Some of you know that I have been doing some refashioning over the past year. I am a big fan of Ricë and her blog - she is a great inspiration to me. She has written in the past about 'soul clothing' (my apologies Ricë, if that isn't the correct expression).
I am not any kind of fashionista, I have always felt most comfortable dressed down. I am not motivated to 'always looking my best'. But there is this need to have clothes that have meaning, even though I am not sure what that means.
In quest of that I have been refashioning. I am not much of a seamstress, I don't like working from patterns, but I find that the chop and try it out method is pretty fun. I haven't come up with a lot of stuff that I am feel satisfied with. I have made quite a few things that I have not been comfortable with wearing.
Here is a good example. I dyed the t-shirt, re did the neckline, and tried out a technique called under-collage. It was all fairly successful. But maybe it is too cute for me? I never want to wear it.
Here is a refashion that is more successful, but not 'there' yet. It was looking way too crafty until I added the square patches. (If you want to see the steps I went through go here.) It helps that it is a jean jacket, I love jeans.
The reason that I ended up loving this jacket is in the photo below. It is the writing. It was a message I had written into my art journal that has deep meaning for me.
I am finding that unraveling what clothing with meaning is for me is like making art. You try this, you try that. There are a lot of failures.