DIY: Fabric Flowers

Love the look of flowers on your lapel, made popular by Sarah Jessica Parker? You can make your own now super easily. No, they don’t have to be as big as Carrie Bradshaw’s here, but if you have enough fabric and really want to make a statement…go for it!

I found great flower-making tutorials at the fabulous blog, Tea Rose Home. Click on the pictures below to read the tutorials for each one. The nice thing about this is that you can make them from old fabric scraps!

Copyright: Tea Rose Home

Copyright: Tea Rose Home

Here’s one I made (which proves how easy it is to make, as I’m not very handy with the sewing machine!):

Click here for another flower-making tutorial from Sew4Home. Or, if you don’t have the time or ability to make them, check out these amazingly affordable and beautiful flower clips made by Sachiko of Tea Rose Home.

Repurposed Fashion: Clementiny Clothing

I love this unique dress made by Clementiny Clothing. It is made from repurposed vintage materials, like most of their clothing. All of it is handmade, and completely unique – you won’t see items like these in the stores! Earth-friendly, and fashionable. That’s a Good Seed!

Be sure to check out Clementiny Clothing’s Etsy store here, and their blog here.

Photo by Sara Heidinger: (Used with permission.)

Ecouture: Repurposed Purses

I just ran across this amazing purse made out of an old Carly Simon record! Being a fan of repurposed items, and an even bigger fan of Carly Simon, I had to share this amazing item. Check out Reinvented Vinyl for more amazing purses made from old records!

Front and back of the Carly purse. (Permission to use photo granted by Reinvented Vinyl.)

DIY: Shabby Skirt

I love browsing through fashion blogs and websites. Often, I’m inspired to reinvent my wardrobe with different layering effects, embellishments, etc. And the best part is finding ways to repurpose old, boring garments, or fabric scraps (which I always have hanging around). I found this great video on Christa-Taylor today, which shows you how to make a shabby skirt in five minutes. I doubt I could actually do it in five minutes, but it still looks like an easy, fun design that a beginning seamstress, like myself, could do easily. I haven’t yet tried it, but if I do, I’ll be sure to post about it. Check it out for yourself here.

Sorry for the lack of picture here. I wanted to embed the video, but it’s not “embed-able.” Nor could I find a picture that really captured the look of the skirt. If you decide to make your own, please let me know – I’d love to hear how it went!

Ecouture: Gary Harvey’s “Trashion”

Repurposing clothing is a great way to update your wardrobe, save money, and protect the environment. If you have your doubts, check out these works of art, made from old clothing (and in one case, newspapers!) by Gary Harvey. (All images are from the Gary Harvey Collection.)

Made from 28 army jackets.

Made from 42 pairs of Levi’s 501 jeans.

Harvey says: “Jeans are one of the most hardwearing garments, originally designed as a work uniform, and made in a fabric designed to last years. Since the transition from ‘work-to-wear’ fashion, jeans are often discarded for the latest silhouette before the end of their useful life.”

Made from 21 laundry bags.

Made from 30 copies of The Financial Times.

Made from cans, bottle tops, and candy wrappers.

Now, we’re not suggesting that these are garments you could or should wear on the average day but it just goes to show that you can repurpose anything into something fun and fashionable if you are creative enough!

Ecouture: Repurposed Shrugs

At 5 Seed, we love clothing that’s been repurposed. It’s far more eco-friendly and ethical to refresh your wardrobe with repurposed clothing, rather than buying it new, and putting your money behind companies who use pesticide-ridden cotton, and foreign factories to manufacture their garments.Yes, some repurposed clothing came from that same source, but it’s always a good idea to reduce our contributions to such a harmful system by making fewer purchases of brand-new clothing.

Check out this gorgeous shrug made from an old cotton/spandex t-shirt by Found Object Fashion (a good seed!).

Copyright: Found Object Fashion