15 episodes

If you love sewing and clothing, and want to save good textiles from landfill, The Art Of Refashioning will inspire you to create clothing in a new, eco way! Join fashion upcycler Mariana Kirova and discover how to upcycle/recycle 'old' clothes into beautiful new styles yourself. Explore how to get started, how to re-design and work with colours. Find out creative solutions for reworking existing clothing without being a dressmaker, know pattern drafting or use commercial patterns. Join the DIY sewists that revolutionise how we rethink and create clothing!

The Art Of Refashioning Mariana Kirova

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If you love sewing and clothing, and want to save good textiles from landfill, The Art Of Refashioning will inspire you to create clothing in a new, eco way! Join fashion upcycler Mariana Kirova and discover how to upcycle/recycle 'old' clothes into beautiful new styles yourself. Explore how to get started, how to re-design and work with colours. Find out creative solutions for reworking existing clothing without being a dressmaker, know pattern drafting or use commercial patterns. Join the DIY sewists that revolutionise how we rethink and create clothing!

    EP 15: Sewing Machine Settings For Upcycling T-shirts

    EP 15: Sewing Machine Settings For Upcycling T-shirts

    Follow these 7 key areas to set the right sewing machine settings for T-shirts upcycle projects. Learn about the fabric, the tension, the stitches, and other insightful fine-tuning secrets.

    Find all links and projects from this episode on the website:

    https://www.ecofashionsewing.com/about-upcycling/sewing-machine-settings-for-tshirts/

    Don’t you love a good T-shirt fabric? It stretches slightly and hugs the body, and it’s SO comfortable. Or you can drape and create a unique tunic top. There is SO much potential in a good old T-shirt…

     

    In the previous EP 13 we talked about different ideas how you can rejuvenate T-shirts you no longer wear.

    Now, it’s time to demystify the sewing part. In this episode you are going to learn the important that will get you started upcycling T-shirts TODAY. In particular:

    How the fabric behaves and what to do,
    The machine settings, tension and other fine-tuning tricks
    The different stitches for your projects, and all other essentials that you need to know so you don’t miss on this wonderful material, easily available and affordable.

    • 35 min
    EP 14: What Is The Simplest Way To Refashion

    EP 14: What Is The Simplest Way To Refashion

    Discover how to recycle clothes just with basic machine skills (or more advanced - your choice!). Use the unique upcycling methods from this episode on the podcast to invent your own simple ways to refashion clothes you LOVE!

    Check all links, projects and downloads from this episode at this link: https://www.ecofashionsewing.com/about-upcycling/simple-ways-to-refashion-clothes/

     

    If you love the conversation, please consider writing a review and rating the show.

    This will help to get the word out to others who want to make change by buying second hand or refashioning clothes they already have.

    Your actions will help me reaching out more people and helping them learn the ins and outs of refashioning, thus we all save valuable textiles and reduce the enormous waste we face today! One. Project. At. A. Time.

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    • 40 min
    EP 13: Redesigning Your T-shirts: Inspiration & Ideas for 40+

    EP 13: Redesigning Your T-shirts: Inspiration & Ideas for 40+

    Rejuvenate your old T-shirts! Make them flatter your body in a new way while showing your sewing creativity to the world. Some inspiring examples how plus some good books on knits and T-s.

    Find all links, projects and video of this episode on the website:

    https://www.ecofashionsewing.com/about-upcycling/how-to-recycle-old-t-shirts-into-new/

     

    Soft, comfortable and most probably cotton – old T-shirts are the hidden treasure in your wardrobe!

    Especially the old favourites of yours. Once loved means ton of potential to be loved once again!

     
    Some Highlights Inside This Episode:
    [2:30] Some essential resources to help you start refashioning. Quick overview what is included in this episode.

    [4:35] Why you should rework your old T-shirts.

    [6:15] Easy care tips to make T-shirts last longer.

    [8:15] Questions to consider and two initial direction or strategies when thinking how to recycle old T-shirts into new.

    [10:40] Tips on how to strengthen the material if you’re adding embellishment or similar.

    [11:10] Other ways and ideas, including example of the distinctive applique that Alabama Studio use to create their unique artwear.

    [12:40] Few other ideas for how to change the surface of the material while keeping the garment more or less intact.

    [15:55] Some examples of quick projects that change the look of a T-shirt with materials at hand.

    [17:30] Two more books on how to recycle old T-shirts into new styles and how to use them when over 40.

    [18:50] Three examples of more creative upcycling approach that suit better mature body types. Plus, some insights about the creative process.

    [23:10] A couple of books that offer great coverage of the essentials around working with knitted fabrics in general (plus my tip for vintage books).

    • 26 min
    EP 12: Refashion Using ‘One New From Two Old’ Technique

    EP 12: Refashion Using ‘One New From Two Old’ Technique

    Find all links, projects and now also a video of this episode on the website:

    https://www.ecofashionsewing.com/about-upcycling/ways-to-refashion-clothes-with-one-new-from-two-old-technique/

    It's exciting to dive deeper into the ways to refashion clothes with the 'One New From Two Old' technique. It's one of my favourite!

    Although often too simple at a glance, this upcycling technique is a clever method to make old clothes work for you once again.

    The 'One New From Two Old' technique, as I called it, has potential to deliver amazing results... when you do it right. Hence, my top tips at the end of the episode.

    Furthermore, you'll enjoy (hopefully;) different example refashions while I'm explaining how to get creative easier following the technique.

    In the video you'll see me wearing an upcycle project I can't get enough of (more photos of me wearing it on the website)! It is a great example how mixing two mainstream and boring on its own items have hidden potential to turn an absolutely amazing new combo!

    In a nutshell, method simple to apply, promising eye catching results, and resulting in completely unique you potentially adore for years to come.

    Well, all that while challenging your creativity, of course. But isn't that the most fun?

    Check some action steps you could do now at the end of the article on the website.

    Mariana x

    • 17 min
    EP 11: How To Assess Quality Of A Garment. Quality Miniseries Part 3.

    EP 11: How To Assess Quality Of A Garment. Quality Miniseries Part 3.

    All links mentioned in this episode are on the website: www.EcoFashionSewing.com/about-upcycling/how-to-assess-quality-of-a-garment/

    The idea of the Quality Miniseries, as so many other insightful pieces of valuable content were created, actually came from you, my audience and workshop students. It was the question ‘How to assess quality of a garment’ that inspired this episode.

    The last Part 3 of the Quality Miniseries is now also available as a video. It focuses on how to assess quality of a garment regardless where you get it - in a thrift store, second hand sale, a swap party or elsewhere.

    In particular we talk about:

    Is it about the brand, is it the fabric or what else tells you ‘good quality’
    When you need to consider taking it regardless of the quality
    What I avoid, again regardless of the quality, that will give some food for thought for when you buy or acquire second hand, to wear ‘as is’ or refashion.

    Furthermore, if you like the idea to rework some of your finds, then check out the other episodes from the Miniseries on Quality:

    Part 1 talks you through the sewing standards that can elevate an upcycle project. It explains in details what to keep an eye on when sewing. Easy to apply, the 10 Sewing Tips and Tricks sets you up for great results.
    Part 2 explains what makes the overall look of a garment perceived as high quality. Regardless of colour or style, there are certain things to look for. It is all covered in the Top 10 Design Tips here.

    • 24 min
    EP 10: Top 10 Design Tips For Quality Refashions. Quality Miniseries Part 2.

    EP 10: Top 10 Design Tips For Quality Refashions. Quality Miniseries Part 2.

    All links and projects mentioned in this episode are at: www.EcoFashionSewing.com/about-upcycling/how-to-make-quality-refashions

     

    If you strive to make quality DIY clothes here you’ll find the secrets behind making quality refashions. This Quality Miniseries on the podcast explains how to get your DIY projects to the next level.

    Taken from the industry the 3-Part Quality Miniseries walks you through the main quality areas adapted from refashion point of view. It includes quality tips from sewing perspective, quality tips related to the overall look and design, and some secrets of how to spot good quality pieces when sourcing second hand clothing material.

    In particular:

    Part 1 (previous episode, EP #9) unveils the sewing standards that can elevate your upcycle project. It walk you through the details on what to keep an eye on when sewing. Easy to apply, the 10 Sewing Tips and Tricks sets you up for great results.

     

    Part 2 (the current episode, EP #10) explains what makes the overall look of a garment perceived as high quality. Regardless of colour or style there are certain things to look for. It is all covered in the Top 10 Design Tips in the current episode.

     

    Part 3 is going to show you how to spot quality in second hand clothing. You might already know, price nowadays is not clear indicator for quality. However, there are particular signs that can help identify good quality treasures. It is all revealed in the last part of the Quality Miniseries.

     

    • 34 min

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