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Feb 022014

Jane Milburn has set herself a daily ritual in 2014. She’s upcycling garments from her own and others’ wardrobes and blogging about it as part of her ambitious Sew it Again 365-day project

Jane is the founder of Textile Beat. Last year she showcased her work at Carindale’s Green Heart Fair. Following local interest from that, she ran a clothing upcycling workshop in Carindale, showing people how to turn jeans into skirts and the like.

Upcycling clothing

Garment surgery – Click image for details. Completed item below.

You can also see her when she speaks at the local community forum later this month or attend one of her hands-on workshops in early March (dates and locations below).

When some people hear the name ‘Carindale’ they often just think of a massive shopping centre. And shopping centres are home to trend-chasing, retail therapy and a ‘disposable’ culture.

Jane, however, encourages people to rethink their clothing habits. And she definitely walks the talk.

“When I visit huge shopping complexes like Carindale and Indooroopilly, I’m astounded by the number of dress, bag and clothing shops all selling much the same things,” Jane says.

Upcycled dress

Jenna modelling one of Jane’s creations. Click image to see how it was done.

“I wonder why people buy that stuff when they can go on an adventure into ops shops, vintage stores or markets and find original, different, quality pieces to create their own unique style.

“You can only find your own style when you have the courage to let go of consumerism and the dictates of trend marketers,” she says.

Jane believes home-sewing is a life skill akin to home-cooking.

“It is so empowering to be able to alter, mend and adapt old-stuff into new-stuff.”

It does not need to be difficult to upcycle or repurpose clothing, she explains.

Jane is keen to show you that learning a few simple tips and tricks can transform your clothes and the way you think about them too.

Meet Jane and start your upcycling fashion adventure!

Upcycled child's skirt

At a Textile Beat garment surgery workshop, Charlotte’s grandma turned out-grown jeans and material from a dress she no longer wore into a skirt she loves!

‘Love Up-cycled’ Exhibition
Saturday 8th February 2014, 6.30pm-9pm
Reverse Emporium at Reverse Garbage, 20 Burke Street, WOOLLOONGABBA

Free entry. Jane will be exhibiting here with other eco artists/creators as part of this romance (in time for Valentine’s Day) and sustainability themed event. Items will be for sale.

Carindale & Eastern Suburbs Community Forum
Wednesday 26th February 2014, 7pm
Pacific Golf Club (Reflections Room), CARINDALE

Jane will tell locals about her project and how and why it’s important. She’ll have examples of her work available to view.
FREE! All welcome. Complimentary tea / coffee. No need to RSVP, just turn up!

Upcycling workshop – garment surgery
Saturday 2nd March 2014, 9.30am-1pm
Mackenzie Court, CARINDALE

Transform skirts, dresses or tops. Bring along an outdated
long skirt or dress and turn it into a summer muumuu or shift dress. Share sewing tips and ideas about upcycing garments within your existing wardrobe or purchased from op shops.
$45 per person. Refreshments provided including a light lunch. Limited places.
RSVP: Jane Milburn 0408 787 964 /

Related audio: Jane Milburn speaks to Rebecca Levingston on ABC 612 about Sew it Again

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

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