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For us, nothing feels worse than a too-tight waistband. Right? Especially on a pair of jeans or high waisted anything, a tight waistband is like living in a soul sucking nightmare. So intense!

Anyway, we wanted to explore interesting ways to resize pants and skirts so that the fit was finally right. And beyond just taking something in or letting it out, what are some ways to turn a boring piece into something exciting to wear?

Our first experiment involved adding fabric panels to trousers (see our IG post here) to make a pair of pants ACTUALLY comfortable to wear. And on the flip side, sizing down a too-big pair of khakis a la Margiela was a super interesting experiment that actually made the pants wearable.

This post will explore another concept: the double waistband trouser! It's popped up on runways from Y/Project to Dion Lee to Marc Jacobs. We are so inspired by the sweatpant / denim hybrids from DIYbypanida - seriously, check her out! See more below, and follow along as we try our own version!


Marc Jacobs SS20



MSTR of Disguise in DIYbyPanida



R13 double denim





Y/Project SS21





Margiela double waistband pants at PFW

Margiela AW19




Dion Lee


Dion Lee S21 RTW



Dion Lee F20 RTW






Markoo SS21






Remake inspired us to take the #nonewclothes journey in May - Kim pledged not to buy any new clothes for six months. Here is a few thoughts on her experience.



How did it go? Not as well as I'd hoped. I am guilty of desiring the next best thing - be it new, secondhand, or something I made myself. The #nonewclothes challenge took one of those elements out of the equation, but it also forced me to think critically about every item that was already in my closet and why I wanted to replace those items with something else.


This year, I've added 31 items of clothing to my wardrobe. (I'm not counting shoes, because those seemed essential. SMH). During the last six months, with the restriction of not buying anything new, I have added 12 items to my wardrobe - all secondhand or pieces I made. In that time, I also cycled out 8 items by selling them, and a handful more that I donated. This accounting, though tedious, actually helps hold me accountable to my habits.


I’ve loved working on Other Lives for many reasons, but one purely selfish one is that I’ve been able to reinterpret items that were not getting much play in my wardrobe. That long sleeve white t-shirt that I used for the Keyhole T workshop is infinitely more appealing to me now that I’ve punched a few holes in it. It’s my hope that I can continue to do this with all kinds of pieces - to keep them longer, and to cherish them for as long as possible. In so doing, I really hope to get closer to my clothing and respect its inherent value. There is so much work and time and energy that goes into the development of every piece of clothing that is made (truly) - I feel like we're doing a disservice to designers and makers when we don't give clothing a good run. More than that, consuming less has other benefits: we can reduce our environmental impact, and we can (hopefully, eventually) break free from the relentless capitalistic cycle of consuming, discarding, and consuming anew.


I am learning that consuming less is a process; while becoming completely zero waste is a long way off for me, simply becoming aware of my habits and patterns and accounting for all my stuff has been incredibly useful. The process has raised questions that get to the heart of why we wear clothing at all - and why we buy or keep the things we love.


I would love to hear if you have tried the #nonewclothes challenge, and if so, how it went for you! Let us know in the comments.


Until next year,

Kim


We're obsessed with the art of embellishment and have been experimenting with how it can apply to repair. Designers such as Area, Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha, Tom Ford, and Prada (among many, many more) have inspired our latest repair techniques. We are excited to share a couple techniques including a DIY redesign of a torn cashmere sweater inspired by Area's crystal leopard FW20 detail coming later this month (check out our Youtube) as well as a Simone Rocha beaded bralette made entirely of vintage beads which we will unveil on our IGTV. For now, get inspired by our favorite beaded pieces and imagine a world where you can solve any rip, tear or hole with beads.


Area FW2020





Simone Rocha S21 RTW




Alexander McQueen F18 RTW



Alexander McQueen F20


Acne Studios S18




Tom Ford F20 RTW


Prada F20





Don't know what to do with that torn old favorite wardrobe staple of yours? Sign up for the workshop here!


November 14, 2020

Learn how to repair your clothing through embellishment. In this workshop, we will teach you how to update and revive torn pieces in your wardrobe through hand embroidery. We will work on hand sewing backing, beading and handmade embroidery. Vintage Lurex embroidery floss and embroidery needle packs are now in our store!


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Fabric scissors

Needle & thread

Embroidery floss

Straight pins

Tailors chalk

Ruler or measuring tape

Beads

Fusing


Bring what you have and your curiosity and we'll create something new together!


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