simply outdated. We should definitely try and be Eco-friendly by recycling these pieces through re-design or minor alterations. With a little imagination and creativity you can update pieces that you haven't worn and thus maximizing your wardrobe.  
Shortening a hem or changing buttons on a garment are small changes that pack a big punch in your wardrobe. Converting a maxi skirt to a pencil skirt is a great way to redesign something if you have a unique print and if you are able to use the sewing machine, if not, I highly recommend enlisting the help of a seamstress or a tailor to ensure a good finish. 

Patricia Henry, a Chartered Accountant, was the willing participant in showcasing these redesigns. Shown here is an empire waist dress in a beautiful scarf print design that was outdated and unflattering. With the help of a seamstress - Dawn - we were able to convert it to a skirt by removing the top part of the dress and shortening the skirt to highlight her legs.

The second dress, a linen maxi dress, she has owned over 15 years and has not worn in a couple years. She was on the verge of tossing it all together as over the years the dress shrunk during laundering and did not flatter her. We altered the top for a better fit and shortened the hem to a midi length, which is just below the knees at mid shin. This is a feminine silhouette and is appropriate in the corporate world.



If you've exhausted all the recycling channels of redesign and you are still left with pieces you aren't wearing, consider re-distribution: donating unwanted pieces to a notable charity and bless someone less fortunate.

Thanks for reading everyone, don't forget to enter the giveaway for the black satchel on my facebook page here. Also, in case you missed it, check out the video on my most recent appearance on Smile Jamaica here- where this segment on re-design was featured.  


Natalia Oh! 
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