Upcycled Fashion: 365 Ghastly Getups Transformed for $1

Before and Afters Photos You Won't Believe

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

It’s Green Monday, where I bring you all things green and eco-friendly! 

This weekend I wrote about my love of sewing and creating. I have a theory that you can make any article of clothing or home décor item work. Any. A talented young lady from California with verve and vision recently put this theory to the test.

Last year I fell in love with the work of fellow blogger and seamstress Marisa Lynch who pledged to handcraft a new outfit from a salvaged article of clothing every day for an entire year. Outfits she’d actually wear. Out, that is. And here’s the catch: Marisa wasn’t going to spend more than one dollar per ensemble.

Now that sounds like the makings of a great fashion challenge, if I ever heard one! I followed her fashion journey each day, with curiosity and excitement. After all, who doesn’t love a good before and after? And at the bargain price of $1!

Marisa had been laid off of work, was about to turn 30, and was feeling the need for a positive and inexpensive outlet that would help her find comfort and serenity in her life. I find creating to be positively therapeutic, so I wasn’t surprised that Marisa found solace in sewing.

She lovingly chronicled her sewing journey online at New Dress a Day (think Julie and Julia) and inspired many to rethink dated pieces. Marisa is now working, and she had quite the year, being featured on the the Early Show, E! News, and the Nate Berkus Show. 

Whether you love design or you love to recycle and upcycle, you are going to love the following website. Take a peek at Marisa's style transformations: http://www.newdressaday.com/photos/

I love the outfits from days 34, 89, and 113! Which before and afters are your favorites? What do you think of Marisa's fashion adventure?

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