Fashion Revolution Your Wardrobe

Here is a great article by Mariana Kirova – for the full article visit www.ecofashionsewing.comimagesMariana Kirova is passionate about garment upcycling and helping others to make their own upcycled clothing. She makes unique eco-friendly garments from unwanted clothes and materials and believes that small fashion professionals and DIY sewers can embrace sustainability in garment creation, thus changing the fashion world for good.

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Way #1: Change Your Consumer Habits

Here are 5 simple tips to start the revolution in your wardrobe:

1. Buy Less

Buy less and ONLY when you NEED the certain garment. I can’t stress enough on this. The over-consumerism is the new philosophy we are being taught that is “right”. If you want to know more have a look at this awesome movie “The Story Of Stuff” at the Story Of Stuff project website. 

2. Buy Natural & Eco

Buy clothes made from natural and organic or renewable fibres, like organic cotton, hemp, linen, silk, bamboo.

3. Look For Quality

I doubt I need to convince you that purchasing something a bit more expensive is better than buying the cheapest option. We all know this is true for clothing than ever!

However, don’t forget that generally more expensive garments will be most likely made from better, long lasting materials and will probably also have better design that lasts, high-end finishes, better fit and comfort when worn. Only few of those pieces worth more than any big pile of cheap ready-to-throw-in-two-washings clothing, don’t you think?

4. Purchase Locally Made

Purchase locally made clothes from a local designer is beneficial in many incredible ways. Three of them are as follows. First, gives a chance to local designers to exists and sustain their small business. Second, gives local community opportunity to thrive, which surely creates the best environment for you and your family to live good life. And third, local buy cuts off the long transportation. Despite being convenient, logistics could be hidden yet very big modern world harm that exhausts Earth’s resources without us noticing it.

5. Buy From Vintage, Charity Or Op-shops

This tip should be first following our Eco Fashion Sewing blog’s philosophy. But still many people are put off when hear the words “second hand clothing”. I agree, experience in the different countries is different in regards to charity shops (in some not that pleasant). Therefore, I’m placing this tip last on the list. Nevertheless, please consider that option and you’ll do great good to reducing the over-consumption and to saving our nature from textile pollution.

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Way #2: What To Do When No Longer Loved?

We all experience it sometimes. We just don’t want that outfit anymore.

Here are 3 simple tips to make your Fashion Revolution happening if that’s the case:

  • Pass forward! Give it to close friend or relative. Should be someone close to you that won’t be offended if you offer them your no longer fitting you jacket.
  • Donate! To your local charity shop, organisation, church group, community centre… the list can be long. Learn what’s near you and donate all clothes that are in good wearable condition to those who need them more than you do.
  • Swap! Swapping is quite popular in some areas. If you like that option, search for clothes swaps in your area. They all have slightly different requirement, but generally they ask you to bring number of your clothes with appealing design and very good quality. At the event you can choose from what other swappers have been brought and there’s a good chance for you to go home with new appealing article. Usually there’s an entrance fee to cover the costs of the event.

Way #3: Get The Best Of Your Unloved Clothing – rework it, connect to it and keep it!

The best way to make the Fashion Revolution in your wardrobe is to re-design the clothes you haven’t wear for quite a while. You already liked them once, therefore ended up buying them. You like either the material or the colour. Now you only need to figure out how to re-design or combine them. Our essential eGuide can help you out.It’s especially made to boost your designing skills and upcycling techniques awareness.

If you still don’t have the sewing skills, a sewing friend or a local sewing group can give you lots of support in this (but also keep up with us, there’s more to come!). Whatever the constrains, don’t give up! There is a lot of joy in making a piece of beautiful clothing of your own and learning how to do it is definitely worth it.

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The Slow Clothing Project

I recently found a wonderful virtual community of makers from all over Australia, gathered by Jane Milburn in her Slow Clothing Project. Jane is creator and owner of Textile Beat and this year involves more than 130 Australian makers in her project.

Jane’s commitment and dedication are extraordinary and truly inspiring! We all need to cherish people like her who make such efforts to keep our community consciousness alive. Visit Jane’s Textile Beat website here.