According to Elizabeth Cline's book the Conscious Closet, 23.8 billion pounds of clothes and shoes are thrown into the garbage each year in the United States alone -- equivalent to about 73 pounds per person. Americans are purchasing fast fashion at a higher rate than ever before, and second hand dealers are overwhelmed.

 

When you drop off your used clothing to various charities, they only sell about 20-25 percent of donated goods -- the rest is sold to textile recyclers or exported overseas. An estimated 70 percent of our soiled, poor quality clothes are sent by the palette to sub-Saharan Africa where the dealers barely make a living wage and clothing waste is ultimately sent to landfills. We are literally passing our consumption waste onto developing nations to rid ourselves of social responsibility. 

So what can we do?

Shop LESS

-Use what you have, make smart long term purchases 

Shop ETHICALLY

-Support brands that are doing good by the environment and paying their garment workers a living wage

Source SECONDHAND

-organize clothing swaps, use hand me downs, shop your local thrift shops

 

 

AND, get creative!

Refashioning

 

Refashioning

 

Adding Elements

Trims, patches, beads, hardware, or additional fabrics provide the opportunity to effortlessly shift a basic look into a favorite statement piece.

PLAYING WITH DETAIL

FEATHER PRINT

DRESS

How to add trim, etc

A knit garment is created through rows of interlocking looped yarns. You can unravel a knit garment and reuse the yarn as embellishment or create an entirely new item!

1/2

     Before   

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Source:

Savers

Material:

1 yd Fabric

Invisible zipper

Alteration:

Add Waistband

Add underskirt hem

zipper installation

Total cost:

 

+Tailoring:

DIY:

$4   

$6  

$3  

$    

$    

$   

$13 

$13 

     shoulder extension                                                                 

 

Hem Lengthening and Garment Expansion

PAPERBAG WAISTED DRESS

Buy for the detailing, stay for the new and improved fit

SOURCE:

Salvation Army

MATERIAL:

ALTERATION

Overbust Alt

Slim Body

Hem

 

TOTAL COST:

DIY:

+Tailoring: 

   $6   

   N/A  

   $25  

   $40  

   $30  

   $6  

 $101  

This dress was taken in from a size 12 to a size 4. Decorative tucks over the bust, side seam alterations, fish-eye darts in the back, and a shorter hem contribute to a cute fit. 

Source:

Savers

Material:

1 yd Fabric

Invisible zipper

Alteration:

Add Waistband

Add underskirt hem

zipper installation

Total cost:

 

+Tailoring:

DIY:

$4   

$6  

$3  

$    

$    

$   

$13 

$13 

Hem Lengthening and Garment Expansion

Customization / Decorations

 
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TOMMY JEANS

These Tommy Hilfiger jeans went from a slouchy boyfriend fit to a mid-rise full flare simply by adjusting fit at the waist. The hem was let down and the flare at the knees were boxed out as much as possible for a trendy fit.

SOURCE:

Salvation Army

MATERIAL:

ALTERATION

Waist adjustment 

Let down hem

Box out Leg 

TOTAL COST:

DIY:

+Tailoring: 

   $7   

   N/A  

   $35  

   $20  

   $25  

   $7  

   $87  

    Adjusting silhouette through fit   

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SOURCE:

Boutique

MATERIAL:

1/4 yd Rayon

ALTERATION

Shoulder Extension

Let out Side Seams

TOTAL COST:

+Tailoring: 

DIY:

     shoulder extension                                                                 

   $4   

 

   $6  

 

   $  

   $  

   $13  

 $13  

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OPERA DRESS

Buy for the detailing, stay for the new and improved fit

This dress was taken in from a size 12 to a size 4. Decorative tucks over the bust, side seam alterations, fish-eye darts in the back, and a shorter hem contribute to a cute fit. 

Source:

Savers

Material:

1 yd Fabric

Invisible zipper

Alteration:

Add Waistband

Add underskirt hem

zipper installation

Total cost:

 

+Tailoring:

DIY:

$4   

$6  

$3  

$    

$    

$   

$13 

$13 

OR

REMOVING ELEMENTS

TAKE THOSE DETAILS OFF!

Simplification goes a long way in keeping our closets minimalistic and give our clothes more longevity. 

Mending, Repair, Sewing, Clothing Customization

663A Driggs Ave, Brooklyn NY 11211

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