The Incredibly High Human Cost of Fast Fashion

Do you ever bother spare a thought for the people who created that cool new outfit you so proudly wear a few times before replacing it with another equally awesome bargain ensemble from your fave fast fashion store?

My ambition to inform & influence others to step away from unethically (& immorally) produced products is the driving force that motivates me to continue providing fabulous free eco-fashion/accessory/decor tutorials and ethical outfit inspiration on my Confessions of a Refashionista & Refashion Nation blogs as well as contributing & sharing my creative skills throughout the online maker world.

The above images are from the Norwegian online documentary Sweatshop – Deadly Fashion. The producers of this amazing webseries took 3 young fast fashion consumers to Cambodia where they experienced a mere fraction of the horrors that fast fashion garment workers must face every day. The series consists of five 10 minute episodes and is a must watch for everyone.

If you are anything like me, Sweatshop – Deadly Fashion will have you shaking with anger and weeping with sadness and frustration. How can billion dollar companies & their new-product-demanding consumers have such unbelievable disregard for human life?

Above all I hope it peels back the stylish facade of fast fashion and opens your eyes to the appalling human cost of that new outfit you’re so keen to wear for “date night”.

Please help spread the anti-fast fashion message by sharing this post, the documentary and encouraging others to stop consuming unethically produced products until factory employees are paid a living wage and are able to work in safe, healthy conditions.

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A Perfectly Suited Thrifty Thursday

Who doesn’t feel spiffy, in control & a wee bit bossy in a classy suit?

I feel pretty darn groovy in my vintage velvet power suit of awesomeness!

Vintage Velvet Suit (inherited & shortened) €0 – Vintage Blouse (thrifted) €1 – Tights (had for years) €0 – Vintage Pumps (had for years) €0

Total outfit cost: €1

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook page!

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The Fugly Dress Refashion: Part 3

Wheee! It’s time for the final transformation in my fugly vintage dress series!

Here’s how I took that 1970’s secretary dress from dowdy to delightful in no time flat:

aaaand I also had the added bonus of once again unintentionally coordinating my polish with my project:

Take a peek at Part 1 and Part 2 of my fugly vintage dress refashion series!

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The Great Mommy & Munchkin refashion

Refashioning sustainable, ethical style for yourself is fantastic but when you can cleverly create some groovy new gear for your kiddo from the same upcycled victim you’re well on your way to a no-waste eco-fashion project of awesomeness!

Pop on over to Dream a Little Bigger and I’ll show you how to raid your refashion stash and whip up a rockin’ skirt for yourself + a pair of lounge pants for your little one with The Great Mommy & Munchkin Refashion!

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Totally Smitten With Pearls & Scissors

“I believe we are all creative by nature & that creativity is the best therapy!”

Incredibly wise words from Hanna, the brilliant maker-babe behind Pearls & Scissors. On her beautifully photographed blog Hanna is constantly creating & adding to her fabulous collection of refashions, DIYs and styling tutorials making Pearls & Scissors a wonderful source of thrifty inspiration!

“The shape of this sleeve was just perfect for a gathered neckline top. And it’s super simple to make. A perfect project for someone who knows a little about sewing, but has limited sewing time. It really comes together rather fast.”

Get to know this rockin’ refashionista + learn her top DIY tips:

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Get your me-made gear!

Whoohoo! My little thrifty refashionista webshop is open for business!

It’s time to step away from unethically produced fast fashion & create your own unique eco-style with refashioned me-made outfits at afforable prices!

All prices include worldwide registered shipping & in addition to wrapping up your one of a kind purchase in recycled prettiness I’ll personally send you an e-mail with your package tracking number once your unique gear has been posted.

If you’re having trouble deciding just what to buy then let me be your personal eco-fashion stylist!

Simply purchase one of my Refashionista Wardrobe Packages and I’ll create a groovy new wardrobe just for you!

Happy ethical shopping!

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The Scrappy Tablecloth Maxidress

Remember my Groovy DIY Poncho and Cozy Cowl Sweater refashions?

Head to Dream a Little Bigger & find out how I created a comfortable and oh-so-versatile maxidress from the very last of the scraps left over from those two fab projects!

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A Military Thrifty Thursday

I love the contrast of pairing military and feminine styles.

Luckily the dude held on to his field jacket & sweater from his conscripted time in the Bundeswehr (the German military finally ended the draft in 2011) so I don’t have to spend a cent when I need to top off an outfit with some authentic army gear!

Awesome bonus: the jacket is embroidered with my name!

Knit Hat (handmade gift) €0 – Scarf (thrifted) €0.50 – Vintage German Military Field Jacket (stolen from the dude) €0 – Vintage German Military Sweater (stolen from the dude) €0 – Vintage Driving Gloves (inherited) €0 – Adorable Chiffon Dress (thrifted) €2 – Betsey Johnson Leggings (thrifted, new in the package!) €1 – Wool Socks (handmade gift) €0 – Boots (had for years) €0

Total outfit cost: €3.50

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook page!

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The Fugly Dress Refashion: Part 2

And just what did I create with the leftover bottom of that fugly vintage dress?

A rather magnificent maxiskirt!

Here’s what I did:

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The Fugly Dress Refashion: Part 1

Remember those fugly vintage dresses that had been languishing in my stash for far too long?

All of your fabulous refashionista brainstorming in the comments gave my imagination the kick it needed to finally transform them into wonderfully wearable wardrobe additions!

First up – that marvelously patterned maroon number in the middle:

Take a peek at how I took it from frumpy schoolmarm to happy hipster:

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