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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.

IdeaSpies @ 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.

Madeline Cunningham @ 2021.07.01 9:47 AM
Hi Cassie - Enes Can from Turkey responded to your idea on LinkedIn.  They are a manufacturer of recycled yarn and knitted fabrics. 
Else Textile Turkey
0090 532 792 66 58

laurenmcnamara @ 2021.08.05 1:46 PM
This is awesome! A simple yet effective contribution to the environment..

R Hainsworth @ 2021.09.08 5:20 PM

Hi there Cassie, hope you and your loved ones are well.

Congratulations on getting to the submission point of your MDP journey. Your project looks really interesting and we would love to see where you got with it. We hope that being part of the UpRising initiative has been rewarding and meaningful for you. 

As we wrap up the trial phase of the UpRising initiative and head towards the awards night in November I have a few quick questions.  If you could answer these questoins in a comment below that would be so great. We want to understand how UpRising assisted you so that we can etter help next year's cohort of designers. We are also curious to know if there is anything further you would like to do with your project.

1.      What were two interesting things that you experienced or found as a result of being part of the UpRising? 

2.      How did UpRising help you with your project?

3.      What would you like to do with your project and what would help you get there?

4.      How did seeing other UpRising projects affect your designing and learning experience? 

5.      What would you like to see added to the UpRising initiative to better help next year's students?


One last thing, can you add in a ‘Start to Finish’ photo of your project? Stitch a photo of early drawing or prototype next to an image of your finished product and update your post with this image.

Congratulations once again and looking forward to seeing you in November. You have done an amazing job and we are very proud of the 2021 cohort. 

See you soon

R Hainsworth @ 2021.11.20 8:09 AM

Congratulations on all of your hard work this year and for being the first year 12 design students to be part of The UpRising.  The 8 judges have been busy going through all the major design projects to decide which projects should be awarded hundreds of dollars in seed funding and mentoring, to take their project to the next level. The judges have used a points system, 3 points for the project they felt was the most impressive, 2 points for a second outstanding project and 1 point for a project that really resonated with them. Three projects will be awarded Seed funding and mentoring 

  • First Place $1000 Seed funding

  • Second place 750

  • Third place 500

The winners will be assisted with the continued development of their project next year by the very cool company Nectir

We are holding an Awards night to announce the winners and we would love to have you all there. It’s online so you can join in from wherever you are. 6pm - 7pm Thursday evening 9th December. 

Click here to get your tickets. 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wishing you the best of luck with your final exams. Awards night is on the 9th December

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