Agy is a champion of eco-design. The eclectic collection of environmentally friendly projects on her Green Issues blog are an amazing example of what can be achieved with imagination, ingenuity & the contents of a recycling bin!
Get to know this clever (re)creator and discover her top thrifting & refashioning tips:
Initially a friend and I started the site as a “green blog” to try to get the community more aware about environmental issues. After a year or so, my friend left the blog and I found myself focusing more on upcycling, particularly clothing.
The a-ha moment really came after I gave birth (pregnancy does things to your brain!) and was going through my wardrobe – I had so much stuff! I love to create things so it was great that I was combining two passions – the environment and sewing.
I now share my passion of refashioning with the community in Singapore, and it’s been a pretty exciting journey so far.
Agy’s Top 5 Thrifting & Refashioning Tips:
1. I love colours so I always look for colourful prints/garments in the thrift store. It’s great to have colours when you are living in a sunny country like I do.
2. If you are a beginner refashionista I would recommend starting off with easy alterations first such as shortening or lengthening garments, and using fabrics that are easier to sew (e.g. jersey, t-shirts, cargo). These don’t require too much sewing work, and you can easily envision what the end product will look like. Once you have tackled these, you can start experimenting and go onto more complex refashions!
3. Always be patient! If a refashion fails, don’t throw it away. You might get further inspiration a week, a month or even a year later.
4. Know your fabric – type, properties and how well it can be manipulated. I used t-shirt material for some frills, and did not realise that after washing the garment, I would have a huge ironing exercise to get out all the wrinkles. The refashion looked nice, but the ironing was horrible (not to mention all that energy wasted!)
5. Experiment with different techniques – refashioning does not necessarily mean using needle and thread. For example you can transform a garment simply by using fabric paint or even LED lights!
Cheers to Agy for sharing her story and thrifty advice!
Take a scroll through Green Issues by Agy and snag some upcycling inspiration!