Stop Fast Fashion! Remake, Mend, Upcycle!

Have you been watching War on Waste?

Need ideas to counteract Fast Fashion?

Start here!

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1. Recycled chic / Amanda McKittrick.

Take a creative plunge and explore the possibilities to refashion your wardrobe with these unique, yet simple, projects.

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2. Remake it – clothes : the essential guide to resourceful fashion : over 500 tricks, tips and inspirational designs / Henrietta Thompson.

An encyclopedia of life skills, smart ideas, and great design.

An antidote to fashion wastefulness. Blends inspiration and hands-on advice. Projects to create new clothes from old, and accessories from found materials plus examples from celebrated international designers, showcasing a “Remake It” philosophy.

3. Little fixes : 54 clever ways to extend the life of kids’ clothes : reuse, recycle, repurpose, restyle / Disney Powless.

Proves that whether it’s ripped, stained, too small, or out of season, nothing is lost when it comes to a child’s wardrobe.

Step-by-step guide to refashioning children’s clothes, ranging from toddler to teen, features 54 simple restyling ideas. You’ll soon find yourself having fun reviving any garment.

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4. Alabama Studio style : more projects, recipes & stories celebrating sustainable fashion & living / Natalie Chanin ; photography by Robert Rausch ; illustrations by Alli Coate ; recipes by Angie Mosier.

Haute homespun fashion and home design projects.
Features over 20 of Alabama Chanin’s designs – instructions for hand-sewing, quilting, embroidery, beading and stenciling techniques.

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5. Op shop chic / by Rosie Lyons with Esther Gleixner.

Op shops are treasure troves of the beautiful and unique.

Shows you how to recycle your pre-loved finds into stylish and original objects to brighten up your home, garden and wardrobe.

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6. Little green dresses : 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more / Tina Sparkles.

Never shop retail again!

Joining the green movement was never so easy — and cost saving! The delightful dresses, tops, skirts, and pants will not only raise your eco-IQ, but open your eyes to new methods for sewing. Project ideas that are both earth- and user-friendly.

7. The sweater chop shop : sewing one-of-a-kind creations from recycled sweaters / Crispina ffrench.

You don’t even need a sewing machine!

Recycle, Re-create, Re-enjoy.  Upcycle old sweaters into new wearables, blankets, pillows, and dolls that are fresh, playful, and utterly captivating. Felt the wool, cut the pieces, and stitch everything together using simple hand-sewing skills.

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8. This old thing / Dawn O’Porter.

Fall in love with vintage clothes!

We’re obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing – but Dawn will show you why hunting for one-of-a-kind fashion gems is more exciting, better value for money, and a lot more fun.  Advice on how to find gorgeous vintage jewels and simple tricks to turn an old item of clothing into a fabulous prized possession.

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9. Mend & make fabulous : sewing solutions & fashionable fixes / Denise Wild.

Give your clothes a new lease on life!

The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless. Learn about mending techniques: holes and tears; ripped or frayed seams; discoloration, stains, or fading. Add some creativity–fixing holes with applique; hiding discolorations by dip-dyeing; concealing frayed hems by adding trim– make clothes even more fabulous than they were the first time around.

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10. Upcycle your wardrobe : 21 sewing projects for unique, new fashions / Mia Fuhrer.

Provides step-by-step instructions for repurposing old clothing to create new, trendy pieces, including projects that transform a blazer into a cardigan and jeans into hot pants.

11. Slow fashion : aesthetics meets ethics / Safia Minney.

Offers a glimpse into the innovative world of the eco-concept store movement.

Sustainable design, and business that puts people, livelihoods and sustainability central to everything they do. Argues that the future of brick and mortar retail is best in fair trade, sustainable, and organic products, together with vintage, second hand, and local produce. Read about pioneering and inspiring people and projects.

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12. Folk fashion : making and re-making sustainable style / Amy Twigger Holroyd.

Join the dynamic resurgence in sewing and knitting.

Many people are enjoying making and mending their own garments at home. Draws on ideas of fashion, culture and craft to explore makers’ lived experiences of creating and wearing homemade clothes in a society dominated by shop-bought garments.

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If you are looking for further inspiration – check out – Ethical Fashion Blogs: the Best Around

Also keep an eye out for further blogs around the War on Waste theme – coming soon!


Cherie

Author: Cherie

As the Adult Services Coordinator for Cockburn City Libraries I have the pleasure of planning adult events and programs. I work closely with our Sustainability Department, love bike riding and all things outdoors.

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