Recycling fabrics By Using Second-hand Textiles


I am creating a cheaper, durable, and sustainable alternative for a formal dress made from thrifted and deconstructed fabrics. 800,000 tonnes of Australian clothing and textiles are discarded each year, attributed to the effects of fast fashion which at times takes qualitative shortcuts for an expensive price. My solution aims to minimise fabric wastage while also reinforcing it through use of different stitches and patterns. The garment will be adjustable, and due to it’s sourcing from charity stores, the expenses will help marginalised groups.

Could I please have some advice on ameliorating the conditions of used fabrics?

What do you think?

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Madeline Cunningham @ 2021.05.31 4:19 PM

Are you planning on wearing the dress to your Year 12 formal?

Check out these two 'textile' ideas on IdeaSpies:

  1. Australian textile startup Upparel and 
  2. BlockTexx

Also, reach out to CEO Camilla Schippa, or our Artist Editor Gillian Corban who could provide an introduction, at the Social Outfit

Can't wait to see the finished product!

GR998 @ 2021.06.03 5:58 AM
Hi, the BlockTexx link is dead.

Lynn Wood @ 2021.06.04 4:13 PM
Thanks for noticing @GR998 the BlockTexx link has been corrected.

Gillian Corban @ 2021.06.07 3:47 AM

This is a terrific idea and so necessary. You could try talking to the women at THE SOCIAL OUTFIT in Newtown. they do wonderful things with fabrics.

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