How We Did It
To begin our process we chose 5 articles of clothing from 18 unwanted garments we recieved from Martha's Outfitters. All 18 clothing items had stains, holes or both. We sat down together and began thinking about what would inspire us for our outfit. We thought of volcanoes because of their bold colors and power. We decided to make a volcano top and continue the theme into a pair of shorts.
One of the articles of clothing we were given was a skirt. We decided to turn the skirt into a haltor top using the elastic string. We had made natural dyes using food scraps left over from our lunches that past week. We tie-dyed the haltor top orange and yellow since those were the colors of volcanic lava. We didn't use red becasue it is hard to create with the natural dyes. We then put the skirt/halter top in the dryer so it would dry quickly as we had little time. The drying smoothed the colors out until there was only a faint variation in the colors.
Our next item were the shorts. We started out with khaki pants but cut them and cuffed the bottoms to add a finished look. We then worked diligently on creating the perfect brown for the shorts. We decided to dye them brown because it would represent the base of the volcano. After we let them dry the shorts became tinted pink. We sewed lines onto the cuffs in different colors and patterns and added beads along the seams.
Furthermore we decided to make a beanie to compliment the shorts. The beanie was dyed a solid brown color. The brown on the beanie differed from the brown of the shorts slightly because the beanie was originally blue and the shorts had been khaki. However the colors still looked alike.
We had an amazing time working together on this collection and hope to inspire others to be creative and do things that will benefit our enviroment and those less fortunate. Thanks for becoming interested in our cause!