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!
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?
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.
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.
Take a peek at the info + get the refashionista tutes behind a blue hues #ThriftyThursday:
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!
Raid your stash and sift through your jewellery box and let’s get makin’ my crazy easy upcycled DIY collar clip:
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:
Take a closer look and let me know – do I need to refashion this vintage dress?
Has Spring yet Sprung in your part of the world?
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.
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:
As my guide to shopping ethical brands is so popular I thought I’d put together another handy list of links featuring fabulous online shops and small businesses that create their one of a kind gear from upcycled materials or meticulously source their unique goods from thrift and charity shops.
Discover some fab new makers, get your thrifty vintage fix and have some funky, unique style delivered to your door with my guide to where to shop for sustainable fashion online:
Although I do like to doodle with a bit of paint on an upcycled DIY canvas now and then, I absolutely do not consider myself an artist but I can pretend and put together a groovy thrifted and handmade ensemble befitting my inner Picasso:
Discover my artistic outfit deets + how to make your own adjustable DIY easel and fancy scrappy accessories for an artsy fartsy #ThriftyThursday:
I’d been on the hunt for a funky retro suit for a while so when I saw this checkered beauty in an online vintage shop I just had to snap it up:
Whoa! Those shoulder pads are insane, the fit of the jacket is, erm, questionable and the trousers were in need of a new zipper, whew!
Let’s get started on my thrifted 80s suit refashion + how to replace a trouser zip:
Complicated refashions that result in dramatic transformations are a magnificent test of your skills however if you’re wanting something sustainably stylish to wear but don’t have the time (or energy) to kick your imagination into high gear a simple refashion just might be what your inner DIY Diva needs.
Grab your scissors and check out my Refashioning 101: Easy Peasy Refashions for a lickety split maker-fix!