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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback With extended flaps
  • Publication: 31 March 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218753
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: £15.99

The Re-Fashion Wardrobe


Sew your own stylish, sustainable clothes by Portia Lawrie

Book Description

Sew a sustainable capsule wardrobe that is tailored to you and with it, break the cycle of throw-away fashion.

The second biggest environmental polluter on the planet, the fashion industry has been ever more under the spotlight as our awareness of the impact our lifestyles have on our planet increases. Every year, over 350,000 tonnes of clothing is sent to landfill in the UK just under 14 million tonnes in the US much of it owing to fast fashion and our desire to throw away clothes that aren’t considered “fashionable”. Furthermore, it’s estimated that many of us wear only 20% of our wardrobe regularly, with the 80% either languishing in our wardrobes unworn or worse contributing to those ever-growing landfill figures.

What we need is an alternative to buying clothes, an approach that has little or no environmental impact, and something that allows us to have a stylish wardrobe that (quite figuratively) doesn’t cost the Earth. The Re:Fashion Wardrobe is one of those alternatives.

In this book, learn how to alter or completely deconstruct once-loved clothes to create edited or entirely new garments and accessories that are not only chic but saving the planet. Beginning with advice on how to source and analyze existing clothes, founder of The Refashioners movement and sewing designer Portia Lawrie will then take you step by step through a collection of inspirational garments that she has reworked, showing you just how easy it is to refresh and renew any piece of clothing you come across.

In every project, accompanied by stage-by-stage photographs and invaluable tips, see how you can adapt and cut through tops, trousers, dresses and more to build a stylish, modern capsule wardrobe that you can wear throughout the year.

If you need a crash-course in basic dressmaking essentials from measuring and fitting through to garment deconstruction and construction, useful guidance with clear photographs is included at the back of the book for you to dip into whenever you need it.

This is not the “Becky home eccy” refashioning of old, or simply make-do-and-mend either. This is showing that with some time, basic sewing techniques and a dash of creative vision, a wardrobe you’ve made entirely from recycled garments and textiles can be as stylish, edgy and aspirational as anything the high street has to offer.

Table of Contents

About me

Why re:fashion?

Why a capsule wardrobe?

Building a capsule wardrobe

Sourcing: the secrets of second-hand shopping

Haberdashery & hardware

- Sweatshirt Tee
- Cropped Striped Shirt
- Boxy Tunic Shirt
- Pieced Linen Tee
- Button-front Skirt
- T-Shirt Dress
- Re-fitted Jeans
- Side-striped Trousers
- Paperbag Shorts
- Haori Jacket
- Quilted Duster Coat
- Recycled Leather Bag

Capsule combinations

Re:fashion techniques

Acknowledgements & index

About the Author

About Portia Lawrie

Portia Lawrie is a predominantly self-taught dressmaker and clothes designer who has been passionate about recycling for over a decade years. She has been writing about sewing since 2010, predominantly at her current online home: www.makery.co.uk 

Portia is the founder/creator of The Refashioners, an annual sewing event that has been running since 2011. It challenges the global sewing community to look at old clothes in a new light, and provides inspiration and tutorials (and a huge competition prize) every year to get this message across.

Portia has been a contributor to Simply Sewing magazine since its launch in 2015, designing and writing reader tutorials for a mix of refashioning, pattern hacks and patternless projects. She was awarded Dressmaker magazine’s Dressmaker of the Year 2017. Her winning entry was a quilted denim coat made from old jeans. In 2016 and 2017 she was nominated for best sewing blog in both The British Craft Awards and The British Sewing Awards. She was nominated for best Instagram of 2018 (British Craft Awards) and Best Sewing Blog 2018 (British Sewing Awards).

In 2020, Portia and fellow designer, Samantha Claridge, launched The ChangeMaker Initiative shop; 100 per cent of all profits are given to charities that promote positive social and environmental changes.

Portia lives in Essex, UK, with her partner and son.

Instagram: @portialawrie

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