How Designer’s Breathe new life into old clothes? – Catalog Magazine

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Designers always come with several innovative ideas to produce clothes that are visually appealing to their consumers.

They are experts in converting and recycling old discarded clothes that are lying in your wardrobe into new fashionable clothes.

They are swapping their production, designing and packaging procedures into an eco-friendly and plastic-free way.

Designers of today’s generation are more inclined to experiment with second hand and vintage clothes.

They are aiming to produce clothes that will have a long life span, thus reducing huge industrial supplies and ultimately saving nature in that process.

Constructing the design

They form a blueprint of the design they are going to implement on the old clothing. Considering the customer needs, they select fabric and color gradient and artistic illustration accordingly.

The fabric might be a little flexible or close-fitting or smooth or textured, and they pick the color according to the intended use of their target consumer.

Dressmakers even intermix colors and types of fabrics to render a unique look to the apparel.

Dress creators have often been seen creating fashion trends that are quite unusual to be inherited like convertible pants with detachable legs that become shorts.

Outlining the designs

After accumulating ideas and concepts from diverse sources for the designs according to the fashion trends that to be implemented on those old clothes, they visualize their thought, making a legitimate blueprint or drawing.

Which might be in both traditional methods of sketching by pencils or by modern technologies like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator which most designers need to be accustomed to.

Sewing out the concept

Now after framing the impressions, they start to implement those concepts on those old clothes. This might include both dying and cutting out some portions of the cloth.

The dyeing process includes dipping the cloth into the desired color and soaking it in the later stage. Sewing, however, includes the resizing procedures of designing a cloth.

Registering the measurements:

They use mannequins for marking and pinning the areas to be resized, besides that they hide the portion to be eliminated with duct tapes. After recording the measurements, they outline the structure in accordance with the measurements in a butcher paper.

The pieces of butcher paper are then separated into different layers of the muslins where they are sewed and pinned to formulate the desired shape of the garment.

Final sewing stage

The pinned muslin is then taken for sewing purposes where they are sewed in compliance with the recorded measurements.

Dress creators here combines other fabrics from different clothes with vigorous colors to meet the expectation of the new culture.

They then calculate and evaluate the dress’s shape and determine whether they met with its outlined measurements and structure or not.

In the final stage, they use old clothes for the final execution of reevaluated design into the desired structure and size.

Selling out the idea

Most designers are gearing up by turning to vintage and other less-used fabrics into a business of substantial profit. In this particular sector, dress creators are mostly allied with several brands or retailers or with online brands to popularize and sell their products.

Other than publishing those redesigned old clothes into their own website, they also need to develop a proper exposure in social media sites and must negotiate with independent boutique owners.


Most dress creators are joining hands to save our planet from further degradation by the emission of toxic gases from the creation of new clothes.

Famous clothing brands are assisting fashion school students on their voyage to discover discarded cloth leftovers from factories to transfigure it into something substantial and useful for the fashion industry.


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