Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Something from nothing

When my kids were little I used to read them a book by Phoebe Gillmore about an old Jewish tailor who could make something from nothing. Over the years he refashioned a piece of cloth from blanket, to vest, to tie, to hankerchief, to button, until finally even he couldn't do anything with it. I grew up in my grandmother's house and was counselled against waste and shown how my aunts had refashioned their old school uniforms into office outfits in the war years. So there has always been a bit of mystery and magic for me around refashioning.

I take my hat off to Antoinette for reigniting my interest in refashioning and ethical fashion. Thank you for all your lovely comments on the last effort. This current tunic began life as a tube skirt with a fold down on the waist. The inspiration came from Nikki's new favorite top. All I needed to do was cut out arm holes and narrow down the side seams from the original A-line. It looks great with jeans or black pants. I'm thinking about making a red wool brooch as an embellishment, but it works just as well with one of my vintage brooches. Hope you like it.




11 comments:

  1. This is a subject dear to my heart as well. About 15 years ago I had a dress which began life as very wide legged pants. First I opened up the inseams and rejoined them to make a skirt. Later I used the fabric to make a knee length flared dress. I wish I had photos of all three garments, but it was long before digital camera and blog days!

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  2. Wow, I had no idea. Thank you so much for letting me know! Judging from this skirt-turned-tunic, you've got lots of ideas ready to get out of the gate! This is such a good idea for a long knit skirt, since for many of us, our hip measurement is in the same ballpark as our bust measurement.

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  3. wow... i wish i could do that!

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  4. Refashioning is very hot right now. Looks like you have a grasp on what to do to reinvent. Nic job.

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  5. They look great! You've given me some ideas....

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  6. Luv, Luv, Luv it!

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  7. That's a great idea to use a skirt to make the top!

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