Second Time Around | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

In this climate of saving the environment and recycling, every opportunity is a good opportunity to give something a second chance that would otherwise end up in land fill.
We buy an awful amount of clothes that we wear perhaps for one season, or only one time and discard them as soon as we get tired. The fashion industry is a big influencer, if it says they are no longer acceptable, we promptly get rid of them.

Have you ever thought that all those items we literally throw away, sometimes even with a price tag on, are all workable into new items? With a little creativity, it is possible to enlarge a garment with a new and different fabric or color; it is possible to pair a vintage fabric with a new one; it is possible to upgrade the look of a skirt by using the fabric of another skirt that will add interesting details and profiles. These are a few of the things we can do give a garment a second chance and to make it into something original.

My mom and her sisters, all teenagers during World War II, remade clothes due to shortage of fabrics. My grandmothers, who lived two great wars, did it before my mom. They taught me not to throw away anything and to use my imagination when time comes to give something a second chance. Remaking clothes into something new is amusing and rewarding.
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I made this original black jacket (above) using a folk Romanian fabrics purchased in one of my travels. If I had made the jacket with only a black fabric, it would have looked like a common black jacket. Using a colorful folk print, front and back and only on one side of the jacket, not only I created an unusual look, but the colors brought life the black side. Closure was off-center with clay buttons I created and painted myself. Lining it with golden-yellow was a great idea, it added an interesting view when the jacket was open.
I sold it big time and I made a few people unhappy along the way. Due to the limited fabric, I could not produce more than one piece.

I want to remake the sun jacket  above with animal print fabric at the bottom edge.
How do you know when two fabrics look perfect together, you might ask?
Your eyes are the first judge of that. If it looks good in your eyes, it means it is right.
Colors are common denominators. Find one color in the existent garment to match with the new fabric.
Prints go well with solids and geometry makes playful matches.

In the case of my sun jacket, the animal print has black in it and the uneven shapes of the animal design pairs well with the uneven shapes of the sun designs. What I like the most about this match is the lighter weight of the fabric I am using for the edge and the undulating movement it will create when I walk.


The velvet military style jacket (above) has been revived with a new velvet front panel, Renaissance style. Now, it lends itself to a new look, perhaps a Bohemian long skirt with boot, or a pair of pants in one of the bright colors in the panel.

I know that remaking clothes using old and new is a novel idea for a throw away society and some people are catching on,  but if we want to be conscious of saving the environment, let’s start in our closet saving our clothes. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.
To better help people all over the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 18:05:45

    Valentina! This is such a refreshing post, and perhaps many people will take a second look at some of those items in their closets that they love, yet are not quite what they want to wear anymore!
    Just yesterday a friend pointed to an ink stain on his chinos and frowned – here in the bosque of Ecuador, that’s really no big deal – no one would notice, but he’s still w/two feet in the culture of the usa! I smiled and said that when a favorite shirt of mine gets stained, I place it in my ‘hospital’ area of my painting area, and when I have leftover paint, sometimes it goes to the patients in the hospital. The painted shirts always turn out well, as I paint them in my most-favorite colors to either match my mood or the environment (for birding) etc….
    Your options, of course, are classy ones – who wouldn’t be proud to own one of these creations – while at the same time making a statement about our environment? Hoo-ray for you!!!!!

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    • Valentina
      Jan 08, 2018 @ 22:01:41

      Thank you Lisa for this great comment.
      I just don’t see how people can throw everything they don’t want anymore in the environment, instead of finding a way to remake it into something else. You are doing a good thing with your painted shirts as well. More power to you. 😀❤️

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      • Playamart - Zeebra Designs
        Jan 09, 2018 @ 12:19:44

        while moving, i’ve been taking apart various hand-made items, removing the nails, and then pondering about those random bits and pieces that would be easier to trash than to save.. and then thought, ‘nope- reusing those will help me to stay at ‘zero’ with purchasing new lumber in the future… i am trying to recycle old doors for tables and even a shutter for a coffee table… there’s a stock pile of old items that’s taking up space but perhaps it will prevent one tree from being destroyed…

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  2. Teagan R. Geneviene
    Jan 06, 2018 @ 18:27:18

    These are great ideas, Valentina. I used to love taking apart and re-constructing my clothes into something new. Now I mostly limit it to changing up the parts/items in an outfit, but even that is fun! Hugs!

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    • Valentina
      Jan 07, 2018 @ 01:20:31

      It is always fun making something out of an existing item and not necessarily out of an old item. I have remade lamps, chairs and dressers, jewelry, clothes and hats, even leftover food become something else under my hands. Thanks for your comment. 😀

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