Please don’t hate me …

I have a confession…and please don’t hate me after, but…

I don’t like refashioning.

There, I said it.  I love sewing.  I love creating.  I have an absolute passion for fabric and patterns.  But I hate refashioning and upcycling.  I think it’s so awesome to see what other people can do with a thrifted men’s shirt and the great items that they make, but when I’m faced with one, all I can think is, “Ugh.  This is sooooo boring.”

Thrifted t-shirts?  Great, when I’m using them solely for the knit fabric (and have the opportunity to reuse hems — that rocks).  But I have absolutely no desire to refashion or upcycle them into something else or keep anything other than the nice coverstitched hems.  And quite frankly, in most cases I still opt to use yardage over fabric from a thrifted item.

I came to this realization last night when I went down for a quick half hour of sewing before bed and took a look at the Eucalypt Tank that I was refashioning from a thrifted men’s dress shirt.  Now I love the Eucalypt pattern, and the handy button placket of a men’s dress shirt makes for a ready-made nursing top.  But I was so uninspired.

Instead, I put it aside, loaded a new bobbin and started in on the second Miette Skirt that was cut and sitting in my to-do pile.  I got the pockets assembled and attached, and in that half hour, I really felt like I accomplished something.

So, long story short (too late!), that was my epiphany.  I don’t like refashioning, and I don’t intend to do very much of it in the future.  Instead, I’ll just leave all those lovely men’s dress shirts and XL t-shirts crowding my local thrift stores for those of you who really will appreciate them 🙂

0 thoughts on “Please don’t hate me …

  1. Same here. I thought I was inspired by other people’s refashions, but when it comes to me, I suddenly become very lazy and hate the result of my refashion and then get angry that I wasted so much time lol

    1. I’m the same way! I am so much less likely to wear a refashion as opposed to something I made from scratch, which always leaves me wondering why I bothered spending the time to do it!

  2. high five girl, i’m the same way. i’ve done it, but i’ve never enjoyed it! you would think that my fabric cutting thrift would make refashioning a perfect match for me, but alas not!

    1. I’m glad to know I’m not alone 🙂 I might even just chuck my refashioning project and move on to all the more exciting stuff on my table and in my head!

    1. Me too! Even if there’s an element (like buttons) that would be convenient to steal from another garment, I like figuring out how to work it into my pattern from scratch.

  3. Katie I’m with you that one. Not that I’ve ever tried it, but I’m pretty sure that its not something you’ll ever see me doing either. And I don’t feel bad saying it. You shouldn’t either 🙂

    1. Thanks 🙂 I think my current refashion project is going to be set aside and likely abandoned all together. Sewing time is too scarce to spend on something that doesn’t inspire me!

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