July 11, 2009

Recycle, reduce, reuse!

I've always loved the idea of reconstruction when it comes to fashion. Taking an old shirt and cutting it up for something new and fashionable. When the book Generation T came out, it was like the bible for reconstruction junkies like myself. I've made about 10 shirts from that book, used it in an activity block at the camp I worked at, and even tried to have "T" parties with all my friends. You just feel good creating your own look.

Now days everyone is trying to find ways to be "more green" while staying on a budget in this economy. Using different light bulbs, driving less, eating organic foods prepared at home. What better way to go along with all of those than sustainable fahsion!

Here is a link to a woman doing just that! Though her movement was generated with other objectives, she still has the right idea. This is her mission statement. "Starting May 2009, I have pledged to wear one dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. Here’s how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade's boudoir. "

Her passion and dedication to her project inspired me to write about sustainable fashion. The only thing with all these ideas, books and blogs is how to connect them to plus size fashion. Big girls tend to give their clothing more wear and tear than say a girl who is 110 lbs. Accessorizing for a new look everyday with vintage, second hand or homemade items aren't always available to women of size. Especially in the range of 26 and up. I guess thats when it comes down to the person to take charge and get creative.

I am going to go through Generation T and its following book Beyond Fashion and make as many of these ideas as I can for plus size women from used clothing. Pictures and updates to come!!