Saturday, July 2, 2011

Bricolage Workshop Helps Thrifter Fashionistas Revamp Closets

Posted By on Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Fashion is as creative an outlet for some as painting or sculpting and allows both the designer and the wearer of the finished product an opportunity for self-expression. I'm interested in fashion—especially what is being created in Boise and the people behind it.

So I attended Bricolage’s “Re-vamp Yo’ Closet” workshop with a camera and a notepad in hand. As the participants pulled out baggy shirts and worn dresses to work on, I wished I had grabbed something from my closet, too.

The class was designed for thrifters who buy clothes because of fabric patterns or unique styling, although anyone was welcome—we’re all guilty of keeping an item in our closet far past its expiration date for one reason or another.

The instructor, Backstitch Betty designer Sandra Kafka, explained the various ways a thrift store find can be altered into something flattering. Because the class size was limited, Kafka was able to walk around the table, individually helping attendees with their clothing reincarnations. Kafka worked on making a color-block dress out of a large jersey-knit crew neck.

Limited interest has kept Bricolage from hosting classes like this, but with a move to the corner of Sixth and Myrtle streets planned by August, co-owners Juliana McLenna and Chelsea Snow are hoping to offer more like it. The next class (which will be held in the current location in the Idaho Building) will be a Terrarium Workshop, working with desktop gardens. There’s also talk of book-binding and screen-printing classes.

Bricolage is located at 280 N. Eighth St., Suite 118. Visit for more information.

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