I have become increasingly intrigued by upcycling clothing recently. It all started with the adorable dresses I bought from Ashley at Lil Blue Boo. Her dresses are amazing and inspiring. I love that she can take all of these pieces of old shirts and make them into a fabulous dress. I have always been a thrift store junky (about 80% of my clothing is from the thrift store) but I never thought much beyond that. Then I found Wardrobe Refashion.
Wardrobe Refashion is an amazing blog that showcases different peoples upcycled and handmade clothing items. Those who post on the site have taken the following pledge.
I __________________ pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 / 4 / 6 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed__________________.
There is also a lifetime commitment for the truly bold. I have spent days pouring over every post on the blog. I am so inspired by the things that others have made from an old t-shirt, sheet or thrifted material. It has entirely changed my weekly trips to the thrift store. Instead of looking for items to uses as they are I find myself thinking about what else I can make with them. i find myself looking at fabric rather than clothing items. The last time I hit the thrift store there was a big sale and all of the clothes were $1. I snatched up a bunch of XXL mens shirts for the fabric alone!
Perhaps all of this inspiration is going to my head but I am considering taking the Wardrobe Refashion pledge myself. I have no problem with abstaining from buying new clothing items because like I said I am a thrift store junky. The part that worries me is creating the new items to share. I am still a bit scared of my sewing machine but I am slowly getting use to it. I did have a great time making the Beachcomber Dress! I do realize it is a learning process and perhaps if I "had" to make things it would help. I have a few creative ideas about the clothes I would like to make but if I took the pledge I would need around 8 items to share on the blog. Of course if I took the pledge you would guaranteed at least one clothing tutorial a week from me for the next 2 months!
I am still trying to decide what to do. I am working on a plan and coming up with some things I would like to try and make. Has anyone else taken the pledge before?