Upcycling 101

Though there has been an undercurrent over the last few years of thrifting, shopping vintage, or upcycling by younger generations, these trends haven’t seemed to stick in the larger Fashion Industry until recently. In response to global climate change and a pandemic, fashion leaders have recognized the necessary changes that need to occur around fashion. Big name brands like Levi, Miu Miu and Maison Margiela have created secondhand initiatives for their clothing brands. And Patagonia has been running their Worn Wear initiative since 2017. The future of fashion is green.

At the atelier, we are passionate about sustainability and doing our part to help create a more sustainable Fashion Industry. We want your clothes to live a well-worn and long life! That is why we wanted to share a bit more about what upcycling is and how you can upcycle your clothing so that every garment can be used for much longer!

So what exactly is upcycling anyway? Well, upcycling is simply reusing clothing and turning the items into something of higher quality than before. It is not that you have to go reinvent the wheel, but it is taking something that you may otherwise not wear or keep and changing it so the garment can feel stylish and new and can continue to be worn. Upcycling is a great way to make the most out of your clothing. It is also a great way to spice up some hidden gems found at secondhand or vintage store! Check out some of our ideas on how to upcycle your clothes:

Ways to upcycle:

  • Change the style of your clothing – turn long sleeve to short leave, turn a button-down shirt into an off the shoulder blouse, turn your worn out jeans into shorts or a denim skirt, create a crop top out of a ripped shirt
  • Add fabric – add a velvet stripe down the side seam of your pants, fill any holes with patches of your favorite fabric or lace, add a breast pocket to your favorite shirt
  • Embroidery – there are so many clever ways to embroider your clothing, you can keep it simple or you can embroider an entire work of art
  • Beading – this is another fun one to add something extra to clothes that just need a little sparkle
  • Combine two garments into one – use another piece of clothing to add sleeves to a tank, or to turn your shirt into a dress
  • Be creative! – there is no right way to upcycle, let your imagination wander as you discover clever ways to jazz up your clothing

There are infinite ways to upcycle! Have fun exploring new ways to continue to reuse your clothes. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need some assistance in creating your upcycled vision. We are here to help upcycle, restyle, or alter any vintage or worn clothing you have! For any alteration or restyling needs on clothing, send us an email at love@jenniferoberg.com. Happy upcycling and restyling!! 

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/style/upcycling-fashion.html

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