You may remember that one of my goals for this year is to get closer to being a zero waste business. You may also remember that something I wanted to do to help reach that goal was op shop refashions (or thrift store transformations, if you prefer).
Much to my delight I have started doing exactly that! Last week I headed to my favourite local op shop to pick up some clothes to transform.
Note: this post doesn’t have the refashioned pieces, but they’ll be up within a week!
I didn’t go too crazy with my first purchase. I bought three items; a black and silver cotton ruffle sleeved dress, a funky patterned rayon wrap dress, and a viscose leopard print dress.
First up was the easy bit. I took my little bundle home, photographed them, and gave them a wash.
Next was the tricky part - trying to figure out how to refashion them. I spent a couple of hours sketching out ideas for each dress, starting with the leopard print one. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the top half of that dress, and I had a good idea on what I wanted to turn the skirt into too. I found figuring out what to do with the other two a bit harder, but I got there in the end.
The funky wrap dress is basically going to stay the same, except I’ll be repairing the holes in the sleeves and sewing the front together. There was some over-stretched fabric on one side so sewing the front together means I can chop it out.
The black and silver dress is a little trickier and at this stage I’m still not sure if I want to turn it into a 60s style swing dress or give it a more fitted silhouette.
I’ve already finished the top section of the leopard print dress. I haven’t finished the skirt yet because I’m still hunting down some fabric to refashion into a lining.
I’ve pinned the wrap dress in place so it’s ready to sew, although I keep changing my mind on how exactly I want to finish it off.
The black dress is still sitting patiently waiting to be redesigned. I might just start and see where it takes me.
I’m also working on transforming a t-shirt with red and white polka dots. I forgot to get a before photo, so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until the reveal to see it. It'll be a lovely little surprise!
I’m finding this a really interesting process. I’m already getting excited to do more in the future. If you’re interested in a post following an item of clothing from op shop disaster to fancy new threads please do let me know. Ok, ok. The pieces I bought this time weren’t disastrous clothes, but embarrassing fashion is definitely out there!
I’ll leave you with a sneak peek at the finished leopard print top.
Until next time! xx
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