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Refashioning Thrift Store Finds

unleashing the awesomeness of
sometimes hideous, often ill-fitting,
occasionally outdated...
Why refashion?
 Be creative and express yourself
 Save money
 Be a style maven
 Practice sewing with little cost
 The...
The ethics of refashioning
 The questionable practices

of “fast fashion”
 Fast fashion: clothes made

quickly to reflec...
The ethics of refashioning
 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
 Reduce = cut back, buy less, buy things meant to

last longer
 Reu...
Who refashions?
 Your grandmother
 Craft bloggers
 Stylists
 EVERYONE – hey, it’s a recession, after all!

Refashionin...
How to refashion?
Tools, skills & know-how, inspiration

Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
Tools required

Scissors
Thread
Something to mark
the fabric with
OPTIONAL: Sewing machine
Needles

Measuring tape
Refashi...
Skills needed
 Basic sewing skills
 The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic

Techniques for the New Sea...
Inspiration
 Blogs:
 New Dress A Day http://www.newdressaday.com/
 I Still Love You, by Melissa Esplin

http://melissae...
Books
 Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-

Shirt, by Megan Nicolay.
 Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store
T...
So you’re ready to start…now what?
 Plan your design: What are you going to do?

What do you have to do to get there?
 C...
Basic Projects

Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
The Button Down Shirt Refashion
 Take one button down shirt, oversized

Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytse...
The T-Shirt Refashion
 Take one (or more) basic t-shirt(s)

Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
Resizing clothes down, 1
1.

Remove excess fabric: Two
ways to estimate how much
to remove from a too-big
item:
 Measure ...
Resizing clothes down, 2
Get the proper fit.
Darts are your best
friends for proper
fitting.

2.



The Complete Photo Gu...
My Projects

Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina
Zaytsev
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A basic intro to refashioning thrift store finds, including why you would do so, the ethics of doing so, how to begin refashioning and an overview of basic projects.

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  1. 1. Refashioning Thrift Store Finds unleashing the awesomeness of sometimes hideous, often ill-fitting, occasionally outdated clothes Angelina Zaytsev azaytsev@umich.edu @angelinanz http://pinterest.com/angelinadres s/
  2. 2. Why refashion?  Be creative and express yourself  Save money  Be a style maven  Practice sewing with little cost  The do-it-yourself (DIY) mentality  Connection to tradition & the past  For ethical reasons Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  3. 3. The ethics of refashioning  The questionable practices of “fast fashion”  Fast fashion: clothes made quickly to reflect current trends; cheap to make, inexpensive to purchase  Plagiarism  Cheap labor & no labor rights = horrific accidents Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  4. 4. The ethics of refashioning  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!  Reduce = cut back, buy less, buy things meant to last longer  Reuse = give new life to old things, REPURPOSE! REFASHION!  Recycle = donate unwanted clothes appropriately Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  5. 5. Who refashions?  Your grandmother  Craft bloggers  Stylists  EVERYONE – hey, it’s a recession, after all! Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  6. 6. How to refashion? Tools, skills & know-how, inspiration Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  7. 7. Tools required Scissors Thread Something to mark the fabric with OPTIONAL: Sewing machine Needles Measuring tape Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  8. 8. Skills needed  Basic sewing skills  The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress, by Sarai Mitnick. | Blog: http://www.coletterie.com/  The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-by-Step Techniques Hardcover, by Alison Smith  The Sewing Bible: A Modern Manual of Practical and Decorative Sewing Techniques, by Ruth Singer.  Basic math: adding and subtracting  Measuring: don’t forget your seam allowance on all sides!  Cutting: measure twice, cut once  Sewing a straight line Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  9. 9. Inspiration  Blogs:  New Dress A Day http://www.newdressaday.com/  I Still Love You, by Melissa Esplin http://melissaesplin.com/  Cotton & Curls http://www.cottonandcurls.com/  Refashionista http://refashionista.net/  Refashion Statement http://refashionstatement.blogspot.com/  So, Zo…What do you know? http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.co.uk/  Pinterest  Craftster.org | Angelina Refashioning Thrift Store Finds Zaytsev
  10. 10. Books  Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T- Shirt, by Megan Nicolay.  Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads Into Street Couture, by Melissa Alvarado.  ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs, by Jenny Wilding Cardon.  Sew Subversive: Down & Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista, by Melissa Rannels, Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng.  The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters, by Crispina ffrench. Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  11. 11. So you’re ready to start…now what?  Plan your design: What are you going to do? What do you have to do to get there?  Calculate: What are your beginning and ending measurements? Where do you need to stop and start sewing? Where do you cut?  Measure, mark, pin and baste: Measure how much you will be sewing or cutting. Mark it with your tailors chalk. Pin the cloth together as appropriate so your fabric isn’t sliding around. Baste whenever you’re uncertain what the end result will look like.  Sew and cut. Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  12. 12. Basic Projects Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  13. 13. The Button Down Shirt Refashion  Take one button down shirt, oversized Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  14. 14. The T-Shirt Refashion  Take one (or more) basic t-shirt(s) Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  15. 15. Resizing clothes down, 1 1. Remove excess fabric: Two ways to estimate how much to remove from a too-big item:  Measure against an item of clothing that is the desired size.  Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit: Using the Rub-off Technique to Re-create and Redesign Your Favorite Fashions, by Steffani Lincecum.  While wearing the item, estimate and mark where you want to remove Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina excess. Zaytsev
  16. 16. Resizing clothes down, 2 Get the proper fit. Darts are your best friends for proper fitting. 2.  The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, by Sarah Veblen. Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
  17. 17. My Projects Refashioning Thrift Store Finds | Angelina Zaytsev
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