During my no shopping challenge I decided that I would take old clothing and make them into something new and improved; most of all used. This is called upcycling which is completely changing my life.
I wouldn’t call myself the “worlds most patient person” but I do have the ability to play the “why? game” with my two-year-old for quite a while without wanting to rip my hair out (I never win though). When you upcycle clothing patience is definitely needed. Deconstructing clothing can take a lot of time, especially if you want to take them apparent to preserve as much fabric as possible. I spent about 30 mins ripping the stitches off a pair of jeans and although it was time-consuming, I was able to keep the excess for later use. In a world where we want everything right now, turning the old into new has definitely made me slow down and take my time.
This one is kind of an obvious point but one still worth making. Upcycling takes a lot of creativity. Looking at an old dress and thinking “wait! this can be a kimono” may not always pop into your head but if you let yourself go and
let that imagination fly even an old sock can become something wonderful. Upcycling has even improved my cooking creativity. I spend less time in cookbooks or online and more time trusting my instincts just like when I’m sewing.
I’m not a professional seamstress and definitely no fashion designer but I have been sewing since I was about 12 years old. While starting this upcycling journey I never
realized how much determination I needed to stick to it. It’s always easy to just stop and say I’m done but upcycling has motivated me and made me even more determined to succeed. After I finish an item I can’t wait to think of another; this attitude seems to be spilling over into all facets of my life now (college mostly)
Something as simple as sewing old clothes may not seem like much but these are just a few things that I have noticed have changed since I’ve started my upcycle journey. Wanting to leave a smaller footprint on this planet is part of my goal and reusing my clothes has gotten me to change my attitude on food, family and my lifestyle. It’s only been a month into my challenge; I can’t wait to see what happens at the end.