So I’ve been spending far too much time on Pinterest lately. That website is probably the most amazing place you could ever log into to lose yourself without even realizing it.
Usually it starts off as a search for something rather boring, and then all of a sudden you see something out of the corner of your eye and you’re immediately sent down the rabbit hole to the next pin that catches your attention.
Seriously. If you have problems with shinies, be warned. You’ll be gone before you even know it.
Anyhow, during this magical foray into the world of never ending Pinterest links, I discovered the terms ‘refashion’ and ‘upcycling’. Both words essentially mean taking an old discarded object that’s of no use to you in its present state, and recycling it into something new — potentially making a better and more useful item than its previous iteration. At least that’s my definition of the concept.
I’ve noticed that upcycling is usually used for discarded items like shipping pallets, wine crates, old gutters, old shelving and other hardware types of things. The item(s) are combined with other bizarrely useless items, combined together, given a new coat of paint, and then it’s now considered magically transformed “up” into something brand spanking new of better use & value to its owner.
It’s all in the eye of the beholder, remember. I mean there are some pretty cool project ideas out there if you’re into the whole DIY thing, of which I totally am and I am totally going to put all the blame on my Dad for this one. He’s the one that I probably take after in the department of scouring junk shops for stuff I can turn into something more fun. TheHubbs on the other hand, for some reason, isn’t so keen.
One of my favourite examples that is super easy and I think happens to be super cute, are cake stands. I absolutely love the idea of being able to make my own unique & one of a kind cake stand! One of these days I’ll get around to going to a thrift store to find some magical one off pieces to make myself something sweet.
You probably have a pretty good idea by now as to what the term refashion means if you apply the above concept to similarly recycling old clothes which are no longer loved or of any use. Second hand shops are obviously veritable gold mines for clothing that one can refashion into a garment that is by far much nicer than its original state.
So far my favourite idea has been simply taking an old, unloved, no longer worn, mens sweater and with a few deft snips of scissors, maybe a pass or two with the sewing machine and you’ve now got yourself a lovely cardigan.
With fall fast approaching (I’m pretty sure I felt the stirrings of season change this afternoon while I was out and about doing labs) I’m really excited to start wearing sweaters. This will be the first year in a really long time that I might actually be cold enough to wear one since we dropped my steroid levels at the beginning of the year. Guys, this is HUGE news!
Anyhow, so I’m sitting here at the kitchen table with one of TheHubbs’ old sweaters that he no has absolutely no desire to ever wear again and gave me permission to sacrifice it for the purpose of attempting my first refashion into a cardigan-ish type of garment.
To be honest, I dunno that it’s going so well.
If I was smart, I would just do what everyone else does and take a pair of scissors to just make a few deft cuts, add a couple seams and be done with it. But no. I’m not that kina girl. In my head, it seems to be that I apparently need to take a seam ripper to this bad boy in attempts of salvaging as much of the sweater’s shape & form as possible to reduce the amount of actual cutting I might need to do… except that it’s probably going up in flames at the moment, as right now it looks like the collar of this thing isn’t actually a separate piece tacked on, but in fact is part of the main body folded over itself and sewn into place..
I. WILL. MAKE. THIS. WORK. DAMNIT!!
Wish me luck ^_^;;