I believe that some of my most creative moments happen when I have the opportunity to try and mesh my mind with another person’s. So when Dame, a boutique specializing in fine vintage and independent design, asked me to refashion a line of hats for them I jumped at the chance. What is “refashion” you may ask? The wonderful people at Dame define refashion as “an exercise in finding inspiration in the everyday, in the passe, and sometimes in the ‘what were they thinking?'” It is “a creative exercise in with a focus on reuse and renewal, blending the lines between what is old and what is new.”
Basically, they give me a big back of fabric scraps from their own refashioning projects plus some vintage clothes that wouldn’t sell for one reason or another and asked me to make hats out of them. The resulting hats will all be inspired by the particulars of the fabric and by spring and summer hats of yesterday.
Take this dress for example:
My husband dubbed it “the Dr. Seuss dress” due to the ruffles at the color and sleeve. Some of the ruffles were a bit stained, and the stains combined with the overall style of the dress made it something that wouldn’t sell in a fine vintage boutique. (Woozles likes it though!)
So I cut it up, cleaned up some of the trim, and turned it into a cloche style summer hat:
This hat, and the rest of the Elephunk’s Trunk: Refashion line will be available exclusively at Dame in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts starting this March.