We had so much fun making and photographing our outfit for the Earth Day Challenge. We have created some fun French inspired fashion completely with items we already owned. These items were all pre-loved clothes used by our families, eaten by moths, partly worn out or stained but still with potential. Redesigned, carefully cut and sewn, Madeleine now has an outfit she just loves to wear. In this stylish outfit, with a satchel over her shoulder and a bagette under her arm she really could be wandering the streets of Paris, past the Eiffel Tower, confident in the knowledge that she is doing her bit for the environment - no new materials were used to make this "new" outfit.
So let's talk about the jacket. We started with Caroline's maternity winter coat (hint - you're highly unlikely to see any more baby photos from The Sew Together Team!!) and one of Bill's old business shirts (unfortunately Bill still has to go to work!!). We found metres and metres of gorgeous red and white striped bias binding at the last Stash and Treasure Recyclers Market. If you live in Sydney you really should check this Market out. It's a great way to move on some of your unwanted stash and also a wonderful way to replenish your stash by buying what others no longer need.
We are not keen to show you the "before" photos (we didn't want it to detract from our fun "after" photos) but just remember the "before"s are supposed to look bad!!
When we asked around our family for someone who may have an old navy jumper (pullover) we could use, Madeleine's grandfather started to look wistful! He talked about the best jumper he had ever owned. He bought in Tunbridge Wells (UK) in 1996! Unfortunately (but fortunately for us!) the moths loved it as much as he did and it was no longer wearable.
Before - with moth holes:
So next the shirt...
Unfortunately, this favourite shirt of Maryanne's had some stains on it that could not be removed:
And finally the bag.
We felted a very stylish (not!) vest that Grandpa used to wear to work (in the late 90's!) and added some scraps of polar fleece and ribbing to create a satchel for Madeleine. We wanted a leather strap on the bag and came up with the idea of creating loops to feed a belt through. One belt makes it a great hand bag, two turns it into an over the shoulder satchel. And when the bag isn't in use, those belts can be holding up someones pants!
So we are all happy -Madeleine loves her outfit, it cost us less than $5 to make, it cleared out some of our cupboard space and it has had no new impact on the environment beyond the energy it took to sew it all together. That has got to be a good thing!!