I double-dog dare you!

I think at one point or another all of us has had a piece of clothing lying around that we couldn’t bear to toss, but really didn’t have a use for anymore, either.  We glance at it from the corner of our eye, feel a pang of guilt and then just go on with our day.  From a dusty closet shelf, it cries out to us to take it down, wear it, love it.

And who hasn’t passed a skirt in a thrift store or garage sale and thought to themselves, “Hmm…I love that fabric but that skirt would never look right on me.”

Well, The Fabric Floozie knows how to handle these situations.  She’s the master of spotting a random piece of clothing and reconstructing it to work for her family.

For instance, she found these capris and didn’t adore them as they were, but the fabric caught her eye.

Armed with a great sense of fashion, the urge to be green and a good pair of scissors, TFF went to work.  In no time, she whipped up this gorgeous little dress for her lovely little daughter.

And this maternity top?

Another toddler dress!

But this one?  This is magic.  She was given this coat with a recon in mind.

Would you look at this??  This todder version of it is absolutely, 100% gorgeous.

So, are you feeling inspired yet?

Good!  Because The Fabric Floozie has a challenge for us all!  She’s hosting the 2010 Recon-A-Thon!!  She wants us to dig out that big dress from the early 90s with the horrid sleeves and give it new life!  Or recon that old prom dress into a magical plaything for you daughter?  What about that old sweater you just had to have from Goodwill??

Let’s do it!  I double-dog dare you to join me in the Recon-A-Thon. Reduce, reuse, upcycle, baby!  I’m on this like white on rice.  Like a duck on a June bug.  Like a 16 year old on Twilight.

We can each enter up to 3 items.  We simply put the Recon-A-Thon badge in our sidebars and post before & after pics on our blogs.

OH!  And!  The winner will receive at least 2 yards of fabric that they design themselves from Spoonflower.com!  Who hasn’t gone fabric shopping with a very specific mental picture of the fabric they need only to come home disappointed and empty handed.  How cool is it to design your own high-quality, eco-friendly fabric?? Whoa.

Now, I’m no recon-girl for the most part, so this will definitely be a challenge for me.  I think, though, that this is a great way to upcycle old items in a fun, competitive way.  It’s going to be a blast to see what everyone comes up with!

I’ve got ideas flowing like crazy!  And the cool part?  It doesn’t have to be a clothing item.  It could be anything that reuses fabric from an existing item.

Don’t know how to sew?  Get out the glue gun!

So…who’s with me??  Who’s up to the challenge?

It's coming right along!


  1. says

    Holy SMOKES what a cute idea!! I wish I had time to break out the machine….although I still might. We shall see!! Doubt it’ll be a dress/skirt, I’m not QUITE that talented, but….just maybe…

  2. Cora says

    Thanks for the fantastic ideas! I love to sew and crochet. I’m wondering if the adorable ear-flap hat is crocheted, and if so, where might I find the pattern.

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