It's been a minute since I've blogged about fashion, so I thought I'd share my latest project!
I wanted a new outfit and challenged myself to use what I already had. So I upcycled an old outfit and some old material. Simply using what you already have is the best choice in sustainable fashion. But as humans we want something fresh and new that excites us. With a little creativity you can create or recreate something new! Yes I know not everyone sews, but a change in accents like jewelry, shoes or even changing buttons can give an outfit a whole new look! My inspiration started by digging in my closet. And low and behold I ended up creating 2 looks in 1!!!
Picture an outfit that goes day to night, wedding to reception, or basically formal to informal. I've had many special occasions to attend with these things in mind. This outfit was perfect for this!
I started off with this churidar pajama outfit my friend gave me because it didn't fit her. The top was completely closed and had NO shape. This is where the plan for upcycling and transformation began. I opened the top in the middle and added a hook & eye closer at the waist. I shaped the sides and it created a jacket look.
The churidar or pants didn't fit well, but it had this gorgeous embroidery at the bottom. It was luckily a patch that I could remove. I carefully used a seam ripper and took both patches off. Not sure if I wanted to use it on this particular outfit, but I will definitely use it.
For the inside of the jacket I knew I wanted a lighter color. I had this old material from a previous project that was a gorgeous champagne color. It was the perfect shade to bring out the embroidery colors! I wanted some "drama" in the middle, so I made this criss cross halter top that ties in the back.
For the bottoms I wanted to go super wide leg. It's so fun to dance to around in an outfit that has volume! So I made the pants with a bunch of pleats to give that flowy, voluminous look. And I had to add one last but important details....pockets!!!!
And here's the results for look 1! It's a jumpsuit that can be completely worn on its own. I did end up taking in the top on the sides. Dancing is something I will definitely do in this jumpsuit. I want to dance freely and not feel self conscious. The pleats aren't really noticeable anyway.
With my jewelry in this picture, it still has a very Desi vibe. Changing the accessories will dramatically change the look. This is a classic look in such an elegant neutral color. I know I will get tons of rewear out of this jumpsuit!
And here's look 2! What a difference right? Just some simple tweaks to a shapeless top made all the difference! The hook and eye closer at the waist was enough closer to display the gorgeous jacket embroidery, but enough peak a boo for the champagne jumpsuit to shine through.
I have already reworn this outfit numerous times! Below is my family during a Diwali celebration!
Here is a wedding we attended!
And here is a Bat Mitsvah we attended!
At the end of the day, feeling good in your clothes is important. Would I have felt good in a new outfit I bought that I loved? Yes!!!! I still buy new when it's necessary. My goal is to never shame anyone for their choices. I simply want to share how we can be more mindful of our consumption and to use our resources wisely.
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I've already made so many memories in this outfit. I'm looking forward to rewearing this outfit for more occasions, and to make even more wonderful memories! I hope this post inspires you to shop your closet and get creative with what you already have. And your pocket book will thank you too!
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