When I discovered the absolutely amazing projects created by Tiffany Michey I nearly fell out of my chair! This rockstar refashionista not only transforms frumpy old garments into stunning one of a kind clothing and accessories pieces that would be at home on any fashion week runway but also shares the groovy tutes over on her Paper Michey blog!
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A few years ago, if you asked me what a blog was, I couldn’t tell you. Paper Michey started as an outlet where I could house and showcase my finished projects. At first, I did it for the simple fact that I loved creating and hoped to inspire others.
Overtime, as I began learning about the effect of fast fashion, it became more than just that. For me, it developed a purpose; a more sustainable approach to fashion. I’m happy to say that it’s been 2+ years since I’ve shopped retail! I’ve been relying solely on items I already own and whatever secondhand items I can get my hands on. The transition was fairly easy, but that could just be because I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember. It also helped that I grew up on a small island with limited resources, so I had no choice but to get creative.
Tiffany’s Top 5 Thrifting/Refashioning Tips
1. Make time and be thorough – Thrifting can be time-consuming. But with a little patience, you’re sure to discover hidden gems.
2. Lack patience? Go in prepared – Have a basic idea of what you’re looking for before going thrifting. Be it a pair of pants to distress or a shirt to refashion into a trendy top. That way, you won’t feel too overwhelmed once you’re there.
3. When in doubt, try it on – If you’re unsure about a refashion idea, try the piece on. Then grab some pins and try manipulating it on yourself; being careful of course. It’s a good way to envision the finished look and whether the style works for you or not. Always works for me!
4. Pay attention to details – When refashioning a piece, aim to keep your finishes as neat as possible. Think of the next person that will hopefully be wearing it after you.
5. Items too worn to donate or refashion – I know it may seem easier to just toss them, than have them pile up for possible projects. But there are actually places willing to take them off your hands. Look into textile recycling companies or even local animal shelters.
Are you an eco-fashion warrior, thrifty style guru, upcycling star or refashionista? Get in touch, introduce yourself and be featured in an upcoming Totally Smitten With!