That sentimental dress. That heirloom blanket. That nostalgic sweatshirt.
How do items seem to hold memories for us? I have no idea, but they do. It makes it hard to part with them through donating or throwing them away. So we keep them, "save" them, but generally, don't take the time to appreciate them.
I firmly believe that we should love the things we have, use and enjoy them. Recently, three different people brought me those things-- the sentimental dress, the heirloom blanket, and the nostalgic sweatshirt-- and I made each into an item that they will see, use, and enjoy everyday.
Here they are:
Sara brought me a blanket that had been passed down through her husband's family. Unfortunately, it was tattered and torn beyond repair so could no longer function as a blanket. I made it into a set of pillows for her home and her mother-in-law's home so everyone can appreciate and enjoy this bit of family history.
Lara had an old Sorority sweatshirt that, although no longer worn, she could never quite part with because of all of the fond college memories associated with it.
Finally, was Julia's project. Julia decided that instead of retiring her wedding gown to the back of her closet or a box to preserve it, she would continue to enjoy her dress in every way she could! While she lived in another state she had her original wedding gown shortened into a cocktail length dress:
However, the dress had a substantial train which Julia also saved. She brought it to me and here's what happened:
It was important to Julia that the pillows were reminiscent of the style of the gown, so a pleated detail was added much like the bodice of her original gown.
As a rule, I only work with apparel, but I always seem to make an exception when it comes to a sentimental upcycle, and I'm glad I do :)
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!