Oh, upcycling! That is today's Makers for Fashion Revolution Week, and of course it's one near and dear to my 1940s-loving heart! We vintage wearers know, of course, that upcycling is just the modern term for "make do and mend." Ladies of yesteryear were creating new fashions out of old ones long before it was a trendy thing to do. They did it out of necessity and practicality.
I've had a few of my own refashions that you might recall:
The 1930s Gray Dress
90s MuuMuu to 40s Playsuit
Straw Hat Refashion
Middle East Skirt Refashion
Turn a Button-Down into a Vintage Style Blouse
I also have these photos of a jabot I made out of old hankies. I'm still working on an outfit to style it with!
There are so many awesome vintage resources that have to do with turning old clothes into new ones. Here are just a few:
"Grand Ways to Eke Out Dated or Worn Clothes"
"Another Angle on Fashions for Victory"
1940s refashioning article and illustrations
For myself, my main action step for this year is to give newer second-hand clothes a shot to be refashioned. You know, the ugly 80s and 90s garments that are unlikely to come back into vogue ever again and are probably destined for a landfill without a refashion. They're relatively inexpensive, and it would be a great way to cut down on clothing being thrown away.
Do you have any favorite makeovers that you've done for old garments? Are there any vintage make do and mend resources that you love?