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Fashion is one of the largest industries in the world, and we all love fashion! Unfortunately, it has a significant impact on the environment. Clothing production requires large amounts of water, energy, and other natural resources, leading to pollution and carbon emissions. However, there are ways to reduce this impact and help you create a more sustainable wardrobe. One of the best ways to achieve this is through clothing alterations!
What are alterations?
Alterations are the process of changing the size, shape, or style of a garment. This can include shortening sleeves, taking in the waist, or adding embellishments to make the garment more unique. Alterations help extend the life of your clothing, reducing the need to purchase new clothing which leads to lower clothing waste and contributing to a more sustainable wardrobe!
Here are some ways alterations can help create a sustainable wardrobe:
1. Repairing & Upcycling
One of the most significant benefits of alterations is that they can help repair and upcycle old clothing. Repairing a tear or hole in a garment can extend its life, reducing the need to purchase new clothing, whereas upcycling is the process of transforming old clothing into new pieces. For example, turning an old shirt into a tote bag or using the fabric from a jacket to make a blanket. Upcycling can give new life to old clothing and prevent them from ending up in landfills!
2. Tailoring for Fit
Not all clothing fits perfectly off the rack. Alterations can help ensure that an article of clothing fits well and is comfortable to wear. A well-fitted garment is more likely to be worn and loved, reducing the likelihood of it being thrown away. Additionally, alterations can extend the life of a garment, as a piece that fits well is less likely to become worn or damaged.
3. Switching up the Style
Another way alterations can help create a sustainable wardrobe is by changing the style of a garment. For example, removing sleeves from a blouse or updating the whole look of a ballgown. This can help give an old garment a new look, making it feel fresh and unique. It can also be a cost-effective way to update a wardrobe without having to purchase new clothing.
In conclusion, alterations can help create a sustainable wardrobe by extending the life of old clothing, reducing the need to purchase new items, and preventing garments from ending up in landfills. It can also be a fun and creative way to refresh your wardrobe and make old pieces feel new again! Consider exploring the world of alterations by bringing your clothing to Stitch It and see how we can help you create a more sustainable wardrobe.