What Was Old is New Again

This is my first refashion, although technically there was no sewing or work to it at all.  It was the perfect way to get started on my challenge this week.

Before:

Martha's not crazy about the length, either
Martha's not crazy about the length, either

This is a skirt I picked up at Fab India on my trip to Mumbai in 2006.  I knew it was long, but it was perfect to wear in the 110 degree heat when showing a little leg was not appropriate.  Back home, it was just a little too long and frumpy for regular wear.  Now that it’s been in my closet and hasn’t seen the light of day for at least 2 years, I though it was time to give the skirt a makeover.

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Fortunately, there was already a seam running horizontally just above my knee line.  This is where the pattern changed direction, and I simply cut the lower portion of the skirt away.

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And presto–a nicely hemmed skirt and me making it one more week without buying a sewing machine!  It will happen eventually, I promise.

Part of my re-fashioning mission is to really take a look at the pieces of clothing I have in my closet.  There are some pieces that I haven’t been able to part with, either for sentimental reasons (the kimono top I bought in China town when I first moved to NYC), or because I hope it will fit again someday.

I’ve started culling my clothing stash by doing 2 things.  First, I went through and pulled out anything that I don’t wear or doesn’t fit that I couldn’t bear to get rid of because I liked the fabric or an embellishment on it.  These have been set aside for refashion use.  I then went into my closet and ordered my clothing by color and sleeve/pant length.  It’s a rainbow of clothes in there!  Then I turned all the hangers around so that the hook comes from behind.  As I wear clothes, I turn the hanger back around to its normal position.  At the end of my 2 months, I will see which clothes I haven’t worn and know that those can probably go to a new home.  I’ve done this before in the past, and it works great.  Plus, the shift in how my clothing is organized helps me see things in a new way, and I end up creating new combinations and outfits.

Do you have any tips for organizing your clothing?

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3 thoughts on “What Was Old is New Again

  1. I do but it is possibly slightly insane.

    I take a photo (or download from the website I bought it from) of every piece of clothing I own and then keep them on flickr. I have collections of the clothes I wear in different seasons (in the UK we have quite a range of weather types) along with the knits that go with them, shoes, bags etc

    You can see the true madness here: http://tinyurl.com/dcvkz4

  2. You are an inspiration! I love those little booties from last post……I struggle with organizing “stuff”, as you know. Now, I am inspired to do a clearing! Maybe I’ll run across something to refashion, too! AND what a truly nice surprise to find a lovely pair of your hand knit beaded socks in my mail box! Love, Mom

  3. That’s a fantastic bit of refashioning! It makes me happy when my clothes are arranged in colour order. Doesn’t make any difference to how I wear them, it just means that I feel good when I open the cupboard rather than a sinking feeling when it is a complete mess.

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