Clothing + Fashion 2008_0523amoursansanguish

Published on May 23rd, 2008 | by Leslie Richard

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Girl Reconstructed: Upcycling Old Clothes

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amoursansanguishReduce, Reuse, Upcycle! In the wild wonderful world of crafting you know these are our way of life, in spite of what the mega big box craft stores would like us to think. So this week I set a goal: what can I do with only thrifted pre loved mAmour Sans Anguishaterials?

Second hand stores are gleaming with craft finds like retro sewing patterns, stacks of fabric, old curtains, sheets and clothes. Clothes that not even your grandmaw could love anymore…but what if all these things could be reconstructed into something new? Craftalicious designers like Amour Sans Anguish and Supayana take discarded and way out of style garments and turn them into brand new eco fashionista dreams. Layer upon layer of eco couture and smart redesign. While so many are singing the praises of new fabrics like organic cotton, bamboo and peace silk – the most eco savvy choice is actually the fabric that requires nothing new to be produced, cutting out the intensive waste it takes to grow, break down and weave the fibers. While this might not be the #1 choice for those who are chemically sensitive, it is the most gentle on our sensitive earth.

Supayanagirl reconstructedOnce you begin deconstructing fulgy clothing you will find that all the supplies you need are right there! Elastic, yarn, lace, and a plethora of fabrics & patterns to choose from- to mix, match and create your own indie style beauty.

My first project was this strapless sun dress, which started out as a clogger riverdance puff sleeve frill collared mess. I took apart the top half of the dress, sewed the belt in(which ties in back), and then added the button trim from another old yellow polka dot top.I think it’s agreed that no one wants to wear that heavy 70′s polyester fabric anymore, since it is like wearing a non breathable chemical suit (think boy in the bubble), but vintage polyester can make fabulous trim on hemlines, seamlines, and anywhere you want to add pizazz! Next I want to tackle some of those 80′s prom dresses!

Share your reconstruction ideas here, and if you have  cool pictures of your eco construct email us at kelly [@] importantmedia.org so we can ogle your skills and feature our favorite one!

Photo/Image: Amour Sans Anguish, Supayana

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About the Author

I live and breathe everything eco , from organic gardening, organic food, to green crafting, minimalist decorating and nature made art. On an average day you can find me planting seeds, loving on my kitty, working on my eco fashion store The Oko Box (www.theokobox.com), and blogging about something green. I love promoting eco lifestyles and participating in changing the future, for a greener earth. xoxo



  • http://www.compulsivecrafter.blogspot.com Stephanie

    Wow! What a great post and great designers. I adore your creation!! I have been collecting from thrift and vintage shops for sometime now…eventually I hope to find the time to reconstruct some of those. =)

  • kate

    glad Ive found your site it is good to know that iam not the only one using recycled materials for use around the home.Has anyone started to use linens for houshold projects yet? Ive made lots of new things like napkins pillowcases and t towles just to name a few.

  • kate

    glad Ive found your site it is good to know that iam not the only one using recycled materials for use around the home.Has anyone started to use linens for houshold projects yet? Ive made lots of new things like napkins pillowcases and t towles just to name a few.

  • kate

    glad Ive found your site it is good to know that iam not the only one using recycled materials for use around the home.Has anyone started to use linens for houshold projects yet? Ive made lots of new things like napkins pillowcases and t towles just to name a few.

  • http://chattyhomemaker.blogspot.com/ Julianne

    I’m marking your site to add to my list.
    Great reading.

  • http://chattyhomemaker.blogspot.com/ Julianne

    I’m marking your site to add to my list.
    Great reading.

  • http://chattyhomemaker.blogspot.com/ Julianne

    I’m marking your site to add to my list.
    Great reading.

  • http://www.lazerepilasyonn.org lazer epilasyon

    very good.

  • http://www.lazerepilasyonn.org lazer epilasyon

    very good.

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    very good.

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  • http://community.showmethecurry.com/service/displayKickPlace.kickAction?u=7602914&as=45833 Susie

    Thoughtful post and well written. Please write more on this if you have time.

  • http://community.showmethecurry.com/service/displayKickPlace.kickAction?u=7602914&as=45833 Susie

    Thoughtful post and well written. Please write more on this if you have time.

  • http://community.showmethecurry.com/service/displayKickPlace.kickAction?u=7602914&as=45833 Susie

    Thoughtful post and well written. Please write more on this if you have time.

  • apronsugar

    love it! you need a website!

  • apronsugar

    love it! you need a website!

  • apronsugar

    love it! you need a website!

  • http://www.diamondheartlotus.etsy.com karla

    great stuff, innovative, gorgeous designs. reminds me of a modern edge on what the heroines of 17th century classical literature would have worn.

    love it

  • http://www.diamondheartlotus.etsy.com karla

    great stuff, innovative, gorgeous designs. reminds me of a modern edge on what the heroines of 17th century classical literature would have worn.

    love it

  • http://www.diamondheartlotus.etsy.com karla

    great stuff, innovative, gorgeous designs. reminds me of a modern edge on what the heroines of 17th century classical literature would have worn.

    love it

  • Laura Dietrich

    I have begun to use old knits and T’s that don’t fit anymore to make new things for my daughters. They love the idea that they are getting to “wear Mommy’s clothes”.

  • Laura Dietrich

    I have begun to use old knits and T’s that don’t fit anymore to make new things for my daughters. They love the idea that they are getting to “wear Mommy’s clothes”.

  • Laura Dietrich

    I have begun to use old knits and T’s that don’t fit anymore to make new things for my daughters. They love the idea that they are getting to “wear Mommy’s clothes”.

  • http://www.sawdustanddiamondsclothing.com Rebekah Johnston-Smith

    Hi There!
    What an awesome post :) I co-Own a upcycled clothing business and am absolutely obsessed with crafting beautiful clothes out of other people’s cast offs…there is a satisfaction that comes from creating something beautiful in this way that you could NEVER gain from going and buying something from say ‘Topshop’ that is just as expensive (if not more) and that is worn my thousands of people! A massive shout out to all those clever peeps that have realised the alternatives :-D WOOOOOOOOO!

    Rebekah (www.sawdustanddiamondsclothing.com)

  • http://www.sawdustanddiamondsclothing.com Rebekah Johnston-Smith

    Hi There!
    What an awesome post :) I co-Own a upcycled clothing business and am absolutely obsessed with crafting beautiful clothes out of other people’s cast offs…there is a satisfaction that comes from creating something beautiful in this way that you could NEVER gain from going and buying something from say ‘Topshop’ that is just as expensive (if not more) and that is worn my thousands of people! A massive shout out to all those clever peeps that have realised the alternatives :-D WOOOOOOOOO!

    Rebekah (www.sawdustanddiamondsclothing.com)

  • http://www.sawdustanddiamondsclothing.com Rebekah Johnston-Smith

    Hi There!
    What an awesome post :) I co-Own a upcycled clothing business and am absolutely obsessed with crafting beautiful clothes out of other people’s cast offs…there is a satisfaction that comes from creating something beautiful in this way that you could NEVER gain from going and buying something from say ‘Topshop’ that is just as expensive (if not more) and that is worn my thousands of people! A massive shout out to all those clever peeps that have realised the alternatives :-D WOOOOOOOOO!

    Rebekah (www.sawdustanddiamondsclothing.com)

  • Jennifer

    I have been saving up some old clothes for along time and it’s great to see more and more people jump on the upcycling band wagon. With three children I see so many unwanted clothes lying in the free clothing places, like churches and so many other organizations. It’s great to know that something can be done wih them.

  • Jennifer

    I have been saving up some old clothes for along time and it’s great to see more and more people jump on the upcycling band wagon. With three children I see so many unwanted clothes lying in the free clothing places, like churches and so many other organizations. It’s great to know that something can be done wih them.

  • Jennifer

    I have been saving up some old clothes for along time and it’s great to see more and more people jump on the upcycling band wagon. With three children I see so many unwanted clothes lying in the free clothing places, like churches and so many other organizations. It’s great to know that something can be done wih them.

  • qwerty

    wow! my new hobby is taking ugly old shirts (that maybe I thought were super cool a few years ago, or that were thrifted or hand-me-down) and turning them into hopefully-less-ugly ‘new’ shirts. quite a bit less ambitious than the stuff on the sites you linked to, which will definitely serve as inspiration!

  • qwerty

    wow! my new hobby is taking ugly old shirts (that maybe I thought were super cool a few years ago, or that were thrifted or hand-me-down) and turning them into hopefully-less-ugly ‘new’ shirts. quite a bit less ambitious than the stuff on the sites you linked to, which will definitely serve as inspiration!

  • qwerty

    wow! my new hobby is taking ugly old shirts (that maybe I thought were super cool a few years ago, or that were thrifted or hand-me-down) and turning them into hopefully-less-ugly ‘new’ shirts. quite a bit less ambitious than the stuff on the sites you linked to, which will definitely serve as inspiration!

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  • Danielle_victoria_jacobs

    can you give me the steps for making this dress. i have a highschool fashion designing project and i would love to make a dress like this:)
    please and thank you

  • Kayc_85

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh ummmm okaayyyyyyy !!…

  • http://twitter.com/josiehull josie hull

    if you have any tips on how to do this that woudl be so great, thanksx

  • Tess Home

    do you sell your clothing to stores? i have a shop and have been looking for someone .

  • Tess Home

    do you sell your clothing? i have a shop in NJ and would love to have your clothing to sell it fits my shop perfectly!

    • Listinak

      Does your shop have a website?
      Thanks.

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  • JuliaSophia

    I have been re-fashioning clothing since the mid 70′s when a favorite home ec teacher gave us a project to make a “new” item out of an existing garment. Loving fabrics as I do, thrift stores are a gold mine for collecting silk shirts/dresses for “new” slips, linings, pj’s etc. Recent cashmere sweater finds have turned into fingerless gloves, caps, and beaded pillows. I’ve purchased some very “un-beautiful” garments just for the buttons and lace (yards and yards of beautiful stuff). Don’t ya just love it? Thank you for sharing. Please, buy local, buy American.

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  • HS

    My hobby is usung old clothing to make bags and hot pot holders and trivets. I love it.

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