How on earth do I upcycle my clothes?!

How on earth do I upcycle my clothes?!

So you want to be more sustainable with your wardrobe? Want some fresh pieces but don't want anything new? Do you have a massive pile of clothes you just don't wear? Perfect then Up-cycling is for you!

"But Beth, I have no idea how to upcycle my clothes!" Well I am here to help. If you don't know how to sew it can be hard to know what's possible. So I have chosen 3 simple styles that everyone will have in their wardrobe, and I have sketched up a couple ideas to inspire you to find ways to bring new life into your old clothes.

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Showing my pieces at the Bendigo Fashion Festival!

Showing my pieces at the Bendigo Fashion Festival!

On Saturday I had the incredible privileged of showing my upcycled pieces at the Bendigo Fashion Festival. It was an amazing experience to be part of a show that prides itself on showcasing regional designers. I met so many talented to designers and was just amazed and the vast variety of talent that was there. No two designers were the same which was just amazing and so inspiring.

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5 easy ways to live more sustainably

5 easy ways to live more sustainably

For as long as I can remember I have been quite nervous about the issue of a more sustainable world. With the alarming statistics I always thought how on earth can what I do help this issue. It is certainly a large issue to tackle but, as I have learned, don’t think what you do doesn’t count! I was listening to Wardrobe Crisis podcast and they said ‘Sustainability is a journey!’ It resonated with me so strongly because we can’t always be perfect. We still throw things out, we still buy plastic and we can’t always afford sustainable products. But it doesn’t mean we can’t try and make some changes. So let’s break it down together and find little ways to get the ball rolling towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Use what you already have!

Use what you already have!

I know I’ve already done a post about this before but you never can talk about it too much. Instead of buying new clothes and throwing out your old ones, try using what you already have! And yes trust me I know that is easier said than done. Even I struggle to think of ideas at the best of times. But once you get the hang of it the possibilities for individuality and of course sustainability are endless.

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"Real style is original and doesn't follow trends." - Iris Apfel

"Real style is original and doesn't follow trends." - Iris Apfel

I think one of my favourite style Icons of all time has to be Iris Apfel. She is just so spunky and I love her confidence when it comes to her style regardless of her age. Often it is so easy to get bogged down in fashion trends and feeling like you have to abide by "the rules". But in an interview with Bazaar UK Iris says “There is no such thing as fashion being in and out - I’m still wearing a beautiful dress that I wore on my first date with my husband 68 years ago” 

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Turning the old into the brand NEW!!!

Turning the old into the brand NEW!!!

Let’s all be honest here. How many pieces of clothing do you have in your wardrobe that NEVER see the light of day? I’ll be the first to admit that had a little too many that didn’t get enough love and I thought it was time to do something about it! As we all know fashion contributes to an overwhelming large amount of waste that ends up back in our land fill each year, so instead of throwing my clothes out or taking them to an already over stocked opshop I thought I’d give them a second chance at life and turn them into something BRAND NEW.

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How to tell when a piece of clothing doesn’t fit well!

How to tell when a piece of clothing doesn’t fit well!

It seems to be a very common problem these days that many women, and sometimes even men, face. Finding clothes that actually fit properly! Too often an ill-fitting piece of clothing can leave us feeling and looking not as good as we possibly could. This is because clothes that don’t fit properly can make us look larger, shorter, wider, hippier, bustier plus more.

But let me tell you now….It does not have to be that way. There is a solution!!!

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5 ESSENTIAL PIECES TO HAVE IN YOUR WARDROBE

5 ESSENTIAL PIECES TO HAVE IN YOUR WARDROBE

It is certainly clear that these days there is so much, and maybe too much, choice when it comes to finding something that needs to be in our wardrobe. In many cases something we think we need and will get a lot of use out of is only worn once to some uncle’s neighbours  daughter’s birthday and then ends up in the back of the wardrobe collecting dust never to see the light of day again.

So in order to help reduce the clutter of the clothes, here a few pieces you can splurge on that I guarantee you will get plenty of use out of. This list could go on for a while, but like you I need to work on reducing the clutter in my wardrobe and getting more wear out of my money, so that is why I have focused on 5 essential pieces you need to have in your wardrobe. 

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