Embellished Clothing

Posted by Linda Matthews on January 2, 2011

Altered ClothingRemember when you were a teenager and dressed just for the sole purpose of ‘p’ing off your parents? If you didn’t do that, then you really missed a rite of passage. I’m still very much a non-conformist at heart and love wearing clothing that’s original and one-of-a-kind and I guess I hang on to that small token of rebellion to keep myself young.

I’ve been a dressmaker for more years than I care to remember so whipping up a little something extravagant to wear is often not a problem for me, but for those who are let’s say, “stitch challenged”, it can be a daunting or even terrifying thought to sew a garment from scratch. So what’s one to do? Back in the day I remember altering my clothing in some way which often resulted in fashion disasters that I’d rather not remember, but now it’s been taken to a whole new level with a whole new generation of DIYers who have reinvented “altered clothing” – clothing that’s already made but then embellished in various ways to make it simply gorgeous.

Isn’t the picture of the cardigan on the magazine just *beautiful*? Can’t you imagine yourself wrapped up in something like that, so soft and feminine and unique? I’ve been following Stampington’s magazine “Altered Couture” with mild interest since it first came out some years ago, and as I feel myself moving away from art quilts and back into wearables, I’m kind of fired up about anything to do with clothing and accessories, and now I’m literally drooling over this beautiful magazine.

If you haven’t yet discovered “Altered Couture”, you can find out more about the latest edition of the magazine on Stampington’s website, or run down to your nearest book store for a browse. Then run back home, rummage through your closet (or pay a visit to your local Goodwill store) and find a few old pieces of clothing to tear up, restitch back together and embellish with paints, stamps, appliques or anything that takes your fancy. My goodness, I think I just inspired myself … today just might have to be declared a playday!

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