The idea of repurposing fabric is something our parents and grandparents would have been well familiar with. Custom clothing and custom sewing were concepts that went well beyond making a custom made new suit or new dress. Custom sewing also meant resizing and repurposing. Large families, tight budgets and a shortage of supply called for local sewing skills, as clothes were passed on to siblings or to extended family members. I believe that repurposing still has a big role to play in order to get the most use out of expensive, exotic or sentimental items of fabric, and I get a great delight when I'm asked to take an existing piece of fabric and turn it into something new, one that will bring years of extended joy to the owner. So before you discard a lovely item of fabric, be it silk, linen, cotton or whatever, take a minute to consider how it might be repurposed. Taking the time to turn a nice piece of fabric into a custom made pillow case and maybe posting it to your friend in Ohio, or your daughter in Miami will make for a very unique and memorable gift, one they will value for years to come. How did I get on to all this anyway? Yes, the lady selling repurposed shirts at our local Oktoberfest. I took away a small but valuable lesson from her on the value of reusing what we hold dear - that's the real message of my blog.
I hope you are enjoying this sudden cold spell and here's looking forward to more cool weather and more local festivals in this part of Central Florida.
Have a great week.