Sunday, November 15, 2009

upcycling my wardrobe


Upcycling involves [...] the re-use of a product with crippled functionality for alternative purposes, to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials [...]

Yayyy, that sounds like fun ^^
Well, I stumbled upon this idea when I tidied my room this night (I always do it before I go to sleep, I'm kind of nocturnal or something >.<)
Anyway, I realised that there is not much room left in my closet and to be honest, we (at least I) only wear 20-30% of our wardrobe in everyday life.
Maybe it's 40% with me, cause I use lots of clothes to create one style, but that's about it.
The remaining 60% are either unwearable (too small, too big, ugly, not your style anymore, a gift you couldn't refuse like the poncho your gran knitted for you ages ago, but you only wore it once -.-, etc.) or out of place (dracula halloween capes for example...I've got 2!)

So I've made myself a promise.
I will, from now on, select one piece from this 60% every week and upcycle/refashion/do a makover (or whatever you call it) with it. If I don't have any idea how to alter it within this week, I'll lay it aside for three weeks.
When it happends, that I haven't figured out what to do with this piece of wardrobe after one month I'll deliberately give it away, so it'll find a more grateful owner =)
I 'll also repair the neglected pieces of wardrobe who are missing a button or where a seam is torn apart, this will be counted as only  half a surgery and I'll have to do more than one in a week.
Of course I don't tell you this out of fun, but because I will make this my new blog theme, so I can journalize my progress and give pictures as evidence.
Maybe the one or another is inspired to renew his or her own wardrobe =)
If this is the case, please send pictures of your upcycling, I would love to see them!

Here are the pics of my much to full closet

sorry for the blurry pictures, it was late -.-
And the dresses in the right part of the closet take much more space then it looks like, I just couldn't get a good shot of them.
I'm not exactly sure how many pieces it will be in the end, for some I already have an idea. Maybe I'll make 3 things into one new...who knows,  I'll just go with the inspiration =)

That's it for tonight,
sleep tight  <3
xoxo Julia

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