The easiest way to reduce textile waste

Savers Global Thrift recently got in touch with me and asked if I would help get the word out about the easiest way to reduce textile waste. As a thrift and charity shop loving refashionista I am most happy to oblige so let’s dive right in!

the easiest way to reduce textile waste

“Over a ten-year period leading up to 2009, the amount of textile waste generated by North America grew by over 40 percent to 25.46 billion pounds. With projections for 2019 set at 35.4 billion pounds. You can imagine the real weight of these numbers on the environment, when you consider that currently at least 85 percent of textile waste gets thrown straight into the garbage.”

How alarming are those stats?!

Fortunately there is an incredibly simple, painless and nearly effortless solution to the global problem of textile waste:

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A Spring Fling #ThriftyThursday

The weather is slowly but surely warming up in Berlin however a chilly wind and daily rain (& hail?!) mean that layers and cozy sweaters are still a necessity when venturing outside – my refashioned knit dress strikes the perfect balance between too hot and too cold:

A Spring Fling #ThriftyThursday

Grab all of my outfit info + the tutes for my dress & button booties for a Spring Fling #ThriftyThursday:

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How to Upsize a Playsuit

I had my fingers and toes crossed that this adorable polka dot playsuit I thrifted online would fit:

how to upsize a playsuit

Of course not as apparently my torso is abnormally long and my bosom simply too ample to be contained in the very general size of “M”.

This is not my first refashion of a short-waisted, chest restricting garment so I thought I’d try to come up with a new idea and figure out just how to upsize a playsuit:

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The Upcycled DIY 90’s Choker

The 20 year trend cycle has struck again bringing with it that most fancy neck adornment from the 90’s – chokers! These groovy accessories are making a huge comeback but there’s absolutely no need to hit the mall when you can whip up a bunch in minutes using leftover bits and bobs from your stash!

the upcycled DIY 90's choker

Sort through your lace, ribbons, fabric strips, bias binding and trim, head to Dream a Little Bigger and create the upcycled DIY 90’s choker in minutes + a quick lace necklace tute too!

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Share your makes on Instructables!

I’m always on the lookout for groovy sites to help me spread the sustainable refashionista DIY style love so I was absolutely thrilled when online maker community Instructables got in touch and asked if I would share some of my fave projects on their site.

Needless to say I signed up and got down to the business of sharing my refashionista tutes and wisdom with the groovy community. If you’re not already a member head on over and join, explore the awesome database of DIYs, upload some funky projects of your own and enter a few contests, you never know, you just might win:

Share your makes on Instructables!

Share your makes on Instructables!

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Blogging: Managing Social Media

Blogging and social media go hand in hand and compliment each other beautifully when done right but with all of the work involved in single-handedly creating and publishing a full-time blog it can be difficult to squeeze in the time needed to keep up to date on your social sites as well.

What’s a one-woman-show blogger to do?

Blogging: Managing Social Media

Take a peek at my helpful hints for Blogging: Managing Social Media and juggle your online circus like a pro:

*As technology and social media are continually changing I’m sharing the general approach I take to posting and remaining up to date on my social media platforms.

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A Blue Hues #Thrifty Thursday

As a fair-haired lassie with eyes the colour of a stormy sky I’ve always thought of blue as one of my go to shades when putting together an outfit so I was a wee bit surprised to find so little of it in my actual wardrobe. Although I do have loads of blue mixed up in boldly patterned garments it was definitely a challenge to put together an ensemble with varying shades of solid blue hues.

a blue hues #ThriftyThursday

Take a peek at the info + get the refashionista tutes behind a blue hues #ThriftyThursday:

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My crazy easy upcycled DIY collar clip

Seriously, the 90’s are back again and I’m seeing all of the silliness I used to wear being touted as the “newest” trend. Remember those wacky collar clips? Apparently they’re making a huge comeback too but they’re so easy to make you can be rockin’ this new/old style in minutes!

my crazy easy upcycled DIY collar clip

Raid your stash and sift through your jewellery box and let’s get makin’ my crazy easy upcycled DIY collar clip:

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Do I need to refashion this vintage dress?

I rarely try anything on while thrifting and prefer to simply hold a garment up to myself and do a quick mirror check before deciding to take it home or not. As most of my sustainable gear is purchased with a refashion idea already bouncing around my brain it’s never a waste of money if an item turns out to fit awkwardly.

Occasionally when I pop something on to take a “before photo” I realize that the garment just might be perfect as it is – such is the case with this simple yet stunning 1960’s evening gown I snapped up for only $1 during my travels to Toronto:

Do I need to refashion this vintage dress?

Take a closer look and let me know – do I need to refashion this vintage dress?

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April Refashion Challenge: Bring on Spring

Has Spring yet Sprung in your part of the world?

April Refashion Challenge: Bring on Spring

The lovely fruit trees I planted last year are starting bloom and I am hopeful that after we move the next tenants appreciate the trees, let my mini orchard thrive and enjoy the apples, pears and nectarines that will be ripe for the picking in the fall.

April Refashion Challenge: Bring on Spring

Here’s a few DIYs to get you inspired for the April Refashion Challenge: Bring on Spring. Be sure to share your Spring projects with the Gone Thrifting group:

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