Mounds of Second-Hand Clothing

Wow! Jackpot!

Most of my friends and family love to be able to hand off their once loved clothing items to me, as I will often put them to great use.¬†So, this last week I was given this fabulous treasure trove of clothing that should keep me busy for a while! Not only is this an enormously huge donation, all of the items have already produced little images in my head of what they want to become for their third-life as they are all in great shape! I’m going to have to make this family something special and useful out of their forgotten clothing ūüôā

Stay tuned for the treasures to come out of this stash!

Friday’s Reconstructed Finds on Etsy

This Friday I’ve gone for reconstructed fashion items from fellow Trashion Team members… enjoy!

How cute is this tunic top from fisheye? I absolutely love tunics… they always seem to portray a put-together look while still giving you plenty of room to breathe, relax & be comfy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, I know that summer is ending soon & mini’s will get put on the back burner, but this one from RunzwithScissors is too cute to store away for a whole season! What a fabulously rich chocolate brown! Pair with some cute cream colored leggings & some boots… voila… fall attire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one will probably throw you off a bit. It’s an unattached¬†hood! How cool is that! Fairytalefibers¬†makes these great hoods out of upcycled wool that are the perfect fall accessory. Who wouldn’t want a warm, eco-friendly, non-bulky hood for those drizzly days?

 

So, don’t be shy… give reconstruction a try!¬† HAHAHA¬† I had to! But seriously, these are just many of the unique fashion statements available out there that will help lessen our impact on the environment just by doing what we love already… SHOPPING!

Lucy… My Double

I thought I’d introduce everyone to Lucy. She’s my ultimate helper when it comes to my shop. She’s my dressform, my double.

So the story behind why my double has a name is pretty cute, let me share ūüôā When I was a little girl I desperately wanted my mom to change my name, Evy. My name was always hard to pronounce and I hated having to explain it to any new “potential” friends. Lucy, from Charlie Brown, was my favorite character on tv and I thought that would be a perfect name for me. I begged and pleaded, whilst crying, to my mother for her to change my name; but of course it was to no avail. It only seemed natural that my dressform, who is called “my double”, should have the name that I always wanted as a child! Now I of course love the uniqueness of my name, but obviously still have an affinity for “Lucy”.

A few words about reconstructed fashion…

Reconstructed fashion is the product of dismantling used or vintage clothing & re-creating them into new pieces or accessories. The results of reconstruction are unique & distinct items that will set apart the owner from the common sweat factory produced big box store look. The desigers of reconstructed fashion add their own style to the textiles to make it more personal & appealing as well as find a new use for them.

There is also an eco-friendly side to reconstructed fashion.¬†By reconstructing clothing into new fashions, designers are contributing to the lessening of waste produced by the fashion industry. Styles change so frequently, & with that comes items that get left by the wayside to begin their long hibernation until the next recycling of fashion (bell bottoms, skinny jeans, high waisted pants), that it’s no surprise there is a multitude of waste! With a tweak here, a cut there & a few more stitches “once loved” can easily become “re-loved”.

The uniqe style of reconstructed fashion can be overwhelming to someone who has never experienced it. It’s understandably hard stepping out of the normal, everyday look into the reconstructed realm of fashion; but it’s not impossibly hard. There are a lot of reconstructed looks out there for the “simple” fashionista as well. Not all reconstructions are Frankenstein-ish creations!