As the end of the year creeps nearer, the pile of clothes sitting in the corner of your room seems slightly more intimidating. What if the Reclaimery told you that the pile of clothes doesn't need to go anywhere if taken down the customisation and personalisation route?
Repurpose with Appliques
The Reclaimery loves getting crafty with embellished jewels and appliques. Even if you aren't familiar with the likes of a needle and a thread some appliques only require ironing on. If you intend on using other materials to revamp your old closet items then ensure that they are environmentally sourced. Repurposing your garments isn't only restricted to fabrics. At The Reclaimery we use paint to enhance designs that have been brought to us and require upcycling. Utilising pen and paint designs is also a no-fuss reclaiming technique which doesn't require as much creative expertise as sewing.
Repurpose Old Garments
Getting crafty with old garments to upcycle others is a technique we love to use when keeping clothes in the circular fashion model, recently demonstrated by our recent collaboration with Furious Goose when they gifted us old scarf stock. Not only does this provide you with a garment you can claim entirely as your own sourced from an old one, but you can also brag to your friends about how you have taken up a career as a sustainable fashion designer! When cruising second-hand stores, look for garments that would be good sources of reclaimed material. Garments that allure you with the pattern but not with fit can act as good sources of fabric that have been environmentally sourced and you won't be afraid to cut them up when using them for your one-of-a-kind piece.
All these different acts of reclaiming reap creative rewards, most significantly for the planet. As landfill builds up and the effects of extreme clothing consumption get more real, finding light in a needle and thread is an act of resistance against the effects of fast fashion. There are so many ways you can combine sustainable lifestyle choices with fashion- perhaps The Reclaimery route will be for you.