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 🙂