Living in midst of the High Atlas Mountains means living far away from shopping malls and fashion boutiques. When we need new clothes, we either have to travel to the next little town which is a 2 hours drive away and has only a poor selection of china-acrylic-stuff, or we must go to Marrakech on a 5 hours drive. So most of our clothes I buy once a year when I am back in Germany or I put them on my wish-list and let them bring by friends.
But since I am really into repurposing now as well as in a real sewing-flow and also a bit short on money, I decided to hand make the clothes our baby-girl actually needed.
We already had a few shirts and trousers from the boys that were still good yet too boyish for the girl. I decided to give them a more feminine outlook by adding some appliqué in lovely heart, star, bird and flower shapes which I cut out of old shirts of mine and sewed on the clothes.
While doing so, I got the idea to turn some of my tank tops I never wore into little girl-dresses to be worn as a layer-look over trousers and shirts.
I simply laid a dress she already owns on the top of the top, in a place where I could use most of the existing seams, and then marked with a pen the shape of the dress around the edges (plus seam allowance). Then I cut around the marked line. I took the front side and added some appliqué, then pinned both right sides together and sewed along. Some hems I sewed, some I left raw. That’s all; really easy and quickly done, alhamdulillah.
Baby has now a beautiful new (old) wardrobe with a personal girly note and I have found a new hobby: Repurposing wherever possible!
So I am opening a new category here, based on a mindful, green, self-sufficient, sustainable, natural-living-choice, to make my personal statement against the consumerism in our modern world, to cherish God’s gifts and to follow our dear prophet Muhammad’s (sws) example who always mended his old clothes himself.
Off to more recycling… oh there are so many ideas coming to my head to repurpose old fabric, paper, food and house ware… will you join me on that journey of a gentle way of living?
Happy week, friends!
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