Fast Fashion Made Slow

I’m frugal by nature. Which leads me to purchase inexpensive clothing. I’m well aware of the Slow Fashion movement. So, while I may purchase cheap clothes, I try to make them last. Here’s an example.

catdress_01
Bad lighting and wrinkles, I know.

I purchased this cat dress at Target. I actually wore it as a maternity dress. The empire waist rested just above my belly and the dress fit more like a tunic, which I paired with leggings. But, being fast fashion, the quality wasn’t there. See the trim around the armpits? It bled. Gross. Washing it didn’t help.

catdress_02
Gross. Was it my deodorant that made it bleed? How come it didn’t do this around the neckline?

But other than that, the dress was in good shape. So, I turned it into a skirt. I simply took out the seam at the waist and removed the thin strip of elastic. I folded down the top and stitched it down to create a casing for new, wider elastic. I slipped in the elastic and stitched it into a loop. Finally, I stitched up the casing.

catdress_03
Wrinkles, still. And, a little mistake or two.

Voila! A skirt! Now, it’s pretty short and pretty see-through, but I plan to pair it with leggings.

Fashion slowed down just a little bit–a fast fashion alternative. As a bonus, I got a chance to work on my sewing skills!

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