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Monday, May 22, 2006
Wardrobe - what wardrobe?
The Wardrobe Refashion Pledge
Pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months.
I Pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle pre-loved items for myself for the term of my contract.
I Pledge that I shall create and craft items of clothing 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, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that my thriftiness brings!
I rarely buy new clothes so I doubt I'll have trouble with keeping that side of the pledge for the next couple of months - but what I'm interested in is revamping some of my old clothes or inventing new ones. As a child I used to create all sorts of clothes out of newspaper, some of which would get translated into fabric - I found this a lot more fun than the proper dressmaking that someone attempted to teach me in needlework classes at school - talk about how to kill an interest for me - you take all the creativity out and call all experiments errors!
As a student I used to haunt jumble sales and charity shops and though its ages since I've been to a jumble sale I still haunt the charity shops. There are lots near here:
Amnesty Bookshop, 103 Gloucester Rd - books from 20p
British Heart Foundation, 191 Gloucester Rd
Cancer Research, 9-10 Gloucester Rd
Marie Curie Cancer Care, 107 Gloucester Rd
Mind, 167 Gloucester Rd
St. Peter's Hospice, 95, Gloucester Rd
Sue Ryder Foundation, 145 Gloucester Rd
Tenovus, 181 & 285 Gloucester Rd
As far as previous experiences of altering clothes go I had one pair of trousers that I would doodle on in biro whilst I was wearing them and then take them off and embroider the doodle. I've added various embroideries to other things too but nothing at all recently. Like most people I've hacked the ends off a pair of jeans to make cut-off shorts. And once I went so far as to screen print some T-shirts... now much more easily done by printing out iron-on transfers... I did one of those last year... but nothing since I've been blogging...
If you want to join in you need to sign up soon - registrations will be closed once it gets started until the end of July when the first 2 month stint is up. Visit Wardrobe Refashion
Is there anything that you used to like to do that seems to have fallen by the wayside since you've been blogging?