Don’t Throw It Out! Here’s Why…

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RC Gunn

Guest Writer @ GoneWithTheWord

I am an upcycle designer. This means basically (in my estimation) that although I design fashions that sell, I’m crap at patterns and darts (except at the bar, then I’m a pro.) What I do is take old things and make them new again.

I show people how to take what they already have and slice and dice it into something new, fabulous and unique. No woman wants to look like everyone else. We are all spectacular because we all are all one-of-a-kind. So why have a wardrobe that makes you look like everyone else?

What is upcycling? It is the process of taking something old and turning it into something new. For example, a torn pair of jeans and an old chiffon blouse can be cut and tucked and sewn to become a beautiful new jean skirt with a romantic ruffle.

On a personal note, upcycling has the pleasing side effect of allowing me to keep everything. Like everything. I once bought a set of chopsticks that came in cute, silk holders for each pair. Lovely. Unfortunately, the paint came off the chopsticks the first time I used them, which I decided was probably a health hazard—But did I throw them out? No way! I kept them in a drawer (way at the back so my husband wouldn’t see them) and they sat there for almost five years. Then, one day, I was asked to do the costumes and accessories for a Harry Potter Party. Yay! Out came the chopsticks. With my trusted glue gun and a few other scraps laying around, I created individualized wands for all the attendees. Brilliant.

I also design hats, fascinators and veils for various high-society styled functions. But I don’t use the millinery techniques. Most people are on a budget and don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a hat or fascinator or veil which they will only be able to wear once, for an event that will only last for a few hours. So I create upcycled fascinators often using recycled materials like old wedding dresses or a favorite blouse that no longer fits.

From these things that would have once ended up in a landfill, I create fashions that make people feel like the spectacular and unique individuals that they are. For a fraction of the cost of the real designers.

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